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    THE POTTER JOURNAL
A.ISTD
jno. S. Mann,
IN" IE "W S ITE IM!. S ' F ' Hami,t '°"-.
(OLUME XXV, NO. 13.
HE POTTER JOTJRIAL
AND
\I AVS ITEM.
rrB Ll.itF.D tA Em" WEDNESDAY AT
COI DERSPORT, PA.
Orfn Cor. M"' " l " 1 Third.)
M PER YEAR in ADVANCE.
TEKMN
S.F.Hamilton,
Jno. Munii.
J! puNtither.
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ROEDELUROUT. VENN "A.
C. J. CURTIS,
Atlornevaf DOR AMI District Ufon.EY.
OgjcemMAlX St., (orertht Post Office,
T'OI'DERSPOHT. PA..
Solicits ail business pretaining to his protowkm.
Speeial attention given n> collect ions.
ARTHUR B. MANN
JOHN S. MANN A SON.
itt.irnev at Law ami Conveyancers,
VorUEKSI' 1 U£T. FA,
, as iT 'Uir! r attended to.
Arthur B. Mann.
tlescral Iti-uraiie<* .V Notary Public. j
s. S. GREENMAN,
1 JJTOBNEY A.T LAW,
,-FK!. i 'TKR PORSTBR'a STORE,)
col DKIIsPORT, FA.
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OLMSTED & LARRA3EE,
'TORNKVS \ND coI'NSKLOLLS AT L.AVV
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( OWERSPORT, PEXX'A.
SETH LEWIS,
y rnty at I .aw and Insurance Agent.
LEW I<YILLE, PA.
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A. M. REYNOLDS,
DENTIST,
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COCDERSPORT, PA.
Hou?e,
Bkowv Si KELLY. Propr's.
• nicr of sl'.i DM) ami EAST Streets,
COVDEUsPOUT. I'ENN'A.
!.-ry attention mi 1 ;•> rh convenience and
comfort of jiHests.
Iron.. I Nlaliljlg.il'.c lic i.
Lewifville Ho^el,
krb.r of MAIN and NORTH Streets,
UUI.-VILLE, FA.
if siabling attached.
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JOHN 3. PEARSALL,
PAINTER,
CO! DF.RSPORT, PA.
s. Glazing. Graining. Cah'iminitijt.
- iiinr. Pa|ier-lt I'luritijr. etc., none
o-atiKS-. promptness and
ilbpatch In all ca j e-<, and
satisfaction jruar
aoti e d .
'•'lit PAINTs for sale. 242-1
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THOMPSON St MANN.
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CI)CDEU>PC)BT, PA.
S. F. HAMILTON.
BOX AND JOS PRINTER
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( DL'DERSPORT, L'A.
D J. CROWELL.
: H. Ball Jointer & B ilting Machine,
"ANKM \HONING, Cameron on.. Pa.
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i* - Machine*, and General Custom Work
2422-tf
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Omental, decorative & frcsro
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L OUDERSPORT, PA.
R " :N! M' .UHI PAfER HANGING doni
D neatness and dispatch.
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• r "mpt;y attended to.
J'- 15. NEEFE,
4R RIAGE FACTORY,
"'I>EUSPOHT, PEXX'A.
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. .. •j a Ist (Tics, etc., finished to order,
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w&ve prompt aHennum-
I The Old Surprise.
Now what hath entered my loved woods,
And touched their ureeu with sudden change?
W hat is il.is last of Nature's moods
; That makes the roadside look so strange?
Who blanched my thistle's blushing face,
I And gave the winds her silver hair?
; Set golden rod wit in her place,
j And scattered asters everywhere,
| Wito splashed with red the sumach hedge—
The sassafras with purple staiu;
Gave ivy leaves a ruby edge,
; And painted ad their stems again?
i Lo: the change reaches high and wide,
Hath toned the sky to softer blue;
Hath crept along the river side,
And trod the valleys tliorugh and through;
I Discolored every hazel copse,
( And stricken all the pasture lands;
Flung veils across the mountain tops,
. And bound their feet with yellow bands.
Is. then- September eotne so soon
Full time doth summer ne'er abide?
While yet it seems but summer's noon,
We're floating down the autumn tide.
—Atl ntic Monthly.
~ —e-
A Christmas Eve in Germany.
Of till the numerous Christmas
gatherings at which 1 have assisted
in Germany, the most interesting
was that of the Bergwerk, the most
(distinguished of the numerous club
associations of the citv wuere i was
residing. The member- are either
artists or authors. It is called the
"Bergwerk," or "Mine;" its mem
bers are "Knappen." or master-work
men. As the most precious sub
stances of the material world are
gained only through hard labor, so
in the realms of intellect and art
treasures of thought and genius are
obtained only after much hard drudg
ing and delving. In accordance with
; the significance of their name, tiie
members at their meetings adopt the
costume and phraseology of the
miners—each one throwing over lii
eoat—upon which often glitters more
; than one decoration 6e stowed by
princely bands—a miner's blouse
and placing upon his head a little
round cap with no ornament but a
gilt hammer and pick, the badge of
the society. In his hand he carries
a wooden hammer, and all expres
sions of approbation are given by a
vigorous rapping and thumping up
on a wooden block beside him. The
assembly presents a most grotesque
appearance, the uninitiated would
hardly suspect the bright stars in
the world of literature and art which
are hiding away under this curious
i disguise.
1 will premise that ladies are not
admitted to their weekly meetings.
It is only the expansively generous
influence of Christmas which induces
them, once a year, to throw out their
Society's arms and embrace the fair
ones allied with its members.
Years ago, when tiie organization
was in its youth and the "Miners'"
brisk and lively, they gave, from
time to time, the finest balls of the
season, which were often graced by
the presence of the king ami court;
but now they assert that although
| there is great art in dancing well, it
is not the noblest art to pursue,
j Each member is called a"Knappe,"
las 1 have said, but on admission to
the order he must be christened
anew—receiving some comical name
suggested by the peculiarities of iiis
profession. I nder penalty of a fine
for violation of the rule, these names
must he used by the members as
tin a address each other.
S.'ine of these appellations are
very droll, perhaps a little sarcastic.
A celebrated romance-writer, sonie
( what diffuse in his style, is called
(the "Knappe Tintenkleeks"—"luk
i splash!" A renowned violinist gets
no better name than "Pizzicato;" a
singer is but a "Kehlkopf"—Larynx;
a wealthy banker, who in liis leisure
hours dabbles with the muses, is
told, in the word "Zahlwort," to look
'to his counters. An architect, under
whose'direction some of the finest
buildings in the country have been
erected, is christened "rilinorkel"—
Flourish. A tier man savant, who
has more than once visited the icy
regions of tho north, is dubbed "Es
quimaux." and the word "Croup"
keeps the poet-doctor constantly in
mind of the responsibilities of his
profession. One of the greatest bari
tones that the world has ever known,
now retired into private life, has his
past triumphs brought to mind as
the members call out "Knappe 1-uri
; uso." Another musician, a pianist,
whose weakness, it be lias any, is a
leaning towards a certain school
perhaps not over popular, i desig-
COUDERSPORT, PA., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1873
liated "Futurus." A classical profes
sor is the ''Lexicon*' of the parly,
while a mathematician is hut a "Frac
tion.** A poet is told to look to his
"Feet," an artist is a "Sketch."
"1* ig-leaf" suggests to a sculptor the
difficulties of properly adjusting
(drapery; an amiable young Pole,
exquisite silhouettes have
i e.oated a new branch of art, is called
fCKnappe Tusch"—lndian Ink. A
group of architects form "Beams,"
"Squares," "Freestones," "Key
stones," etc., while a company of
musical celebrities answer to the eu
phonious titles of "Fiddlestick,"
"Fiddlestring," "Shake," "Trill."
"Quaver," "Quodlibet," "Sharp,"
"\ alve," etc. A renowned student
and teacher of aesthetics, who soars
into regions high above those where
the ordinary student dwells, is called
"Plackholz"—"Plodder" or "Plod
| horse." .Inst think of it! What a
shock it must give to his exquisitely
I refined nature to be brought down
to common life in that abiupt man
ner.
The mock gravity with which
these hoary-headed savants, wits,
poets, antists, etc., employ these
terms in addressing each other, is.
to a stranger, the most comical part
of all.
On that memorable Christmas eve
when I was admitted—the first Amer
ican lady whoever entered into those;
sacred precincts—we assembled at
an early hour in the beautiful rooms
belonging to the Bergwerk. The
president of the society, being a royal
architect, was enabled, in the con
struction of one of the government
buildings, to reserve a cosy room ■
for his pets. The liberality of the
government in according the space
has not been uneqyalled by the gen
erosity of the "Miners" in decorating
it in a becoming and characteristic!
manner. It is furnished with a li
brary;, statues adorn the niches;'
paintings, engravings, and elaborate
architectural plans cover the walls—
all the productions of the Miners
own heads and liar. Is.
Of course the evening coram* need 1
with a peace offering to the demon
of appetite. How little we should
hear of discord and dissension if!
people reserved the discussion of all
knotty questions till after dinner!
At any rate, on that occasion groups;
of threes, fours, ami a dozen gather- j
ed around the tables, ate, drank and !
cracked jokes till the w hole company
was in a most genial mood. Do not ;
imagine that any had imbibed too!
much. The Hermans drink copious
ly, but the liquors are light, and
their natures are not easily exeited.
About ten o'clock, a curtain drawn
across a temporary stage was remo
ved, revealing a forest scene. Deep
in its recesses sat the goblin Kube
zahl, guarding the entrance to a dark
cavern, which, by a stretch of imagi-j
nation could he supposed to represent :
the shaft of the "mines" in which we
were then revelling. Rubczahl is the
goblin of the mines of Kiesengebirge.
Whatever his usual temper may be.
he was, on this evening, well dispos
ed.—and sat grinning before a blight
fire, delighting mightily in the fun
going on during the distribution of
the gifts, which were heaped on the
rocks around.
The youngest members of the So-;
ciety, acting as servants ot the elder,
hastened to distribute t he presents to j
the gentlemen first. Each member
had sent something to another mem
ber, who had been apportioned to
him by Jot. Of course, the recipient
of the gift had no idea who was the
giver. A comical challenge to ad
dress the company accompanied
each; and after the wrappers were;
removed and the presents inspected,
the president, by several vigorous
strokes of the hammer, brought the
meeting to order. In a few appro
priate words lie thanked the "Mi
ners'* lor his exquistite present, the
donation of the whole Society, read
a few business reports, and then call
ed upon the others to return thanks
to their unknown donors.
Here followed, for more than an
hour, such "a feast of reason and
How of soul as" 1 had supposed exist
ed only as a figure of speech. No
one present that evening could ever
after call the Germans a "heavy peo
ple." Their jokes were not a mere
1 play upon words—a conglomeration
of slang phrases which sometimes
passes for wit. but they were the
true, current coin, coming forth pure
and sparkling from the mint—llo
base alloy tarnishing their purity or
depreciating their value. The speech
es were all improvised, but the gift
was always the suggesting topic.
The incog, giver was hunted out and
decorated with flaming titles, con
ferred either in poetry or prose, as
the genius of the speaker dictated.
The present, which was sure to be of
a most absurd kind, was represented
as filling a want long felt in the me
nage of the receiver for which lie pour
ed forth the most profuse thanks in a
style so finished that it was difficult
to believe that each one spoke with
out the slightest preparation. 1
could not enumerate all the gifts, but
remember a few* as being absurdly j
boyish in character. The banker re
ceived a huge multiplication card,
which he facetiously remarked was |
more acceptable than the division
table would have been. The violin- j
Dt had a sugar violin in return for;
the "linked sweetness, long drawn
out," with which he had so often en
tertained his friends. The thin,!
spare "Lexicon," who looked as if
he never smiled—might indeed have
i thrust the word mirth out of his vo
cocabulary—was told in a huge Pa- '
k al, or goblet, to drink and be merry.
A renowned actor had a box of toys
—a puppet-show—which lie said ;
would beguile many aw eary hour, j
The romance-writer promised to take
the lessons, in a book of sermons on
the "sin of lying," seriously to heart; j
while the poet said, after reading tiie
History of the Quakera, he too might j
learn to appreciate plainness of
speech. Do not suppose that 1 ami
attempting to transcribe the wit j
and humor of that evening, which j
flowed ill such copious streams. The
manner, the time and place, lent the j
Charm which a mere description must [
fail to convey. But I gasped for re-!
lief when the speeches were over, for j
|my poor brain was in a whirl; it (
• could not take in so much at once, j
though truth compels me to state i
that the humorous charger, prancing !
U> gaily, sometimes ignominouslv
threw its rider to the ground; but j
tiiese v. erc exceptional discords to j
the harmonious brilliancy of the
whole.
Then came a musical entertain
ment. partly serious, partly comical.
Some artists did their best, while
others, for our greater delectation,
tried to d< their worst. A quintette i
party gave us a representation of an ;
amateur concert; and certainly only
i great artists could have done the
thing so badly. The leader com
menced bv an address to the perform
. I
ers, urging upon the necessity of j
unanimity of action, the subduing of!
each individual will for the common j
. good, and tilling them that if one of;
| them should for a moment feel in-;
elined to imprbvise an obligate, he !
i should, before rust ing away with his j
I idea, ascertain if the others werewil
...
ling to await his return to reason—
and the tune. Above all, he exhort- j
ed them, if they could not exactly!
keep together through the whole per- j
fornianee, they should at least try to j
strike the final chords enrcmble. The j
! excruciating discords which followed j
; w ere drowned in roars of laughter.
Thereupon came coinie song call- j
| ed the "Isthmus of Suez." in which
every political event of the last de-j
cade was droily set forth to the niu- j
sic of a Volkxlied.
Then the president announced that
a celebrated preacher.bad asked per-,
mission to address the company up- j
on the sin of Langeiccilc —tedious-!
ness. A furious rapping of the ham- (
mers greeted the entry of an artist,!
whose pictures, in their rich coloring,
rivaled Titian's, disguised as a Jesuit
Father. AN it h downcast eyes and
hands crossed upon his breast, he
slowly passed to the speakers desk
and commenced his discourse, which
consisted of the twenty-six letters of
the alphabet. For five minutes he
rang the changes upon A B C alone,
hut they were all given with such
fire, such variety of modulation
and gesture, that one would hard
ly believe that he was not really
harangueing the audience in a most
eloquent manner. At one moment
his voice rose in tones of the loudest.
' denunciation: the next it assumed an
|
argumentative strain. Again he be
sought. supplicated, seemed to weep
even with sorrow for the obstinacy
|of his hearers. Then he turned to
sarcastic weapons—hurling bitter,
cutting sounds at his imaginary op
ponents. After twenty minutes be
retired,and although not one word had
been uttered, we all exclaimed, "AY hat
an eloquent speech !" I had never in
my life heard anything so supreme
ly ludicrous. And so the evening
wore on with a variety of entertain
ment, enough to have filled up a doz
en evenings.
One of the by-laws requires the
members to bring something, of their
own work, for each meeting. Thus
tlie poet's last effort, the artist's new
est work, the architect's grand plan,
treatises upon topics grave and gay,
are proved in the caverns of the
"Mine" before emerging into the out
er world.
Once or twice in the course of the (
: evening, just to prove that the mem
bers were not too old for such things,
one and another ofthe musical celeb
rities—whose thrilling harmonies
charm the multitude—thought it not'
beneath their dignity to strike up a
bewitching waltz, a jolly polka, or a
romping galop, and away went the
joyous crowd, spinning, whirling,
jumping, with all their youthful fire
and elastiey. To one of my many
exclamations of delight a Knappe re
plied:
"It is heavier than usual this even
ing. There seems to be no life in
us."
"Well!" I said, "you must have
adamantine natures if you can bear
any more than this."
"Ah! " was the sad rejoinder, "it
is plain that we are growing old and
grim. The cobwebs of time are spun
upon the gray walls of these caverns
where wedigand toil; these intellect
ual gymnastics avail naught but to !
show that no human efforts can renew
the vigor of the muscles from which (
youth has departed forever. Better
were it that we rest content with the j
laurels already won, leaving the lis-!
ing generation to penetrate into the
deeper recesses and bring foith the !
yet undiscovered treasures."
Occasionally simple refreshments!
were passed: lemonade and cakes
ornamented with sugar hammer and j
pick.
Finally came the ladies' turn to
receive their gifts. They were es
corted to the table, where the pres
ents lay heaped up. Lacli one being
disguised, the lady selected any shape j
that .?truck her fancy and removed j
the wrappings to find some exquis-1
ite article </<' virtu. The laities were !
not required, as were the gentlemen, (
to address their thanks to the as
sembled company. Perhaps they
thought that if we uiice got the floor
the house would never be brought to ,
order again. We did our best to ap
pear grateful, casting thankful looks (
right and left.
I
A touching tribute was paid to
the memory of their fellow-workers,
who, after years of toil, side by side,
had >iiiee the last Christmas-tide cast
away their implements and gone be
yond those walls which, once sealed,
are never more repassed.
The grande finale was the mimic
torchlight procession through the J
galleries of the ".Mine." Adjoining
the Society's rooms is a concert-hall
capable of accommodating three or j
four thousand persons. Its Egyptian ;
darkness on that night was but little j
relieved, as the company, with wee j
Christmas candles in hand, wound !
round and round this immense space.'
the flittering fire-fly light of the tiny
candles producing a drolly weird
effect.
What else could be done? The
night was far spent; so a wag sug
gested, for variety, that we should
all go home. With deferential polite
ness the cavaliers pressed their lips
upon the ladies' hands-, thanked them
for having graced the evening with
their presence and wished that they
might be oft en or among thorn. Why
do they not invite them, then? One
can hardly tell where the fault lies
tliat the sexes are so much divided
in their amusements. The German
gentleman professes to like the socie
ty of ladies, but as he rarely seeks it,
it would follow that he regards the
time passed with them as iu a uieas-j
ure wasted.
But 1 do not propose to write a
treatise upon the condition of woman
jin Germany. It would be ungener
ous and ungrateful on my part to
pass any censures upon a people who
have always been kind to ine as a
stranger, and have given ine an even
ing's entertainment which I shall all
my life remember with delight.
Letter from Edinburgh.
Continued from last week.
I cannot give you a very clear account
I of these demesnes. They belonged to the
Earl of Clare who diid some twenty
years ago in India when lie was Gover
nor, and the estate fell to his maiden
sister, who still lives and is in her seven
ty-third year. She resides in London
and has never even visited the estate,
nor has a master or mistress put foot on
it for twenty-one years, and yet I was
creditably informed that not a book, or
paper, or a piece of furniture or bed-lin
en ever been removed except for the pur
pose of cleaning, dusting, etc., and then
immediately returned, during all this
time. The rental is £14.000 a year.
There is a boy now at school who is the j
next and only surviving heir.
After seeing Limerick, we took train j
and in due time arrived at the Irish
capital, Dublin, where we occupied our- j
selves in visiting the Castle, St. Pat
rick's Cathedral and the Cemetery, fa
mous for being the last resting-place of
Curran, who died in Fiance and was.
after many years, removed to this place,
also O'Connell, the great liberator, to
whoso memory the Irish have erected
finest and largest burial-place and mou-!
ument (except, perhaps, that of the Na
poleons in France) that 1 have seen.
We have attended two theatres, neither
well attendi d, although there were good
actors at both, and the celebrated Char-j
les Matthews performing at the other.
Tin* most impoi taut place to me was the
Mount Joy prison. It is what we call i
a State Prison and is an exact duplicate
of that of the Eastern District of Penn
sylvania in every particular, but more ;
severe in its discipline and works the j
the prisoners harder, but the male
and female prisoners do not inhabit
the same building. One of a similar
form and construction, situated with-,
in the same plot of ground and con- j
fined by the same high wall but sini-;
ilar to the Insane Asylum at Philadel
phia under that wonderful man. Dr.
Kirkbride. Another peculiarity is
that no woman, except by special per- i
mission, is permitted to visit the male's 1
apartments, but nun can visit the fe- j
male's apartments. We could not learn '
the cause of this strange law further
than it is thi law of tlo prison. Before
dropping this subject 1 must, and with i
pleasure, bear witness that I never vis- ;
ited a prison under better discipline or ;
kept in better order with a view to the J
comfort and health of the unfortunate !
prisoners than that of Mount Joy Pris
on of Dublin, and I have visited hun- j
dreds in all parts of the world.
There is a great deal to see in and
around Dublin and our time was used
to the very best advantage. The docks. ;
ship-building yards and some nianufac- |
toriesall had our attentionjind after all
was done we started for and arrived at
the far-lanud Belfast, passing through
a beautiful piece of country, many
small manufacturing towns and nearly
always in sight of the Irish Channel.
Belfast is one of the finest towns in j
Ireland. It has a large commerce, but,
as you are aware, celebrated most for j
its linen, borne or the manufactories
are immense but we visited only one. j
It was in full blast and gave occupation !
to twenty-five hundred men and women
who w ere all at work when we visited
it and gave us an opportunity to see the
flax as it was received from the grounds
and passed successfully through every
department and phase and machinery
until it was packed into the case and the
case addressed to the firm it w as ordered j
by. We also visited "Linen IlalL," a !
building occupying four squares, or a !
whole block as large as Independence
Square in Philadelphia. This building
has samples of linen on exhibition |
from all the principal manufactories in
the place, besides a very fine and expen
sive library. The "White Star' 1 j
steamers are all built here. There are !
two on stock for this company at pres
ent. 1 visited them.
There is one theatre, which we attend
ed, but it was not well patronized
although it had a good stock company. ,
The western part of this city is occu- j
pied by some magnificent buildings or
residences, most of them very large and
nearly all built within fifteen years and
some beautiful buildings. There are
one or two castles near the city.
I must here correct one omission. I
forgot to mention that nearly every
town has a botanical garden, generally
owned by the county, some of which
would do credit to any country; also
some fine public schools—but this busi
ness appears to be in its infancy, as tlie
Government is now beginning to take a
lively interest in the matter.
We also determined to visit the w orld
renowned Giiuits' Causeway. This
took one entire day. It is about GO j
miles from Dublin. So we started at
$1.15 A YEAR
6 a.m. and returned to our hotel at 7
p. m. I cannot give you a description
of this wonderful freak of nature, but
it is astonishing. So I must refer you
to some work on that subject, ]>erka]js
of geology.
Before leaving Ijelaml I must say a
word about the fair sex. You cannot
go through any part of the Island with
out seeing remarkable specimens of fe
male beauty. They are in every town
and hamlet, along the roadside, in the
heathers, at the churches, in the streets,
market-places, hotels and anywhere else.
Of course there are very plain women
I to be met with also, but the pretty ones
, prevail and I never met more beauty
1 in any one place than in Belfast, and
the prettiest one of all I left attending a
steam loom in a factory ; in the above
my wife bears out and coincides with
me in every particular.
' We left Belfast by steamer at 8, p. m.,
and arrived at Greenock, Scotland, at
o a. in. but remained there but a short
[ time and came on to Glasgow, about
twenty-four miles up the Clyde. I
I would like very much to describe this
important place. There is a great deal
of New York, Philadelphia and Pitts
burgh about it. I cannot form a correct
idea of how many iron steamers I saw
building, certainly not less than fifty
and none probably loss than 2000 tous;
but from the time you get in at Green
ock till you leave Glasgow you see no
thing but activity. Everylxxly appears
to have something to do and you are re
lieved of that continual lagging which
torments you at every step in Ireland;
neither do you see so much misery and
yet you see more druukenuess, among
both men and women. You also look
in vain for the beautiful complexions,
rosy cheeks, ruby lips, smooth skin and
bright, large, almond-shaped, blue eyes,
that you left in Erin;.but you find mat
ter-in-fact Scotchmen looking sharp af
ter the Baubees, and the women with
corn skin, high cheek-bones and general
masculine appearance and voice: no po
etry. but all life, energy and a determi
nation to make money. Everything lias
a solid appearance —fine public buildings
and memorials of every description at
every turn and at the West End a beau
tiful park, a fine botanical garden, (not
well kejit.) and many very handsome
residences, all comparatively recently
built, say within thirty years.
Time will not permit me to continue
this much farther, so I must leave it,
but before doing so let me tell we left
Glasgow and went to the world-wide
renowned Lakes in Trossachs, in the
Highlands of Scotland, and very beau
tiful they are. The scenery in some
parts is grand as well as beeautiful, al
though the lakes, to an American eye,
are rather small —a sort of miniature to
ours; and after a very pleasant trip we
arrived, night before last, near mid
night. at this city (Edinburgh,) pretty
tired out well.
So far we have seen about all the no
table places except this city, which will
take us nearly or quite a week to do.
Yesterday we went to the races, no
thing very great but very amusing, and
last night to the theatre, where .we saw
a good comedy ((.'old Caste,) well per
forined and pretty well attended. f
have not said anything alxwt the llie
atre buildings simply because I have not
seen anything notable. They will do
very well for their place, but dramatic
art does not appear to flourish much in
any place I have leen in, but is rather
neglected, as the buildings remain the
same as when built—l suppose some
short time after the zenith of the great
Shakspeare.
I will take up Edinburgh at some fu
ture occasion, with your permission.
C. J. 11.
The Revelations of an Overturned.
Oak.
In a hurricane passing over the
Ohio River and down the Miami Val
ley on the night of the fourth of July,
a splendid grove of oaks on the "old
Anderson farm" of a Mr. Rogers, in
the latter locality, was almost wholly
prostrated. In connection therewith
the following story is communicated
to the Miami county Democrat by a
Mr. J. F. Clark:
"Upon the morning subsequent to
the storm (Saturday) Mr. Rogers
went, in company with a hired man,
to inquire into the extent of the dam
age inflicted upon his premises, and
the first objective point was the
mined grove. The centre tree of the
plat was a noble oak, the king over
his fellows and a tree which had stood
the ravages of time seemingly un
scathed for several centuries. This
tree had been snapped and felled by
the storm. Upon examining the fall
en giant for the purpose of ascertain
ing its worth as rail timber Mr. Rog
ers made a startling discovery. This
was nothing less than the fact that
the tree in falling had disgorged a
skeleton. The bones were discon
nected, yellow as gold with age and
scattered promiscuously over several
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