The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, September 19, 1878, Image 1

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    A Dinner and a Kb*.
"1 hare brought your dinner father,"
The blacksmith a daughter aaid.
As he took froin her arms a kettle
tnd lifted ita ahining lid.
There'* not any pie or pudding,
1 trill give you tin*,"
And upon hia toil-worn forehead
She left the childish kis*.
The blackanuth took off hi a apron
Vnd tlined in happy mood.
Wondering much at the aaror
Hid in hi* humble food;
While all about him were vlaiona
Tnll of prophetic bliaa;
diet he never thought of magic
Jn hi* little daughterV Viae.
While ahe with her Kettle awinging.
Merrily trudged away,
St 'pping at alght of a squirrel,
Catching aouie wild bird's lay.
And 1 thought how many a ahadotr
Of life and fate we would miaa,
If a!way* our frugal dinner*
Were reasoned with a kias.
CtoeJs live and die : faith follow* faith,
tVwd* prove but mockeries of the will;
And dreams that were to-uiortvV* arv>
To-morrow * still.
Subtly, in all our good the thread
O. ill ia wrought; our fairest fair
la dragged to earit in being ours.
And traileth there !
Light follow* light, and caeh grow* dim '
The }{reseat will be as the {vast ;
Wave lirwaka on wave, and wk ia strong
As each is last 1
Life laaaa on faith, and pressed hard !
K.uth erica to Ood, ami only stand*
Whoa, bearing dfe upou our hi east,
She clasp-* lW* hand*.
Ttic distant hills are darkucs* ; hnt
The morrow brings the morrow * light ;
'lsk\ much i* oum—to-day to do
The present tig lit.
Tin* much i* ours, *gd things beyond
In love's own w.sdoni hidden he 1
Hut thia les close hand—to do
Ilia will, and die.
OcmFternatton w lepiotvJ *h
faces of tlic fa .oup iv.-- .u. .co u>
kw it, when i o ...-tied reading the let
ter 1 had just received from aunt.
The group consisted of myself—Mary,
eldest daughter of the house aud hearth
—brown, d. rk-eyed, tall, and eighteen;
Helen, uot quite as brown, haatJ-cyed,
almost as tall, and sixteen; Will, brown
er, darker-eyed, a head shorter, and ten;
and Carrol, towering above ns all, blue
eyed, fair-hatred, goldcu-uiustaehed, and
Auut was, in fact, our great-aunt, sis
ter of our father's mother, but the only
aunt, groat or little, U;at we had ever
known. We had met her but two or
three times during our lives, as she lived
in far-may Illinois, and was too much
occupied with gnuns and herds to think
of frequent visiting, and we—well, we
we.e too poorly provides! with gold and
silver to be able to take long ami ex
pensive jonrneys. So what little visiting
there had been had been on our aunt's
aide, with one exception, and then I was
the visitor. It was when I was about
tifteen this short bnt memorable visit
look place. Yielding to aunt's repeated
solicitations —I was her namesake—l
started from home with the intention of
spending the summer months on the
Illinois farm. I arrived there safely,
was welcomed heartily, and entertainer!
right royally; but before a week had
passed away I had grown so tired of the
seeming boundlessness of every thing,
and longed so for the little cottage and
Lillipqtian garden where grew my three
rose-bushes—one red, one white, and one
a creamy yellow—that aunt, seeing the
longing" in my eyes, said, "Child, you
must go back," and back I came long
before I was expected, bnt my dear
father and mother mam red me not a
moment too soon.
We children had always hoard twice a
year from annt—once collectively at
Christmas, and onoe respectively on our
birthdays—aud each time the kiudiy
note which exhorted us to "be good,
industrious, and self-reli: ~ :-..dosed a
check larger or smaller, according to
aunt's gains the preceding year. These
notes we had been taught to answer with
many wishes for the old lady's welfare,
and thanks for her kindnesses, and hopes
for a speedy meeting: in short, in a
manner befitting the only nieces and
nephews of the Carmody family
replying to the friendly epistlee of their
only aunt, to say nothing of that aunt
being the wealthiest and most influential
member of that familv.
A few days before our father died he
called us together, and said: " My chil
dren, it isn t at all likely to occur, but
il ever annt should ask a favor of you,
grant it, a* no matter what inconven
ience. She has been my best and dear
eat friend."
Poor father! I suspect aunt had
often helped him out of pecuniary
difficulties. He was an unpractical,
dreamy sort of man, fond of birds and
poetry and flowers, and didn't succeed
very well in life. But, in spite of his
dreaminess and his want of worldly tact,
and his being so totally unlike her in
most ways, be was a great favorite of
aunt's, and when we telegraphed his
serious illness to her she left her vast
possessions without a captain at a mo
ment's notice, and hastened to his side,
making her appearance in a bonnet that
immediately suggested the prairies, it
was so unlimited as to size and so bare
of ornament, and which grotesquely
obtruded itself into the remembrance of
that sad time forever after.
Sin* father's death things hadn't
been very bright with us. In fact, they
hadn't been bright at all.
We found there w:is a good deal of
money owing, and what remained of the
two hundred dollars aunt gave us on the
day of the funeral—she bade as " good
bye " the instant the ceremonies were
over—after our very cheap mourning
was paid for, went to the butcher,
grocer and shoemaker.
We were all willing to do, all did,
whatever we could to ward supporting
the household; but, dear 1 dear! talk
about weeds. 1 never saw anything
grow like bills.
Oarrol, who had an artistic turn of
mind, straggled with it, and I, who hail
a dressmaking turn of mind, straggled
with that, and Helen straggled with her
books, hoping to become a teacher in
time, and little Will straggled wttli
somebody else's books, for he went into
a publishing house as errand-boy—poor
fellow 1
Besides the struggles, we had mother
on our minds. A few weeks after we
lost our fa the* we lost oar baby sister. ,
A beautiful child ahe was, as bright as a
diamond ami as fair as a pearl, and the
pride and darling of us all. Already
sinking beneath the blow of her hus
band's death, when her little dnughter
lied, too, my mother's heart was almost
broken. From being a sunshiny, en
ergetic, busy woman, she became listless
and apathetic, sitting in her room day
after day gazing upon the pictures of
the loved ones, or rocking back and
forth, her hands clasped before her,
looking with dry eyes upon vacancy.
" O that she could be made to weep 1
that she could be roused from this
dreadful speechless gloom iuto which
she hml fallen!" was our continual
prayer, for the terrible thought came to
us often fhat we should lose our mother
in a much worse way than we had our
father and sister—that her brain would
at last give way beneath its weight of
heavy, despairing thoughts.
Well, the exchequer was low enough ;
and mother hail had one of her very bad
spellf; and a lady customer had just
l >oell in and abused me—yes, abused ;
I can use no other word ; women do fly
ID snch temper at their dress makers—
about the fit of her dress, declaring it to
be " utterly ruined," when it only want
od taking up a little on one shonlder and
lettiug down au inch or so in front; and
Will's right arm was almost disabled
from ft heavy load of books he bail car
ried a long distance the day before (how
men can have the heart to give a man'B
bnrdeu to a child I can't see)-wheu
aunt's letter fell like a bomb-shell into
our very nearly disheartened little camp.
"DEAR FOLKS —A friend of mine—
an luglishman" (aunt's language was
oorrect enough, but at timea her spelling
FRED. KURTZ, Kilitor and "Proprietor.
was somewhat peculiar)— •• who came
here purporting to start in business,
book the fever, lingered a few- luontlia,
and died, leaviug, heaven kuoww why.
hi* oulv child, a daughter, who will
eventually lie a not - to-be-sniffed-at
aires#, to my care, liaviug IHHUI deh
cately reaml m the midst of dovotiou
ati-l tenderness, thia place, oulv suited
to bold, atroug natures, is a little too
ruff for her. So alio desire# -at least 1
desire for her—*, home iu the North,
and 1 wish that home to lie with von.
"My niece Marv, who inherits the
disposition of her lather to a great de
gree—ami be would hare gene out of hia
way any day to give even a dutu brute
pleasure—will, 1 am sure, lie kind to
tier. Carrot will love her for her beau
ty, if for nothing else, and the rest of
you will love her because ahe is most
lovable. Her maid wlli accompany her.
"At present her affairs are in a tan
gle, but I hope to unravel them <n the
course of a few mouths, ami tiieu you will
lie recompensed for whatever extra ex
pense she may cause you. I would iu
cloeea check at present writing, but all
my funds are invested in a speculation
from which I except to reap much pro
fit. IXi the best vou oau until you hear
from me again, when I will farther un
fold my plans in regard to Mi as Ash bell,
who, by the-bye, starts to-morrow.
" A CUT."
No wander consternation and disn ay
were depicted on everv countenance
wheu I ceased reading tins letter. No
wonder we looktvl gaspingly at each
other. What in the world were we to
do with this fine young lady iu our hum
ble home f
What could aunt be thinking about!
True, she didu't know exactly how jxvr
we were, for we'd been too proud to ac
knowledge our extreme poverty in our
few and far-between letters. On the
contrary, I am afraid we hail led her to
believe that we were in quite a donrish
mg condition. But for all that, she
ought to have known that we were not
flourishing enough to support a delicate
and beautiful girl, used to luxury, ten
derness, and devotion, for eveu a few
months. Was ever any thing so mala
propos and vexatious ? Of course Miss
Ashbell would look with scorn on our
seven roomed dwelling, with a back gar
den twenty-five by twenty-five, and a
court-yard teu by ten. And suppose—
as aunt, with a short-sightedness very
unusual to her, complacently remarked
—Carrol should fall in love with her ?
The proud English girl would no doubt
regard him as a fortune-hunter, and in
vidiously compare his frank, impulsive,
rather brusque manners with the repose
and "awful" dignity of the languid
swells of her own land.
And somebody else might be attracted
toward her—men are so susceptible to
woman's beauty—somebody who now
thought my brown face the sweetest in
the world. The very thought made my
heart stop beating.
And the maid? Even if we could
make arrangements to accommodate her
—and it seemed utterly impossible for
us to do so—Betty, onr failhfnl servant
for the last fifteen years, would look
upon her in the light of an interloper,
and treat her as such. Betty had been
used to being "monarch of all she sur
veyed." Even in house-cleaning tunes
—those times that try men's souls and
women's soles—she scorned the idea of
an assistant.
"No, ma'am, I'll have no strangers
pokin' roan' me. When I'm not able to
do the work of this house alone, I'll go."
And mother—dear, shrinking, grief
stricken mother—how wonld she bear
the advent of this dainty Miss Ashbell ?
But we conld do nothing to avert the
impending miafurtnne. Even if we had
thought of disobeying our father's last
command, and refusing aunt the favor
she had not asked, bnt, in her usual
decisive way, taken for granted, the
young lady was on her way, and would
be here in a day or two.
The news must be immediately broken
to mother and Betty. I, being the
housekeeper, undertook to face the lat
ter. I must confess I did t with fear
and trembling. She heard me grimly,
never ceasing to pare the potatoes she
held in her lap, and when I hail ended,
looked up witn a sharp nod of her head,
and said, slowly and emphatically:
"Betty'll have to go now, sure. She
can't stand no fine young ladies and sas
sy young ladies-maids about for no
Helen went to mother, put her arms
about her neck, and with a kiss and a
smile told her of the expected visitor,
adding, with an assumption of gnyety:
"She sha'n't come near you at all, mam
ma dear, if yon don t want her; but you
know annt has been so kind to us, and
father loved her so dearly, it wonld be
impossible to refuse the first favor she
ever asked of us."
Mother said never a word, but began
brushing the hair back from her tem
ples with both hands in a nervous way
she had when anything grieved or an
noyed her.
And then we began preparing for Miss
Aahbell. Will's room was to be given
np to her, and Will (Carrol's room was
scarcely large enough for himself aud
his art traps, as he called them) uas to
be stowed away in the loft—a proceed
ing which he viewed with immense dis
satisfaction. " I'll smother np there in
hot weather," he said, with a wry face.
"Oh, I wish there wasn't any Miss
,Ashbell ! Why don't she go to a
hotel ?"
" Why don't she?" echoed I.
I said' we began to prepare for her,
but for lack of the before-mentioned sil
ver and gold, our preparations were of
the simplest kind. Carrol made and put
up two pretty brackets, and bung, with
a sigh—for he hated to part with them—
tue few pictures he possessed on the
walls. I looped back the white curtains
(freshly washed and ironed, with much
grumbling, bv Betty) with new blue
ribbons, and I covered the trunk, otto
man with bright chintz, and with Helen's
help made a new mat to place liefore
the bureau, and we turned an old table
cloth into napkins, and bonght a new
napkin-ring and two or three cut-glass
goblets and a lovely china cup and sauc
er, and when all was done, waited with
anxious hearts for our unwelcome guest.
Mother had shut herself up in her
room early in the morning of the day
we expected her, and had remained
there; and the rest of ns were all as un
comfortable as poor, proud, shy, sensi
tive people could be at the thought of a
perfect stranger's ingress into the very
heart of their home, and wishing audibly
and inaudibly that Miss Ashbell's father
had never brought her from England,
when, as the sun set in the west, and a
cool summer breeze, fmgrant with the
breath of the roses, lifted the curtains of
our oozy bay-window, a carriage stopped
at onr door.
"She's come, and I'm gone," said
Will, flinging down his book and rnh
, ing out into the garden.
Carrol rose from his chair, ran his
fingers through his golden hair, ant}
glanced in the mirror at his new blue
silk neck-tic. Helen sank back on the
lounge with a sort of groan; and I opened
i the parlor door as Betty went muttering
; through the entry in answer to the bell.
"Is it Mrs. Carmody's ?" asked a
pleasant voice, with—yea, it was a slight
: brogue.
" Yes," answered Betty, shortly. And
in another moment a round-cheeked,
unmistakable red-haired, good-nato red
looking young girl in a plain traveling
dress stood before me.
"Hi x>d gracious ! is thi* the bekuty ?"
thought I; and Carrol fell back a step
or two.
" Are yiiti MisaCarmodvt" she asked.
"! aiu," 1 replied, holding out my
hand; " and let mo welcome yon;" when,
turning from me, she gently pulled for
ward iuto the room the loveliest little
child 1 had ever beheld tu my life, with
large soul-lit brown eyes, mid sunny
hail the exact iMlor of our lost darling's.
"This i* Miss Asltbsll," sanl the r/uinf/
"and 1 tun to stav or go back as you see
1 looked at Carrol. He indulged ia a
long under-the-breath whistte.
Helen buried her face in the sofa
eushion and laughed hysterically.
The child came forward, ami holding
{•ut her little hand, said, with a pretty
. drawl, " 1 am to k>ve yon, and you ttfe
'to love me. Aunt sain so."
1 weut down on my knees on one aide
of her and Helen weut down on her
knees ou the other, and we kissed her
till her dimpled cheeks glowed again
(you see the house had lieeu ao lonely
without our little sister, while Carrol
looked ou with astouishmeut, admiration
and tendernesa blended in his handsome
face, and Will stole in with the only buil
from my precious tea-rose. the stem
; carefully stripped of its thorns, and put
it in her hand.
" Ttiank you, boy," she said. " I
will have vou for a brother; aud you
too," looking with a Uriglit smile up into
Carrol's face. " There is au angel home,
.u a big picture, with hair and eyes like
Carrol caught her up in his arms, and
away with her to mother's room. Aud
there she had no sooner said, " my jiapa
and mamma are both iu heaven," than
mother burst out ui a blessed fit of
weeping that left a rainbow behind it.
And from that hour the weight begau to
be lifted from her brain, and soon I had
to resign my position as housekeeper,
for we brnl our mother back again as she
used to be of old—a little q motor in her
ways, perhaps, but just as sweet, as
kind, as unselfish as ever.
And Carrol's picture of "Miss Ash
bell" gained him a place on the walls of
the Academy that autumn; and Will,
who entered college last week, never
ran away from her again, but has ever
since been giving her roses freed from
thorns, as he did the firstmght *he came
among us, bringing light and happiness
ittxl bless her I—to our sorrow
clouded house.
Aud I often think, looking it the two
young bead* (there is only four years'
difference in their ages) bending over
the same book, that some day Will will
tell her the old, old story, aiid ahe will
hear it with a smile.
"I shouldu't wonder if you were
right. Brownie," aavs my husband—how
I laugh when 1 think of ray jealous f.wra
about him once on a time!—" yon almost
always are."
Arid aunt's sweotil&tjon turned out
splendidly (she is still Hvmg, a halo old
woniuu of seventy-five), and she insisted
upon our accepting wiiat she called
father's share, and that share was no
inconsiderable one.
Anil the seven-roomed honae has
grown to a twelvo-ruomed one—Betty,
by-the-bye, has allowed her daughter
to assist in the house-work—and the
twenty-five by twenty-five garden to a
hundred by a hundred, my corner just
filled with rose-bushes.
And everything has prospered with
us, and no lengthening sluuiows have
fallen njM>n our paths, since the rosy
June aiUmoou we so unwillingly opened
the door to let in the darling wlm loved
us, as we loved her, at first sight —sweet
brown-eyed, golden-haired Miss Asli
bell!—l/arfnr'n BVeX/j/.
Consumption of Timber.
In pleading for. the protection and
perpetuation of forests, i'Ae Lumber -
man* (fazettc gives some mUm-sting
particulars of the amount 14 timber con
sumed every year in this country. "We
have now," it says, "about 90,000 miles
of railroad; the animal consumption for
ties or sleepers aioue is 40.000,000, or
thirty years' growth of 75,000 acres. To
fence these roads would require at least
130,000 mill's of fence, which would cost
J45.000.000 to build, and take at least
315,000,000 annually to keep in repair.
We have 75,000 miles of wire, which re
quires in its putting up 800,000 trees,
while the annual repairs must ta! e
300,000 more. The little, insignifica; t
lnmfer match consume* annually in it
manufacture 300,000 cubic feet of tif
fin est pine. The bricks that are annu
ally baked require 2,000,000 cords of
wool, which wonld sweep the timber
clean from 50,000 acres. Shoe-j>egw arc
quite as important an article as matches
or bricks, and to make the required an
nual supply consumes 100,000 cords of
tine timber, wlule the manufacture of
lasts aud lioot-trecw make 500,000 cords
of marble, beech and birch, and alxmt
the same amount is required for plane
stocks and the handles of tools. The
packing-Inures made in the United
States in 1874 amounted to $12,000,000,
while the timber manufactured into ag
ricultural implements, wagons, etc., is
more than $100,000,000. The farm and
rural fences of the country consume an
immense amount of lumber and timlier
annually, bnt as we grow older as a na
tion, this consumption may, nod prob
ably will, be reduced by the more gen
, rial use of live fences or hedges. Our
consumption of timber is not only daily
on the increase, but our exportation of
timber is also rapidly increasing. Our
staves go by the million to France nn
nnally; walnut, oak, maple aud pine to
England, and sjMirs and docking timber
to China and Japan."
Wanted a Patent for n Chalk' Mark.
The Washington correspondent of the
Hartford Tim*.* writes: Several days
ago an application reached the paten,
office from J. J. Strong and Rate M.
Strong, of Talladego. Ala., for a patent
for an ant guard. The petition, which
was a very fuuiiv one, 6et forth that the
Strongs, "who are man and wife, had
jointly put their heads together and had
invented the most w<tufl<rful thing ever
heard of, to wit, an 'ant guard,' which
they went on describe at great length.
They claimed that it was patentable, as it
was new and useful, two thing* that are
necessary to secure a patent. The guard
consisted of drawing a chalk-mark
around a table or other place, by which
it was claimed the approach of ants was
stopped. Mr. Strong says, and Mrs.
Strong swears it is trno, that an ant
cannot walk over a chalk-line, and all
that is necessary to keep ants away from
anything is to draw a chalk-lino around
it." It appear* that chalk maltos an ant's
legs slip up, as soaping a track prevents
a railroad engine from starting. The
petition was novel, and caused consider
able fun. At last the commissioner of
patents lookid over the precedents and
directed his law clerk to write a decision
refusing the application on the ground
that there was nothing new in the in
vention claimed, that ehslk had been
used for such purposes heretofore, and
winding UD with the general statement
that such ideas are not patentable. This
1 decision was sent to the Strong family,
but it failed to satisfy them. They had
made up their minps that there WOH
millions in their invention, and they did
not intend to be cheated out of it by
i any such decision. As they have money
\ they can pay lawyers, and tliey have filed
j an appeal from the decision of the com
-1 missionerof patents. This appeal will
I be tried in the circuit court.
Vhr lnuirl Hill iMovlallas. •IHUrkbrlillf
llrrkahlrr l a.. It MM.
Tllis association had its ticgmmug 1U
the year 1853, aud wiu sot ou foot en
tirely by the efforts of one devoted ladv
i —-now Mrs. J. Z. (hntdrioh—whose
personal aud untiring latsirs to arouse
the people resulted in an organization
| winch has ui>t only secured to tlie towu
' lucalrulable l>eueilt, but lias Uvouio
the iuapirer aud the model of similar
, asstKJiatloua in other .Stat<s. [Au ao
j C<>uut of u more recent effort of this
kind wan given ia February.]
After a thorough eaiivtuis of all por
tions of the towu, byway of prepara
tion, a meeting was held iu August,
which proved ru enthuoiaatio suooeaa.
I Besides iu own citisens, many sons of
the town, settled elsewhere, were
ivresent, or responded by the proxy of a
lils-ral subscription. All the prelimin
aries of a regular organisation under
1 the (leneral Htatutes of the State, were
transacted. By its constitution uiuu
! bership was obtainable by an adult on
the payment of 81, and of tweutv-flve
cents by a child, or, ou the part of the
latter, by the planting of a. tree under
direction; and every child was en
couraged by this means to erect a
memorial of him or herself, to boar
thereafter the name of the planter.
, A remarkable knoll, where magnifi
cent nxsk* are overhung by a forestry of
oaks and pines, was purchased some
' years previously and presented to tlie
; village as a pleasure ground, by a pub
lic-spirited citizen. Au abuudaut nu
growth of Laurels, suggested a uaiue for
the locality, anil also tlie uame of the
association. Au aggregate of about
81,400 iu casli anil available subscrip
tions enabled commence operations
with vigor. Its at ten tun was primarily
-breiq<-d to improvements upon tliis
hill; then extended to the village ceme
tery, whose ruinous fence was replaced
■ by a tasteful structure of uiarhle and
iron, within which, a year or two later,
was sot a hedge of Norway spruce.
The latter is now kept fifteen feet in
height, aud is a superb wall i f perennial
green. Within tnis enclosure walks and
' drives were constructed, shrubbery and
tree* planfbd, leaning mnuuuwuu set
perpendicular, aud provision mode for
repeated mowings. Then the street* of
the village were ta'.en in charge; side
walks straightened, trimmed ami grav
eJeil; crossings latu; gutters constructed
with regard to thorough drainage, aud
shade trees sot along the ante* of every
stiwt. Year idler year these improve
ments were pushed farther, and along
the roaile leaning into the towu, ahd the
opportunity for pedestrian exercises
greatly enlarged. Iu undertakings
involving more expensive labor audi as
gra.ii ng and working the roads through
and near the viLlagt—the association
has acted in concert with the municipal
authorities, adding its owu to the town's
appropriation, and thus securing a di
' recti on iu the enterprise. The two have
thus enjoyed mittnai aid, to the invalua
ble ail vantage of both.
Tht question is often ashed tis: W tiro
there uo opfmnente <>f this crusade of
improvement? Yea—but they were not
uumerou*. and no luug time was r<qmr
i*l to conciliate them entirely. It is not
in human nature, when one puts his
premises in order aud lieautifles them
with taste, for his next neighbor to en
dure for long the contrast suggested by
the neglect and dilapidation on lna owu
premise*, and the chances are that he
will not only fall in with the prevailing
spirit, but lmeome a formidable rival in
betterments with the other. The little
labor and trifling expense necessary t<>
cfhvt a change in his surroundings, of
| which, when made, he can not but be
proud, ere long convert htm from a
brake to a spoke in the wheel of pro
gress, particularly when he oomes to find
—as lie will—that there is money iu the
Once a year, ia the month of August,
our Association holds it* festival ou
Laurel Hill. A turf roebaa built
against a huge overhanging cliff is the
.nucleus of ope.rations. On that rural
platform sit the officers aud invited
guests. Around and in front, beneath
the shade of the oaks, on the level plat
that onoe formed the Council-ground of
the Houaatenic ludiau*. ataud or wt the
town's people: the numerous summer
sojourners and visitors from the neigh
-1 siring town*, whom the occasion
attracts, forming an appreciative audi
ence, sometimes of several hundreds.
After prayer (and often music also), the
, choice of offloers, and the annual Report
' of tlie Executive Committee, an oration
is pronounced—usually by some ilistin
i gundieil native of Htockbndgo—which is
supplemented by brief offerings Tu proso
■ or verse, ami extem|>ore spc*vhes from
visitors. After some two hours of these
i pleasant exercises, the occasion is cloaed
—at times with a dance by the young
jveople on the verdant sod, to the music
of the band. This is peculiarly tlie vil
lage festival, and tends to keep alive and
; transmit tlie infiunuee of tho institution
i to which so much pleasure and profit
are due. In the course of it* existence
1 of twenty-five year*, the records of the
L. H. Association show an expenditure
of sfi,fi92, with the following as some of
the r**ults:
1. The acquisition by legacies of more
than $4,000, most of which has l>een in
vested in public funds; the revenue from
this, with the annual subscriptions, af
fords available means and secures the
permanency of the association. •'
2. The setting of 1,686 trees, besides
several hedges. These, from mere sap
lings have beoome magnificent speci
tniens to affort a grateful shade and la l
he joy and pride of ooming generations.
3. Well ordered streets, sidewalks,
gutters, and crossings, rendered locomo
tion convenient aud agreeable at all
4. A general tidying up of all the
private liwellingH and premises through
out the community, rendering ours, ei
tcm ally, the finest village in Western
Massachusetts—the subject of admira
tion bv all visitors and sojourners.
5. Tbo growing education of our peo
ploiu the beautiful iu nature, aided by
art, tending to diminish ruduuess, ami
to the promotion of morality.
6. An increased value of real estate of
from twenty to one hundred per cent.
Trees planted by the association iu it*
infancy in front of some humble prem
ises, have, on the acknowledgment of a
later puroliaser.'addod 8600 or 81,000 hi
his offer therefor. Seldom i* a larger
income returned from so small au out
7. An cxamplo which has lieen copied
by scores of communities',that have ob
tained our constitution as the founda
tion of similar organizations in distant
localities. Hnch applications continue
of frequent occurrence.— S. IE. Ji.
Cam\iny, in Amerit,anlAgricvlturint.
Grenada, Miss., wiw in no condition
to resist the iuroiulH of any malarial dis
eases, it reports are true. The midden
outbreak of yellow fever there, and ite
malignant type, nro said to lie due to
the unwholesome condition of the town.
The main sewer, which leads entirely
through the town to the river, caved in
not long ago. In order to repair it, the
sewer was uncovered for some distance,
nnd examination proved that it contained
numerous carcasses of dogs, cats and
rats. The sun beating down upon these
remains thoroughly polluted the atrnos
phere, and within a short time afterword
the plague broke ont violently.
Ou the Way to the lllark llllls.
A corres|Mindent of the Rochester
AW nitty Alqmiw, eu route for tlie
ltlaek Hills, thus dcserilie* the sighta
nd seen.s by the way; The hugs trams
lrawu by cattle or mules, the rough
looks and dress of the " hull whackers,'
or " roule-puuohors," aa the drivers are
oailtsl, are strange to un, but evidently
common here. Be thut us it may, the
night is uovel to us, aud we gaze with
wonder at the immense wagon*, capable
of carrying 10,0011 to I' jKiuuds of
freight", ami drawn by sixteen to twenty
head of cattle or mules. Often as many
aa twenty to thirty of these wagons com
pose a single train, and in the aggregate
carry a large amount of freight. The
drivers we find to lie made up from all
nationalities, Mexicans, Irish, negroes,
all associating together in one oomnum
family, under one master, and fix! by
one oook. "All alrnard !" shouts tlie
burly driver, as tile Concord drives up
U tlie door of the hotel, to take u# to
the Hills, ROO inih-s to the north of us.
In spite of the haste we all show to get
the best neat, tho driver ooema to grow
impatient at the delay, and is anxious to
?;et away for hia early drive. His every
esture, action and expression denote the
Wssteru man, ami you uoed not feair for
vour safetv while in his care. The broad
brimmed sombrero shading his sunburnt
features, his eosrae clothing, sud his im
mense top-boots, all prove tlie roughness
of his duties, while the " uavy " tind the
" Bowie " in his belt tell their own story.
At last all are suugly stowed away in
side, or mayhaps preferring more air, on
the "upper deck," where true, fresh,
prairie I reeaes give us a happier and
more comfortable feeling. A heavy load
is oars, yet the four well-trained horses
hardly frxd our weight, but speed along,
happy in the prospect of a good " meal"
The magnificence of tlie pasturage,
tlie frequency of runumg streams, ueax
each of which the inevitable "ranchman"
ha* "located" himself, already having
his cosy house in order, and ton* upou
tons of hay ready for use; tho excellent
cunditiou of the roods—a strange thing
for a uew country—all these surprise
us, and cause wonder why tins broad
expanse of load has so long been left to
itself. Wo are told that we are now in
the center of the great winter grazing
regious; that the prairie grass cure* in
summer, and the winter ia, for feed,
equal to gram Here we para through
tie- lovely and picturesque (ireeawood
Canyon, where a quiet stream is shel
tered by bluffs, and, soon after, by a
very flue and substantial truas-bndge
crossing the North I'latte river, we have
a fine new of the chimney and court
house rucka, whose prominent appear
ance always oommauJ attention. Als wit
120 milea out we pas* the old Red Cloud
Soon after leaving here we get a sight
of the Hills, more than 100 miles away,
and truly black and somlwr they appcat
to us, the immense jwaks looming be
ward the sky. In rapid suceeadou we
pas* French, Spring Rapid, Box Elder,
Boulder, Elk, Bear and Whitewood
creek*, each come ten to twelve uiih-s
from it* neighlmr, and each the sole
occupant of it* owu bright green valley.
The general lieautv of landscape, the
brood, expansive aud grass covered
pnuries, the deep aud wi-ird canyons,
the refreshing stream*, the brigbt-iook
ing evergreen piuea, and mire amusing
than all, the little j>rainc dogs—all
serve to robero the ted mm of otir jour
nev and make ua leas weary of our long
Monkeys at Hupper.
This rather comical picture is from
the pen of an eastern traveler:
"There is a pretty grove of mango*
just out of Lueknow, called the Aish
drove, or the monkey grove. In this
place there are hundreds of monkeys.
One evening I went out to see them.
At first as I rode under the big tree*,
looking everywhere and not seeing one,
I wa* beginning to feel disappointed,
ltnt presently I saw two or tliroe in the
road, three or four on lop of a house,
and all at ouce they were everywhere,
hanging from the branches of the tit*
above my head, rnnuing across the road,
np the trie trunks, so I concluded there
were a few loft.
"As I was watching these few, a man
came out of a small shop with a nig bag
full of graiu, and going up and down
the road in front of our buggies, liegan
calling ont no, (v>, an; which means
come, come, come!
"In a few minutes everything seemed
alive with the tiglv, long monkey*.
Tbev sst down on their hind feet and put
the grain into their mouths as fast as
tliey oould; very greedy they were. Some
of the mother-monkeys took up their
babies in their arms, rockiugthem I awk
ward* and forwards, just as yon have
seen your mothers do with your little
brothers and sisters.
"Jnst as they were in the midst of their
big dinner, eating as fast as they could,
there appeared upon the top of s house
a very large black monkey. He sat a
momeut and gazed upon the feast, then
■prang from the roof, seating himself in
the ec nter of tho assembly. There was
a general breaking np and squealing
fearfully, they all ran sway to the edge
of the mad.
The old fat monkey sat npon hia hind
feet and looked around; then, wisely
looking at mo, seemed to say:
" '1 am monarch of all I survey,
My right there is nono to dispute,'
and then, quietly settling himself to
work, began eating.
"Not one of them dared to come near
liita. I asked the reason, and they said
lie was the king-monkev, and ail the
other monkeys were aft aid of him. After
he hod est nu enough, he scampered back
n]K>u tho house-top, and sat watching
the others as they finished what he had
lift." ___________
Chin Foo's Monthly Expenses.
The San Francisco dot dm Era ob
serves: Much having been said and
written in regard to tho cheapness with
which the Chinese live, one of the load
ing merchants of Sacramento street
! oomes to the front with the following
letter, in which he gives n true statement
I of the whole bnainess;
Emtub Em :—Mo hsb learn
; readee [leper. So now can se> all dat
i ting what he talkoe. Me hub see what
: plenty man talkee, liow much he
1 " pung-le " every month for chow-chow.
Me tinkee yon no shsbbee how mnchce
Chinaman liab pay for alleo sntno ting.
Me telleo yon:
I For 1 littec Hhantyon Sivramontn hi rest,
, to Amnliky mail for 1 month •■'>o 00
1 piooo man ox >ley for catches chow-chow 'je 00
I 1 littec dog for boil 2 00
Cnmshaw to 1 nieos polloemsn, who say
ho look out no man tbsates mo. ... 20 00
1 other policeman talkoo mo all same,... 15 00
1 alitor piooo man say, " John, yon pun
glo, or I'll bast your oyo." 10 00
1 other pioce man. who say ho llroman
and lun wid dor machiiio 10 00
1 other pieco man, who say, "John, whs
yon license ? ' 6 0®
1 other piooo man, who say, "John, vou
pay mo dat license or I raise bod
place wis yon 1® ®®
lUce for oooloy 6 ®®
Chow-chow for mo 25 00
I. ttlo bird's nost soup, rat sauoo 20 00
Little dat "impure drug " for smokeo.. 20 00
1 littec row, when Aroehky man lickeo
mo and Judge Loiuleblaek say,
" John, yon must punglo," 10 00
$282 00
Dat what cost China merchant live in
Sun Francisco one month. What you
tinkee ? CHIN Foo.
TIM 1:1.1' TOPIC*.
Uuiou College has given Eilisou, the
inventor, tho degree of Dootor of I'hil
Jesse Pomeroy reeeutly made a saw
from some article in his oell and nearly
cut Ins way out of pruaou before he was
Eiujioror William has fsion takmg
mud batlis at Teplitx. They are con
sidered a very efficacious remedy for
What vs the difference between a
provident widow and • wife who talks
about her " lirge lord?" One husbands
her means, ami the other means her
A recent unmlier of the Jtepublique
Franoaimt give an sooount of ths great
publishing house of Hachette A Co.
According to the writer the firm has the
largest bookselling business iu the
world, turns over some 18,(100,000
f ran CM, publishes s book s day, employs
5,000 persona, aud exjKirts yearly 'JOO,-
000 packages.
One of tlie most daring feats ever
achieved by a swuumer was performed at
Toubridge, England, by Prof, llenry
Hiarre, who suooeedej in shimming, a
distance of two miles with his hands
fastened together with handkerchiefs, so
that no effort could possibly extricate
them; his feet were chained together,
aud his eyes blindfolded.
A new cannon lias been made at the
Krupp works in Germany of enormous
dimensions. A ball of thia caution
pierce* the thickest armor plates of ves
sels at u distance of eight miles. Two
shots at a range of 6.UUU feet are sup
(Mised to be enough to dismantle and
sink the uiost powerful ship. Each ball
(AiatH one hundred and fifty dollars.
A Chinaman's mule walked from a
hillside on to the roof of a miner's cab
in, in Eureka, Xev., and fell through,
breaking nearly everything underneath,
including one of the miner's arms. The
<mraged miner immediately slew the
mule wtth an axe. The Chinaman now
sues fur the loss of the mule, and the
miuer sues for the damage to the cabin
and himself.
A little boy of John Slangherty'g a
saloon keeper at Bteul>enviile, Ohio,
was playing in his father's liar room,
alien he hapjx'ued to jostle a
barrel containing two or three gallons
of whiskey, a frightful explosion fol
lowed, the liarrel tieiug blown into frag
ment*. killing the boy instantly. The
barrel stood beside a window through
which the sun shone very warmlj, and
it is *up|Hj*ed this generated gas suffi
cient to produce the result stated.
After the second attack upon the
E ojieror William the brothers of the
assHwun, who were officers in the srrny,
tendered their resignations, but were
allowed to retain their places and to
change their name from Nobiling to
Keeling. Bv a strange coincidence, a
man in Cologne, who was formerly
nsmod Becker, and who, after Oscar
Bicker had attempted to assassinate tbc
Emperor in 1858, eliaugi*! hi* name,
happened to select his wife's uame,
which was Nobcihig.
When Admiral Hay landed in Cyprus
he sent filtv marines on to Lsruaca, the
capital >f tlie island, and as the weather
wn* extremely hot, gave them mule* to
ride on, thus organizing s veritable
corps of horse, or rather male, marines.
The mules suffered from the heat as
much a* their riders, and after brief
and solemn deliberation determined to
kick their unskillful rider* ff. There
wa* a sudden aud unt.nimoua elevation
of heals, and fifty marines lay prostrate
in the dust. This was comical enough,
hut the story baa a serious end. The
mulre ran sway, and ten of the marines,
compelled to walk, were sunstruck.
The Journal fa* Drl>at* recently has
given statistics respecting the number
of horse* possessed by different coun
tries. Throughout the whole of the
Turkish dominions there are estimated
to lie uulyfl,ooo,ooo horses, while the
Kussiau provinces are credited with tlie
poflsesmou of no fewer than 21,670,000.
AnstTO-Hungarv lis* about 3,500,000,
and (Jermany 3.382,000. France, which
hail cousidcraiily more than 3,000,-
000 a few years *g<\ ha* now rather leu*
than that number, and England atonds
only fourth on the lud, with 2,255,000.
The United States bag a total of 9,500,-
000; Canada, 2.400,000; the Argentine
Republic, 4,000„000; and Uruguay, 1,-
The Merchants' Exchange of Nash
ville, Tenn., has as its members' pecu
liar pet an eight-year-old rattlesnake,
with sewn rattles and n batton, about
five feet long. Every evening about
five o'cloak be is taken out of his box
and emptied rnto the basin of the
fountain. Along the edges of this he
establishes himself until compelled by
frequent prodding* to move, when he
goes dashing through the water to the
other aide, cat sing a stampede of spec
tators in that locality. Often ho jumps
from the basin to the floor, and coiling
himself, strikes at his tormentors. His
close confinement, however, has render
ed him Inactive, and when he strikes it
is may to get ont of the way. At the
conclusion of his performance tho end
of his box is plaoed at his head and he
erawla in.
It is on the 11th of July next that.if the
proclamations jv>t<vl bv tlie Wall ahco#
on the uuisque* of northeru India are to
be believed, the world is coming to an
end. The story, as set forth in the
manifesto, runs as follows : A priest in
the mosque at Medina has lately hod a
visit from the Prophet, who lament* the
degenerate oouditiou of Ilia followers,
ami attributes theveoout short rainfalls
and consequent scarcity to neglect of
his precept*, and to the corruption ami
apathy of the judges who ait over his
people. The Prophet, moreover, as
sorts that only seven Mussulmans havt
attained to eternal bliss since hi* own
ndmission to paradise. This state of
thing* is so unsatisfactory that the
Almighty ha* decided that the sun shall
rise in the west iustead of the east on
Jtilv 11; ami on that day all who call
themselves true believers shall be struck
with blindness, and dissolution follow
immediately. "If there be a word of
falsehood," adds the priest, "in what I
have stated, let my face lie blackened
It is estimated that the wheat crop for
1878, in twenty-one States of the Union,
foots up 801,000,000 bushels. Of this
amount, Minnesota furnishes 60,000,000
bushels; lowa, 45,000,000; Kansas, 80,-
000,000; Nebraska, 26,000,000; Wiscon
sin, 18,000,000; Michigan, 18,000,000;
Illinois. 15,000,000; Indiana, 20.000.000;
Ohio, 16,000,000; Texas, 12.000.000;
Arkansas, 7,000,000; Kentucky. 8,000,-
000; Tennessee. 10,000,000 ; Pennsyl
vania, New York, and New England
States, 25,000,000.
TKRMH: #2.00 ft Yoar, in Aflvanoe.
Where Mosquitoes were Thick.
The captain of a steamboat gave a St.
Louis n-jmrUr the following information
concerning mosquitoes on the upper
Missouri: " Well, sir. we new p<ior est-
Ue riuh down into the water end wade
ui until everything waa oovered but
their heada, aud then the peat* would
light on their heada in awaraia, and bite
their uoaea, arid every place they eould
•ettle ob, until the lor thiuga bellowed
ib their agony, and cloaed their eye* aud
toaaed their heads. If they were hutuau
they would oomruit suicide. Aa it ia they
are driven mail. Poor thiuga, ther are
notiiUig but akiu aud luiues; mere skele
tons, clothed iu awolleu aud ulcerated
akin*. Borne of the boya killed a few of
them, but they were not tit to bring ou
tioard. Same way with all the anitnala.
Antelope and deer were reduced to uoth
ing but akeletotia by the vain pin*. If
you held your hand out for a quarter of
a minute, it would Ire (<vcr<*l ao thick
with mosquitoes that it would look like
you hail a glove on. The naffaring of
the men was awful. 11l tell you Low
we were able to get through. I took
down my Move-pipes aud kept amoky
fires burning all the time, I had to have
two small hand -furnaces making smoke
m the pilot-house all the time, ao that
the pilots could work. The men ware
all broke up. Every limb was awaited
up, and you eould not have recognised
the features of your own brother. The
smoke was the only protection, and it
was pretty near as bad aa the mosqui
toes. The eyea of all the ineu were blood
shot. Life *w misery.
"The nrosquito latitude begins about
seventy-five mi lea tielow Bismarck, and ia
good for seventy-five above that point.
There never waa a season like this one
before. For the first lime in many
years they had up there what you would
call an ojwu winter. There was no ice
or snow. At Fort Benton, and just
look at your map and you will find it
about forty-seven degrees latitude, and
that's pretty far north, they didn't put up
a ton of ice. About the first of March
the rainy season set in. There has not
been twelve good days siuoe. I will
venture to say, and mind yon I know all
about that country, mure nun has fallen
in that latitude this year than in the fif
teen years previous. Vegetation ia rank
and tropical in its luxuriance. Weeds
of uuoanally ordinary growth are higher
than a man's head, and from the water
mosquitoes arc bread by the million. If
you publish what I hare been telling
vou about the pesta, some people will
laugh and call it exaggeration. Young
man I couldn't begin to give you an idea
of their numls-re. They fly in clouds.
They obstruct the iight of the sun. They
are mvenous. They are as bad in the
day aa in the night. They drive a man
aim <iet crazy. Just think of preferring
to ait in a blinding and stifling smoke
rather than venture outside where the
mosquitoes would get at them. Rathef
would I promenade twenty hours a Jay
through the yellow fever .listrict of New
Orleans than go through the experience
with mosquitoes that I had this summer.
It ia awful. I can give you uo idea of
the nuisance, the torture." And the
captain aimed a vicious blow at a sleepy
fly aud walked vigorously around to
ahakc off the memory of this upper Mis
souri mosquito misery.
The Kmp ror of bermany.
A Paris paper has an article on the
Emperor William, from whicli we take
the following extract, describing the
personal appearance of the mouareh who
has been so repeatedly a target for the
assassin. An audience* of the emperor,
in hi* cabinet on the ground floor of the
palace at Berlin, reaemblea no other
royal audience. The emperor is dad in
bis long military frock coat, with it* two
rows of buttons. Fie is marvelously
neat, very straight, and rather *t ff. His
oontour is still well preserved. Ilia
body is well made. His limb*are power
ful. His extremities indicate an old and
good race. His face, more grave than
severe, with it* beard cut in derm an
fashion, is we.ll known. The smile which
plays on his face is at times very young.
When tliis tall old man speaks to tlie
women who, during the summer months,
form his court at Ems, he seems to date
bock to the seventeenth century. The
emperor has the lieautiful bine eyes of
Frederick the (Treat. But however large
his eyes they have not the extraordinary
dimensions of the eyes of Frederick.
The scant hairs, formerly light brown,
to-dav ashen, are parted low cm the left,
crossing but not covering the crown of
his head. William seems to me to per
sonify absolutely the type of an emperor
of the olden time-large, strong, hand
some—a soldier. The faces of Alexander
aud Francis Joseph are those of modern
emperors. The gaze of William ha* a
strange slowness. It is the.look of a
man who has the consciousness of majes-
ty. He believe*, it is well known, in
bis divine right. His tufted eyebrows
form fine arch. Hw eyes have not the
vague mystcriouaness of those of Ales
andrr, nor the indirible melnneholy of
those of Prsneis Joseph, nor the tronble
of those of Qneen Victoria. However, I
prefer tlie expression of these lust three
to that of the Emperor William. They
have more personality.
His voice has a strong tone of com
mand. The acceut is slightly Rerlinese.
The emperor tliickens a little, nml dwells
somewhat on the vowels. He speaks
slowly and very correctly, as a man who
has the habit of alwnvs l>eing listened to,
without having hiainterlocntertlnish hia
sentence. He chooses rather than seeks
his words. He would Ih> able to deliver
from the tribune of the Reichatadt an
eloquent discourse. The emperor lias
the real memory of a aovereigu He re
members every name and every face.
He knows most of the officers of his army.
At times, wheu witnessing a review, one
will hoar him say to a modest officer,
"You resemble jour grandfather; a little
lighter, perhaps. He was a brave sol
dier." tie remembers a conversation
he has hold years before. Adored by
those who surround him, be is very
thoughtful of them. But nover did a
sovereign do so easily withont the pres
ence of an officer whom death or ad
vancement has taken from hia snite.
tie thinks ouly of those whom ho see*,
and of whom he has need. It ia an
egotism of the aovereigu which does not
affect the heart of the man. Look at
him close by. Every face of old age is
a revelation. The Emperor William is
Planets not Like the Earth.
Modern seienoe, in a number of oases,
bos exploded the old theory that the
planets are very much like the globe we
luhahit, having the same eonditions of
being. Notably is thi* so with reference
to Jupiter and Hat urn. During the last
eight or nine years the belief ha* been
gaining ground that these giant planets
ore in a state of immenae lieat, and en
wrapped in atmospheres of enormous
depth and donsity, and that we do not
see thera at all. Beoent observations
have fully oonfirmed this theory. At
the Adelaide Observatory, where a fine
telesoope has been erected, and where a
singular purity of air greatly assists
astronomical observation, two practical
observe#*, on two different occasions—
both observing on each occasion—saw
the nearest of Jupiter's satellites through
the onter layer of the plauet's cloud
ladeu atmosphere, which must there
fore of necessity be at least 2,000 miles
in depth.— Boston lYarucript.
The Feminine World.
Quo of the Eastern churches claims
that a weeltliy latlyof their congregation
saves them fIO,OOO a year by the exam
ple aba aeta her sisters in the eimplinity
ami pUinnaaa of her dross.
One of our beet writers ssys: "That
eduaaiion makes women Ices pedantic
and more lovable."
One of the printed rules in s female
seminary to thai none of the pupil#
shall eat alato pencil*, chalk, soap
stone or ooal.
In the United Btatee them am over
one thousand females practicing aa doo
ors. dentists, lawyers and ■raaeL.-rs.
Many woman have ruined their health,
and noma have beoome insane by the
habit of eating arsenic to clear and
whiten their complexions. Btill, the
list of arsenic victims does not diminish.
A London merchant says that the
American women am the moet capricious
so l extravagant women in the world,
particularly in the matter of hosiery.
Their latest caprice to open-work lace
hose—lace from the top to the toe—to
be worn with a colored silk stocking
gueeu Victoria has her carriage seat
arranged in such a manner thai the
motion of the vehicle acta it rucking.
Hint can now bow to the populace with
out wearing out the vertebral of Jw
neck by the incessant motion.
Seventy.five hundred dollars to a
higher price than the majority of us
pay for a dram, bat is the actual price
paid for the wedding dress of a lady of
Tsaaar girls are not allowed to keep
l<srrots ami doga, but are permitted to
keep 500 pianos ooutinuaUy going; so
they are not deprived of their privileges.
It to useless for physicians to argue
against short-slewed dresses. The Ocm
t ltutioa of toe United Btatee says that
•• the right to bear arms shall not be in
terfered with."
Udy clerks in the different depart
ments at Washington have been released
from the political law which used to Wx
them a percentage on their salary to
help defray the expenses of political
A woman of rare presence of mind
was overtaken by a train oo a high
trestle work, near Marietta, 0., reoently,
and dropped between the Uea, holding
herself suspended by her arms nntil the
train pM*ed over, when she climbed
hack again, and all without s scream.
The acknowledged belle of Europe is
an American lady from New Jersey.
Oameis hair shawls are made from the
wool of the Cashmere goat, and not
from camels hair, as many have sup
A number of the leading ladies of
Chicago are meditating a plan far the
founding of a home for inebriate women,
similar to the Washington ian Home in
that city.
The either, already fashionable in
England, promises to become the rage
now thai the Princcea of Wales baa be
gun to take lessons on it.
The sweet girl graduate has been
heard from. Having laid to rest her
bouquets and bolted up her graduating
ribbou, she now wears the royal purple
and tastca the sweets of life—-she s put*
ting up blaekberrv jam.
Virginia City, Nov.. gave ita prettiest
girl a tea-set coating $65.
Women are usurping men's rights in
Colorado. They have organised them
selves la to gangs and are stealing boiwea.
Eating cloves is injurious, as a Ver
mont girl discovered after she had lost
her health and forty pounds in flesh.
Elevated Railroad Scenes la Sew York.
Two elevated railroada are now in
running order in New York —one oo the
ut aide and the other on the wast aide
of the city. The former was the last
one finished, and a H'or/d reporter took
a ride the first day, recording his im
pressions. The newspaper man says:
While the reporter was examining the
can with a critical eye the train waa
already on its way through the narrow
down-town streets. Through Pearl street
it ran, making a deafening clatter with
the rattle of the road itself, the grinding
of the wheels and the reverberations
from the buildings. People in the street
below, however, seemed to pay no at
tention to the engine and the oars and
the home stood quietly in front of tbr
trucks and carts, without driven near,
and munched their fodder. In Third
avenue the horses of the sarfaee cars
and of wagons jogged along, people
looked into shop windows and not into
ths sky, and the only difference was that
the train, having more room on each
side, did not make so much noise. By
this time, after one or two stops, the two
can were comfortably filled, several of
the passengers being women. The re
porter, for Sack of anything slse to do,
attempted to read the store signs as he
was rapidly carried along. Only the
big ones were readable. A woman knit
ting at a window was unpleasantly con
founded with a man pressing beta, and
a barber in the second story of a house,
leisurelv shaving a customer, became,
by a sort of dissolving-view arrange
ment, a fat German woman energeti
c*Uv spanking a child. Oooper Insti
tute" suddenly loomed up —a dark mass.
There was not much left of the
journey after thia, nor much novelty.
There "was the same round of women
sitting at windows, sewing and occasion
al!? half lazily looking at the oars that
shot past their lioneee, and of people
anietlv walking along the streota, until
ie train turned into Forty-second street,
frightened a team of horeee attached to a
brewer's dray and then halted at the
Grand Contra] Depot.
A Cartons Hobby.
The bibliomsnia of gonrmsndise i* a
queer hobby, bnt the manager of the
Continental" Hotel restaurant in Phila
delphia is firmly mounted on it,and rides
hard and well. He has read the Bible
from cover to cover, and treasured up
every word about food; and from
Shakespeare' 6 writings he collated over
three hundred extracts relating to dishes,
mainly salads. A Press reporter, who
had been allowed to examine this en
thusiast's collection, found over 10,000
bills of fare and 500 cook books. There
were menus from every important city in
Europe and Amerioa; bills of fare
printed on white satin, when kings,
statesmen and heroes had been enter
tained ; in a word, it is a collection that
cannot be surpassed in kind. The col
li-etc r knows how to make hunt! reds
upon hundreds of salads, and says that
so simple a dish as Indian corn can be
> served in a hundred styliw. He notices
'a difference iu the tastes of Americans.
A Philadelphian will call for terrapin or
filet de bceuf ; the Bostonians, although
it sounds like satire to say so, do actual
ly want pork anil beans, when away
from home ; if not that, then rare roast
beef seems to bo their favorite diet.
The Western men, too, are groat boef
eaters, and are fond of fowl and game—
solid food generally; Southern men
are as a rule, vegetarians. They are
great salid eaters, and can appreciate a
salid when it is well made.
Gay colored belts are worn with all
costumes, but especially with black.
Ladies who have a taste for embroider
ing work their own belts; others wear
the gaily woven ribbons in the Oriental
designs so much in vogue.
Items #f Interest.
The toper to now spoken of as thechap
with a (IMM sigh.
Why to ft a tick of oandv like ft borse?
RaouiM the more you lick it the faster
it goes.
Why to ft lady'a foot like • locomo
tive? Because it asuallj goes sliced of
ft train.
It to mttmated that 45.000 000 eggs
are oonatimed etrty day in the United
HtaU-e. New Tork alone oonsnmes 40,-
000,000 doses annually.
"See here, misther," said • l*d of
■own natntncra, who was driven op •
tree by ft dog, ** if yem don't take that
dog ftway I'll eat up all your apple*."
Ohiaago possesses • preooetou* female
oretor iu IUM ROWS, aged thirteen, and
| the hardened sinner of the Bnrlirgton
Haw key e apeaka of her aa another Hiaey-
In France arehitecta and contractor*
are legally held reaponaible for a period
of ten yearn after the completion of a
structure for total or partial loss occa
sioned by defective plana or work.
Lightning baa been prove! in one
■, to have struck e church with e
force equal to more than 12,000 borae-
Bwer, or equal to the raising of 884,-
;,000 pounds one foot in a minute.
An exchange wants to know whither
iuaeote can talk. Can't aay as to that,
but yon can bet your last slu-kcl aocne
at them can occasionally inspire the
very livelieat kind of eon vernation in
" I wonder where the clouds ere go
ing," eight*! Flora, pensively, aa she
pointed with a delicate finger to the
heavy floating in the sky. " I
think they em going to thunder," said
her brother.
Tlito to aaid to be a good recipe for
wood .—For black walnut stain,
simply use sulphatum varnish, thinned
with spirits of turpentine, and apply
with a brush. It can be made light or
dark aa deaused.
The good man loves si! men. Ha
love* to apeak of the good of others.
All within the four MM are hi# brothers.
Love of man is chief of ail the virtues.
The mean man sows, that himself may
reap; bat the love of the perfect man is
universal. .
They have long preserved with reli
gions oare in Germany a fragment of the
rook to which John Horn waa chained
mat prior to his death at the stake.
This preeioos relic has now beau con
veyed to Prague, and is tu be deposited
in the National Museum of Bohemia.
The editor of the Sew Yerk Advocate,
Walter H.shnpe, hae filed m petition to
be declared a bankrupt. His liabilities
are reported at $69,538.58 and his asset#
SBB7. His principal creditor is Andrew
Luke, of 111 Fnltoa St., to whom he
owes 847,000 on two separate- claims.—
Sewtpaper Reporter.
" People who go into bustueaa by the
aide of men who have a large business
built np by constant advertising, and
never advertise a dollar, bat j
upon the drippings from the neighbor
ing sanctuary, are like boys who go oat
to s pigeon snoot, and try to get enough
birds Tor a mess from those that get
sway from the regular sportsmen. Such
'is life, and the pot hasters often go
hungry.— MiUnaulse dam.
TBK moor or a SBKO.
Oh, male' .
What sow and osmpbcsla machinery !
What sudden sod prectiitoto eitnmeea;
Use's JUDGMENT sad has VMM mo* be kesn
or he
Will hsutsta to nxuc ths from thy dreams,
A ragged eeheul
Trained Uy grmnrnmmvrpt mtrmmr
To bust e hag of nail#, kick down a fence, or
Lift a man. oh urate'
Bat. ma>.
Ibes east not lway# the taaalshle,
liiinnmt■ in s Inn f'- teacher word?
Not sie.v. Ura U.r aixxmU. loud and rotable.
Men* ferfni bewt with dreadful toner
lias your hsisb rale
Jltwsyv Impelled him, with emotions fleet
To fly the foodta#* of Shy Utarfeot t
Say, geuJs mule f '
gpeak. mote.
Why didst tboo. with intaow vitality
lift through the hragohMs roof of yoodw
A man. an earth bora child of immortality.
Because bo passed thee with raeaanout tread t
He via DO tool.
That base bora, eonikes mules should kick
i He us ecbolsr. an JL M., s Ph. D. j s D.—
Whoa, male!!!
—Awrhaytoe Bwekeyt.
Komanrr of a break Baalu
A London correspondent writes: There
are only four streets, I am told, in all
London where verdure is not to be seen;
that is to aay, all ths streets of London
command a view of some growing green
trees or shrubs. This is rather startling
when yon come to think of the hundreds
of seres of booses sod narrow streets
this great city of cities presents to the
sview of the visitor. Take "the Old
: Lady of Thrsadneedle street," as the
citizens disrespectfully term the vener
able sud mighty Rank of England.
Within its strong walls is a garden, even
I a delicate fountain, and a nig tree, in
deed two trees and some numerous
; plants. Fresh and attractive thev stand
oat in charming contrast, smiling at
busy business and listening to the ever
tan tali zing dink of gold. This garden
> is more beautiful and attractive than
any I have seen in many towns in
: America—a land of trees! You survey
1 thjs emerald spot, stnddftl with floral
' rabies and adorned with petalled tur
quoise, and you look around at the to
i pax fringe of guinea gold, and exclaim:
I "No garden in the world is so richly
, environed." Millions of money per
month pass around this garden. Be
neath that tallest tree there is a story.
It is brief. Allow m to tell it for the
first time in print. Home years ago the
hawk bad a clerk whose height mru
, sored nearly seven feet two inches.. He
! was s marvel in more ways than one.
' He could add up I don't know how many
' columns of figures at one time without
an error; do subtraction and multiplica
tion simultaneously, and look upon
" vulgar fractious " disdainful!?. In a
word, he was a big figure. Nature has
i given to big men gentle dispositions.
This figurative giant was most amiable
and a general favorite. The clerks in
' the Bank of England are all gentlemen
!by birth and education, not a few of
! them being by blood ties allies to the
1 oldest families in the kingdom. Indeed,
I mm told one of them is the lineal Je
, soeadant of a king, and as that monarch
through this descendant proclaims Ire
land as their domain, I will not for a
I moment stop to dispute the pedigree of
I " the pretender." In good owmpanv the
giant labored and lived and diefy for
giants cannot carry their lengthened
j sweetness long drawn out beyond the
period allotted to mar generally any
mors than a dwarf. When the giant of
the Bank of England added up his last
figures and balanced his accounts with
' this world, htuclerkly companions sought
! to shroud him in the loaves of the ledg
er of their esteem and bury him beneath
: the tree I mentioned in tse precincts of
' the bank he loved so weil. There, in
thia verdant oasis of the commercial
desert, his financial spirit is continually
I rejoiced by the tinklo of gold and the
ever-moving millions, not a farthing of
which he can now reckon on.
An Absea t-Minded Recorder.
Mr Richard Biker, the Recorder of
York City, some fifty years ago,
was a polite but absent-minded man.
He was always ready to oblige, and his
good nature was once taken advantage
of by a waggish lawyer who also knew
his habit of absent-mindedness.
The Recorder would sign papers for
tho lawyers at all hours, and that, too,
without looking at them, exeept on rare
occasions. He trusted to their honesty.
The waggish lawyer made a small wager
that he would prooure Mr. Riker'a sig
nature to an order committing himself
to Jail. The order was taken to the Re
corder, who put his signature to a mitti
mus ordering the Sheriff of the City and
County of New York to commit Richard
Biker, Esq., Recorder, tt> tire common