The Centre reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1871-1940, July 24, 1879, Image 1

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    Departed Day*.
Like dear, dead friends, to ni'mor* dear
Far nion> beloved nine* we may fata
No mora upon their faces here,
Ara our sweet vanished day*.
Within those haarta of oum thay wak*
A sad, sweet spell, and minister
Unto onr semis ever to make
Us better. holier.
Though loet to us, ah, who shall Say
Wa may not lira tham o'ar again.
As wa may rnaat our daad soma day
Bayond tha shitting tnaia *
Within our breast* lat hope, tha star.
With pnwrr to cheer each throbbing till .
Shina brightly till wa greet tha lar
Flown hi is* bayond tha slrila.
—(i. .V. Eorc'oy. is d. Y. K*minf Pj.
The Two Mysteries.
We know not what itis, dear,
This steep so deep snd stil'.
The folded hnnds, the awlul calm—
The cheek so pale snd still
The lids that ill not lilt again.
Though we ma> eat! and call—
The strange white solitude ot peace
m That settles over all.
We know not what it mean*, dear,
This desolate heart (win —
This dread to take our daily way,
And walk in it again;
We know not to what other sphere
The loved who lease us go,
Nor whv we're lett to wonder still.
Nor why we do not know.
Bui this we know; our love,! and dea,t
tf they should coiv.e the, day,
Should come an.l a.-k u*. •' What is lite *
Not one ot us could any
lute is a mystery as deep
As ever death can tie;
Yet. oh, how sweet it is to us.
This Ute we liv e and see.
Then might they say —these vanished one*—
And blessed is the thought.
•• So death is sweet to us. beloved '
Though we may tell you naught.
We may not tell it to the ijuick—
This mystery at death—
Ye may not tell us il v would.
The mystery ot breath "
The child who enters life comes not
With knowledge or intent.
So those who enter death must go
As little children sent.
Nothing is known: "ait 1 believe
That liod i* overhead.
And as life is to the hv ing.
So death is to the dead.
Nil* Francitco I'ail.
There were three of them—Kitty.
Mary ami little Tummv —the children of
the station-master at Black River June
tion. on the tin-nt Southwestern rai,-
road. The station stood alone on the
open prairie, tuilc- and tniles front any
where in particular. Black river flowed
through the mountains, a hundred miles
away to the north, and on clear days
the snowy mountains could t>e srn
glimmering on the grassy horizon. The
line leading to the Black river met the
Southwestern here, and thus it was the
place was called Black River Junction.
Tl;e stat ion-ma iter and his wife and
three children lived in the little depot
ouite happily, but there was not another
family within ten miles in any direc
At times tin- children thought it
rather lonely. There was nothing in
particular to be done, except to watch
the trains that stopped at the junction
several times a day. Once in a while a
freight ear would be left on the side
track, and the children soon found that
an empty freight car makes a capital
piav-house. They could k**ep house in
the corners and make visits, or sit by the
open door and make believe they were
having ride.
One morning they were awakened by
a curiods humming sound out of doors,
and thev all scrambled up and looked
out of the window. How the wind did
blow! It whistled and roared round
the house arid played on the telegraph
wires upon the roof as upon a huge harp.
As the wires were fastened to the roof
the house became a great music-box.
with the children inside. After break
fast the morning trains arrived, hut the
wind was so high that the passengers
were glad to hurry from one train to
another as quickly as possible. Then
the trains went away, and the great
wind-harp on the roof sang louder than
■ aver.
The station-master said it blew a gale,
and that the children must stay in the
house, lest they la? blown away into the
prairie and be lost. Tin- station-masters
wife said it was a pity the children must
stay in the house all day. There was an
empty freight car on the side track; per
haps they might play in that. The
station-master thought this a good idea,
ami he took Kitty by the hand and
Tommv in bis arms, while Mary took
held of his coat, and they all went out
to the empty car. Whew! How it did
blow! They certainly thought they
would be lifted up by the wind and
blown quite into the sky. The*empty
car was warm Jand snug. and. once in
side, they were quite out of the way of
the wind.
Mary thought the rear end would be
a good place to keep house, but Tommy
preferred the other end. so they agreed
to keep house at both ends of the empty
ear. This was a nice plan, for it gave
them a chance to visit each other, and
the open part by the door made a prom
enade to walk on.
Iuder and louder roared the gala.
Safe and snug in the car. they went on
with their play and thought nothing of
the weather outside.
Suddenly the igr seemed to shake, and
they stopped in Their housekeeping and
ran to the door to see what had hap
* 4 Why, it's moving! Somebody's
pushing it." said Mary.
"They are taking us away on tlx*
freight train. Come, we must get out. '
"1 didn't hear the whistle." said
Tommy. " I guess something is push
ing the ear."
The girls leaned out of the door to see
what Had happened. Why, there was
the platform? What was the matter
with the station? It was moving away.
No, it was the ear. It had left the sid
ing and had rolled out upon the main
line and was moving taster and faster
along the road.
"Oh, we must get out! They are tak
ing us away."
" No. no," said Kitty. " We must stav
here till the brakeman comes round. I
didn't hear them when they took us on
the train."
* " There isn't any train," said Tommy
looking up and down the line.
"Ohi it s the wind! It's blowing the
car away. We must put on the brakes •
and stop it."
This was a good pian, but how were
they to carry it out? The brake-wheel
was on top of the ear, and they were in
side. Faster and faster rolled the ear.
It began to rattle and roar as if dragged
along by a swift engine. In a moment
Tommy began to try. Mary tried to
look brave, and Kitty stared fast at the
level prairie living past. It was of no
use. They all broke down together and
had a hearty cry alone in the empty ear
as it rolled on and on before the gale.
The station-master's wife rolled up
her sleeves to put the house in order
while the ehiluren were safely out of
the way. The station-master, feeling
sure the children .were safe in the
freight ear, sat in his office nearly all
the morning. At last the beds were
made, the dinner put on the fire, and
the mother wondered how the girls
were getting on in their play-house on
the tracK. She threw a shawl over her
head and went out on the platform. At
once the wind blew the shawl over her
face, and she could not see exactly
where she stood. Turning Iter hack to
the wind she began to call the children.
How loudly the wind roared through
the telegraph wir< •-! Perhaps they
could not hear in '■ t this din. Maybe
they were inside th car out of hearing.
She walked on tov ,rd the siding. Not
a thing to be seen! She wondered if
there had not been a mistake. Per
haps the car was on the other side
track? No, the rails were unoccu
pied as far as she could see in every
direction. What did it mean? What
had happened ? She staggered back into
the station and startled her husband with
cry of despair.
FRED. KTJIiTZ, mid Propriotor.
" Tha oar! Tha children'"
Tha station-master ran >ut upon tha
platform and looked m> and down tha
line. Not a oar in sight! It had )>aon
blown awav before tha tarrilda wind,
and waa parhnu at this instant rolling
swiftly onward with it* precious load to
destruction. What would happen it'
Would it meet a train or run into a sta
tion* Would tha children try to got
out, or would thay stay in the car till it
was wrecked?
He sprang to the door of the depot to
telegraph the terrible news down the
line, hut just as he opened the door he
saw a faint white cloud on the western
horison. It was a train. Help was
coming. At tite same instant his wife
appeared with new grief and terror in
her eyes.
" I cannot get a call in either direction
The wires are blown down."
This only added to the danger, tor
there was now no means of sending
word i.. advance of the runaway car
It must go on to its fate without hel
or warning.
" Help ts coming, mother. Here's a
train bound east."
Nearer and nearer came the train, and
the father and mother slots! watching it
as it crept along the rails. It seemed as
if it would never come. At last it
readied the platform and proved to be
a passenger train hound up the Black
river road and not intended to go in the
direction in which the car Itad been
Mown away. The instant it stopped
the station-master ran to the engineer
and told his terrible story The mother,
with quicker wit, found the conductor
and demanded that the engine lw taken
off and sen: after the children
The conductor wan a man of regular
habi's, and such a bold request struck
him as something extraordinary. Take
the engine off and leave lie train and
passengers waiting at this lonely station?
The idea was preposterous! Some of
the passengers gathered near aint askM
what was the matter.
Three children lost; biown awav in
an empty car. Some one said, "Yes,
go at once. We can wait here till the
engine returns." The conductor said he
must telegraph for instructions; but
some one said. " The wires are down,"
and the people only cried out the more,
" 1-ct the engine go!" so the mother ran
to the tender and began to pull out the
pin, that the engiue might start.
"Hold on, inarm "said a brakeman.
" I'll east her off. You jump alioard if
you want to go too. Fire up. Jack, and
make her hum "
It was all done in a moment, and away
flew the engine, leaving the conductor
and the station-master staring in surprise
at this singular proceeding. The station
master did not feel very happy. He had
half intended to go with the engine, but
it would never do to leave his post.
" Fire steady. Jack." said the engineer
to the fireman. "It's no use to get ex
cited. for we're in for a long race."
" It's enough to make a fellow excited
to see that woman," said the fireman.
The engineer turned round, and there
by his side stood the mother, her eyes
straining ahead down the line in search
of the missing ones.
" Oh, sir! open the throttle wide.
I\n't try to save coal at such a time as
" We must keep cool. marm. and go
steady, or we shall run out of coal and
water and come to a standstill on the
The woman said not a word, hut nod
ded mournfully and leaned against the
side of the cab for support, and the fire
man gave her his seat, where she could
look out ahead over the line. How the en
gine shook and roared 1 The little finger of
the steam gauge trembled and rose higher
and higher as the steam pressure in
creased over the raging fire. The engine
seemed to be eating up tile track in front,
and liehind the rails spun out like shin
ing ribbons in the sun. The station and
train had falready sunk down out o
sight, and the grassy vorizon on either
side seemed to fly away in a kind of gi
gantic waltz. The wind died away to a
dead cairn, and in a few moments a littiv
breeze sprang up and blew in at the
front windows. *
"We are beating the wind.*'said the
engineer. "If we ean keep up this pare
we shall soon overtake them.*
" How long have they been gone?"
shouted the fireman. above the roar of
the engine.
" I don't know." streamed the woman,
without taking her eyes from the hori
zon where the rails met the sky. "It
may have l>een two hours or more. They
were playing in the empty ear."
" flow did she get out of the siding!"
(He meant the car.)
" It's one of the new switches," said
the engineer. "Cars can easily iump
out upon the main line."
Ah. something ahead. Was it the
runaway ear? No. the next station.
What a terrible pai-e! Twentv miles al
ready !
"Ob. don't stop!" cried the woman,
as she saw the engineer put his hand on
the throttle-valve.
" I must, inarm. We are getting out
of water, and perhaps we can I'-arn
something of the runaway."
Thesuoden arrival of a solitary engine,
containing two men ami a woman, star
tled the station-master, and he came out
to sec what it meant. He seemed to
guess at the truth, for he said:
" After the runaway ear?"
"Yes. yes." There were three chil
dren inside."
" Oh, marm. I'm sorry for ye. It
went past here, going twenty miles an
hour. It came down grade all the way,
but the up grade begins about two miles
out. I was inside when it passed, and
didn't see it till it had gone past the
How long it took to fill the tender!
Thetngine stood hot and smoking by the
water-tank, and the water ame out in a
slender stream, while the poor mother
SUHMI looking on. tearful and impatient.
"Hood-bye! I'll put up the pipe.—
Heaven help ye!—the up grade—— '
The rest was lost, for the engine shot
ahead on and on out over the ope#
prairie. The water-tank seemed to ink
down into the earth, and the shining
rails stretched longer and longer out he
Ah! What was that? A cloud of steam
on the horizon, far ahead. The engineer
took out his time-book and studi'-d it
" Freight No. 6. bound west, stopping
on the two-mile siding."
How swiftly Freight No. fi rose al>ove
the grass and grew big along the way!
Listen! A whistle. The engineer whis
tled in reply and shut off steam. Their
engine quickly slowed down and they
could sis- men Ji-aning out from the
other engine as if to speak to tlx m.
"It's ten minutes back. Running
slow on main line—road—clear—"
"Thank Heaven!" said the woman.
The engineer said nothing; put at that
instant the engine gave a great leap anil
shot ahead, at the rati' of fifty miles an
hour, up the easy grade. How long tin
minutes seemed, and yet each meant al
most a mih !
Ah! A speck—a black dot on the
horizon! Tne car? Yes. It was the
car. It grew bigger and bigger. Now
they could see it plainly. Hut the chil
dren ! Where were they ? The
fireman sprang out through tint
forward window and ran along the
engine and down upon the cow-catcher.
The monster began to slacken its terri
ble pace, and in a moment it struck the
car with a gentle jar and stopped.
The fireman thought himself a lively
man, but the woman was before liiai
and sprang up into the car.
There they lay, safe and sound, in the
corner of the ear—Mary and Tommy
fast asleep, and Kitty watching over
•*oh! mother! I knew you would
come. Mary and Tommy cried them
selves to sleep, and I 1
Nobody could say a word. The fire
man tried to rub his eyes, and only
marked his face with black streaks.
The mother laughed and cried all at
once. The engineer picked up the little
ones and ijuielTy took them into tin- oah
of the engine.
"There, now. my hearties, vou have
had a risky ride; hut it's all right.
Come' We're tuore than thirty miles
front home, and it won't do to he late for
dinner. Eire up. Jack." S* AVAonn
Needed, Looser Habits.
A large proportion of our discomfort
itt hot weather come* from our fashion
of wearing apparel. Our garments are
not adapted for torrid heats t hir dress
conforms mainly to fashion and cool
The garments of the native of the trop
ics tit him loosely. Ours are light \\ e
bandage ourselves with stiff linen collars
and necktie*. Our feet are now cramped,
feverish and uncomfortable in the shoo
and stocking of civilisation. The Ori
ental has the sandal or slipper, which is
merely a -ole caught to the foot. The
turluut of light, gauzy material is a let
ter protection for the head than our al
most rimless and senseless summer hats.
We allow tailors, who remain almost
entirely indoors, to devise the shajie of
garments with which we must brave the
scorching sun We must w ear the Ivuul
aging shirt collar, though it be required
to change it half a dozen times daily. A
spring <>r summer hat means in many
case* a bat of iiglit color, but wliiclt in
other respe.-ts would answer as well ft>r
winter as summer. This is another tri
umph of the designing hatter
But let our garments be of what cut,
color or fashion they may. for summer
thev must be tight tilting. They must
exclude air front the skin, litis is tin
law of custom and fashion. In winter,
the closer tit ma\ be desirable because
we need as much as possible t* retain
the natural heat of the body. But in
summer we require to rid ourselves of
superfluous heat. Thin clothing doe*
not answer this purpose if thin clothing
" tits like a glove. 1 ' Yet with his tinder
shirt, shirt, vest and cvwit. the gentleman
of the period goes about with lour tight,
natty-biting bandages about hi* j arson
and then complains of the heat, lie
swathes his legs in tightly-titling drawers
and trousers. 11 is feet are likewise actual
ly bandaged with close-lilting leather
and cotton, sitk or linen, and he corn
plains of the heat. He perch** on his
itend a hat nearly devoid of rim and com
plains that the sun dazzles bis eyes. For
protection and comfort in hot weather
the European costume is a mass of al>-
surdity. We could, with advantage to
health and comfort, take lessons of the
Orientals. But who will have the cour
ige to appear on the street in Turkish
trousers? He would be mildly mobbed.
Yet we scorn the people of Ixuuion who
tltrcw the mud of prejudice at the man
brave enough to carry then- the first
umbrella, likewise an adaptation from
the Oriental. And our women bandage
themselves in light but light material
even more than the men. and their only
comfort in this hot weather is. tirst. to
make themselves secure against visitors,
retire to their inmost chamber, close the
blinds and take it off. And we are Un
people who propose to carry the war into
Africa and teach*the benighted dweller
of the desert how to live!
I>*t it IK* remembered that among us.
where f>ne person dies immediately of
sunstroke, ten of whom we never hear
art* seriously and probably permanently
ityurcd through the same t-ausc. and
twenty more indisposed. The exhaus
tion caused through a succession of
blazing, scorching days take-, many
forms of disease, and some of this might
IK* avoided if our customs conformed
more to the requirements of this trying
season. Our June. luly and August
climate is tropical. We need to study
tropical summer habits, where nearly
all the outdoor lalntr is performs! in
the early morning or evening, where
garments are worn, not only thin hut
loose, save when the Kuropean clings
with senseless prejudice to the fashion of
his own country.— New Vork (iritphic.
Coney Maud.
A New York paper discusses about
the city's great watering place as fol
lows: Coney Island ha* become, since
it* rehabilitation, not the seaside resort
of Brooklyn. New York and aifjncent
towns ar.d cities tnerdlv, but of the
country at large, indiaa! of the whole
continent. At the Manhattan ami
Brighton beaches, a- they are now
named. with a view of dissociating them
from the rather unsavory reputation ac
uuired by the island in years gone bv.
:nav be si-en. on any hot day, people
from nearly every State in the I'nion,
from tlw Territories also, and from
Canada, Mexico and the West Indies.
Hardly any great city on the globe is so
near the sea as New York, is
forty miles up the Thames; Paris, 111
miles from the mouth of the Seine;
Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, .-ire near the
renter of the countries of which they
an- capitals. Hamburg is seventy miles
from the sea: Bremen is so inaccessible
to large vessels on account of sand in
the Wescr that Bremerhafen has been
built for their accommodation, and is
really, : its name indicates, the port of
the city. Rome and St. Petersburg are
further from the Mediterranean and
Baltic than New York from the Atlan
tic. Philadelphia and Baltimore are,
strictly speaking, river towns; but this
city is only eleven miles from the open
ocean, aniloffers such facilities for reach
ing it that it may le said to be at our
very doors. At no other seaside place
on the globe are there such crowds a*
there often ate at Coney Island on
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Twenty or thirty thousand people make
no show, and fiO.OOO and 70.000 have
been reported there again and again.
<)n two or three days last summer the
throng was estimated at from 80,000 to
100.000. Another resort so popular and
populous can scarcely be mentioned.
Perhaps Margate approaches nearest to
it; but Margate is seventy miles from
liondon. and can very rarely exhibit
such a Concourse as Conev Island can
on a sweltering Sunday, 'f he crowds at
the beaches an- curious and interring
as studi<"s, much more so than the spot
itself, tir any of its material adjuncts.
They furnish endless sources of observa
tion and speculation to anybody con
cerned with or alniut humanity. The
island itself is but a strip of barren sand
redeemed and glorified by the one fnc
that the ocean breaks bountifully on its
southern shore. When the mercury
mounts into the nineties, Anuiicans
will go anywhere for a promise of cooi
ness, especially to Coney Island, whirl
seems to be the most frequented wntej
ing place in the world.
Recalled to Life.
The recall of a girl to life bj§a sis
ter's shriek is one or the local topic* of
the Jourtuil, of Evansville, Ind. The
young lady bad been auite ill for weeks,
and was thought to IK- dying of con
sumption. §he had grown so weak and
emaciated that her strength was no more
than a child's. One afternoon, while
lying upon Iter couch, her sister came in
from a walk and sat by the bedside. A
conversation began, and th • invalid be
gan to speak. As she uttered the first
won! she felt a iwwildering weakness,
and a sinking flutter of her breath. Her
eyes became fixed, the lower jaw dropped
as in death, and the body became mo
tionless, while consciousness disap
peared. The sister leaped from her seat
and ran to the door shrieking to her
mother that her sister was dead. The
I sound of the shriek penetrated through
j the veil of death, and roused the sinking
i faculties. The blood, which had oon
' gested the lungs, was sent hack by the
i nervous shock, and gathering her
| strength by a strong effort of will, the
invalid opened her eyes and awoke to
, life again, breathless and amazed at the
' thrilling peril she had escaped.
of the U iiiuri of the iatlf) Hr It.
A New York paper give* this sketch j
of the life of K. 1" Westou, lite world's
champion pedestrian, who won the Sir .
John Astlcybcll wt'< -sled trom O'ia-ary
ty KowelJ iii New York in laindoit.
and made the uuprwvdwtal nvvird of
,YSO mile* in si v days
Kdwmrd I'ay sou Weston, the chain
pion long distance pedestrian, wo* born
in I'rovnlcnce, K I , March |5, lodti
According to a quaint biography writ
ten by ltis mother in lr the Turt.
AW Id Aiirm, he weighed at his birth
only four pounds i\ ounces, and wa*
for years a weakly, sickly child. He
showed no powers ot eudur&nce in bis
v out It. and un to the age of nineteen
lie was eonsideied a youth ot feeble
frame, lie tirst came before the public
in the spring of 1881. lie then walked
from Boston to Washington to witness
the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
The leat wa* performed in payment of
a wager that air. Lincoln would not
lie elected, lie started from the steps ol
the 80-101 l Stale House <>n the 5M ol
February, and reached Washington on
March 3. The whole distance traveled
wa- 4A3 miles, and the actual time oecu
pied was VMS hours. Weston aft.*r ward
came to this city, w here he engaged in ;
the occupation of selling periodicals .
His occupation developed lits walking
iK>wer, and he became known among
his associates as a man capable of en
during great-fatigue.
This reputation, and possibly the lik
ing for pedestriauistu developed b\ bis
walk in I*6l, resulted in bis undertaking,
in the fail of I*B7, hi- great walk from
i'ortland. Me . to Chicago. This wa>
betdre long-distance pedestrians lmd
coiue into notice, and tin- announcement
that a man was to undertake to walk
1,228 miles on ordinary roads in thirty
conseeutive days created great excite
nn-nt It was said at the tittle that he
was walking for a purse of £lo,last in
case he accomplished the undet taking,
and $8,01)0 if he succeeded in making led
miles in twenty-four hours. On the2tfth
of th-tols-r. IMi", at niHin. he set out from
Portland. He made four* to
cover the 100 miles in twenty-four hours.
In the tirst attempt he made sixty-three
tuiics; in the second even l<-s- on ac
count of k-ul roads; in the third, ninety
one miles, with over three hour* to do
th* nine miles in. but gave up. lie says,
by the advice of his trainers and friends,
who were with him. This failure hurt
Weston, who was openly charged with
being Isiught off. He always stoutly
dented the charge. His last attempt to
walk hx> mile* in twenty-four hours was
mad.- on the 95th .! November. H<
only made eighty-six miles. Her*u*h*l
t'hicago on Thanksgiving day. Novem
ber fW. and vvas received with great
demonstration. This walk made W*s.
ton's name a household woad for
months. His effort inspires! young men
everywhere to become pedestrian*, and
gave the start to the pedestrian mania
which ha* become so general. His
name was upon all lips, liis photograph
in nearly ad households. There were
Weston sIpH-s. Weston hat* and \N • -ton
coats Musicians composed \\ • sion
marches, and young ladies danced to
Weston waltzes Hie ped*strinn was
determined not to give up the idea of
walking 100 hours in twenty-lour hours,
and. after a lecturing tour eastward. In*
made the attempt on Octolx-r 7, IMtS, at
White Plains. He accomplish)*! the
task in twcniv-tuo hours, ten minutes.
ten seconds, ami the sporting papers ~f
the time ch;traoteriz>*l the feat as unpre
In the same month Colonel Pari Kice,
the veteran circus man. offered to give
him a purse of #90,000 if he would wa.k
5.000 nub's m too conw*'Utive days, not
to wa.k on Sunday* The com-spond
enrc ix*t ween Hit** ami Weston developed
the fact tliat the pedi-strian was re
iigiously inclined, ami his letters were
tilled with pious sentiments. He also
was an avow*l temperance man. The
result wa- that many exiadlcnt people
who wouid naturally have nothing to do
with professional p<-dt*trian* gave Wes
ton their hearty sympathy, notably Dr.
ri.*Hlore t'uyler. whose correspondence
with Weston was nublislied at the tim*.
However, the 5.000 mile walk failed from
a lack of funds to carry it out.
Returning to New York, after a lectur
ing t"Ur. Weston gave azi exhibition
walk in Steiitwav 11 i... at which HoflCC
t Irccley presided, and which many prom
inent persons attended.
Weston walk)*l little for several vear
except when his duties if-|uir*l it. lb
ln*-nmc a reporter on th Sim. ami it fell
to liis lot to vi-il the poiita* stations on
the -a*t side of tin* city at a late hour at
night. in <*>ming to the City
Hall from Fifty-ninth stn*-t became
proverbial, lie used to say tliat he
m-v • r rode in str*et curs unless lie wa* in
no hurry, and lie often beat them in
making atrip.
The most sueeessful walk in this eitv
was in the spring of 1*74. On May II
he started on a six days' walk in tlie
American Institute Kink, with the in
tention of making 500 miles. In the
first twenty-four hours he made 115
miles, but lie faibs! to cover more than
450 in the six days. This was consid
ered giMMt walking then. In September
of the same year he twice attempted the
same feat in the Hippodrome, and each
time he failed. On tlie 14tli of 1t tu
ber he lwgan his six days' walk in
Newark, and he claimed to have
walked in tin- six days, b'-s twenty
three ami three-iiuarter minutes. sin
miles. He coverea Ilsmib*s in twentv
tlin** hours and two minub**. In
March. !*75, lie beat K Judd in asiv
days' walk in the Hippodrome in this
city, walking 431 miles. In No
vember of that year he vf.*lk<*l against
O'Uwj in Chicago for six days, and
was beaten. O'ls-ary malting 503 miles
and Weston 451. After this walk Wes
on went to F'.nglatul. and on the 30th of
September. l H 7fi. walked 5004 miles
forty-eight yards in six day*, in Liver-
JMMII. In December of the same year, in
a six days' walk in Isindon. he covered
lf>o miles. In that contest lie walked
1151 miles without rest, and 115 miles
in twenty-four hours, withonlv eight<**n
minutes ten seconds r*st. In April,
1*77, P'l/ arv beat him in Agricultural
Hall. lyondon. tnnking nearly 590 miles
to Weston's 510. Weston, after this, gave
exhibition walks, and on one occasion
h<at A. Chvk. in Ixindon. in a torty
eight-hours'walk, in which h<* scored
IN miles.
It i* said that Weston found a firm
friend in Sir John Astley. 11<• ilid not
compete fiir the Astley belt, when
O'lsxiry won it in March. lH7f although
his name was among the original en
trira. On the IHh of January la*t lie
attempted to walk 9,000 miles in 1,000
consecutive hours, over F'.nglish roads,
and deliver fifty lectures in F'.nglish
towns anil villages, lb* chose a season
oft he year very unfavorable for the un
dertaking.and he failed.hut onlybyafew
hours. In April last lie entered the
lists with Hazael. Mnivvn and Corkey.
lie walked only 450 mib s, while Itrown
innilethe then Is-st r<**ord, 549 tnib-s.
Weston's face is a familiar one to the
American public. The photographs
and pictures of th< pedestrian that are
scattered broadcast arc excellent like
nesses. His is a typical New England
—clean <-ut and shrewd. He is
small and slender. Put wonderfully com
part, and his flesh is very solid, lie is.
as lie naturally would he, an enthusiast
upon the subject of walking; hut lie is
tcmi apt to promise to do more than lie
can perform. This time, howeve/. In*
has none more than his best friend* had
faith to believe that he would accom
| plisli.
The age* *f Ohio political magnates
are:. Judge Taft,sixty-nine years; Senator
Thurman, sixty-seven years; Governor
Bishop, sixty-seven years: Secretary
Sherman, fiftv-six years; Stanley Mat'-
thews, fifty-five years: Mr. Forster,
fifty-one rears: Mr. Ewing, fifty years;
ann Gen .'Gar field, forty-eight years.
tHd lliekwrj.
The Americans are familiar with (Ids
.vgeiyint ol (iemral Andrew Jackson;
yet very few know how it wa*cnrmsl by
the old hero. The following txplulia
tion may lie regarded its aullientic, a* it
wa- derived originally front (jt-neral
.lacksoii himself, by one of Ids im-ssinntcs
during tin- t'reek war.
During the campaign, which included
the battC- of Kmuekfau creek. the army
wa* moving rapidly to surprise the In
dians, and there were no tent*. In the
month ol March a cold equinoctial rain
began to fall, miugicd with sleet, which
lasted several days. The general was
exposed to the weather, and was suffer
ing severely with a find cold and sore
throat At nigltl lie and his staff
bivouacked itt a muddy bottom, while
the rain poured down, and froze as it
fell. Some of his escort, finding that he
was VcfV Unwell, became Uneasy about
him, although he did not oomptain, and
laid dow u upon bis blanket by the enmp
lircw dli his soldier*. Seeing him wet
to the skin, stretched ill the mud and
water in hi* suffering condition, they de
termined to try and make him more •< v
Tln-v out down a stout hickory
in wliioli tlii* sap W!T rising, IUUI.I fed
tin- bark from it in large flakes; rut wo
Turks ami a pole. laid down it floor of ark
mill dead leave*. mul riHiftil it. and dosed
ono side, or rather nw end •>! tin* struc
ture against tli* wind with hark, and
left thi*other I'tul open. They thru drh*l
their blanket*, mul made him a pallet
in the tent the* liail construct)*!. ITtey
woke up tin' old general. and witli ome j
ditiieulty persuaded him to crawl in.
\\ itll hi* saddle for a pillow, wrapped .
up in the drv blanket*, mid hi* feet to ■
the tire, h- slept snugly and soundly all
night, well ease.! in hiekory lark.
The next tuorninf an old mmifrom the
neifthliorhiMMl eame into ramp with a
jug of whisky, with whieh, alter imbib
ing quite freely himself h< gave the
military narty "a treat "as far as the
ii |Uor would so. He seemed to le a
kind-h \"*ted ovial and patriotie oh! fel
low—a sort of " privileged eharaeter "
in liis eoun v. While staggering als>ut
among the eaiuptires. full of futl mid
whisky tie oumieted upon the little
hickory hart, tent, which immediately
rrvt*t liis attention. After eyeing it
a moment, in* < viaitned, " What s<irtol
an oui'am.ish Indian lixin' is this?" mid
gave u a ki> k whieh lumbbai .town tbe
queer- unking strueture. mid eompletely
buried .he old hero in the hark. As lie
-IrUggb*! out of the ruins and look<at
fiercely around for the author of the ini*-
• hi. f. .In- old U|H*r him and
exciaiuted: "Hello! Old Hickory !
come out of your !>ark and join u* in a
There was something so ludicrous in
the wlijii i-ni that r.-sp.a-t lor hi*
pr.**<*nce and rank could not restrain the
merriment of the spectators. He v*ry
good-humorrdly joined in laughing at the
mishaps. As he rose up .utd shook the
lark fnun him, he looked so tough and
stern that they a'i gar.* bim a hearty
" Hurrah for Old lliekoryO This was
the hrs. time lie e\.-r beard tllese words,
whieh were afterwmd shout<d by the
millions of liis .aiuntryinrn whenever he
apjH-ar.*! among them.
the Fun Turned Out Farnest.
Y-ar ago. into a wholesale grocery
-tors- in Huston walk*i a tali, muscular -
'.Hiking man, evidently a fresh minsr ,
from some backwoods town in Maine
or New Hampshire. Accosting the first '
person he met, who happen.*! to he the
merchant himself, lie rk'*d
" You don't want to hirva man in your
store, do vu?'
" Well,' said the merchant, '' 1 don't
know; what can you do?"
" IKi'" said the man; " 1 rather guess
1 can turn my hand to almost anything j
what do lull want done?"
•• Weil, if 1 was to hire a man. it would j
In* one tiiat could lift well—a strong, j
wiry, fellow; one for instance, that inula |
-houider a sack of coffee like that yon- ■
h*r, mul carry it aToss tin- floor and
never lay it down."
"There, now. ("apt'in."said the eoun- i "that's just me. 1 can lift any
thing I hitch to; you can't suit me Ix-t
--b-r. What will you give a man that will
I suit vou?"
" f'll tell you." said tin* inerehant;
"if you will shoulder tliat sack of mffie
ami carry it across the store twice and
nev.T lay it dotvn. I will bin* you a y.-ar
at * Itxi per month."
" I km.-." said the stranger, and by this
time every clerk in tin- store hail gatk
* r<*l amund and waibsl to join in the i
1 >Ugh against tin- man. wlo. walking up j
to the s.-u k, threw it across his shoulder
witli perfect case, although extremely
, h.avy, and walked with it twice a. no
lle- sion-. went quietly to a large liHk
which was fastened to the wall. *nd !
hanging it up turned to the merchant !
, and said:
"Then', now. it may hang tle-re till
doomsday. I shall never lay it down.
What -hall 1 go about, mister? .lust 1
give me p'entv to do. and #IOO per
month, ami it s all right."
The clerks broke Into a laugh, and the j
merchant, discomfited yet satis thai, kept
liis ngnx im-nt, and U-day the gns-n
countryman is the senior partner in the j
| firm, and is worth a million dollars.
Advice to Hat her*.
With a view of diminishing the loss of
life which annually occurs fnun drown- j
ing. the lloyal llumiun* Society of
land issues the following seasonable ad
vice to bather*:
Avoid bathing within two hours after j
a meal, or when exhausted by fatigue or ,
from any other cause, or wlo-n the IKMIV I
is rooting after perspiration, and avoid
i leitbing altogether in the open air if. af
ter Ix-ing a short tinn* in the water,there |
is a sense of chilliness, with numbness of
tin- hands and feet, hut bathe when the
body is warm, provided no time is lost
in getting into the water.
Avoid chilling the lMiy by sitting or
standing trndress<*l on tin" bank* or in
tin-boats, after having Iwen in tbe water. ,
or remaining too long in the water, but
leave the water immediately if there is
the slight.-st feeling of chilliness.
The vigorous and strong may bathe ;
early in the morning on an empty stom
ach." but the young and those who are
weak had better bathe two or three
! hours after a meal; the best time for
such is from two to three hours after
Those who are subject to attacks of
giddiness or faintness, and who sutler
from palpitation and other sense of dis
comfort at the heart, should not bathe
without tirst consulting their medical
Jeopardized by Jewel*.
Cuius arc constantly occurring where
the cupidity of thieves and murderers is
aroused by the display of gems worn at
improper times. The open assault of a.
lady on Fifth avenue, when her soltaire
diamond earring w*as torn from her ear.
and the horror in Forty-seeond street
are tin* latest instances. The prevailing
ideas regarding the wearing of jewels in
this country are in very bad taste. For
eigners esteem them vulgar, and they
are proven dangerous to the owners
of valuable trinkets. The ambition of
the girl of the period is to crowd her
fingers with conspicuous rings, and the
matron, possessing valuable diamonds,
wears these all the time, either lieeause
she has not nice instinct*, or, as is the
general excuse, for the sake of knowing
they are safe. Only American women
wear diamonds with breakfast and street
costumes. (Jems are only worn consist
ently with dinner or full evening dress.
The single-stoned diamond ring tla*hing
over the golden band lias its significance,
and may be worn constantly; but only
j on certain occasions can a number of
I costly rings be worn with propriety.
The lesson of tbe hour proves that jewels
ordinarily should be kept in asafe, which
| precaution may frequently save human
life.— Ntw York Commercial Adrer titer.
Could Wr Lite iu (he I'olur Iteglonvf
At t!>■ reception givrn by the Kan
KrMidM'K Atwlnuy f Science* to the
tin IIIIMTK of tin' Iti-nnHl riplm iitii cxpe
(l it lon to tin' North I'ole, Mr. tnarl'-*
Woh'ott ItriHik* dicu*ed the questions
of tin - existence of mi Ai'< in continent,
mill the pioluthiiilv of it* being inhah
ited. If we carefully examine, said Mr
Hrooks. the ailllost universal feature* of
all laiul known to u, we till.l a prevail
ing form wherever w< turn. Kadi terri
torial area of uumiiituile m ini to have
an appendage trending southward. If
we apply till* rule, bjf turning the North
I'ole of a globe toward us, we readily
*e<* at a glance that (Ireciiliuid, which f*
known to u, may In-ar to ,ui unknown
Arctic continent the R.WIK- relation that
South America doe* to North America,
or Africa to Europe. 11ncr it i* per
fectly logical to inf<-r. by the great anal
ogv of nature, that an Arctic continent
exist* beneath the North Pole, extend
ing three mid a half to four degree south
from the northern axis of the earth. A*
previous Arctic expedition* have ad
vanced W eighty-three degree* twenty.
*ix minute* north latitude—or within
XMNnilfft of the Pole—the distance thence
to such a continent would not exceed
alwiut lAOto IHO mile* This intervening
space, however, is difficult to traverse,
a* it presents a very rough surface If
the sea. during the In-ight of a gale, when
waves run mountaiiiß high, were in
stantly fro sen, it would present much
the appearance here encountered. For
• thllulogist* the question i* Can
an Arctic continent ne inhabited,should
one exist? Till* may he met by the
we.l-known fact that the latitude of
Seventy-eight degrees i* al*>ut the jioilit
ol lowest mean temperature. The earth
i* aliout thirty-seven miles i-s* in diam
eter at the equator than from pole to
I Kile, having enlarged at on one point
and flattened at mint her tieeause of it*
revolving motion Now, it is well
known that lower temperatures are en
countered a* we ascend high altitudes,
and the depression at the poles may. by
lessening tliedi*tance of the surface troni
the earth's -enter, afford a warmer tem
perature. which wiil enable the hardy
Esquimaux. Ainosor some Hyper 1> >rean
rat* 1 to exist upon mi Arctic contin<*nt.
Los* of Life on Steamboat*.
The following is a comparative state
uicnt of the numlier of lives lost in the
United Stt*s from various causes on
steamboats during the years ending June
30, I*7* mid lT
1(09. 1878.
I'rwtu fires.... 1 21
From collisions 11 31
F ruin r i j <iu*iuiu............ 18 33
Front ug. • rrck A stukiug At 104
From *<vi<trtal drowning 8 IS
M iscellaiieou* A 4
Total lOA HJ
The total numlier of accident* resull
ing in loss of life were:
1879. 1878.
I. tplntioa* 8 10
l'im> 1 3
Collision* 3 18
Snag*, wrecks and sinking 8 A
Accidental drowning...... 8 9
M tscellaneou* 5 4
Total 31 47
The almve comparison shows a rrduo
lion ot marly tiny-one percent, in the
number of !h<** ]o*t mid aliout thirty
four per cent, iwduetion in the munis r
of at . itlefit* causing loss of life. The in
creased efficiency of the slcamlsiat in-'
s|>ection service is better shown by the
following comparative statement: In
1*76 the nun' 1 * !' of live* lost on steam
boats wa* isC: in 1*76. 394; in 1*77. '124;
in l*7>, 212 mid in 1*79. 105.
llememlM-retl lint Twisted a Little.
A letter from Newport, 11.1., tells thi*
story: 1 know a lady who k's-ps a
ißianling-house—a charming woman,
always solicitous of the comfort of her
lioui" hold, hut with ape uliarity. She
" rcnp'iiiliers fa** - * hut not names."
Now it PeV'-r matt<-red to me that Willi
• very *ntp of coffee or tea sh<- gave me 1
was v< christened, tin the ••ontrary. I
found it very entertaining. Hut this did
distress her daughtr. All in vain *he
.at* Ted with her mother, wlto smilingly
went on in her own way in spile of her.
lhit then* came a tini< and ornuion
when her daughter set her heart njsin
her mother's addn-sing a gi*ntleman
stranger correctly, All through the day
of the evening on whirl) he was c\jtectsl
the daughter could I*' heard to say a* she
followial her mother from room to mora.
"Now. n memlier. his name is Mr. tV"c
--i/ey*'" to whicli the mother in every in
stance would reply. " Yes. dear. I am
sure I know it. fhirdry The stranger
took his sent at the table. That blessed
woman, with a smile like an angel's and
a self-txsweasion I have never s*'n sur
nassisl, looked sweetly across the lxard
and inquired. " Mr. />ry-eo?. do you
take cream and sugar?"
Bedstead Superstition.
Having ordered a neatly constructed
single bedstead, says- a correspondent in
Germany. with somewhat high and orna
mental sides. I was surprised when it
was brought home to find that the orna
mentation of one side of the Ix'dstoad
was not repeated on the opposite side, it
being, in fact, quite plain. I expressed
my surprise and dissatisfaction to tlis*
maker, saying that when a bedstead was
placed with it- bead against the wall ol
a room, the sides, then showing, will ap
pear quite unlike —one ornament'*! and
the other plain.
At this the maker expressed hi* sur
prise that I should lx- ignorant of a Her
man custom and prejudice; "for." says
lie. "in Germany single tiedstead* an'
only placed sidew ays against a wall or
partition; and only removed from this
position, and placed with the head
against the wall, to receive a dead laxly."
And the worthy maker assured me that
nowhere in Germany could a native be
induced to sleep on a single bedstead
which had not its side placed against a
wall or partition. The same objection
does not hold against placing two single
bedsteads side by side, with their heads
against a wall.
A Young Lady'* Herni-m.
San Diego. Cal., poss<-i-es a genuine
heroine in n young lady named Mis-
Marv l.twrvncr. Recently a herd of
wilil cattle wen' being driven through
t lie streets, when one of them singled out
a child sit play and stnrtisl for it. The
vnquero, who wan drunk, atumlded from
Ilia horse as he attempted to turn the
furious animal. At tliia moment Miss
lAwrcnec came along, and, inking in the
situation at a glance, sprang into the
vacant saddle. ran down the wild steer,
threw her shawl over his head just as
lie was about to gore the child, and,
taking advantage of the eonfuaion of the
beast, rode up to the child, and, without
leaving her saddle, reached to it and
lifted it to IMT lap. and then carried it oft
in safety. This was not only an net of
heroism, but an exhibition of horseman
ship sin It as few eould equal. That
young lady deserves a medal, Iwith as an
expert equestrienne and as a lady whose
courage and presence of mind are only
equaled by her skill as a rider.
A company of Russian soldiers, woile
t' ently on their way to Klisabethpol.
weiehi-set with clouos of grasshopper*
tlint liightened them more than the
Turks ivi r did. At night they could
not sleep: their guns, their uniforms
and they themselves were covered with
these insects, that crept into their
mouths, noses and ears. The officers
fled into the houses, but the plague of
grasshoppers had previous possession.
A region of fifteen miles was thicly cov
ered with them and all the grain and
grass were instantly destroyed.
" Time makes all things right," except
the disappointment a fellow feels when
h* i left ny * train,— WhttHng Ltnd*r,
TEHMB: S'-i.OO a Yoar, in Advance.
A Clilnaman's (facer itnrlal.
W ee-Ka-Vuug, a Chinese laundryman
working in New York, died at a little
I hincsc settlement near Newark, N. J ,
mid wa* buried there, The funeral took
place alxtul live o'clock in the afternoon,
the tifUs-u Celestials of the laundry, the
H'-v. Mr Strong, of Ui* IteturmodCfiurrh
in lteileville, in* undertaker, lite super
intendent of the laundry, two or three
other gentlemen mid live ladies lieing
present. 'J'he visitor* were ushered into
a room ott the mailt eltlralice of the
Chinese quarter*. tlie wall* of which
were hung with Chinese papers with
strange devices, intersperse*! with SBch
luottoe* a* "tlod i* love," "Pimply tu
Thy Cross I Cling," etr, From the mi.
ter ol tlic loom w a* *u*pe|lded a Chinese
lanti-rn. The Iwnly waanot then visible,
hut after waiting alaiut ten minutes it
was carried into the hall and placed
alxiut the center, and liie couipmiV were
invited to walk out. In the bali were
several Celestial* standing bear the
coffin, where the body wa* seen clad in
the ordinary habiliment* worn by tin*
rip*'. Iter. Mr. Strong, standing mar
the coffin, offered up a brief and lervent
prayer, during which a repriwetitative of
the Flowery Kingdom stood near scat
tering tribute money—pieces of thin
brown paper about four inches long
with Chinese character* cut in litem
Tin* prayer ended, the ta*ket wa* carried
out by tour laboring un-u ami placed in
an open wagon drawn by one horsr and
covered w itii a blanket. A tin |uui con
taining burning ints-nsc wa* niaissl iu
the vehicle in mmt of the coffin. Fol
lowing the wagon wa* a man carrying a
large mm kit basket containing brown
paper packtge* and a man carrying
strip* of paper, "which he Strewed all the
way to the grave, lb-hind hint cauie the
rest of the Chinamen mul then the visit*
or*. Not a word wa* said during the
tuarcji to the grave, ami on
reaching the piai-e of interment, whero
there are already several o| tln-se people
buried, the four liearer# lifted the collin
from the wagon mid silently lowered it
into the grave. Iter, Mr. strong then
made a brief prayer, committing the
hodx to it* last twing-place—"Earth to
earth. ashes to ashes :unl dust to dust."
The grave wa* then filled and mounded
up, and when thi* wa* done a hole wa*
made at thi- foot ami in it wa* placed mi
earthen jar, the contents of which were
car< fully com waled from the knowledge
of the visitors. The man with the bas
ket I-JUUC forward, and from it were
taken nai kages coulaining candy, auu,
etc., which were opened and their eon
tent* poured over tlie jar. Thi* was all
covered with '-arth, when a tin pan con
*~ **l Uttle mrth. in which were
tui k a white taper. a number of lighted
incedM -vtick* which in burning gave out
a fragrant odor, and also some peculiar
red and while taper* were placed on top
of the earth. Then a plate < untwining
ileal. small birds, and a dressed chicken
witli the head on and arranged in a sit
ting position was <iepiailed at tlie foot
of the grave. Near this pan were chop
sticks. a bow l of Hew and a bowl of lea
to sustain the deoraard in his journey to
the *pirit-land. The grave wa*partially
surrounded with lighted --andics and
burning intense-stick*, and the papers in
which the candle* were wrapped were
hurrn-d on the grave—the flickering light
of the !a|ier*. the flame ttf the burning
pa|H-r*. the smoking incense, the pictur
• -jUr costumes of the I 'hinamen and tlie
daisy-clad lield forming a strange and
weird picture not *t*>n to be forgotten.
While these were burning a Mongolian
advanced to tlie grave, made a numls*
of prostrations, hi* forehead tourhing
the earth, and tiien tawired tea from a
IK'WI upon the ground Tea wa* pouretl
again on tlie earth, and all the Caesltals
then mmle profound bows towartl the
grave with their hand* outstretched and
then turmai away, and thus the funeral
service* were com lnded. Tlif i-ffivt* of
the deo-ased, a* is usual with thoe
jssij'le, were hurneil after tlie funeral.
Ktrange Heath of a Dog.
Jack, an intelligent and valuable Xew
hiuottland dug, uwanl by Tboma* |*il-
Hngton. ol Newark. N. .1 . m l bbdrath
in a singular manner. He wan a hitter
t nemy ol cats. ami he ha* l*cn known
to spring ver an H(lit-fwtl fnrr after a
feline that had tnnlaliwd him. When
ever a< at convert was Ix-gun near lit*
nuuliY'l ltoue Jack scattered the sere
nailer* without ceremony, ami he wa>
not only much prired by Mr. l'iliiugton. |
but wa aiao a favorite with the neigh
boi> who. thank* to hi* enmity to the
eat erealion. etyoved peaceful slumber.
Mr. I'iiiington look Jack to the house
olafrirml. w here la-tied the dog to a
piece of W<MHI weighing atout thirty
pound-, in order to prevent bis escape
from the yard. In the evening the eats
eame from all the houses in the neigh
borhood and pirehed on the fence close
to the snot where their implacable
••neniy was* secured. They *eoned to
know that .laek was tied fast, for they
began an exultant serenade, and oon
tinued it untii hehowlel with rage. He
made several savage springs at the cat*
on the fence neari-st to him, but be could
not get loose from bis fastening*. Ilia
tormentors continued to tantalise him
in cat language until In- le-eaiue trantic.
lie tugged desperately at the chain that
held him to the block ol wood, and the
serenading party seeing bis helpless con
dition then Ix-gan such a noisy eater
wauling that a doicn nighweapped
beails popped out of as many bedroom
windows. ltiHitjack-. sticks ami crock
ery were hurled at the eats Meantime
Jack, who bad dragged the blink of
WINMI rinse to the feme, made a desper
ate spring at a big tomcat, lie cleared
the fence at the same instant that the
cat disappear**! in the adjoining vard.
but lie unfortunately bad not calculated
on the weight of the block of wood. The
result w as that poor .1 ark was su-pended
by bis neck to the chain, which was
firmly held to the block of w<xsion the
oilier side of the fence. Before assist
ancc arriveil Jack bail slowly strangled
to death. The next day he was given a
descent burial by hi* owner and friends.
It is said that he had saved three human
Waking pa Stranger.
V eaten! a v forenoon a gigantic at ranger.
with lists like foot-balls and musele of
about four-horse power, entered the
gentlemen's waiting-room at the Union
depot, flung down his lint, and falling
back on one of the benches, roared out:
"I'm half-hvena and half-tiger.and I
hanker tor blood! I'm going to alcep,
and the man who even move* his toot
to wake meup will fool with a cycione!"
There wen*tn or twelveßHUt in there,
and they sat very erect and hardly d.-uvd
to breathe for the next ten minutes.
Then ope of litem got a chance to
whisper to a policeman through an opcu
window. When the officer came in the
crowd rushed out. believing that he
would be eaten up in two minutes. The
officer didn't sc<-ni to have any fear, how
ever. but his face wore a smile as he
walked over to the sleeper, tapped him
on the shoulder with his baton and said:
"Come, captain, get up."
The stranger opened one eye, but did
not move.
"Come, mtyjor," continued the officer.
That man shut that eye and opened
the other, hut yet did riot arise.
"Come, colonel, you'll be late for the
train." said the officer.
" Did any one call me?" asked the man
as he sat up and looked around.
" Yes, general, I was saying that you
had lietter wake up or some one might
steal your valuable*."
" Yes—an—that is—of course I'll wake
up. You are a No. I policeman, sir—
the finest officer I ever met. I*'t's shake!
I'll go right out with you—of course I'll
And no Mary's little lamb could have
looked more meek as he picked up his
satchel and took a walk out on the
wharf. —Dftrtif Frtt Prat,
The;<'kinase National Rambling Uame.
" Knit tan" is the national gambling
game of the Chinese, and is nlayed by
beggar and prim* with equal avidity.
A corresiMindent gives an interesting ac
count o the game aa ptayrd in a gam
bling house at Macao. sitWah d at the en
train* of the Canton river:
Gaudily painted lanterns of immense
sine and ornamented with a multitude of
cabalistic signs swung in front of the
portal, which was further adorned by n
number of slips of red paper oovered
I will* Chinese characters and a quantity
of liny oil lamps. On gaining the top of
tin- narrow staircase w<- found ourselves
in a room furnished in tit* usual Chinese
fashion, with polished wooden stools
and tables ranged ail round the sides and
with carved ornaments decorating the
walla. A>m>ul half way across one side
extended a high table very much in the
fashion of a bar counter in ati ml-class
American saloon, except that the top ol
it was covered with matting instead of
being polished. Behind this, in the
middle, sat the high priest of " Pantan."
an enormously corpulent Chinaman, in
a very capacious and comfortable arm
chair. his legs lucked away beneath him
and a " water" pipe at his elbow, from
which ever and anon it* inhaled a whiff
or two of the coarse ntbauuo generally in
use among the natives, tie was the
"dealer," and he bestowed a very
friendly recognition upon our host
sa we cnlervd. Neat to five dealer
at the banker, a sharp-eyed and
sharp-featured man. who had before
hint a large box containing money, in
hank-notes, gold and silver, and an
"abacus" which Chinamen always use
to assist tliem in calculating. Two or
three other "solid" looking Celestials in
long blue gowns also sat in a sort of re
cess In-hind ttt* table, silently smoking
and occasionally protruding a hand,
adorned with very king linger nails, with
which they aiU-red the position of certain
small circular bits of jade on tb- table
which represented the stakes of gam
blers who were not present, out who still
participated in the fortunes of the game,
being quite content to trust the Ivonesly
of the proprietors as to the winning or
losing, lligbt in front of the dealer,
and riveted to the table, was a piece of
white metal about one foot square.
This is the Tom Fiddler's ground upon
which thegambiers try their luck. The
four sides represent the numbers one,
two. three and four—that neat to the
dealer being number one and that neat
to the players number lour. The game
commences by the dealer taking a hand
ful of bright new " cash" from a heap at
his right hand, putting them in a separ
ate heap at his left and covering them
over with a little bras# rap. Then the
player# put their stake# on the table on
whichever side of the metal square it
may please them.
tine thousand dollar# is the limit in live
Macao gambling houses, hut the smallest
coin is not rejected, and it i# not an un
freuuent oecurmt.-e to see the European
or American " punter" risking a rid! of
banknotes alongside a coolie who is
stolidlv "hocking tlte tiger" with two
or three " cash "at a time. Considering
that one hundred " < ash ' equal only one
cent, the passion for play, it will be
s*cn. can be gratified a'. small cost.
W hen all have staked the dealer removes
the brass cover from the small pile of
"caah." and withn ivory "chop-stick"
proceeds to count the coin# out by four#,
lie takes care to bare It is arm. an<l counts
•lowly and delicately, removing each
" cash " by the hole in its center, #o that
everybody may "see fair." The excite
ment grow# more and more intern# as
the pile gradually diminishes, and the
more acute and experienced gambler*
often are able to announce tlte winning
number wh-n yet qu'te a quantity of
" cash " remain untouched. A moment
aud the pile is reduced to small dimen
sions. " Gat. yce, sain, see,"counts tlte
dealer —"one, iwo, three, four"—"eat.
vce. sain, see," "gat. yee-c-e. sa-am !**
"Three " cash " remain as the haiance ol
the heap, and so three U for litis lim
the winning number. Tlte Itanker
thereupon sweeps in all the money that
iia# been staked twt No#.l. if and 4. and
then pav# over to those who put tlfir
money on No. 3 three times the amount
of their investment, minus eight and a
itaif per cent., which is the profit al
lowed to the bank. Tea and other re
freshment#—brandy and od for the
Europeans. of letir# —i* handed round
by the"lMvs" and tiie game recom
mences. The room was full of people
■ll lite time, and the two galleries that
round it were also occupied by play
ers who let down their stake# in a small
Ussket provided for the purpose and gave
directions to tlte dealer where to place
it, tine dried up old Chinaman in this
galiery won #3.000 in three deals. simply
Wavinghis stake on tlte sante side all the
time. Neither the dealer nor the hanker
evinced the smallest degree of emotion
wild Iter tlte tahle won or lost : ttd they
never spoke except in monosyllables.
Another l.nrky C*ackman.
In society circles in the Seventh ward,
Newark, N'. J., there has been consider
able commotion over the marriage of
a wealthy widow of thirty-one with her
father's coachman. * youth of ninetis-n.
Her father, who i* called " colonel." ha*
titled relatives in F-ngland. He has re
sided ia Newark about forty years, and
i considered one of tlie wealthiest and
mot successful of business men. lie Is
well known, too. in politic*! circle*.
Jennie Is his only child, and some yearn
ago wa considered one of the most beau
tiful and accomplished young women in
Newark circles. About eight year* ago
she married an only son.who inherited a
large fortune on the death of his parent*,
lie died a year ago in Philadelphia, leav
ing an only child. Ity his will he be
queathed Ins property to hi* wife, con-
Udent that he would properly provide
for their bov. Shortly after tlie death ol
her husband the young window returned
to her father's house in Newark. In the
colonel's employ wa James, who for
three or four year* had attended to tlie
horses, run errands and acted as coach
man. The widow frequently had the
voung man take her out in the family
carriage. The two fell in love, and one
dav visited New York, where they were
quietly married. The marriage was
kept secret until the widow and her
mother visited Boston a few weeks ago.
The coachman followed them, and was
officially introduced to the old lady as
her son-in-law. The coachman and his
wife took up their residence in New
York. When tlie colonel was informed
by liis wile of what had taken place lie
iv.'is I lie maddest man in Newark. Re
cently his anger has cooled off. and him
self and wife pay an occasional visit to
their son-in-law.
A Lady's Pets.
Mrs. Z. T. Lacy, of Reading. Pa..has
a number of pots, anions which are ring
dove*. canary birds. white rabbits, fancy
stK-k of fowls, a dot and a lai d tortoise.
She said to a reporter tluit she "hardly
knew which she thohght the most of,
excepting it might be the land tortoise,
which she would not sell forany money."
She was strokingthe bend of the tortoise
with her finger, and, as she spoke to it,
calling it "niypet."the shelled animal
looked up into iter face and turned its
head to one side, and then to the other,
as if listening to and understanding
what she taid. When the reporter came
close it quickly drew Inuk out of sight
into its shell, and she remarked, "The
little pet is afraid of strangers."
" \\ hat tin you feed to the little pet ?'
"Bread and milk in a bucket. '
" How long have you had it?"
" About two years. I received it from
a friend in Philadelphia. A cousin of
mine residing in that city has one that
makes a peculiar noise when it wants
soinethini: toeat, and it fo'lows members
of lire family all around the yard.
Thev keep it in the yard in summer, and
st the approach of winter it goes to the
cellar door, when some one opens it and
It goes down and creeps into*he ground,
where It stays until spring.
Frequently abort par— HU hat.
A smart thing—A mustard plasty -
Brooking U a bad habit. Mount Etna
Itas given Tt up.
A forty-pound nartaor killed a sheep
near Little Rock. Ark.
A striking naasags Hitting your
head against a low doorway.
There are about 06,000 physicians and
tnrgaoas la the United States.
Up one day and down the next —The
weights of a twenty-lour hour clock.
There are 1.460 Roman Cat holla
hishopa. priests and rltapiaine in Ire
i land.
A china wedding and a wedding in
China are horses of quite different
It has been discovered that tail men
live longer than abort ones, and the rea
son is obvious.
The mortality between the whites and
blacks in the South is about three of the
latter to one of the former.
Nobody is more certain to be over
reached than your sharp felkiw. Ifno
body else overreaches hint, he is very
sure to orewus'-l* hlinself.
What I# the difference between a ca
confined in a bag and tlie wind blowing
t !>rough a dilapidated house? One cries
(lirougb the sack and the other sigita
through the crack.
As well might the toad swell to an
elephant, a sheep acquire the courage of
a lion, or a tiger the harmlessm-n* of a
iamb, as an insolent man to become
bfarc, noble and dignified.
To dream gloriously, you must act
gloriously while yoU are awake; and to
irring angels down to converse with you
in your sleep, you must labor in the
■ auae of virtue during the day.
The Czar of Russia orders that his
isentinei* shall carry repeating rifles at
the half cock; but he doe* not espect
tJwm to go off that way —Pfmymm.
The total amount of bullion In the
Rank of England has reached the im
mense sunt of g 175,000.000 —the largest
amount on record—ao says tin? fxmdon
'A met.
A I>r. Jackson offers the opinion that
the refusal u> take proper physical r"*l
when tired from labor is one of the most
powerful induivmtents to the consump
tion of ardent spirits.
Atmospheric air is so heavy that ita
weight upon the hodv is fifteen pounds
to the square inch. People can under
stand now why it is so hard to raise the
Wbsao'cr you feu at the uweqmjtu
fa Us# twilight lovely and gmr.
It folds up it* little anger.
And gsnonUly gets away
la spila <M you.
—Aw Far* HUu.
Henry Ward Reeeber mentions in the
( 7. nation t'mon, among other suggestions
pitbout " llow to Keep Well.** cme impor
tant condition not generally put down
in the medical books, namely, ** Refuse
to he uahappy."
*' Do the dying suffer pain?" is a qnes
lion that is being considerably discussed
by scientific men. We don't know
s>Mut Use dying, but we do know that
the living suffer pavin'. particularly if it
pavin's tulwcriptton to s newspaper.
Saturday Styht.
Packages warranted u contain the
means of sure death for potato
* itliout poison, were sold si a fair in
I litnois. Each contained two blocks of
wood, on one of which was written.
•• Place the bug on this block and smash
him with the other."
A great many marine disasters for this
year have been reported, but of the
number of (partner)ships that hare
Men wrecked, of barks (of dogs) that
have I Men lost, and schooners (of beer)
that have gone down, no record has
been kept.
Walking matches between young
ladies and gentlemen are getting to be
quite common. You can see them any
pleasant evening by going out along the
bluff Any young couple who are en
gaged are a walking match when they
are out for a stroll, aren't they *—Keokuk
(htlt City.
A bridegroom at Grinnel. lowa, re
ceived a cigar by mail, accompanied by
the written assurance that it would be
found to be of uncommonly good flavor.
The bride recognised the hand writing aa
Hint of a rejected suit sr. and unrolled
1 the cigar, to find several grains of
strychnine in the end that a smoker
would bite off.
The widow Ik**, of Evansville, Ind.
had a cuitor in the [*TWB of Matthew
S iituiut 7.. and tb<-\ had made a marriage
engagement. Although she waa only
thirty-one year* oid. ah* had a daughter
of six two. and wbca Schnautx am a the
girl, on lirr return fnur bo*rding-s<li<>oi,
he transferred hi* kr3 to her. Th
mother tlien committed suicide.
The Ihmknrd Church forbid* a man
to marry a divorced woman. George
Hoover, of Hagerstown, ind., wa* a
Hunkard. vet be married a woman who
bid been divorced The Church warned
him beforehand ami expelled him after
ward. The expulsion grieved him to
much that he refused to eat, and itarred
himself to death, in spit* of hia wifa'a
TM now within the liearea*
O'nr valley will and mountain
The kt<* are drapnd in porpln—
The warm king oriflasnaiae.
And now heaida the oceaa.
The gnutU nmiewie ocean.
The average voung mai tawv
Lightly tame to thonghu ot ciame.
- Vhf r*rt SUr
A SilfMe't Ilarr
Mr*. Josephine A. Coiton. who com
mitted suicid- in Sew York because
site had l<eea deserted by her husband,
left a word of her troubles in two note
looks. The entries in the books rrveal
a sad story. Tbe first volume i# headed
•• Memorandum of my daily life," be
ginning with September 1, 1878. The
tirst entrv read* it* follows: "My old
diary I* full. I am sorry. I like old
tilings, old friends, old associations; but.
iik<' all earthiv things, they pas* away.
I think these little memorandums help
u* to lead better lives. At tbe end of
the week, when I read over your pages.
I am ashamed of my shortcomings, and
make good resolves for the future."
Follow ing this are memoranda for nearly
••very day until April IS. when the ac
count book was full. The memoranda
for the most part relate to trivial inci
deta ot her life, but they tell the story
of tier gradual desertion by her husband.
She writes in some place* that ner hus
band has slandered her. that he has ab
sented himself froiy her. and at last she
writes thst he has nearly deserted her.
On beginning to fill a second volume
on April 99. IBT9. she wrote: "Well,
again my diary i* filled, and oh! how
Mid are its records! There has not been
one ray ot sunshine to tell to its sad
pages. Oh! can it be that the heart can
-tan'* so much and ma break ? I have
seen him but twice since the 18th. and it
i bettor so. Oh' why should my heart
cling to this man so* Oh, God. tear his
image from mv heart and give me peace
<>f mind. God forgive you. William, if
you drive me to my death, for you have
'much need to prav."
On tlie next day. April 30th. she
writes: "1 have answured an adver
tisement by a lady who wishes a lady to
share her rooms and do light Imusek* ep
ing. She has been to see m> and 1 raher
like her." She did not write intiiediary
again until May the 11th, when she re
fers again to her husband's infidelity.
The last entry is dated June 23d. " 1
1 have not touched my book sines' May
11th. How many changes have b en
since then. My life, the last year, has
lieen one continnal round of sadness and
'ill-luck. 1 often wonder if my spirit
ran rest after death. Oh! William, tuy
husband, you luive wrecked my life, but
I forgive you. If your conscience let*
you rest I am satisfied."
The lMnner-Horn.
There are several ways of expressing
the same sentiment, tor instance, By
ron writes:
"That nil-softening, overpowering knell,
The tocsin of the soul—the dinner-bell."
But the philosopher Killings, who uses
had spelling to set forth good sense,
thus speaks of the bell's rival:
The dirtner-lrorn is the oldest and
most sakred horn thare ix. It iz set tew
musik, and plays " Home, Sweet-Home"
about noon. It has bin listened tew
with more rapturous delite than ever
any hand liaz. Yu kan hear it,further
than yu kan one or Rodman's guns. It
will arrest a man and bring him in
quicker than a sheriff's warrant. It kan
out-fi>ot enny other noize. It kauzes
the deaf tew hear, and the dum tew
shout for joy. Glorious old instrument J
long may yur*> lungs last!