Centre Democrat. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1848-1989, June 29, 1882, Image 6

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The Largest, Cheapest and Best Paper
Exiles In Siberia.
The Terrible Meaning of Epilation to That
I do not know how many exiled crimi
nals Irkutsk has the honor of harboring
within her walls, but I should say at
least a fifth part of the whole popula
tion belong to this category. It is
generally assumed by writers on Siberia
that the proportion of political to crimi
nal exiles is about one in ten, and
there are 279 politicals at the present
time in Irkutsk, all, like most of the
criminals, living in freedom in the city
but kept under strict polico strveillance.
I do not care to go into the statistics of
exiles in Siberia at all; I am not sent
here for that purpose ; but I am inclin
ed to call attention to the very absurd
statements made by an English clergy
man, Mr. Landsell, in his recently pub
lished work entitled 'Through Siberia."
lie asserts that in 1880 only eighty polit
ical prisoners were sent to Siberia.
This on the face of it is a preposterous
statement for the banished Nihilists are
nearly all classed as politicals, and their
number is very large. Of the 279 politi
cal prisoners in Irkutsk 1 should say
that two-thirds of that number are
Poles, who have grown gray in exile,
and in most cases have become estab
lished in trade or have some useful oc
cupation. The Poles are the "gentle
men" among the exiles; they are the
most cultivated men in the country,and
are deserving of all sympathy. Groups
of them may be met at diuner or sup
per every day at the hotel where I stay
ed, fine specimens of their race, but
grown old and weary, despairing of
ever being able to get back to their own
country, not for lack of permission but
the necessary means of transport. They
are dreamers still, these aged patriots,
preaming ever of a grand future for
Poland, but helpless as childred in ren
dering any assistance to gain that end.
It seems a terribly cruel thing to have
done wit these men, to have wrested
them from the country and home they
loved and fought gallantly for and to
tViis more than useless life ill the Sibe
rian wastes. No one can grasp t lie ter
rible meaning of exilation to Siberia,
unless he has seen these men, grown old
and desolate in this fur off place, their
poor decrepit bodies thousanes of miles
away from the place wherje they have
left heart and soul. I would curse
heaven and humanity were I condemn
ed to live forever in this soulless coun
try, away frorp all that is beautiful and
healthy in the world, away from the
life where tenderness and love reign
sweetly over hearth and home. And
there is no escape from this land made
hell for humanity except pardon, turdi
ly granted, or, more frequently, death
and a grave that is frozen all the year
round. These thoughts arise when 1
think of the fate of the Polish exiles
still here. For the ordinary criminals
I have no sympathy, nor yet for the Ni
hilists, and only think it sad that any
country, however wretched, yet capable
of any future at all, should be burdened
with their presence. Of the former,
droves may be seen on the roads every
day ; of the latter large numbers are
constantly arriving. On the oth of
March the notorious l>r. Weimar, who
was implicated in the Nihilistic at
tempts on the late Emperor's life, pass
ed through Irkutsk on his way to some
place still further removed from the
world, but hi 3 destination I did not
learn, but probably somewhere in the
Amur province, where he will be
enabled to inake inforesting studies m
the villages filled with diseased and rot
ting humanity.
Recalling Old Times.
Fourteen years ago, when Chester A.
Arthur was a struggling local politi
cian in New York, of what is known
there as the custom house variety, he
numbered among his friends the mate
of a vessel, named Kennedy, whoso in
fluence Arthur had often occasion to
use when circumstances required the
votes of the floating population of the
harbor front.
Just about that time Arthur made an
unsuccessful effort to obtain some ninor
municipal appointment. The mate con
doled with his political friend upon his
disappointment, and soon after sailed
for Washington with a cargo of hardware.
While Potomac a block
and tackle fell upon the mates's head,
indenting his skull in such a manner
that the man became practically an
idiot, and was placed in the District of
Columbia insane aßylum. A short time
ago the famous surgeon, Dr. Gross, of
Philadelphia, visited the asylum, ex
amined the case and straightway per
formed an operation invented by him
self, which resulted in the almost im
mediate return of the patient's reason,
the intervening fourteen years being of
course a complete blank.
A day or two after his recovery, the
mate walked out, and began strolling
through the capitol building. Almost
the first person he encountered
was President Arthur, who was just
leaving the executive chamber in the
Senate wing.
"Why, how are you, Kennedy 1" said
the first citizen, affably extending his
hand. "Glad to see you."
"Howdy, old man," said the sailor
■"How's things ? Got a job yet V"
"Well, I believe I have," said the ex
ecutive, with a smile. "A pretty big
job, too. You must come up to the
White House and see me."
"To the White House?" repeated the
amazed mariner.
"Yes. Just ask my private secretary,
and he'll show you right in," and the
President walked on.
"Poor old Chet I—clean gone, clean
gone," mused the mase. "Actually be
lieves himself to be President of the
United States. Smart man once, too.
That just shows you, gentlemen," he
continued, turning to the bystanders,
"that just shows you what politics and
disappiontments will bring a man to.
Poor old Chet I"
THB cotton worm eata $15,000,000
f the cotton crop every year.
Little Alex.
Wellington Letter*
Alexander IJ. Stephens appeared on
the floor of the house to day for the
first time since he sprained his ankle
on the Capitol steps, about a month ago.
Members crowded around his wheel
chair and congratulated him upon his
recovery from an accident which might
easily have proved fatal. lie seems to
be in better health even than before the
mishap, and he has not lost a whit of
his interest in public affairs. It is al
ways an interesting sight to see the
veteran statesman when he visits the
house. He generally wheels his chair
up directly in front of the speaker's
desk, on the Democratic side of the
Chamber, and if nothing of interest is
transpiring, ho spends most of his time
in shaking hands and talking with the
other members.
Unless the room is quite warm, ho
keeps his soft felt hat on his head as a
protection against draughts. On the
arm of his chair is fixed a sort of writ
ing table, which he very frequently
uses, for while in the room he is rarely
idle. When he has occasion to address
the House on any subject he first faces
the Speaker and then that part of the
chamber where most members are seat
ed. He does not remain stationary,
however, but propels his chair back
ward and forward with bis hands while
speaking, and in laot shows nearly as
much activity as the yourgc-st and
strongest representative before him.
His voice is distinct and somewhat shrill,
as is apt to be the case with men of his
advanced age, and yet it is nut unpleas
ant to listen to. Close attention is al
ways paid to what he has to say, mem
bers occupying seats in the rear coming
up and gathering about him so as not to
lose a word.
The opportunities for bearing him
make a speech are not numerous, for
he does not often indulge in oratorical
effects. When he does, he is vigorous,
animated and pointed in hi- remarks,
never wearying the House with pro
tracted commonplaces, after the fashion
of so many of his fellow-Congressmen.
His visits to the House are generally of
brief duration, not extendingover three
or four hours at the most. During the
early part of the winter he went to the
Capitoi almost every day, hut now he
does nut often leave his room, owing to
his feebleness. He cm not personally
attend to the wants of all bis constitu
ents, beyond introducing a few Dills,
but in one way or another he probably
does as much for them as other Con
gressmen do for theirs. That he can, if
fie so desires, remain in Congress as
long as his life lasts is an undisputed
fact, but his determination not to ac
cept a renomination seems to be fixed.
Senator Vivcli Indignant.
Kom York Till urn-
Senator Van Wyck made known
his errand (he wanted u Half-breed
postmaster r< ston t! to office) and Mr.
How in reply made sonic criticism
upon the Senator's course in the Sen
"What's the matter ?" queried the
Senator in surprise.
"Why," rejoined the Cabinet officer,
"you don't stand by your friends.''
"I do stand by my friends," said the
Senator. "What do you mean ?"
"Well, how did you vote upon the
Worthington ease?"
"Oh, 1 didn't vote at all upon that.
1 was silent. 1 was opposed to Worth
ington, and did all I could against
him. I paired. What next?"
"Well, how about the Jiuckucr
The Senator did not recall thcl'uck
ner ease at once, having been absent
from town when it was brought up.
When the Post master-General had
concluded his catechism, the Senator
who, though exceedingly good-natured,
has no hesitation in expressing his
opinions in unequivocal terms, turned
upon his questioner and said: "This
accounts for lite delay, does it? I
want to know if you intend mc to un
derstand that because I vote accord
ing to my convictions in the Senate
my suggestions are to he unheeded by
this Administration? Is that what
you mean ? If it is, tell me so plainly
and I will never darken your doors
again. I just want to know the fact,
so it may he made known to my con
stituents that, simply because of my
votes in the Sennte, their representa
tive is to he denied all influence in
the departments tinder this adminis
"Why," interposed Secretary Teller,
"that's what Hayes did for me because
I didn't support his nomination."
"And," shouted the now indignant
Senator, "you colled him a dirty,
sneaking loafer for it, didn't you?
That's what my opinion is of this ad
ministration, if this is a specimen of
its policy. How is it with your de
partment? (addressing himself to Sec
retary Teller) I want to know all about
this thing. We are interested in a
few land offices in our State. Am I
to come and see you or stay away ?"
Secretary Teller, who was about
leaving the room, rejoined : "Oh,
come over and see me about them by
all means."
Turning again to the postmaster
general tne irate Senator continued:
"So you keep spies upon us, do you?
And you tvke the word of sneaks who
violate their oaths and come here to
lie about us. That's another reason
why I want tho executive session
abolished. I tell you there is no need
of any spies upon me. All Ido is
open and above board, and you can
know all about it by asking me."
With that the Senator bade the Post
master-General good morning and de
m %
Two thousand two hundred physi
cians are registeaed in Pennsylvania.
The lowa Catastrophe.
The Latest Reports of the Losses and the
From the results of the terrible
storms of Saturday 41 deaths occurred
at Grinuell and 23 at outside points,
17 of tho latter at Malcolm and live
in the country northwest of Grinuell.
The doctors say that six or seven more
of the injured at Grinuell will die.
Home physicians put tho filial death
roll at Grinuell alone at more than
50, while others fear it will yet reach
as high as 75. Of the injured in that
city there are now over 120 known
eases-, about 80 of them being of a
rather serious nature. In the country
there are also several serious cases of
injury. The best posted persons at
Grinuell estimated that the death roll
of the calamity would very probably
reach 100. It is now 04, among theni
that of Conductor Diegnen, of the
Rock Island road.
One hundred and forty-three is esti
mated as the number of dwelling
houses destroyed by the tornado in
Grinuell. It is estimated that this
entails a loss of half a million of dol
lars now, which is nearly a total loss,
as hardly any of them are insured
against tornadoes or anything but fire.
Mr. ,J. 13.Grinuell states that fifty of
the pcoplo in losing their homes lose
all they had in the world. Outside
of'Grinnell, in Malcolm and in the
country, there is aljo immense loss.
Brobably the aggregate of all will not
foot tip lesss than three-quarters of a
million of dollars. Home business men
of Grinuell think that the actual loss
will he larger.
At 11 o'clock on Saturday night a
terrific storm passed in southwesterly
direction of Dos Moines and Henry
counties. In Burlington only rain
and hail fell, but a mile south of the
city the hurricane blew down hams,
liou-i s ami orclia;ds and destroyed a
vast amount of property. Nobody is
reported killed. The electrical <lis-<
play was remarkable. The sky was
tiglow constantly for two hou.s.
At Mount Pleasant, twenty-eight
miles west, the huiricancAvaa very de
structive. Two storms met over the
town tit 11:30 and, accompanied by
rain atnl hail, broke iu fearful fury,
demolishing entirely the Baptist
church, which cost 000. The spire
of the Presbyterian church was lifted
high in the air, inverting it; the point
struck the sidewalk in front of the
church and was driven many feet in
ground. The towers of all the church
es are oil'and the churches are other
wise damaged. Nearly every business
house in the city is unroofed and
The park and public square arc
filled with tin roofs rolled into hunches
like wads of paper. The rain damag
ed a large quantity of merchandise.
Tho storm lasted about forty minutes.
Three hundred dw< llings nre unroofed
and damaged, and not a single chim
ney is left standing. A thousand tree
are twisted off. Three large brick
school-houses are in ruins, but the
college building escaped. Only two
persons were reported killed —a Mrs.
Scott and her son, who lived near the
city. None are seriously injured in
the town,
The insane hospital, with 900 in
mates in the track of the storm, is not
damaged. The loss in Mount Pleas
ant. is above 5150,000. Fifty freight
cars, standing on a side track a mile
east of Mount Pleasant, where careen
ed upon the main line aud a Chicago,
Burlington tfc (Juiucy train collided
with them, wrecking the upturned
cars completely. Engineer A. M.
I'armitcr was slightly injured.
Mail reports from Story county
represent the damage as very serious.
Several buildings were swept away nt
Kelly. All the buildings on the farms
of J. A, McFarlandand William Tem
pleton were obliterated. Further east
all the buildings on sixteen farms
were swept away. Two school houses
in Nevada were demolished. The
school house in Albany was carried
away. All growing crops in the track
of the wind were destroyed, and cat
tle, horses, hogs and poultry were car
ried long distances and deposited dead.
Mrs. L. I). Thompson's little girl
was killed, and she herself hud an arm
broken. G. W. Hempstock had a leg
broken, and his wife and child are in
jured internally. • In Boone county a
number of farm houses and barns
were carried away, and Christian
Peterson's 8 year old son was killed.
Famine, Fire and Frost.
The Terrible I)eath-iS'tory of be Long's
Mr. W. 11. Gilder, the Herald cor
respondent, late with the Uodgers,
sends the following dispatch, dated
Lena Delia, April 12, 1882: "Mel
ville found the bodies of De Ivong's
party on March 23. They were in
two places 500 and 1,000 yards from
the wreck of the scow. Melville's
search party first started from the sup
ply depot to follow Nindermnn's route
from Usterday to Malvey, and after
ward from Malvey back toward Uster
They stopped at the plaoe which
Ninderman and Noros passed tho first
day after they left De Long, feeling
sure that the others had not got much
further. There they found tuo wreck,
and, following along the bank, they
came upon a rifle barrel hung upon
four sticks. They set the natives dig
ging on oaoh side of the sticks and
they soon came upon two bodies under
eight feet of snow. While these men
were digging toward the east Melville
went on along the bank twenty feet
above the river to tind a placo to take
bearings. He then saw a cani|> kettle
and the remains of'a lire about 1,000
yards from the tent, and approaching,
nearly stumbled upon De Long's hand
sticking out of the snow, about thirty
feet from the edge of the bank. Here,
under about a foot of snow, they found
the bodies of De Long and Ambler
about three feet apart, and Ah Ham
lying at their feet, all being partially
covered by pieces of tent and a lew
pieces of blanket. All tho others, ex
cept Alexia, they found at the place
where the tent was pitched. Lee and
Knack were close by in a cleft in the
bank toward the west. Two books of
records with the medicine chest and a
flag 011 a stall' were beside the tent.
None of the dead had boots. Their
feet were covered with rags tied on.
In tho pockets of all were pieces of
hurnt skin and of the clothing which
they had been eating. The hands of
all were more or less burned, ami it
looked as if when dying they had
crawled into the lire, Boyd lying over
the lire, and his clotliing being burned
through to the skin, which was not
burned. Collins' face was covered with
a cloth. All the bodies were carried
to the toji of a hill 300 feet high about
•10 versts to the southwest from where
they were found, and there interred in
a mausoleum constructed of wood from
the scow built iu the form of pyramid,
22 feet long and 7 feet high, surmount
ed by u cress 21 feet high and a foot
square, hewn out of drift wood, ami
conspicuous at a distance of 20 vcrsfs.
The mausoleum was covered with
stones, and is to he sodded in the
spring. The cross is inscribed with
tiie record and names of the dead, cut
in by the search party. After com
pleting the tomb the parly separated
to search the Delta for traces of
Cliipps' people. Melville went to the
northwest part of the Delta, and west
as tar as the Olenek river. Ninder
inau took the centre and Bartlett the
northeast. Niuderman and Bartlett
fouud nothing. Melville has not yet
returned. The search is to lie exten
ded to Cape Borchayu and tho hay ol
tkat name. Tliev expect to finish in
time to reach Yakutsk or Verkbo
jank before the livers break up. It
they do not finish before that time they
will have to retreat to the hills and
iiiountHins with the natives until the
water falls, as the whole of the Delta
is covered with water in the spring to
a ludglit of four feet, and in some pla
ces to twenty feet, above the level of
the river. Oiherwi •• they would have
buried the dead where they fouud
A Pcrpetnal Courtship.
o.live*toll Nc-w.
The Mexicans of the wealthy or
well to do classes have a custom in
married life which sceuis to me a pretty
one. Husband and wife have entirely
separate apartments, and neither is
| expected to cuter the apartments of
| the other except on invitation. When
! the husband desires the company of
his lady in his apartment lie writes a
note of invitation in terms of the mo-t
formal and lofty politeness, incloses it
in a perfumed envelope, seals it and
sends it to her on a silver tray in the
hands of a servant. The lady ac
knowledges the invitation in the same
way, and if she accepts, which she is
probably most likely to do, she ap
pears at the door of his apartments at
the appointed hour, in bridal costume,
| escorted by one or more of her ladies
in waiting. These then retire. The
husband receives her at the door, leads
her to a little table, where he treats
her to chocolate or tea, cakes, fruit,
etc. lu the midst of his apartments
he has a room, furnished in the most
exquisite way he is capable of, which
he holds sacred to his lady, and never
occupies unless she is present. This
room is his pride. He spares no ex
pense to make it as unique and charm
ing as possible. Wlteu the gentleman
has received his lady in his apartments
it is not proper to leave her until they
have breakfasted, which does not
usually occur until 9 o'clock.
After the lapse of some days—l do
not know how many—etiquette re
quires that the lady shall return the
husband's compliment by a similar in?
vitation, nicely sealed in a perfumed
envelope on a silver tray. lie ac
knowledges the invitation with many
thanks, and if he accepts, which it is
presumed he is quite sure to do, he
first indulges iu the bath, prigs himself
up in his best array, patronizes his
perfume bottles and his pomades, and
at the appointed hour appears prompt
ly at the door of his lady's apartments.
Slfe is there to receive him, dressed
like a queeu, wearing orange blossoms
in her hair and on her bosom. She
conducts him to a little table, where
he is offered wine aud cake or choco
late and cake aud fruit. After this
pleasant repast she regales him with
songs and music on the guitar. She
also has in the midst of her apart
ments a room which she holds sacred
to her husband, and which she never
occupies unless he is present. It may
be supposed that this sacred room is
her pride above all things, and to
adorn and watch over it tho chief oc
cupation and joy of her life. They
remain together in the lady's apart
ments until hreakfust, after which they
separate. Thus there is a con
tinual interchange of courtesies aud a
perpetual courtship.
A mule is tame enough in front, but
awfully wild behind.
SIOO,OOO in a Cave—Piles or Specie
And Jetvelei-y Pound in the Secret
IteiHlczvoiis of tho .James
J. B. Crutchfield, a trusted corres
pondent, writing to tho Republican
from Gallatino, Term., says: Mr. D.
K. Hpillers, a prominent merchant of
Gallatino, and Major W. H. Munday,
while exploring the cave recently dis
covered on the farm of Colonel James
Alexander, which for the last five
years has been the rendezvous of the
James brothers gang of outlaws, dis
covered a large flat rock in one of the
chambers, ami thinking that some of
the gang might he hidden away under
it removed it with great difficulty,
when to their utter astonishment a
large cast-iron sugar kettle, filled with
specie and jewels of various kinds,
met their view. They could hardly
believe their senses, hut finally man
aged to examine the treasure and
found that there was over $400,000 in
specie, besides numerous gold watches,
liugs, diamonds and other jewelry of
great value. Major Munday guarded
the great treasure while Mr. Hpillers
hastened to Gallatino, and securing his
horse and wagon returned as soon as
possible to the cave. They placed
the kettle and contents in the
wagon and drove rapidly to Galln
tinu and at once deposited their treas
ure in tho vaults of the Sumner
Deposit Company. The greatest ex
citement prevails, and tiie Sumner
Guards have beeu ordered to the cave
to prevent a hungry horde of curiosi
ty-hunters and treasure-seekers from
completely ransacking it.
'1 his is the second lot of valuables
found in the cave since the death of
Je.-sc James. Thousands of visitors
have been denied admission by Colonel
Alexander, and it, is only by strenuous
eflorts that any portion of its contents
are spared from seekers of mementoes
of the great bandits.
A considerable portion of the. jewel
ry is in the original boxes as they left
the jewel: rs, and contain the addresses
of many jewelers throughout the
West, and also a few in the East. A
watch hears the ineriplion of Joseph
Grover, Natchez, Miss., and a pair of
bracelets are marked Mrs. W. J. John
son, Natchez, Miss. Many others arc
marked in full and will be returned to
the owners, provided tiu-y can he
found and can prove their property.
' olonel Alexander ha- already sent a
groat many of the former lot to several
parties in various portions of the
I nited H'atos. Further exploration
will he made at once, as it is thought
other valuables may still ha hidden in
the cave. — St. Lou is Republican
A City Underground.
GI.N'O A r.\.N'4l, IN* nf|?IDA WIIO LIVED
For tho past six months the work of
digging the canal to connect Lakes
Lu-tis and Dora, in order to open up
the iii<' t southern lakes ol tlie'"(jreat
lake region of Florida" has been prose
cuted. fhe second cutting ot the canal
was finished last week under the super
vision of Mr. T. if. Sprott, who has
been from the commencement one of
the foremen on the work. At fhe out
let ol Lake Lorn the sandbar had al
ready been cut to the depth of nearly
or quite three feet on t lie previous dig
! ging, and was dug about two feet deeper
j last week. At a di-tance of over four
I feet below the old lov.-l of Lake Dora, a
mound was discovered. The first exca
vations revealed the existence of a
elearly-defined 'wall lying in a line tend
ing toward the southwest from where it
was first struck. This wall was com
posed of a dark brown sandstone, very
much crumbled in places, but more dis
tinct, more clearly defined, and the
stone more solid ns the digging in
creased in depth. The wall was evident
ly the eastern side of an ancient home
or fortification, as the slope of the outer
wall was to the west.
About eight feet from the slope of the
eastern wall a mound of sand was
struck, imbedded in the muck forma
tion above and around it. This sand
mound was dug into only a few inches,
as the depth of the water demanded
but a slight increased depth of the
channel at that point, but enough was
discovered to warrant the belief that
here on the northwestern shore of Lake
Dora i 3 submerged a city or town or
fortification older by centuries than any
thing yet discovered in this portion of
Florida. Small, curiously shaped blocks
of sandstone, some of them showing
traces of fire, pieces of pottery and
utensils made of mottled flint, were
thrown out by the men while working
waist deep in water. A spear head of
mottled Hint, five and a half inches long
by one and a quarter inches wide, nicely
finished, was taken from the top of the
sand mound, and about four feet below
the water level of the lake.
The Paper w© I'se.
Taper car wheels are composed en
tirely of paper rings pressed together
under a weight of six tons, and then
fastened by means of bolts, and steel
tires put on them, when they are ready
for use. Laid loosely the rings stack as
high as tho shoulders of on ordinary
man. Under treatment they sink to
the thickness required. If the tiro
should wear or fall wheel, or tho
train run from tho track, there would
be no danger of their breaking, as they
are very flexible and would spring.
A paper ball can be rendered so solid
that nothing but a diamond tool can
cause an indentation into it. At the
mill is a square blook of compressed
paper fastened on a turning lathe and
so hard that if a fine steel chisel is held
against it when it is moving, instead of
cutting the paper it will break the chisel
into a liundred pieces. The strength is
astonishing. You can take a £;> note of
the bank of England, twist it into a
kind of rope, suspend 339 pounds upon
one end of it and not injure it in the
slightest degree.
Bath-tubs and pots aro formed by
compressing the paper made of linen
fibers and annealed—that is, painted
with a composition which becomes a
part thereof and is fireproof. The tubs
ast, indefinitely, never leak, and put in
the ire will not burr, up. You can beat
on them with a hammer and not injure
I lates compressed and nnnealed are
very durable. You cannot onlv wash
them, but drop them upon the floor and
stand upon them. The fork can be
used for any practical purpose, and the
knife can always be kept sharp.
Paper can be substituted for wood
converted into picture frames and cob ■
ored like walnut, cherry and the like.
Bedsteads are fashioned the same as car
wheels, only of long strips instead of
rings. I hey are very beautiful and
lasting, booking or heating stoves are
also annealed, and it is impossible to
burn them out. They are less costly
than iron. A house can literally be
constiucted of and furnished with every
convenience in paper.
A Woman's Nad Career,
OEATII IN A I*l,ooo.
A day or two ago the body of Mary
\\ alters was fished out of Two Mile
creek near \\ inehester, Ky. One night
last week there was a flood. The wa
ter entered her home, which was in a
hollow tree, and cut oil her escape.
Further down the bank ten colored
railroad workers, who were bunking
in a shanty, were washed away and
drowned. The rise was sudden and
the force of the flood was terrific.
None of the bodies of the workmen
have been recovered. When the body
of Mary Walters was found it was
bloated, almost devoid of clothing and
presented a sickening appearance. She
was the wife of Ilarry Jack Watters
and for two rflouths the couple had
occupied a hollow sycamore tree whit h
stood on the bank of the creek. They
wore a roving couple and never lived
long in one place, llow two people
ever lived in .-uch cramped quarters is
a mystery. The opening into the tree
is about two feet wide and runs up to
a point about five feet from the ground.
The hollow is not over ten feet in cir
cumference, and when the place was
visited after the woman's death a pile
of straw, which served as a bed, was
the only thing this novel house con
tained. A small volume called a
"Pocket-key to Heaven" and a num
ber of letters written from different
places to Jack were found. The letters
written by the woman were in a deli
cate hand and were filled with entrea
ties for money to keep her from starva
tion. His letters to her were full of
excuses for not sending her nior.ov,
and it seems that the poor woman had
|a i ard time. .She wa- a blonde, about
twenty-six years old and displayed
marks of cultivation and refinement.
On the night of the flood Jack was on
a spree. When told of his wife's death
he did not appear to he very much
Settling a Dispute,
Boston Traveller.
A few days ago Mrs. Paymaster
Tucker, nee Logan, who was in the
members' gallery viewing the .Senate
proceedings, while directly in front of
her sat two ladies, one evidently a
Wa.-hingtonian and the other a -tran
ger. The native was taking unusual
pains to make herself agreeable, and
as Mrs. Tucker was about to sit down
I said to her friend :
"There, you see that large man sit
ting in the centre of the Chamber,
with the jet black hair and large mus
"Well, that is Gen. Logan, of Illi
nois. It isn't generally known, hut he
is half Indian."
At this point Mrs. Tucker could
contain herself no longer. So gently
tapping the lady on the shoulder, she
said :
"Excuse me, madam, but you arc
mistaken when you say that Senator
Logau is half Indian."
"Well, I guess I ought to know,"
warmly responded the stranger; "I
have lived in Washington all my life,
and the fact of his Indian blood has
never been questioned before."
"I think 1 ought to know something
about the matter, too," quietly answer
ed Mrs. Tucker, "I am Gen. Isigan's
daughter." As Dundreary says, "the
conversation is ended," and with a lct
go-my-hair look at Mrs. Tucker tho
stranger and her companion flounced
out of the gallery.
AN Illinois man was arrested and
fined 825 for disturbing a donating
club. We should like to know him.
The man who has got the voice and
energy to disturb a debating club, pro
vided the latter is healthy aud active
in its diabolical mission, is worthy our
acquaintance, aud ought to be given a
government position as a fog-horn on
a stern and rock-bound coast.
A three-year-old baby on exhibition
in Petersburg, Va., weighs 140 pounds,
and the Index-Appeal , which is an au
thority in such matters, says that ho
is, moreover, a very pretty little moun
tain of flesh, &3 clean as a whistle and
as fat as a pig.
AN English journal says: "Among
American patents in a list before us
are five for obliterating small-pox
marks, etc. The iugredients are pumice
stone, elderflower, glycerine, soap and
fatty matter."
DENVER has an old organ grinder,
living in an objure hut, who has beg
ged $20,000 worth of small coin above
what little he needed to exist.
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