The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, February 07, 1878, Image 1

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" Into all lire* some rain mntl fall,"
Into all ev* om teardrop* Urt.
Whether thflv fall a a gentle shower
Or drop like Bra, from an aching heart.
Into all hoart xime nrm mut creep.
Into all *onU some doubting*come.
l.s-hiiiß the wave* of Life a (ci-eat deep
t rom dimpling wa era to soothing foam
Ovor all pathways avme cloud* moat lower.
Under all feet Koran "harp thorns spring,
T> xring the flesh to bleeding wound*.
t>r entering the heart with thoir bitter
I." 1-0® all brow* rough wind" muit blow,
liver all "honldar* a cross muit t>e lain.
Bowing the form in its lofty height
liowm to the dn*t in hitter pain.
Into all hand* in *onn> dutv thrust,
l"nto all arm* some burden given.
Orn h ng the heart with it* dreary weight,
O lifting the aou) from earth ti> heaven.
Into all heart* and home* and live*
(1 *l* dear *uu*hino come* streaming down.
Qi img the mill* of L fe'* great plain
iVeaving for all a golden crown.
browing I |>.
Oh ! to keep them Stilt sroii 11J u*. bsby J*r
lings, fresh siui pure.
Mother'* smile their pleasures crowning, moth
er'* kis* their sorrows' cure.
Oh ! to keep the w*\en touches, sunuy curls
and rsdisut eves,
t'stteriug feet siai ssg< r prsttle sll young
life'* tost p*r*di*s-
(I,is I trig lit hrs.t sU'v- the other. Uuy hsiuts
Lbst ciung sud olsp d.
latUe forms thst, oloseenfolding, sll of love's
hest gift* were grsstvd .
Sporting m the summer sunshine, glsticiug
round the winter hesrlh,
lti.lding sll the hrgl t world echo with their
fesrlees, csreless mirth.
t>h I to keep them. How they gisddetted sll
the psth from dsy tei dsy,
Wtist gay dream, wr fsshioned of them, ss iu
rosy deep they IST ;
How escli broken wv>rd wss w!,vue.i. how
esch strugghug thought wss bsiksi.
A* esch Ksrk went flv>sting setswsrd, love-l>e
deoked Slid fs cv-eslltd.
(hiding from our jdot watching. gliding
from our elingi-g hold.
1.! fhc brave !<*r< • bloom Ukl burgeon, k'
the *hy, ivwl l>ud unfold.
1 at to lip *ud cheek aud lrr*iV steal* the
uikl> us bashful joy ;
F*#t the fiauk, bold nun'* iteit>oa touee the
accents of the hoy.
hither \>ve nor longing k#ej>* them Soon ui
oth<r sh*i*> then our*
Tho*e y.wicg hind* aUi setae their weapons,
hmld their cat le-. -vlant their do*era ;
tv-ou a fr hr hope wtil t righteu the deer eyee
we ra ned to nee ;
Soon e floor lot* then ours in tho* wakening
hearts trill he.
50 it is end well It is *o. Fast the river near*
the mein.
Ihcktinl yrartui e* ere but idle; dawning
never glow* again.
51 w *:k! aure the distance deepens elow end
sure the hnk* ere rent ;
I. I ue p'.nck our eutunm roses, with their sober
bloom content.
It w a bright Jay in early November,
w th cloar skies and a keen breeze rust
lt lg tlio (e muT-eolorad Imtm oblig
ing to the troea aiong the streets of the
tile oh I country town. A very quiet,
p-uteel-looking street, lined with hand
some residences, it was; and from the
k >nds'inest of them all, a lady came
f rth w th a slow step, a* if her only ob
j it a is to enjoy as much as possible of
f e bright sunshine aDd the clear.
It -withy air. She was young, and quite
j rctty, with attractive, resolute features,
nid blue eyes dazzling beautiful Her
fir complexion was in perfect harmony
* th the roaette of bine velvet on the
f >nt of her round hat; and her walking
i' fwg of gray silk was neatly fitting and
f ylisii. The lady was Agues Carrll,
ti fc niece and heiress of the wealthy
solicitor, Mr. John Carroll who lived
in the stately mansion she had just
She came down the long garden walk
slowly and thoughtfully, and pause*! at
the gate, leaning over it wi'h an excla
mation of surprise. Ou the foot-p-tli a
ii an was Iving; his fa v was turned
a vav. and h> was so motionless that
Agnes fancied he was deal; and, hni
r e-ilv unclosing the gate, she hastened
to him.
Eniieiiflv he had fallen headlong, for
bs clothe* were iu great disorder, ami
!-i hat crushed nnder the side of his
h ad. which lay against the garden
f nee. Hi* face WHS pale and tliin; his
lnrr and long nnkempt Ward werh a
bright brown; and his garments, though
much the worse for wear an 1 very ill
tiding, hal once been of the finest ma
t-nab Hi* shoes were old and much
worn, and Agnes could see that he bail
nt sock*. As she gaaed at the wretches!
o ite ist, a tear tremt led in her eye upon
the haggard face oyer which alie was
b-siding; and then Agnes walked back to
the house and sent some of the servants
out to bring him under shelter.
The stable boy said he was drunk,
but Agues felt quite sure he was mis
taken, the stmnger could not be inebri
f. • od, she said, and ordered them to
r rnr him iu and give hitn a comfortable
When the doctor for whom she ha-1
s-*nt hsd arrived he said Miss Carroll
vas right The man was not intoxicated;
1 it ; n the last stages of siarvat.on, an I
1- id fallen in the road out of pure ins
-1 dity to take another step. When Mr.
Carroll came, Agnes told him of the
i -xtnrrence. and made him promise that
the jioor man need not leave the house
until fnlly recovered; and that, if he
c mid, he would assist him to some bet
ter way of Lie than that which had
brought him t-> their gate.
Having gamed lier uncle's promise,
which aiie knew would be kept. Agr*
i gain dressed, nd set out for her long
•'clayed walk. Before she hail gone far,
she was met by a young gentlemen, who
s'oppe*! when he saw her, and remarked,
" I was so inv way to call on von. Miss
Curoll," walking along by her side.
"H >w is your mother to-day, Mr.
Hell?" asked* Agues, as they walked
r. long.
" Q lite well, thank yon. We are ex
p-wting my sister home from school, and
hlie is all excitement."
" Fanny will be quite an addition to
ur circle this winter."
" Yes. By the way. Miss Carroll, will
viu lend yonr assistance in getting np
ihose kibieaux for our fancy fair?"
" I am sorry, Mr. Bell ; but my time
> . so fully occupied there, I cann-'t un
dertake to be anything more than a
s leeta'or." •
Mr. BeU wan disapooiuted evidently,
f>'id left Acrnes at her Rat* with a parting
> -quest that she would call when she
heard of Fanny Bell's arrival.
Agues when she entered the house,
inquired after the strange man. He w..s
s'iil in a stupor, she was told, and they
v ere afraid that he would die. Agnes
i *ole np to the r<om where he lay, above
the servants hall ; and her heart gave a
I rest throb of pain and pity as she gazed
. n the white face and shrunken fingers
<.( the poor fellow. His old garments
had been replaced by a clean and oom
f irtable dressing-gown, and the room
'ens warm and sunshiny; but it mattered
I'ttle to the unconscious waif over whom
ihe l>ent. Agues had not always been
Ihe rich and petted heiress ; time was
■when she, too, had known waut, and care,
! nd toil, and had been friendle s and
forsaken of all but God. This was all
< nded years ago ; but the sight of the
stranger carried her back to her girl
hood, and the friends of whom she had
1 tat Higbt when her uncle found her and
lore her away to his statelv borne.
There was one she remembered most
of all, a poorstrnggling law-student, half
starved, and half-clothed, who supported
invalid mother from the miserable
pittance earneAs a copyist; but not all
■he pennrv and want which was his daily
l>ortion could disguise the fact that he
was a true and honorable man. and that
lie hail talent, and would lise in the
world if t* e laliorious life he was lea ling
.lid not kill him ; and in Agnes Carroll'#
eves he was a hero to be worshiped at a
distance. They had been friends—noth
ing more. The bine eyes and prema
turely-old face of the young girl had
found no entrance to the frozen heart of
Hariy Morton. Se WM kind, Uhe wu
FRED. KURTZ, Kditor and Proprietor.
to all created Ivings, nothing more.
From the misery of hopeless povertjr
iiinl hojielesa love combined, lie, at least,
an* spared.
And Ague* Carroll went away ti her
, good fortune with good wishes and a
warui pressure of the atudeut'a hand
that wan all; ahe, ami all women hut Ins
mother, were mere ahadows on the wall.
She w-ent away and forgot huu, for ahe
i waa young ami life afforded her many
delight*; hut she measured all men by
. the idol of her gixllmod, ami tliough ahe
knew that he never eared for her, ami
that at last hi* memory waa indifferent
to her, yet, strangely, all men short of
her standard, aud eight years after she
was twenty-tlve and at ill Agues Carroll.
Two days alter, wheu Mr. I'erev Hell
I came o tell Agues that his sister Fanny
had ixuue, she told huu the story of the
i stranger ahe had found at the gate, ami
added that he was now dangerously ill
of a fever; told him also to Wg Fauuy to
waive formalities and come aud see her.
There was nothing on the stranger's per
aou to give the slightest elue to his
identity, and his ehanees of life were
meagre, indeed. Would INuvy ltell like
to see him ?
No, IVrev did not care to see him.
Very likely he was some wandering
soamp, much beneath the notice of re
sjwetablc people. Perey Bell said tlus
in very ntee language and m a polite
toue, emphasized by the olessaut smile
in the light gray eyes; and he wondered
very much why Miss Carroll was so very
haughty immediately alter and never
offered him hand at parting. He
did not know that Agues Carroll had
been on the watch to measure the soul
of her admirer, and that again her ideal
lifted itself to an uuapproachable height
above him. He did not know, he never
knew, that after that speech his star set
from the heaven of Agues Carroll's
Per hap* it would be well for her to
hunt up some beggar, aud bestow her
hand and fortune ou him ' Anything to
: get rid of her senseless folly aliout Harlv
Morton, who had probably never thought
• of her otioe since their path* hail diverg
ed to widely; and Agues strove to put
i her troublesome thoughts to flight by
taking her work to the sick man's room
and sitting dowu by the window, sewed
sad read by turns, or talked to the nurse
who was there, until the shades of night
came ou and the dinner-bell summ-med
her down stair*. That night the doctor
pronounced his patient out of danger,
and Agues went no more to the sick
room; but resumed her old round of
duties and in her busy life nearly forgot
him, until her uncle introduced the
"My dear," he said, "I have been
talking to the stranger invalid, aud 1
tind that he is quite a gentleman. He
has studies! law, and I don't know but
that I shall take him into the office. Be
-ldea, he is from Ashville,"
" Ashville I" repeated Agnes, with a
sadden interest. " I should like to
know about some of my friends in Ash
ville. I vrish vou would ask him down
to dinner, uncle, if he has anything to
wear. Such a wrctehed-looknig object
as he was! I am anxious to see how
much a good bed and care aud food have
done for hiui. It w*s certainly a stnuige
plight for a gentleman. Has he told
' you his story ?"
" No ; be only said that he came from
Ashville, and was iu search of employment.
He was robbed on the way, and says that
he should doubtless have died hail we not
found him as we did. I believe I will
ask him to dinner."
Accordingly, when Agnes came to the
parlof before dinner, she found the
stranger there ; her nnele was with lain,
and as Agnes enteml he said :
" My dear, permit me to present Mr.
" I never asked your name!"
"Itis H irly Morton. It may be that
yonr niecs remember* tne."
Agnes looked into his face, and laid
her cold hand in bis. She did uot re
member him. for the long be*rd ami un
kempt locks were gone ; ifut, oh, how
changed ! Thin and pale he had always
been, but he waa ghostly now—a mere
shadow of the old-n man.
Agues hail never, in her wildest
imagining*, dr**atne-l tlist her drat Jove
. would le cast help! *s an I broken down
at her feet ; she always pictured him as
a rising power in the world, a* esteemed
and honored for hi* goodut*** and talent;
and now he stood before tier a failure,
his life-work yet untouched. She drew
her hand away ; aud, coldly ktnd, she
sat down to entertain him.
She went to diuuer in a * >rt of dream,
ind listened to the story he told in a j
lazed way. It was certainly a pitiful
tale ; and Mr. C irroll promised to help
him ; and he did so by tnkiug him into
his office a* managing clerk, and letting
him sit at his table, aud converse tu his
And Mr. M Ttou was gentlemanly,and
kept his plaee, never presuming on his
old acquaintance with Amies—never
seeking to build the old friendship be
tween them.
Percy Bell ami Funny came to see Vgnes
often, and Agnes returned their visit*.
She wa* quite a* friendly to Percy B U
now as before the entrance of Hrly
Morton npon the scene ; and that gen
tleman's hopes were again in the ascend
ant, and he certainly made an agreeable
contrast to the ghostly, h ollow-evd
clerk, whom Agues barely recognized.
So affair* went on until Harly Morton
had regained all his original good looks,
nnd hail ma le himself indispensable to
his employer.
One night Agnes gave n large party.
It w.i* her twenty-sixth birthday, and
she laughingly told her friends that it
was the inaugural hall of her old-maid
hood, and she meant it to be a success.
And a success it wa*. Fanny and Percy
were there, and so was Harly Morton. ,
Just before supjier Agnes came across
some gentleman in the ahadows of the
deserted drawing-room, and, tapping
hini on the shonlder, she playfully said:
" And whom do I And playiug the wall
flower ?"
She started back ere the words were
finished, for the gentleman turned a face
of unutterable agony towards her, and
she saw that it wa* Harly Morton.
" Miss Carroll," he ened, "1 love a
lady who is as far above me a* yon cold
moon is above us now, and my heart ia
" Why do yon tell me this ?" she said,
i retreating haughtily, as he sought to
take her hand.
" Aggie, Aggie !" cried Fanny Bell at
the door. " Will you show Percy those
engravings you told me about?" Aud
Agnes hurried off, ami Harly Morton
tnraed to his silent contemplation of the
oold heavens, at the long window.
" To-morrow," he said, " I leave this
I house forever.
It was three o'clock before the last
guest had departed, aud the bouse was
still. Mr. Carroll had gone to Ins room
long ago ; but Harly Marton still stood
ait the window, and watched the siars.
By and-by, the drawing-room door
unclosed, and he saw Agnes come and
throw herself upon the sofa, and, taking
the cushion under her head, began to
weep violently. There WHS no light in
the room save that which came from the
open grate ; but he could see that Agnes
had not removed her evening dress; and,
wondering what conld be the matter, he
was about to make known his presence,
when he wa* conscious of a stealthy step
!in the hall. In a moment the room door
unclosed, and s man entered. Morton
| ooald see that ke was muffled to the eyes,
1 sad carried s dark lantern ; and than, aa
I ...
Agues IxM-amo aware of the intruder*
t presence, she started up with a tcrrtth-d
, shriek, and rushed into the music-room.
and cowered tti the shadow*. The man
r with the lantern kl.hsl in thought n
i moment, ami iiumcdiatelv followed her.
"Come, girl," lie ostd, grasping her
* shoulder, "hand over theui rings and
bracelet*, and you're all right. I Wk*l
:< the old gentleman'* door ami the dour
f from the servant's liall; and how in the
r name of woifder you found out 1 wa* uu
- d< r your bed, 1 uoii't know. You might
i screech all night, tun! gaiu uotlung by it
t but a sore throat."
f Agnes bv tin* time wa* *en*ebas, S"J
> the robber proceeded to remove the
jewels from hi* unresisting victim, when
1 he found himself caught iu u powerful
r gra*p, overpowered, and bound before
* he could recover hi* wit*. Harly Mor*
1 ton did in* work quickly and well, and
pinioned the burglar with the heavy
> cord of the lace curtain*, which he wa*
drawing carelessly between hi* Angers
• when Agues entered the drawing room.
i By Una tunc, Mr. CArrroll had forced
open lit* dir. ami to the scan*
or sctiou. The burglar had left a rxar*e
*a k in the hall, c utaiuiug the most
valuable of the silver plate he had haiud
[ in the dining-room, and had he tsw-u
satisfied with that, he might have got
i off sately. But he wa* tempted to enter
> Agues'* rVom, and liu 1 ju*t time t> ae
' crete himself, when Agnes, who had re
-1 m timed in the parlor a long time after
' her other guests, came grt< Iter mom,
and sat down be/ore Iter dressing glass,
• and leaning her heal up-m her bands,
1 was buried in deep thought, when at the
foot of her lasd, which was just along
side of her glass, she taw a strange-look*
' ing sack, and beside it a man's boot
protruding frou beneath the bed. It
was in the glass she saw theui, aud, with
' a thrill of terror, she rose up and stole
down to tli* parlor ; and remembering
, the presenceof Harlv iu the music-room,
was alkmt to *>ek hnn when she was
overcome by her excitement and terror,
and threw herself ujam the w>fa, hopiug
he would couie out and spesk to her.
All this she told afterwards ; but wheu
the police arrived with the tuesseugux
whom Mr. (.'.irroll hud sent for them,
the roblier knew that all was over, uuU
his night's work undone by Agnes'* op
portune discovery.
At his trial, he confessed that he had
stolen into the house during the bustle
of the entertainment, and, after the
supper table was deserted, had heljssi
himself to ev. ry article lie fancied. His
sack was well laden ; and, doubtless, he
would have escaped hud he been satis
tied with its content*.
Harly Morton left the house a* he hail
resolved. To all Mr. Carroll's entreaties
and Agues' proffered thanks, he said :
" I only did mv duty ** you did your*
wheu yon found me at the gate, hourfe
lesa and starving. It i* only heaven's
mercy tliat I was saved, a brand from
the burning. I feel that e!f-resj>eot
alike command my departure."
He went, but not to stay long. For
oue day there came to bun a uotv which
read a* follows :
" Mr. Morton, will yon come to me
an 1 finish the storv vou were telling tne,
when Fanny Bell interrupted us the
uight of the party ?
" Auxks CAROI.U"
Harly Morton went • and the story,
no doubt, was long and intereetiug, for
Morton Carroll had to t ike his tea alone,
ami Agues astonished him by walking
into the library where he was dozing
over his pajiers, and saying : ** Uncle,
permit me to inform you that thm g-n
--tleni'in,. who styles himself ' a brand
from the burning,' is from henceforth
' tnv exclusive property."
Mr. C irroll w.v* quite satisfied, and
maile Harly Morton his pirtuer ; an I be
an 1 Agues were married quietly, and
'he first intimation their d *ar five huu
lr--1 friends received of the turn affairs
uad taken, wa* the marriage-notit*—
ao car l*—iu the local papers.
The National Pawn-Shop* of Italy.
The oouul at Floronoe sends to the
department of state, Washington, an
int< r<isttng sketch of the nse and work
ing of the goveruu-ut hwn institutions
< Monte li Pieta) of Italy. First intro
duced by Bernanlo IXi Feltri, towards
the close of the fifteenth eeiitnrv, for the
relief of the indigent it at once achieved
The first establishment started with a
capital of 82.8P1, which increased j
through governmental and private Sown- '
ty to some $38,000 in 1-Wt. Profit in
excess of expenses were d vided ainoug
the pledgers, or distriliuteil to the city
I*-or. For four centuries, through po
lit teal and social changes of Italy, the
nstitution has pr'sqierisl snd rnlarged
it* work of aiding tlie poor, but not eu
riching itself at their expense.
Ou the Ist of January, 1870, tlie op
eritions of tlio Monte Di Pieta, of
Fl(>rence, were greatly enlarge! by tlie
opening of a new edifice, especially and
completely adapted for the reception,
storage and sale of pledges. It is iu
i charge of two stewards only, res]M>asihle
under heavy bonds, and appointed for
two years. Bos ness is conducted in
two sections, each for a term of two
years, the fir*t year for the receipt of
pledges, ami the second for the liquida
tion of accounts and sale of nured- emisl
pledges. Each section is in charge of it*
steward, so that the receiver of the one
.ypar lreeomca the lender the next, and
at the close of the second year his storc
ro ms are entirely empty, and his bal
ance sheet prepared for submission to
the goverume it. with such aceuracy that
the deficit for I$7G wa* but thirty-four
francs out of the total busiucsa of 9,800,* |
000 franco.
The institution is of great utility to
I all cl**es; ex-en the higher s ici tl classes
resort to it without hesitancy for relief
from temporary embarrassment, bu' the i
iu lig'-ut are mmt especially benefited, !
the low charges on their pledges not
Wing enough to defray even working
expenses, in marked contrast to the ex
orbitant profit* of unscrupulous private
_, , t
A Strange Tradition.
Among tlie Seminole Indians there ia
a singular tradition regarding the white
man's origin and superiority. They say
that when the Great Spirit made the
earth he also made tl rae men, all of
whom were fair-oomplex oned; and that
after making them he led them to the
margin of a amall lake, aud bade them
leap in and wash. Oue obeyed, and
came out purer und fairer than before; 1
the seconu hesitated a moment, during
which time the water, agitated by the
first, had become muddled, and when ho
lmthcd, lie cams np copper-colored; the
third did not leajj until the water be
came black with nmd, and lie came out
with his own color. Then the Great
Spirit laid before them three packages,
aud out of pity for his misfortune in
color, gave the black man first choice.
He took hold of each of the packages,
and having felt the weight, chose the
heaviest; the oopper-colored mau chose
the next heaviest, leaving the white man
the lightest. When the packages were
opened, the first was found to contain
spaih-e, hoes, and all the implements of
labor; the second enwrapped hunting,
fishing, and warlike apparatus; the third
gave the white mau pens, inks, and
paper, the engine of mind—the
means of mutual, mental improvement,
the social link of humanity, the founda
tion of the whit# man's superiority.
■ | VitroK EBMAJIt'KL.
NkMrk ol Ihr I .llr mhU Url l III* llrd
him <o liall Hl* laicTar,
, Viltorio l.iuiiisuuele Mmm Albi-rlo
Eugeiuo Ferdinand-- Tomiuaoo, tatter
r known on Victor F.mniitnunl 11,, king of
I Ihilv, # born m Turin, March 14,
j I trio, n>l HUB llm oldest mu f Carlo
r Alberto, of Sardinia anil Theresa,
-laughter of tin' (Iraii-I Duke IVr-ltnand,
of Tuscany. Ho nnviviHl In* wrlv sdu
l t'uliou from tiro Jesuits. lu 1842, lx-ing
t then Duk* of Savoy, lie married the
Archduohe** Adelaide, of Austria, auJ
| six vi-urn later took tin' field with liU
, fattier in thai war against Inn wife's km
, drwd. At 11ii Iwtlle of (lotto ho an*
I wounded, uutl at Novum won great ad
, miration by hi* gallantry. The latter
battle rtnultiil disastrously to the
I Italians ; ta>l Charles AlWrt, believing
. that Ills son's matrimonial alliance
, would be of service in treating with the
, eonqnertrnf general, nlnheated the
throne. Victor Emmanuel surrounded
I htnin lfst the beginning of hi* reign
with aide ministers, iu<libng favour
, and 1 ► Ajeeglnx, who gave him aid in his
diplomatic negotiations with other
[ sovereigns and in ouelling the spirit of
insurrection that liad liegun to show
itself at home. lie began his reign
• under the most unfavorable auspices,
lie had to overcome the consequences
of a disastrous war with Austria, to sub
due faction, uud t<i preserve the consti
tution, to annul which, it was said,
Austria nti<-fnptil to iuihc him with the
offer of l'arnia, by which his troops
became the comrade* of the allied
armies lu the Crimea. The same year
lie paid a visit to the British court, and
roco.ved an enthusiastic r-oeption from
i the English people. His daughter,
the l'ruiivM Glotiiilde, was given IU
marriage to I'riuce Sajsileon, eouaiu of
the laic Emperor of the French. In
1859, after a series of sanguinary battle*
with Austria, in which the Austrian*
were dcfiwted by the allied French and
Sardiuiau troops, Ausirtan power was
driven from L enbar-iv, which slate
was annexed to the Sardiuiau emwu.
He concluded with Euglund a treaty of
commerce, and obtained a treaty of
peace from Austria ui>on oouqmratively
easy terms.
In 1 vV> his moua*ehy a-sptired addi
tional oonsideiation through the eouven
tiou signed with England and Fiance,
and other inijvirtant s?at-s of the
Italian peninsula voted for their annex
ation to the vest of 11-Uy which acknowl
edged the rule of the Sardinian monarch.
After the annexation of these prol ine*-#
to hia crown, Victor Emmanuel assumed
the title of K-ng of Italy. Iu 1866,
after the " Se\en w.a ks' war," Venice was
i bled to the Italian ikmuuions, aud in
1876 the I'a pal Stat** were incorpor
ated in bis dominions, thus bringing
abont that unification of ltalv, for
which he Ita'iaus had long struggled
for, aud which we see to dav. lu 1871
Victor Kannauiiel moved bis capital
from Florence to It-me, and t-*-k tip
ll s reeldeuce iu the IlloUiial palace.
The king's tirt wife dving in 1855 he
afterwards contracted a morganatic
marriage with It >*a Verivllana, whom
lie uunle Ci/nntr-s of Miratlore
Tbo reign of Victor Emmanuel was
very eventful. Hi- pwMwml a *tubl*m,
irou will, and was noted for hi* jwrsonal
bravery. He was reganUvl as a tuan of
SMALL mental capacity, IIOWCTIT. He
:iad *frong friends and equally *tr< tig
i nemiea. He leuve* two *otis and two
. daughter*. His eldest son, Umlierto,
Priuoe of Piedmont, m hi* successor,
lie wjut I Kirn in IM4, aud is conse.iueut
iy tlnrtv-tbree yeans of *ge. He was
a major-general in the Italian army, an I
is regarded us man of independent
mind. It is thought, by persoue who
know his purjiose* lx-st, that any modi
tlcatiou of hi* fu'lier'* isilicy he may
make will be in the atiti-ciorioal interest.
He was married April 2*2, 1868, to
hi* cousin, Pnnee#* Margarita, of
Prince Amaileu*. Victor Emmanuel's
' second sou, wa* King of Spain from
I.-ember, 1870. till February, 1872,
aud i* now living in retirement in Italy.
l'ia, the second ihiughter, i* the present
Q-ie-n of Portugal.
Victor iviunanuil's fatal illness as
sumed a form at first which caused no
e*|>eoial alarm a* he hail often suffered
similar attack* an 1 rallied speedily.
Hi* extreme corpulency made him a
victim of many disorder* which men of
lessor habit escape. It was necessary
,t bleod him freely at time*, aud lu*
fondness for hunting and other open
air sports were encouraged by hi*
physician* a* a necessity of hi* peculiar
A Bey's Presence nf Mind.
The Dayton (Ohio) /tcmoerat say* :
Some boy* were skating on the ice on the
river, t>eiow the, wh'-n one of them,
whose name is R ibttison, broke through
the ice, and disappeared from sight.
His comrade* wore terror-stricken, and
j rtn away for help, not being cajvable of
rendering him any assistance. Voittig
' Robinson, it *eein*. l.a 1 more presence
of mind in hi* great trouble than his
companions, living a good swimmer,
HIMI accustomed to diving and remaining
a considerable time nu-ler water, he de
termined to "hold hi* breath," and
work hi* way out of an air-hole. The
current being pretty strong, grently
aided the lad, ar-d in a couple of minutes
lie popped up through a hole in the ieo,
and striking out with hi* hand* lie caught
the edge of the ice, and with difficulty he
maintained hi* hold, and was not swept
under tli- ice Again by the strong cur
r-'nt. Working hi* way around the strip
.of ice against which he had lodged, he
s-iou got n footing on fLe gravel at the
bottom of the river, and -aily rna<i' hi*
way to nliore by clambering out upon
the ice and skating to the l ank. Hut
hi* hand* were so benumbed that he wa*
I unable to loosen his skates, and he stum
bled along on tbein some distance liefore
he met any one to take them oil for him.
It was about supper time, and after hi*
comrades run uwuy iu their fright to get
assistance, no one was to be seen at the
i river. Before Robinson's friends arrived
at the river he hud reached home, and
tlnjy got tiding* of his safety while they
were engaged in senrrhing for hia dead
body with drift-hooka.
The Length of a Minute.
Few persons realize how long a minute
i*. The Now York Worhl relates tin* of
a witnotiH who frequently used the ex
preMion, "several miuntes:" "Now,
air. Small," said the judge, " when vou
think a minute i* gone sav 'now.' I
will aav 'now' when I wiab you to be
gin." Mr. Small nodded his entire com
prehenmon of the plan ami looked confi
dent of his ability to gue** well.
" Now," cried the judge, aud in a dead
silence the court waited. The witness
fidgeted ulxjut Ins chair, and, with a
great clock-face staring at hipi from the
wall, RUMMI the atispeuae as long a* lie
wo* able, and then cried "Now."
" -lust twelve seconds," said flic judge,
amid a chorus of laughter.
Herr Zeitteles ho* devoted eleven
i years to the study of the phylogeny of
the dog, and comes to the conclusion
that neither wolves nor foxes are in
v<>lved in the descent, but that jackal*
and the Indian wolf were the original
canine ancestors. The author recently
f road a paper before the Dresden Natu
ralist'! Society " I*i*," giving a sketch
of hi* researches and the reason* for tho
, eoncluaiona at which ha had arrived.
A Bump City.
" Oiia* Ali I winter " says in a letter
front the South to the Cincinnati (hm
tiurvinl, that the dampness of New Ur-
Icaii* upon u wet ilay impresses oue an
something pheuoiuenal. A'ou th> uot
know m the North whnt such itsiupnes*
i*. It tiescends fioi-i the clouds ami
ariM-s from the soil suioiltanomnly ; it
; exudes from wood-work; it perspires
fiolu stone. It is *|HH'tral, mysterious,
inexplicable. Strong walls and sttuit
<h*irs can not keeji 't from entering;
windows ami doors can not exclude it.
You might a* well try to lock out a
ghost. Bolls of steel ami barriers of
stone are equally uuavaihug, ami the
stour moulders, ami the steel is smitten
with red leprosy. The chill sweat Jmur
ing down from the wails, soakes into
plank lh*>rs, ami tlie cunning of the
pttjier-hauger is useless here. Carjiels
become sii thoroughly wet with the in
visible ruiu that they utter aoughy
marshy sounds under the f*E Cou
scquentlv few IIOUMSI are cr}iet*l with
in. ami those good folk* who insist ujiou
isirpets * am h-aru the folly of putting
them down on more than one or two of
the upper rooms. Matting is the substi
tute even iu the ariAt<*-ratic houses—dry
crisp, neat matting. Fajier-hangers and
corjiet-laver* would starve to death here.
If yon even lav a few sheet* of writing
paiwr upon your table at uightfall yon
will find them quite limp ami rebellious
of ink iu the morning. Articles of steel
m*t lie carefully laid away iu air tight
drawer*. The garments hung upon the
wall, tlie twiverings of beds, the well
stretched htrt* in the bureau seem as if
they had lieeti rained upon ; the stair
carpets liecome like wet turf ; ami a
tn >uldy, musty smell prevadc* the nt
Foe ia the only remedy jKiasible
ngaitiKl this itivasiou of moisture ami
mildew, ami fire* are absolutely beoes
aary in ail bedroom* aluiost all through
the wmter. Daring the daytime, in
winter mouths, doors stul window* sre
generally left open, except ou exception
ally oold or rainy days ; the fires are al
lowed to go out, and" tlie winds are in
\ited to -me in and keep thing* drv.
But when night fall*, chill mi*ts invade
the city, and exhalation# of dampness from the moist earth. This is the
case even in clear weather, and Loui*-
ianions would uot think of sleeping
without a fire in their bedroom* to dry
tae air ami bauish the spectre of damp
ness. Even iu the heat of the summer
the uight-tiewa are often heavy like
heavy rains.
In the North yon place open vessels
of water UJWIII your heatiug stoves that
tiie warm air may be kepi moist. Here
ail possible efforts are made to heat the
n.r > that it may hold m sti*j>ension a*
little moisture a* |xm*ihle. For the city
sits upon n tnnrwh, and swamps lie a Lout
her crescent boundary.
Carpets become an affliction here.
Save in the lacise of tlie wealthier,
where continual fires keep them dry,
t ley absorb the utihealtinue** of damp
ness in the wet season. They fill the
house with an olr of mnstmew* that
make* one think of bacteria and
vibrioma. aud divers other horror* of
the microscope. I say " houses of the
wealthier." because hero tliere are few
families who can afford to msintalli a
good fire fight all the year round with
the swamp dampness.
A Tea Fraud.
The New York Sun say*: Iu most of
our leading hotels ami eating house* the
tea gromi i* are savtsl by the servant*,
aml aohi part:e* wh come around iu
wagon* nt stated intervals. What they
did with the ground" wa* for a long time
n mystery. Lately, however, the secret
ha* escaped. We hear ou good stitliori
tr that they are takeu to a factory iu the
vicinity of Central l'ark, sttwptsl in
acids, and tlrosl in the snn <>u copper
plat*-*. By this process each lead ia
shrivelled, and maie to asanme its former
shape. The color i* beautiful, ami tht
eld tea odor, so familiar to all who love
this delightful driuk, is plainly recog
nized. The drying process completed,
the grounds are jsi - ksl in tin ooddies or
•eoond-hoiuled w.wslen lioxes, and dis
tnbuted throughout the country, wher
its remarkable cheapness attract* nutvor attention. 0siooally a little geu
niuo tea is mixed with this preparation.
This add* to the flavor, amt the victim
i-< more easily taken in. Much of this
t a i* said to be sold from peddler
wagon*, and eggs, butter and similar
I c*luce are sometimes received in ex
The ten is not strong enough to injure
n ivlmklv's nerve*, lint the acids used
nmy undermine the health and prove ex
tremely injurious to invalid*. The sub
stance i* not extensively sold to custom
era in large cities, through fear of injur
ing the btisitnw of those who collect the
ground*. A ten exjvert eau detect the
difference letweu tin* neooud-hand tea
ami the genuine. This faculty come*
fr uu hi* experience. "Aa a general
thing." he #y*, "fhe farmer can lay
d wti this rule —the greener the leaf ami
the brighter the calJy the poorer the
q inlity of the tea."
Whipped bj a Scribe.
A late issue of the Chicago Pint says :
THIS morning there was rather nn excit
ing scene in Justice Hain a' court-room,
which lasted foi but a few moment*.
Tue facta in the caae are alnint a* fol
lows: For some weeks past there have been
a number of article* in the Tribunr,
presumably exposes of eonlhlenee opers
tioua. One of them, which reflected on
a mnii named K>xuis, was written, a* is
supposed, bv Mr. Lewis Meaeham, the
w 11-known base ball prophet of that
piper. This morning the latter had
m me busmen* in the above mentioned
court, not altogether nnconneeted with
tl e article in question, and Koon* was
nl> present. When Mr. Meaeham had
transact!*! what bu*ines* he had to at
tend to, lie started to go out of the
room. A* he got near the door, KOOUR,
in a cowardly fashion, struck him acros*
the face with a cowhide. Mr. M enchain
promptly turned, km- hod iii* aaaailant
down, and pteparcd to dnnec on him.
While both were occupying a position
upoii the flool that cannot, strictly
speaking, be called dignified, Koon* at
tempted to further supplement his
cowardice by perforating his leveler
with a bullet." He drew a revolver oa
tctmibly for that purpose, but before he
eonhl discharge it. some of the persons
in the room interferred and wrestled the
w.■apon from him. Justice Haines,
when the belligerents had been separ
ated, made out a mittimus without the
formality of a complaint, nnd scut Koons
in custody to the jail, where he is now
ruminating over his undue haste.
The World's Three Wealthiest Men.
A report comes from Paris that the
California miner, Mr. J. W. Muekev, is
going to liny a papal earldom, and be
couic Il'Oonto di Mackey. He has lately
bewildered everytxidy by the extrava
gance of his living, and some of the
newspapers have been eompntiug his
fortune together with the fortunes of the
two richest men of the civilized world.
The table shows a heavy balance iu his
Ihtlc* qf
RalhthlM V-i ck'y.
Par rr WMM Oil 8,000,000
Par month *1,(100 00 17D.000 100,1100
P-rhM ,tWofl (MB 7.0U0
rr hour.. MOO 0
Pr nimuU If
Itsw the Mali Is t arrival Is Wtalrr Is Oar
Mltib at Ihr tt valrra I nsllsrai The*
af il>r wlrdae lrlrrs TSasaaaSs •!
Vltlra ua S**a.*liMi.
Down upon the lew. of tlie Hod river
of tlie North, below the walls of Fort
Garry, writesa Winnipeg t British Aineri
cuj corienpoiidetit of tile New York A'-e*-
in</ /\ml, there began a few days since
a dog-sledge journey which supplies
mail matter to ut leant one sixth of tire
Western continent. There were uo
swinging ixan-lua, neighing horsea, or
huge pile of leathern mail bag* to be
ser-u ; ouly the every .lay sjiectacle of a
few .log*, a few turued-up boards, and
half a dozen half breeds in their pictur
esque w iutor dress ; nous of the usual
l>eloiigiugs of the civilized mail service.
The boat Imgrnles of the summer carry
a mail iu addition to their freight; but
iu the toug winters, when the waters are
locked up tn ice and tiie plains covered
with suow, leaving scarcely a landmark
discernible by which the day's course
may IN- steered, other appliances take the
place of plauk bottoms and sturdy oars
Every year aliout the 10th December,
when the landscape is clothed in its
muter ruiuieut of white, snd tlie nvers
and lakes are covered with thick ice,
then* starts from F >rt Garry, bound
north, this accumulation of wail matter,
known us the Great Nothem Backet.
Through its agency communication is
had with every j*st in the territory.
The appliances for the carriage of this
im|>ortAtit packet are suuw-ahoes and
sledges. The latter, generally four in
nuuiU-r, are drawn by dogs, of which
there ore four to each sledge, and is
whose trapping- considerable taste and
ornament are displayed. But though
guudv ui appearance and decorated with
clinking und sinning bits of metal, rit>-
lions, etc., they are, nevertheless, neatly
fitting, simple ui design, ami jwrfectlv
adapted tu the purpose for whiofi
they are intended. Little bells,
ringing clearly, attached to each harness
cheer the spirits of men snd animals
through the long ruu* of the day. Their
drivers, one to each sledge, lightly clad
for ninuiug alongside their trains, are
shod with "uow-shoes. Each alternate
sledgt- is loaded with white fish ss pro
visions for the dog* ujHiii the louruey —
every animal receiving a single fi*h at
the termination of the day's travel—aud
pemmican aud tea for the drivers.
There i* bound upon each of the re
maining sledges a pair of stoutly cn
sttucU*. boxes, measuring about three
feet m length bv eighteen inches in
width and fourteeu inches iu depth.
These w.sslen mail bag*, when |>roper!y
packeil, contain an a*toni*liiug amount
of prints! ami written matter. Th#e
receptai-les Iwmg Mcurnl u|>on the
sledge*, the party set* forth upon it#
long journey, tlie d.g* running at a reg
ular trot front morning till night, aud
the- drivers acc-uiii|MUiyiug them on foot,
at the rnte of aliout forty miles per day.
The route taken is generally that follow
ed by the boat brigade* in the summer,
shortened whenever practicable by cross
ing point* of land jutting out into the
lakes, snd striking out overland from
liend to Wnd of tlie rivers. But the ice
forms tlie general roadway, and the
whole length of Lake Winnipeg is tra
versed to Norway House at its northern
extremity. Tin* post ouiiKtitute* what
may lie called n general distributing
office —the entire j#cket lieuig over
hauled snd repacked, so a* to separate
matter going north ami west from that
going eastward toward Hudson's Bay.
Before the nistitutiuu of mailaoouni-ct
ingpuiut* itithe Untbxl Statvw witli Fort
(inrry, all exct-aa in the amount of mail
matter transmit ted through tlie winter
packet* was so jealously guarded against
the carnage of newspajvers, as creating
sviditioual weight, and not of vital im
portance to the servicw, was iirohibtted.
with the single exception of an annual
file of the Aloutreal iiasrttr, forwarded
to the headquarters of each dejiartment
ft*r genera) jveruaal. The fifty-two
copies of tliat periodical circulated over
the vast oottntey from jswt to post until,
worn out by much service and obscured
by much patching aud pasting in order
to hold them together "til yet another
reader might oldain a perusal, they
finished their course iu a lonely station,
in latitude sixty-seven degrees thirty
minutes north, where, 1 am credibly
Informed, certain ancient fragments cf
them are yet to le seen. At this date,
however. uew*j>aper*. once so rare and
highly prized, lorm the bulk ot the con
tents of the company's inward-bound
packet. In fact, many ol tlie officers
are regular snbacrilra to daily journals
which reach them from six mouths to a
year after date of publication; so that,
with the exception of the events of the
year jn*t passed, the dwellers under the
shadow of the pole are as well informed
as we as t i the doings of the great world.
The content* of the outward and in
ward-lxuind mails of thin snaraely settled
territory pnwrut -inking differences
iu appearance, which mid to the ninny
peculiarities of u jieculiar service. The
difference lit* in the pretence in the in
ward rami of newspapers, periodicals
und other printed matter, Ivanng a gen
erally soiled, postmarked and frayed n*-
joet, contrasting strongly with tne pnre
white envelopes which constitute the
sole contents of the out ward-hound mail.
Occasionally, too, there appears a
strangely-gotten up ]>areel of the inner
hark "f the birch tree doing dntT as
writing paper. Again, a particularly
white and thin parchment will ticar news
from some isolated friend, who wishes
to make his letters memorable in more
wnys than one. These latter styles of
correspondence are, however, bnt some
of the many ways of passing the time in
the interior conntry, wher • a great part
of the year is passed in idleness.
The runners in charge of the mail
packets are generally half breeds, whose
capacity for rapid traveling has l>eeu
tested. They are uot unimportant men
either in their own eyes or in the eyes
of other people. But, with the excep
tion of physical endurance of a steady
trot for dsya at a time, their necessary
qualifications are not many. In travel
ing they skirt the shores of the water -
conises. selecting camping places for the
night in some sheltered thicket, or un
der the lee of some projecting hank, to
escape the fierce winds which sweep
over the level prairies. The snow is
scraped away from a space sufficiently
large to admit of a huge tire and the
spreading down of blankets by means
of a snow-shoe used as a shovel. Dry
wood is collected in large quantities, the
pcmmican and |tea served, the sledges
turned up to wan! off the blasts, and the
runners, wrapped in a few blankets, re
tin' for the night. The warmth of fire
and blankets is augmented by the vital
heat of the dogs, occupying the bed
with their masters. A regular episode
of the night, however, consists in the
oldest dog of the tniin howling a dismal
soprano solo, in which the remainder
join in varying chorus, until stopped by
the whip-stocks of the drivers. Before
daybreak they nro nwnke, and with a of pemmican and
ten the day's travel liegins.
They pass through strnnge scenes
upon their journeys—withered woods,
thnmgh which the winds howl end
shriek shrilly, and endless level ex
panses of snow, Uie glare of whose un
snllie 1 whiteness blinds the traveler.
The solitude of the vast region is un
broken, save when the dog sledge with
It* peal of silver bells in winter, or the
swiftly-passing host brigade, resonant I
TERMS: ®2.00 a Yoar, in Advance.
with the songs uf tlie summer vuyayrur*,
iiiLrudtM with its momentary variation
on the shriek of the all-penetrating
mud, the ripple of the stream, tlie roar
of the thunder toned waterfall, or the
howl of the wtld beaeta of Uie fornata —
the uudialurbod umaeasuai of the In
dian hunter and hia prey. From the
morning when the packet left the office
at Fort Garry to the evening when the
solitary dog-train—laat of many—drags
tlie same packet, now reduce.l to a tiuv
bnudle, into the enrloaure of La Pierre •
House, more than oue hundred nights
have lieen pass..l in the great northern
forest* ; more than three thousand miles
have been traversed ; a aoote of different
log trains hate hauled the pocket,
sending off branch dog-packets to the
right and left. It was mid-winter when
it started ; it arrives just as the sun
shine of m'd-Msy is beginning to carry a
faint whi*jH*r of coming spring tu the
valleys of the Upper Yuoou.
A Ghastly War Scene
A Busman offi -er, writing to a friend
in Cleveland, Ohio, gives the following
j horrible narration, a translation uf wbich
we copy from the HeraUai that city. He
aaya: Coming to a place where the road
somewhat widened, about two miles from
Telia, we halted, aud after driving away
aud cutting down m a abort skirmish a
party of Turks who were busy robbing
our dead, we *topj>ed to form before
going on. As I rode along the front
shouting out orders to my agon ia
ing cry for help arrested my attention. I
liaiktsi round. Nothing but hespeof lead
everv where. Of these none ueedeu me.
Rut hark* once more,snd again snd again
theae piteous cries. Hsatily dismount
ing, I threw the bridle over my sound
arm a&.l ran toward some bushes from
l>ebind which the sounds prooeeded, and
there, in a small pool of clotted blood,
lay that which I at first failed to reoog
inze as a human being, though human
it certainly was iu its pite.ui* cries, and
the seemingly gloved hands that clutch
ed air and earth in their agony. The
rest, from tlie waist upward, was one
mass of raw, quivering flesh—the face
featureless, eye-UJ# and eyes cut out,
the man flsysl alive, all but the hands,
whose white akin at first gave tlie im
premiou of their lieing gloved. This
ghastly object lay a few steps from a
lea.l horse, one of our own regiment's
golden bays. Faint at heart I bent over
the sufferer, evidently one of our own
men, but now mangled recogni
tion. He pravel for death with his
poor torn lips, and in a minute more W..
our surgeon, and two more <if our officers
were by my side. I made room for W.,
who stooped for s few sscouds over our
comrade, and then rising, sadly shook
his bead, murmuring "no help." A
sudden impulse prompted me to seize
the poor helpless hand in my own, and
pressing it. whisper a few words of com
fort. At the sound of my voice came
tlie sadder appeal " N.C'lai, for old
friendship's sole, send s bullet through
my heart!" This voice sounded so
strange Iv familiar, aud yet 1 could not
recognize it. "Who are you?" "Alexis
S." Alexis, my old schoolmate, who had
s few hours ago shared my breakfast by
our bivouac fire, ami then rode away,
lutndaotne and bold, at the head of our
gallant first squadron. He had fallen
wounded, helpless. Lis horse shot under
him, and the fiendish Turks were slowly
torturing him to death when our ap
proach drove them sway. Claspum my
hand in his, he still begged for death.
My revolver was empty, discharged in
the scuffle s few moments before. I
looked at W., who silently drew out liia,
and shuddering in everv nerve, placed
the muzzle against 8. 'sbresat, and, writb
averted face, fired twice in succession,
while I still pressed the poor bond in
mine. We wrapped liim up in my cloak
and placing him in tlie shallow ditch,
rolltnl sb >ulder over him, and then,
with our hands still m- iat with his blood,
we swore to each other never to empfv
the last chamber of our pistols, but al
ways to reserve a shot for ourselves and
friends, should any of us, wounded, have
to lie left beliind. May a quick death,
a soldier*"a.death, be oars.
An F.x-fJevrrnor's Career
General Charles Clarke, ex-governor
of Minaisaippi, died a few day* ago at the
age of sixty-eight. He served in tlie
Mexican war a* a volunteer, but was
sent home invalided as a consumptive
by the surgeous. Their verdict Dr.
Warren Stone, the highest authority of
tlie Southern faculty, confirmed, one
lung having perished completely, and
tlie lieutenant was advised to go home
and lead the quiet life of a planter,
avoiding all excitement, whereby he
might prolong his life for eighteen
months, or perhaps even for two years.
He went home but did not die ; indeed,
after serving in the legislature snd
several public office* he wa* alive to
head a Confederate brigade at Shiloh.
As he parte-1 from Colonel W. H.
McArdle, a veteran Mississippi journ
alist, he said ; " I think you will have a
good rhanoe of publishing that obituary
which von promised me tliirtoeu years
ago. I have outlived all the doctors,
but 1 am not so confident tliat I shall
eseajio the hall* and shells which I shall
l>e compelled to face to-day." After the
first day's battle General Clarke was
lmrne to the rear, wrapped in a blanket
saturated with blood. "You can pub
lish that obituary now—be baa met with
a soldier's death," wa* the remark of
one of those who Lire him, and the
obituary wa* shortly afterwards publish
ed in the New Orleans papers. Shortly
after tlie battle of Baton Rouge,
however. General Clarke wss seen again
at New Orleans. He hod been shot
through Uie body at Shiloh and left on
the field, to be taken prisoner, to re
cover and to be exchanged; and at
Baton Rouge n mime-ball broke bis
thigh near the socket. Dr. Stone was
the surgeon who now brought round the
man he had condemned to a speedy
death in 18AM. aud though his leg was
shortened several inches. General
Clarke lived to be governor of Missis
aipju and to die fifteen years later quiet
ly in his led. having buried several
generation* of ihs-tors, gone through
two wars wiUi only one lung, beeu twice
left for dead on >he field ol battle, and
seen his obituary published.
A Big Eagle.
Mr. Jas. Hamilton, who lives near But
ler, iu Tyler county, killed a gray eagle
u few days sgo that measured seven feet
and three inches from tip to tip of wings.
The dsy before the bird was killed it
made a swoop at a little four vesr old
girl of Mr. Hamilton's who, with her
*ister, was on the roof of the piazza dry
ing some walnuts, and might have seri
ously harmed her had his effort not been
oliatmoted bv the overhnnging limbs of
some shade trees. Such birds are not
common in this section.— C\>lwabus
(da.) Times.
A Sweet Plant.
Who waa the member of the Agnssiz
Club victimized with a Christinas pres
cut of s " Norway Sensitive Plant ?"—a
little brown thing stuck in an old flower
pot—leafless, but promising "sweet per
lnme, if kept in a warm place and water
ed carefully," but whicb after weeks of
watching and waiting was found to be a
dead mouse buried head foremost with
its tail in tbw air. — La/ayatf* (InriA
Eat Graham pudding and milk for
Mend coal scuttle* with Hour paste
and Can km flannel.
A cement of ashes and aril will atop
crack* in a stove.
Wick* must be changed frequently to
insure a good light.
To RuMovarn Own*.— Two ounces of
common tobacco boiled in a gallon of
aster ia used by dealers for renovating
old riothea. The atuff ia rubbed on with
a stiff brush. The good* are nicely
cleaned, and, atrauge to add, no tobaeeo
mo® 11 remain*.
VIKBUAM.—A cheap vinegar consists
of twenty-five gallon* of warm rain
water, with four gallona of treacle and
fme gallon of veairt. The mixture can
be used after it haa bean allowed to
To Sorrta WAT**.— Hard water* arts
rendered very *oft and purs, rivalling
distilled water, by merely (toiling a two
ounce phial, aay m a ketileful of water.
The carbonate of lime and any impuri
-IMM will be found adhering to the phial.
The water boils very much quicker a*
the same time.
SODA IK WASRIMO. —Soda moat net be
used in cleansing colored clothes, aa it
change* many colors. If white clothes,
after being washed with soda, are not
perfectly freed from it by rinaing in
Cure water, they will turn yellow when
eated or ironed, or even in drying be
fore a fire. Once produced, this yellow
color ie difficult to gat rid of.
We have for years been aware of the
value of sunflower seed* in the fall of the
year, and in the winter, too, aa food for
fowls. Thi* plant should be grown by
every poultry grower in the country who
has the opportunity to grow only a few 1
stock* even. For it* properties for
ghawwg the plumage of exhibition birds
are altogether remarkable. Buckwheat
properly fed, will operate similarly;
but the latter ia by far too heating in
its nature, in comparison with tha
Thi* plant is a very gross grower, but
it yields wondroualy, and may be set in
any soil where other fruit or vegetable*
cannot be conveniently raised—for ex
ample, along the aides of fenct a, or say- :
where where the nl is act so easily cul
tivated ss in the open fields. If given
a good chance—as other grain* have—
it will grow luxuriantly, and will well
repay it* care, for its yield is many hun
dred fold under any ordinary cultiva-
TLf great Russian sunflower is bow a
new tiling with us, in this country, sad
a marvelous improvement upon the old
style seed. The flowers are double the
average dimensions of the common
South A men ran variety, so well known
any/.ng as, and as a bearer it far excels
the latter in the number of large aeeds
it ripens upon its more expanding and
heavier stalks.
The Kuaaian sunflowers to the Amer
ican what the stalk and ear of the field
raaxc are to the pop-corn variety, in or
dinary culture.
MeSteal Hlsu.
Chickks Bboth. —A broth or tea pre
pared from young chicken ia, of all
decoctions of animal matter, the m<t
readilv digested, and ia especially suit
able lot delicate invalids, where great
irritability of the stomach exists.
Cajcuui ik tub Morm.—A writer in
the Household sava a remedy for this ia
to take the inside bark of peach-tree
twigs of bait year's growth and make a
pint of strong tea, then add a lump of
burnt alum, the aiae of a hickory not,
flnely pulverised, sweeten with booey,
and wash frequently.
Cooxisu fob thi 81 ex.—Nothing so
innch conduces to the successful treat
ment of invalid* as good nursing and
proper cooking, yet how few cooks can
serve up a basin of soup, or gruel, or
broth, in a proper manner to fit the
whimsical appetite of a oouvaleaoent.
Some one should write a confine manual
of cooking for invalids. •
Caorp Rkbept. —Croup osn be cured
in one minute, aud the remedy is simply
alum ami sugar. The way he accom
i plish the deed is to take a knife or grater
I aud shave off in small particles about a
teaspoonful of alum; then mix it with
about twice its quantitv of sugar, to
make it palatable, aud administer it as
quickly as possible. Almost instantane
, ous relief will follow.— lUnton Tran
, script.
lianas PlaiU.
Dust, insects, dry air and over-water
ing are the principal difficulties they
have to contend with. By arranging
Kome light covering to put over them
while the room is being swept, aud an
; occasional syringing in the bath" tab,
kitehen sink, or elsewhere, supplement
ed by sponging I lie leaves of all smooth
leaved plants, this great enemy to plant
health may be kept under.
Insects may be mainly kept off bv
hand picking and a brush ; if needed,
apply tohaco#wster, or arrange a box or
Itarrel in which they may be thoroughly
fumigated with toheoco smoke.
Over-wateruig kills mora plant* than
dryness. Pots m the house, especially
the handsome glased ones, should lie
provided with abundant drainage—
broken pots, cinders, oyster shells,
anything to make open layer at the bot
tom ; then a layer of moss, to keep the
earth irom washing down, and then a
soil made so o)>en by saud that it will
always allow the water to pass through.
With these precautious there is no
danger, but where the surface of the
soil is muddy an hour after watering,
there is something wrong, and plants
will not thrive.
The Beds of Antiquity.
About the earliest data that we have
concerning beds are of Egyptian origin,
and they are very slight Sir Gardiner
Wilkinson thinks that the Egyptians
usually slept on their day-eonehea, which
were long and straight, sometimes with
a hack, sometimes with carving of the and feet of animals at the ends,
made of bronze, of alabaster, of gold ana
ivory, of inlaid wood and richly cushion
ed. Where these were not in use, mate
replaced them, or low pallets made of
nulm-bougha, with a wooden pillow hol
lowed out for the head. What Egypt
had, Assyrian and the rest of the world
hsd; ami the Greek, whenever he oould,
improved upon other countries' notions;
aud liv Greek oonclt. judging from the
bus ri lieU on many vases, was of graat
elegsw <. The Romans, although re
ceiving so many of their customs and so
much of their art from Greece, had very
simple beds until after their eastern
couqut sts. Indeed beds which, with
their pillows, were merely hollows in a
slab of stone, have been found among
Roman remains. But from the period
when their Asiatic dominion increased,
the Romans borrowed fsaloons from the
oonquered, and they developed a strong
taste for luxury, especially in the matter
of beds. Examples of the Roman form
of bed were stil 1 preserved in the dsys of
Charlemagne. In the meantime, of
course, in the hsroerie life of Northern
aud Western Europe, these forms gener
ally being lost, it was an advance in
civilization when the bench become the
bed, and people were fastidious enough
at lsst to feel above sleeping on bundles
of straw or heaps of skis upon flags.
Item* of literwi
PwtHdfn* n* piky birdß
alwm r* 41® gwme.
aw w good because goodness
pays l*,*t; tomt* good for nothing.
Archibald Gordon of Granville, N. 0.,
is the father of twenty-seven *• b J
una wi ia. i ■ - • *
A short tun* previous to the death of
for him.
A OtentanaM ">estv " reporter seye
" there's no end to halls," Balls, we
believe sr always round.— Norrittou-n
Blankets are "the circulating me
dian " of the native* of Vancouver. The
| oohcat chief* ha** them stored by the
j hundred. ,
At a dinner of ahocmaker* the follow
-1 ing toast waa given: " May we hare all
' the women is the country to shoe, and
! all the man to bocri"
! How bnadr tha town cow goaf
fur th fodder of bar country fote-
Hbe cumba into tha wagon bo*
iWardl*** of the oetl-afaned rock*,
and eat* bar All ef straw, lb* while
Hie- weara a ptaoaful, pewira walk.
General Grant paaaed in review a
regiment of roval Berwaglieri troop
In IWmtof the palace at Naples, and waa
•h-ltirhtml, aiwording to the local reporta,
by their aplendid drill.
Tbwgovernor of Guatemala haa given
a targe tract at land to two American
gentlemen, oo condition that they ahall
cultivate it in the hjghest atyle of
American agriculture.
" Mv Jeer,"said a wife to her bna
hand. " I really think it ia time w# bad
a greenhouse." "Wall, my love, paint
it aov aolor you please ; red, white, or
j green will at r," responded the hue
* FIWPA Tkm i"
Three men being in a aaloon, one
called for a dram, beaauaa he waa hot.
'"Bring me another," any* hia "com
panion, "became I am cold." The
third, who ant bv and beard them, called
oat: "Hare, boy, bring me a glaaa,
because 1 kka it.
M. Hugoaa, the Marseilles journalist
who lately killed another jonrnaliat in a
dual, haa wrtUon from Italy to any that
be will give bixnaelf up at a proper time.
He concludes hia letter to the author) -
tiea : "I will answer to the law with
mv heart broken, bat my head erect,
i When we have killed a man in a duel
we are sufficiently puniabrd by hia
" Sound," arid the school-master, "ia
what you hear. For inatance, yoa can
not feel a Bound." "Oh yea, yoa can,"
said a amart boy, "John Wilson," re
torted tha p*\agt*n>> "bow do yoa
that oat? Wliat aound can yoa
'eeir*. '.'A aound thraahing," quickly
replied the unart boy. "Correct," aaid
be school-master. "Come up." And
'hat nnart boy felt and smarted.
Among the friends of Lord Brougham
waa a lady who always expected a
present when ahe received ealla on the
anniversary at her birth. Lord Broug
liam, called upon one of theae days,
forgot hia present, but with ready
presence of mind aetxed upon the finest
ornament he could find in the ante-room,
wrapped it carefully up in a piece at
paper and presented it. The bulr was
exeeaaivriy pleased aritb the gift, and
never discovered that ahe had possessed
it before.
The following line* were taken from
a young lady's bymn-book. a few days
MK, which' the thoughtlessly left in
-1 L .
Huron z
-1 tan* to rain—b* doa* not own* .
Ltosr ! <Wr : what shall I do?
loan not hates u I ought,
rule* be batons too.
Ho might havaecaseao well as not—
What plague# those faOowt are !
HI bet be't fast asleep at house.
Or aasotoag <gir.
It seems to be the ambition of all
young wives to look well when snv one
caiia The other dsy a south side bride
heard a ring at the front door. The
maid was out sod she rushed up stairs
to "fix up" A little before admitting
the caller. There was a moment of
lightning work before the dressing esse.
Quicker than it takes to tell it a ribbon
wm fastened at her throat, a flower
stabbed into her hair, a flaah of powder
on bar fare, and she was at the door,
all smiles and blushes. The gentleman
said he had walked from Memphis, and
couldn't remember that he had taste. 1
food moot he left Cincinnati.—Oif City
The " gold " gilding so profusely used
for ornamental purposes at the present
dav is said to be silver leaf, turned
vellow and golden by the application of
shellac. The discovery ol the process
ia accredited to a German tinsmith, who,
while soldering a saucepan, aocident
atlv drr.pp.vl upon the metal some of
the roam he had been using. This
changed the bright tin to a sort of dead
yellow, resembling gold. The applica
tion of the observation which this
humble workman made yean ago, ia the
gilding process of to-day.
Among the novelties of the New York
eat show is a dleek, grey creature that
can play tag, hide and seek, aud skip
the rope; a black cat that has never
been blest with teeth, but which en
joys life verv well without them;
" Jacob " —a white and gray that former
ly belonged to the Brooklyn lire depart
ment, and rode to all the fires on the
engine, but now, being fifteen years
old, he has retired from active service ;
the " nautical oat," only four years old,
that has crossed the ocean sixteen times;
•' Mother Puss," whose kittens, 173 in
number, are scattered the wide world
over ; and "Joe," a performing cot that
sits in a cage with canary-birds, aud at
his master's bidding, but with a protest
ing mew touches off a eannou without
tfards ef WMem.
Ii yon would know, and not be known,
live ut a city.
National enthusiasm ia the great nurs
ery of genius.
Druti Win far turns a man out of him
self, an<n*evee a beast in the room.
Crows are never the whiter for wash
ing themselves.
Contempt will sooner kill an injury
than revenge.
Compliments cost nothing, yet many
pay dearly for them.
Fire and sword are bnt alow engines
of destruction when compared with the
Men look at the faults of others with a
telescope—at their own with the same
instrument reversed, or not at aIL
Harsh words and harsh requirements
have many a time alienated a child's
feelißgn and crushed out all love of
The gneatest luxury of riches is that
thev enable you to escape so much good
advice. The rich are always advising
the poor: but the poor seldom venture
to return the compliment.
An instance decides the life of man
and his whole fate; for after lengthened
thought the resolve is only the act of a
moment; it is the man of sense that
seises on the right thing to be done; it
is ever dangerous to linger in your selec
tion of this and that, and so by your
hesitation get confused.
A Slow Palse.
Some interesting statements are re
ported to have been made at S meeting
of the Clinical Society, London, showing
that a slow pulse may in nowise inter
fere with health. The most remarkable
ease, perhaps, was that of Dr. Hewan,
as related by himself. It seems that
twenty-one years ago, after prolonged
study and work, his pulse fell from
seventy to fifty-five, aud he ,/elt very
oold; fro® tii at time its frequency
gradually decreased until about eleven
rears later, when it was but' twenty
four beats per minute. Its present
rates are aboat twenty-eight. Notwith
standing this, he has not suffered from
f ninting fits or cold* ; is capable of great
physical exertion—of whicu evidence is
to be found in his ascent of a high
mountain- and his digestion remains
unimpaved* . Another speaker said
that Napoleon had a alow pulse, being
about thirty to forty P 6 * minute ; and
another "stated the,rate of a horse's
pulse to be only sixteen.