Centre Democrat. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1848-1989, July 27, 1882, Image 2
A Summer Sous. Gay little birds, trill oat to the morning, And make the new (lay with your sweet matins ring 1 Oh, quivering dew-drops, do ye twinkle a wara ing? My wild pulses throb—the iittlo birds sing. Oh, heart, my glad heart I Oh, heart, my mad heart I What lsnglia in the sunlight that g'lda the hills over, And hides by the brook where tho long grasses shake ? Listen, wild winds I Tis tho namo of my lover I Hush I Whisper it softly, or my full heart must break 1 —Hcribner. What the Train Brought. With a roar and a rattle the 6 o'clock express train rushed across the bridge that spanned the narrow river on the Derwent farm, near O.ncord, and Alice Derwent, tho farmer's pretty, dark-eyed daughter, stood on the vine shaded porch, looking after it with an uncon scious sigh. "So many come by you, so many go by you, out into the great, w:de, beau tiful world," she thought, as she gazed over the fertile valley farm and out through the break in the oircling bine mountains, from whence a trail of white smoke came floating back. " I wonder if you will ever bring me anything ? or carry me away ? or must I live my life out to the end, shut in by these quiet hills?" "Supper ready, mother?" called out the hearty-looking farmer, halting in the glow of the bright firelight on the open hearth, as he came in from fod dering the stock, followed by his son Thomas, who was the living, breathing "imago of his sire " " To be sure it is," replied his bust ling little wife, who had just such eyes and hair as bonny Alioe, and just the same sweet smile. " Isn't it always ready, father, when the train goes by ? Come, Alice 1" " Alice is out there looking for hey fortune, mother," said Tom. "It is coming by that train. I knew all abont it" Alioe smiled and shook her head at her saucy brother, as she took her sett at her father's side. Little did any of them think how many a true word is spoken in jest, or that the fortune whioh. the evening ex press was to bring the dacghter of the honse was even then Hearing t\cir hos pitable door. \ " I've worked like a beaver all 3jay •ong, Martha, and Tom has kept pack with me, and we both said as we came home, that we were too tired to eat. But this is comfott! It would be hard to see anything much plea°anter than this nice, tidy kitchen, and just as hard to find any of their Frenoh eooks that can beat you and Alioe, my dear," said Elihu Derwent, glancing thankfnlly at the blazing fire, the table laid so neatly, the tempting meal of batter cakes and maple syrnp, wheaten bread and golden butter, and a large platter of cold oorned beef and vegetables that was placed before the two hungry men. Mrs. Derwent poured out the tea— strong, hot and fragrant. "Squire Beaton, np in the big house yonder, don't often get such tea as this, with all his staff of eeivdnts," said Tom, looking across the valley to the briok and freestone palace of the one millionaire of the village. " Poor man 1" sighed Mrs. Derwent. "I do pity him I His wife and daugh ter dead, and h:s only son so wild and willful and a wanderer all over the world Only last week he told me, with tears in his eyes, that he had heard of his boy, nnd that he had been seen lately in Leadviile, intoxica'ed and poorly dressed, in a gambling saloon. Yet when he wrote there to him—and wrote kindly—he had disappeared. If it was our Tom, Elihu, I should just break my heart. Tom, if you ever do grow un steady and run away like Philip Sea ton, you will give your mother her death-blow. Itemember that I" Thank God, it isn't Tom, Martha 1 I'm sorry, too, for tho man and for the boy. Mr. Beaton owns that he turned him out of his house iu New York in a fit of anger, and that the boy swore he wonld never enter his doors again. Bad temper on both sides yon see; and BO— Why Martha, what on earth is that?" Farmer Derwent might well ask the question and rush from the tea-table to the door, followed by his wondering wife and children. A procession of four of his neighbors was coming up frrm his garden gate. At the gate stood a horse and a light express wagon, and from the wagon the four men Lad lifted an inanimate body sad were bearing it toward the honse. " The 6 o'clock express has ran off the track, a mile or two up the valley," said Deacon Jones, aa he and his two sous and bis brother-in-law reached thd porch with their senseless bnrden. j ••Ever so many people hurt, but able to go on as soon as they got righted. But this poor fellow la so nearly dead that wa thought we had batter bring him here, being aa it was the nearest house, and send for the doctor. W, knew that your wife oould nurse him baok into health again if any one could, Mr. Derwent." "You're right there, neighbors. Bring him right in," said the farmer. His wife led the way to her best bed room, next the parlor. Tom sprang on the back of his swift sorrel oolt and set off for the dootor. Half an honr later the supper-table was cleared, the supper dishes were washed and put away, and Alice Der went sat pensively by the kitchen fire, while her mother and father were busy with the dootor in the spare-room; and Tom, hurrying to and fro on their er rands, stepped once or twice to inform her that the stranger was young and handsome, bnt was dressed like a laborer, and that the doctor said "it was a near ohanoe whether he lived or died." Two week s passed on. The doctor came and went. raoh day; the neighbors far and near volunteered their services —all except Squire Seaton, who lived his usual secluded life in bis great mansioD, buried in bis books, and knew nothing of the stranger who lay at death's door. " Poor boy 1 Alice, I wish you would go in and sit beside him awhile," said Mrs. Derwent, on the first evening of the third week of illness. "He is asleep now. If he wakes yon can call me. If we only knew his people I would send for them. I fear he will not last long." Alioe crept in ["and took her place in the nurse's chair. Tears of pity dimmed her eyes as she looked at the wasted figure in the bed—the pale, thin face, the fast-closed eyes, the hollow tem ples under the waving brown hair. "I wish his mother or father would cornel" she suid, Aloud. The heavy lids yopened. Two deep bine eyes looked at her imploringly. "My father I" whispered tho siok man. "Bring him—tell him—l was coming—Seaton—Beaton—" The faint voice died away—the eyes again were closed. Alice stood an instant like one struck dumb. She bad never noticed the re semblance before; but now she could trace the firm lines of the old squire's countenance in th-t pale, pinched face. ' Sleeping still ? That; is a good sign," said her mother, coming in, ready to resume her for the night. : Alice hesitated a moment. Never before had she acted by or Jf o r herself in any matter of moment. | But the sound of voices arouse the slumberer. Her father T om bad gone on a household errand to the village; there was no ono f6 lse to consult. J Finally, she threw on her waterproof, drew its hood over her head, fvfaq sped across the valley to Squire, Beaton's house. / Even the well-traced woro an astonished face as "k® "SjLued this mvsteiious visitor btudy. Squire Beaton looked up from Jhis book, and his usual pallor increased to a ghastly hue as he listened to the breathless girl. "My son—mv boy—my Philip at your father's house? And dying, you fear? Asking for me? Coming to me? Wait, child I I'll go with you, of course —l'll go to my poor boyl Bat—the room is turning round—l think I must be going blind I" Alice sprang to his sida The gray bead fell on her shoulder. Tenderly she smoothed the silvery hair away from the high forehead and bathed tho pale face with the cold water and fra grant essences whioh the frightened servant brought. The old man revived, to find her ministering to him thus. And it was almost like father and daughter that they took their way across the valley together, he leaning on her arm and listening greedily to all that she could tell him of his long-absent, long mourned son. "Itis my father's voice I I hear his step 1 I shall get well if he will only forgive me I" said the invalid, greatly to Mrs. Derwent's surprise, as the house door softly opened to a stranger's touch. He struggled up from his pillows, resisting her attempt to soothe him. "Father, I am sorry—forgive me!'* be said in a firmer voice, as Alice en tered, followed by the aged man. And then Squire Beaton came feebly bnt swiftly into the room, and he held his son to his heart, sobbing aloud with gratitude and joy, while Alice drew her bewildered mother into the kitohen and told her of her expedition to the house of the lonely millionaire. Joy seldom kills; and there is a re viviiying power in love and happiness I combined far beyond the skill of all earthly physicians or the virtue of all earthly drugs. So it happened that r aa the spring months deepened into summer Philip Beaton, strong and well once more, stood beside bonny Aiioe in the porch one evening to see the 0 o'clock express flash by. "At Leadville, when I was utterly reckless, and utterly penniless, too, a letter from my father reached me," he said, in a low tone. "It was so kind, so sad, that it seemed to turn me from my evil courses on tho moment. Just as I was—in the rough garments of a miner—l set off to return to my father, like the prodigal son. And God led me here 1" There was a long Bilence ; the sun sunk out of sight behind the circling mountains; the first chill of evening was in the air, "In my angor I swore that I would never enter tho door of my father's home," the young man went on. " But it was not this homo I Here I may enter, purified, repentant, forgiven, if only tho good angel of my new life will go with me. Will she, Alice?" Ho took her hand. " But your father !'' stammered Alice. "I am only a farmer's daughter 1 And you—" " I am not worthy of your love in any way. But my father bogs you to be hia daughter, Alice. Say yes!" She did say it. And so the greatest fortune of her life—the brightest hap piness of both their lives—came on that evening train.— Margaret Blount. FROM WHITE TO BLACK. Tho Rrmarknblo Caac of B. 11. Koblnon, cl Urccnvill", Ohlo-Alllicfoil Willi n Rare niitl Siriuiirr Hlsrimt, He Change* In C'ulor anil Anionlahca Ihe Dloillcnl I'rolesalon. One of the most remarkable cases' ever known to the medical piofession iB that of S. 11. Rjliison, of Green ville, Ohio, who, since November last,' has changed in color nntil he is as dark as a native of Africa. The pecu liar and very rare disease kuown as melanosis, with which Rohison is af flicted, has bronght him into promi nence, so that physicians are going from all parts of the coun try to see him. Bunnell, tho Now York museum man, has made him an offer, wbich his dtclininghealth will not permit him to accept. Among tho numerous physicians of prominence to give attention to the case is Dr. W. 11. Falls, of this city, who returned from Greenville yesterday, and was seen in the evening by an Enquirer reporter. "It is certainly one of the most singu lar and remarkable cases on record," said the dootor when first approached. Dr. Falls, after showing the re porter number of photographs of the patient taken re cently, proceeded to describe the case from the beginning. 8. H. Robison was born in Greenville, August 31, 1854 of white parents, being the eldest son of R. Luther and Laviua Robison. He is, as was his father, a orpenter by trade. He is mariied and has one young child. Last November the sight of his eye became impaired, and about the Ist of March his right eye became entirely blind. On the 10th of March he came to Cincinnati to be treated by Drs. Williams and Ayres. About that time small lumps about the size of a millet seed began to develop on various parts of his body, and he mentivned his con dition to the physicians. In April, while in this city, he commenced to change in color, assuming an ashen hue. The lumps on his body grew larger and more numerous. Ho was then attended by Dr. Falls, who, after a careful examination, pronounced bis disease to be melanosis. This disease is very rare, especially in this country, and Dr. Falls can recall but one other case, which was in Now York in 1875, and attendek by Dr. L D. Bulkley. Melano sis consists of small tumors or cancers of a black substance all over the body. It is a fatal disease, but generally does not affect the appoarance of the body like the case in question. Several oases aro reported from abroad similar to that of Robisoj. One worthy of special mention came nnder the atten tion of tho famous Dr. Liwrenoe, of St. Bartholomew's hospital, London, in 1864. One of the lumps on R >bison f was removed by Drs. Falls and Mussey 1 and examined by Professor Eohherz, of the Miami Medical college, who found it to be po-itively melanosis, or black] cancer. Robison, who was a fine looking fellow, with skin and complexion as light as the whitest man, continued to change in color, and now he i 3 as black as eoal. Doctors Williams and Ayres said he suffered from detachment of therectina, dne to the deposit of the blaok cancers or nodnles in smaller form within tho coats of the eye. After the case had been thoroughly studied the pliysioians pronounced Robison hopelessly blind Doctors Carson, Glendenin and others have spent muoh time with R >bison, and, like all others, they pronounce it a most remarkable case. Returning to bis home, R ibison con tinned to grow worse. The nodales on his body now number about seven hun dred, and are abont the size of a bean. The sight of his right eye is entirely gone. Jost reoently every portion of the man's body that was red has turned black. The inside of his line and tongue are blaok. What he spits from his month is of the tame oolor.—Cin cinnati Enquirer. Hunting the Ostrich. A letter from South Afrioa tells how Captain James Fewsmith and Thomas Harrod went ostrich hunting: The friends rode to the top of a ridge, halting and taking a careful sur , vey of the country before them; the re sult was one that awakened hope and delight. Less than half a mile distant was a ridge parallel with the one on which they had halted, and between the two ran a valley several miles in extent. Near the middle of this two ostriches were grazing, while a gentle breeze was blowing from the east. Instead of separating and attempting to flank the birds, the horsemen rode at a loisurely gallop in the direction of the eastern end of the valley. This was narrower than the opposite opening, which therefore of fered the very best chance in the world for the birds to escape, for they could speedily dash through it into the open country beyond, where they would be safe against harm daring that after noon, at leißt; but it is on such occa sions that the ostrich gives an exhibition of stupidity whioh approaches the mar velous. The sight of the hunters making for the eastern opening of the valley seemed to give the ostriches the belief that their enemies were trying to cut off their only avenue of flight and instead of turning the opposite way, they instantly started on their long, swift trot toward the point at which the hunters were also heading with much the start of the birds. Tho two ostriches displayed still more marked failure to "grasp the situa tion." Tho singular chase could not have lasted long, when the birds, run ning almost side by side, must have seen that the horsemen were sure to reach the opening ahead of them. But not only did they rofuse to turn back, but they also failed to swerve in the slightest degree from their course on which they hal started: they simply increased their speed and, with their ungainly necks outstretched, struck a two-m'nute trot and sped away for the most dungerous point on the horizon. As the pursuers were quite certain of their game, they now slackened their gait somewhat, and each fired a shot. The bullet of Captain Fewsmith went through tho brain of his bird, which ran a few steps in a wild staggering way and then went down, its head plowing quite a furrow in the sand. Leaping from his saddle, the captain hurried forward and cut the throat of tho ostrich, so as to end its sufferings. It was almost at the same instant that narrod discharged his rifle, and seeing the bird acting strangely, he was con fident of having inflicted a mortal wound, and was scarcely behind the captain in springing to the ground to dispatch his prize. But he had made a slight mistake, for when he had placed himself directly in the path of the bird and held his hunting knife ready to give him the finishing tonch, the ostrich seemed to brighten up. Before tho gentleman suspected his intention he delivered a terriflo kick which tumbled the hnnter over on his back, as if Btrnck by a falling trie. The ostrich is capable of kicking with such force as o kill the panther or jackal, and ho does it by throwing bis foot forward, the same as a man. In the present instance Mr. Harrod fell so quickly that Captain Fewsmith ran forward in alarm. Assisting him to his feet, he was found to be little injnred, although he de clared, with a grim smile, that he knew more about ostriches than he ever did before. Tho bird kept on trotting straight away until lie vanished in the twilight and was seen no more, while the hunters were glad onongh to go into camp and wait till tho morrow. There are different methods of hunt ing the ostriob. Every sahoolboy re calls the picture of the bushmau awk wardly disguised as one of the birds, who is thereby enabled to approach olose enough to a herd to bring down several with a bow and arrow. In other cases the hunter lies in wait and uses poisoned arrows. In North Africa the game is pursued cn horseback, the chase being kept up for several days, nntil the bird is literally run down ard incapable of going farther or making resistance. Sometimes a herd is forced into the water, where it is an easy matter toknookihemintbehead. The European horsemen prefer to conceal themselves n jar pools and springs where the bird is in the habit of coming to drink, ao as to shoot bim unawares. The value of the ostrich, of course, lies in its pi usage. These feathers are very costly, it rarely happening that more than two dozen marketable ones can be obtained from a single bird. March or April ia the best season, aa the os trich ea have recovered their molt and tbe fea there are elaatio and vigorous. It ia necessary also that the feathers should be plucked from the body of the bird before it gets cool or they will be found to have lost much of their glossiness and disposition to ourL What garden crop would save drain ing? L treks. TOPICS OF THE DAY. Tho extent to which the national car i renoy of Buenos Ayres has suffered de preciation is indicated in the following announcement taken from a newspaper published there by Ezra L). Winslow, the fugitive Boston banker and editor: "Tho Buenos Ayres Jh-rald, published daily (Sundays and holidays excepted) at S3GU currency per annum; or sl2 gold; and at the same rate per month." Mr. Winslow took off with him $150,- 000, so that in settling down comfort ably abroad he found himself worth $4,500,000. Tho unfortunate animals imported to England from America,saysthe St. James Gazette, still continue to suffer untold misery during their passage across the Atlantic. From the United States there were imported, in 1881, to the ports of Barrow in-Furness, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Harllepool, Hull, Liverpool, Loudon and South Shields, 473 cargoes of animals, consisting of 103,093 cattle, 49,223 sheep and 1,773 swine; of which 170 cattle, 90 sheep and 10 swine were landed dead, and 110 cattle, 99 sheep and 13 swine were so much injured that it was necessary to slaughter them immediately on landing; 3,337 cattle, 917 sheep and 221 swine were tL own overboard during the voyage. TLa Virginia City (Nev.) Enterprise alludes to what it designates the boss cloud-burst, which occurred recently in the mountains east of Oreana, and which swept away a stone railroad cul vert thirty feet wide and twenty feet deep. An eye-witness asserts that the current of air created by the large body of water would have drawn a person into it from a distance of twenty ieet. Steel rails weighing sixty pounds to the yard stood on end like telegraph poles, and the solid stone masonry work of the culvert was swept away like so much rubbish. It is impossible to estimate the wonderful velocity this body of water bad reached when it came upon what was almost a solid stone barrier. It was like the stroke of a battering ram. One little touch of superstition, to gether with a strange coincidence wbich will not tend to diminish that super stition, was noticed in connection with the death of Gidbaldi. So soon as his death was publicly announced. all the numbers which could be formed out of the dates and honr.i thereof were freely played in the public lotteries of Italy. Thirteen was the favorite number, be cause it included many of the combina tions, and is snperstitiously regarded s the " death number." And thirteen was the first number drawn I The amount of money won by the poor people in small sums was something un precedented—a fact which gave rise to the popular expression: "Yes, Gari baldi always took tho part of tho poor against the rich." The brothers Tocci, born in Turin, Italy, in 1877, unconsidered to be even more curious than tho famous Siamese twins. They have two well-formed heads, two pairs of arms and two tho races, with all internal orgins, bat at tho level of the sixth rib they coalesce into one body. They have one right and one left leg. It is a curious fact that the right leg moves only under the control of the right twin (named Bap tiste), while tho other is movable only by the left twin (named Jacob. '- As a result, they are unable to walk. The left foot is deformed, and is an example of talipes eqninus. Each Infant has a distinct moral personality; one cries while the other is laughing; one is awake while the other sleeps. When one is sitting up, the other is in a posi tion almost horizontal It is singular how careless many people are in sending packages and let ters through the mail, considering the hard usage they get in tho mail-baas. Hardly a pottoh arrives from any dis-' tance at the New York postotfico with-* out a number of broken papers, such as letters without envelopes, or envelopes without letters, newspapers without wrappers, paokages without tags and tags without paokages, small soraps of paper that once belonged to envelopes, letters or wrappers, gold and silver coin that have broaon through their envel opes and jingle iu the bottom of the pouch, and the thousand and one ar ticles of merchandise now sent by mail. Sixty of these packages are reooived at New York daily on the average. The other day S3O 000 in negotiable coupons and SIO,OOO in greenbacks wre found straying from their envel opes and looking for an owner. A short time ago $3,000,000 in bonds of the New York Central railroad had been plaoed in an insecure wrapper. Not long ainoe a package oame in a broken condition across the Atlantic, and it contained several millions of dollars in bonds. The professors of the Baptist uni versity, Dee Aluinea, resigned in a body in consequence of the inability of the , institution to pay them their salaries. PEARLS OF THOUGHT. There are more fools than sages; and among the sages there is more folly than wisdom. Discouragement is of all ages; in youth it is a presentiment, in old age a remembrance. True goodness is like the glowworm, it shines most when no eyes save those of heaven are upon it. Hope is like the sun, 'which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. There is three ways of getting out of a scrape—write out, back out, and the best way is to keep out. When death, the great reconciler, has come, it is never our tenderness that we regret, but our severity. The influence of trusting children is sometimes the most subtle oil that can be thrown on the troubled waters of life. One of the best rules in conversation is never to say anything which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid. What makes people so discontented with their own lot in life is the mis taken ideas which they form of the happy lot of others. Men oan develop themselves into splendid mental conditions, wherein they can accomplish almost doublo their ordinary amount of labor. The first dawning of a woman's life it moro like the aurora with its strange fitful flashes. The phenomena have never been satisfactorily explained. Our illusions fall one after the other, like the parings of fruit; the fruit is experience; its savor may be bitter, still it contains something that strengthens* Egg-Food. The Science MmtVy contains some new facta concerning the nse of egga !ac food. They are of special interest, j One is that the eggs, even of animals I which impress us most unpleasantly, have their value as food, and seem to be capable of inspiring a relish in the pal ates of those who have learned to eat them. The eggs of the terrapin and of several species of the tortoise are ex cellent (or eating, nutritious and agree able to the tiste; and those of the green turtle are held in great esteem wherever they are found. The mother turtles lay three times a year, depositing sometimes as many as a hundred eggs at a laying, and carefully covering them up with sand, so that it requires an experienced searcher to deteot them. The Indians of the Orinoco and Amazon obtain from these eggs a kind of clear, sweet oil 1 which they use instead of butter, i About five thousand eggs are required ' to fill one of their j vrs with oil, yet so | abundantly arc they deposited that about five thousand jars are put up j yearly at the mouth of one of the rivers. The harvest is estimated by the acre. Young eggs are frequently found in tho bodies of slain turtles by hundreds, in all stages of devel opment, and generally consist ing entirely of yolk. They are often preserved by drying, and are considered a great luxury. Alligators 1 eggs ara esteemed by the natives of the regions where those reptileß abound ; and Mr. Joseph, in his " History of Trinidad," says that he foand the eggs of tbe cay man very good. The female alligator lays from 120 to 160 eggs; they ara about as large as the egg of a turkey, and have a rough shell, filled with a thiek albumen. One of the lizards, known as the iguana, is oapabie of furnishing as many as fourscore eggs, which, when boiled, are like marrow. The larvro and nympbie of ants are considered br many people a choice relish when spread upon bread and butter, and are said to be ex cellent * curried. In SLam they are highly esteomed, and are so valnable as to be within the reaoh of only the rich. In some parts of Africa, where ants swarm, they are said to form at times a considerable portion of the food snpply. They are used in some countries of En rope for making formic acid, and are subject to an import dnty. The eggs of insects belonging to a group of aquatic beetles are made in Mexico into a kind of bread or oake called hautle, which is eaten by the people, and may be found in the markets. They are got by means of bundles of reeds or rashes which are pnt in the water and on whioh they are deposited by the inseots Ilrant z Mayer, about forty years ago notioed men on the lake of Tezonoo collecting the eggs of flies whioh, h says, when cooked in cakes were not different from flsh-spawn, having the same appearance and flavor. " After the frogs of France and the birds' nests of China, I fancy they wonld be con sidered delicacies, and I fonnd they w re not diedainod on the fashionable tables of the capital." Accord! ;g to the report o' the commissioner of agricul ture of 1870 the larvm of large fly whioh frequents Mono lake, In Califor nia, are dried and pulverised and mixed with aoorn meal and bake' fas bread, or with water and boiled for soup.