Centre Hall reporter. (Centre Hall, Pa.) 1868-1871, February 17, 1871, Image 1

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    Now And Ever.
Ask what yon will, mv own ami only lore;
Phr, to lore's sen ice trn<\
Your leas' wish sways nw m from worlds
And 1 tnM *ll to yon.
Who air the only Who.
And in one girt *U womanhood to me.
-Yet some tiling* e'en to thoo 1 cannot yield 1
A* that rme gift, by winch
On the still morning in the wrodmdo field.
Thon maito'etexistence rich,
Who a*t the only She.
And in one girl all womanhood to me.
We had talh'd long ; *nd Umu a silence came ;
And in the toprooet tint
To hi* nest the white dorr floated like a flaiue ;
AYirt my hp* chre.l on here
Who Was the only She,
AnJ in .me girl all womanhood to me.
Rmoc vyhm my heart, hee hy her heart— nor now
Could I vwixt ht-r* and mine.
Nor the now! loveakill'd angel eh.>o*e.—Bo
In vain wonKlal a*k for thine 1
WliO art the only She,
And, in one girl. *ll womanhood to me.
Old Lot OK.
1 haw you forgotten yet
Th* onr*r of the flowery land-
Tlie Mtomnt garden where we met,
Mv hand t hat trembled in your hand *
Ourlips found word* scarce *rt enough.
A* low iKsn-ath th* Milhiw ire*.
We eat.' HE** J"* fojß>W*B, kv*> t
JX> vou remember. Lev e Lottie* '
Marie, h*v* you forgotten yet
]%.< km tig barter that we wade
The rings we ohanged, 'he nun* Uiat set.
The wood ftlU-fUled of song and shade ?
The fountain* that were musical,
Br mane an ancient trvating-tree ?
Marie, hare von forgotten all
Do yon remember, Lore Mane 1
Christ t no, hare you forgotten y*
Ymr room, with wool and pwe* gay.
My garret, near the kr A was set,
The April hour*, the r'ghts of May,
The elear. eahn nights ; the stars above.
That whispeiwl -ih.y wvie fairest socu
With no eloud veil—remember, lore.
Do you teucuilisr, Lvov Chnstin. >
Loniae * married ; and. -wll-anlar !
Mane a ead.hr road has ta'en ;
And (Je Chnaune has passed away,
Iu southern aunt- to flower again.
Ah. inc. tvvr one and all <d ua 1
Marie, Christine, Louise forget;
Our bower of lore i* ruluoua.
And I alone remember ret.
At the Window.
Vine, vine and eglantine.
Clasp her window, trail and twine!
Rose, rose and clematis.
Trait and twine aud clasp and kiss,
Kiss, klsa; and make her a how. r
All of flowers, and drop me a flower.
Drop me a flower.
Vine, vine and eglantine.
Can not a flower, a flower, be mine ?
Rose, rose and clematis.
Deep me a flower, a flower, to Ids*.
Kiss, kiss—And out of her bower
Ail of flw*rs, a flower, a flower.
Dropped, a flowtr.
There was a young lawyer by the name
of John Harlow in New York.. He told
his partner that he wanted to go home for
a week. He aaid he wanted to see his
father and the boys, and his sister, but that
he especially wanted to ride old Bob to
tbw brook oan more, and to milk Cherry
again, }t to *o how it felt to be a
turners boy.
-John." raid the old lawyer, "be sure
you fix up a match with some of those
ammtry girls; no man is fit for any thing
til* he is well married, ami you are now
able wlttf economy to support a wife.
MaW you get one of those country girls.
These paste and powder people here aren't
fit for a young mail who wants a woman."
The next morning John had a letter
from his sister. Part of it ran about
w Pre concluded, old fellow, that if you
don't marry you'll dry up and turn to
parchment. Cm going to bring home vrith
me the smartest girl 1 know. Of course
she don't know what 1 am up to, but you
must prepare to capitulate."
In the old home they were looking for
the son. The fondly proper consisted of
the. father, good. Deacon llarlow, John's
two brothers, ten ami twelve yean old,
Huldab, the f help."' This last was
the datigiwtet of a neighboring former, who
was a |hmt and- bapekes rheumatic, and
nun! tjrwai ttou+-ti*rr'- fuud earnings went
to ckiTout-llie-scanty subsistence at home.
Aum Judith, the sifter of John's mother.
•• looked aflV*'' the household affairs of her
brother jh-Jaw, by coming over once week
and helping Huldah darn, aud mend and
make, and by Uuldah such advice a
her inexperience was supposed to reijuire.
But now Deacon Harlow's daughter had
left her husband to eat his turkey alone in
Boston, and had brought her two children
home to receive the paternal blessing.
Not that Mr*. Amanda Holme* had the
paternal blessing chietlv in view in her trip.
She bad broogbt with her a very dear
friend. Miss Janet Dunton, the accom
plished teacher in the Mt. Parnassus
Female Seminary. Why Miss Janet Dun
ton came to the country with her friend,
•vshe could hardly have told. Not a word
Mrs. Holmesspoken to her on the sab
jeethf the patrimonial scheme. She
would have resented any allusion to such
a subject. She would have repelled any
insinuation that she had eTer dreamed that
marriage was desirable under any conceiv
able circumstances. She often declared,
sentimentally, that she was wedded to her
books, and loved her leisure, and was de
termined to be an old maid. And all the
time this sincere Christian girl was dying
to confer herself upon some worthy man of
congenial tastes ; which meant, in her case,
just what it did in John Harlow's,—some
one who could admire her attainments.
Mrs. Holmes and her fri nd bail arrived
twenty-four hours ahead of John, aud the
daughteh of the house bad already installed
herself as tCmpmary mistrt-s by thought
less!* upsetting, reversing, and turning
inside out all. the good Huldab's most
cherished arranei m'-nt.*. All the plans for
Abe annual fe-tival that wise and practical
fluldah had entertained were vetoed, with
out a thought that this young girl had
been Tot a rear and a half in actual auf bor
ity in the Louse, and might have some feei
ng of in having a guest of a week
overturn her plans for the next month.
Bat )lrs. Holmes was not one of the kind
' to think of ymt. fluldah was hired and
paid, and she never dreamed that hired
people coul<j have any interval* in their
work or tberr home other than their pay
and their But fluldah was patient,
though she Confessed that she had a feeling
that she' had been rudely " trampled all
over." I suspect she bad a good cry at the
end of the first day. I cannot affirm it,
except from a general knowledge of women,
W hen John drove up in the buggy that
the boys had taken to the depot for him,
hi? first care was to shake hands with the
who was glad to see him, but could
rnbt forbear expressing a hope that he would
f ehave that hair off his upper lip." Then
John greeted bis sister cordially, and was
presented to Miss Dunton. Instead of
sitting down, lie pushed right on into the
kitchen, where Huldab, in a calico frock
and a clean white apron, was baking biscuit
for tea. She had been a schoolmate of his,
and he took her hand cordially as she stood
there, with the bright western sun half
glorifving her head and free.
"tf'hy, Huldah, how you've grown!"
was Bis first wprd of greeting. He meant
more than he said, for though she was not
handsome, she had grown exceeding comely
as she developed into a woman.
" Undignified as ever!" said Amanda, as
she returned to the sitting-room.
The next- day- the ladies could get no
good oaf of John Harlow, ffe got up
egrly and milked the cow. ffe cut wood
and carried it in for Huldah. ffe rode old
Bob to the brook for water. He did every
thing that.he had been accustomed to do
when a boy, finding as much pleasure in
forgetting that he was a man, as he had
once found in hoping to lie a man. The
two boys enjoyed his society greatly, and
his father was delighted to see that he had
retained his interest in the farm life.
John was not insensible to Janet Dun
ton's charm*. She could talk fluently
about all the authors most in vogue, and
tb afbet of h*r fluency \va* really dazzling
to a man. John was infatuated with the
idea of marrying a wife of such attain
ments. How she would dazzle bis friends!
How the Governor would like to talk to
her! How sue would shine in his parlors!
How she would delight people as 6he gave
them tea and talk at the same time. John
was in love with her as he would have
been in love with a new tea-urn or a rare
book. During that week he talked and
walked and rode in the sleigh with Miss
Dtmton, and had made up his mind that
he would carry this brilliant prize to New
York. But, with lawyer-like caution, he
thought he would put off the committal as
long aa possible. If his heart had been in
FIUtD. KUIiTZ, Editor .0(1 Proprittor.
hi* attention* the caution would not have
been worth much. Caution w a pi**!
Ureal-water against vanity; lut it isn't
worth niwh *gsiu.*t the spring ttdeof love,
a> John Hatluw MKU found.
For tow ar I the end of the *rek he began
to tfcl a warmer ftvltnp for Mil* Janet. I
do not thitik that Jo!m was wrtoudy iu
llovo with Mix* Dunton. If he had Iwen,
he w*ild hture found some means of com
mtitiirathv vrith hei A Uamsand *pe
' with sleepless eyes all round their lirvL
cwftmot keep a man from telling his U-vo
somehow, if ho really have a love to tell.
He observed often during the week that
lluldah wa> depremad. He eould not
j exactly aeeount tor it, until he noticed
something in his sister's behavior tow nl
' her that iwakwel hi* susiiictun. A*oon
as opirtmut\ offered he inquired of
lluldah, atfivring at the same time to know
•something alxmt it.
•• I don t want to complain of your sister
to you. Mr llarlow—"
" l'hew ! call me John, and as for my
sister, I know her faults better tliau you
Jo. Go on, please."
" Well, it's onlv that she told me that
Miss Dunton, wasn't used tt> eating at the
same table with #rrrf#. and when one of
, the boy* told your father, he was mad and
| came to me, and said. • Huldah, you must
eat when the rest do. If you stay away
ftotn the table on account of these city
snob* I'll make a fuss ou the spot.' > >
to avoid a fits* 1 iiav e kejit ou goiug to the
J table."
I John was greatly vexed with this. He
was a chivalrous fellow, and he knew how
such a remark must wound a perwoo who
had neTer learned that domestic service
had anything degrading in it. And tie
result was jsf the opposite of what hi
skter hoped. John paid more attention
>to Huldah Manner* because she was the
victim of oppression.
But, sitting in the old " best room " in
the dark, while the ladies were getting
ready, and trying to devise away by
which he might get an opportunity tospeak
with Miss Dunton alone, it occurred to
hint that she was at that time in the sit
ting-room waiting for his sister. To step
out to where she was, and present the case
ia a few wonK would not he difficult, and
, it might ail be settled before his sister
came down stair*. The Fates w ere against
i him, how ever. For just as he was aliout
to ant upon hi* thought, be heard Amanda
Holmes's abundant dresses sweeping down
j the stairway. He could not help hearing
1 the conversation that followed:—
t "You see, Janet, I got p this trip to
night to keep John from spending tin
evening in the kitchen. He hasn't a bit of
dignity, and would spend tin- evening
ramping with the children and talking to
Huldah if he took it into his bead ."
{ " Well," said Janet, "one can overlook
i everything in a ntau of your brother's
'culture. But what a queer way your
country servants have of pushing them
selves.' Wouldn't I make them know their
place* P'
And all this was said with the kitchen
■! door open, and with the intention of
! wounding Huldah.
Jolui's castles tumbled. The erudite
wife alongside the silver tea-urn faded out
of sight rapidly. If knowledge could not
give a touch of humane regard for the feel
ing cf a poor girl toiling dutifully and sclf
denv ingly to support her family, of what
, account was it ?
Two minutes l*fore he was about to give
• his life to Janet Dunton. Now there wa
rn gulf wider than the world between them
He slipped out of the lst rx>m bv the
outside door and came in through the
kitchen. The neighbor's sleigh that wn
to call for them was already at the door
and John U-gged them to excuse him.
He had set his heart on helping Huldah
make mince-pic*, a* he used to help his
mother when a boy. Hi* sister was in
despair, but she did not say much. She
told John that it was time he was getting
over his queer freaks. And the sleigh
drove off.
For an hour afterwards John romjied
with hi- sister's children and tub I stories
,to the boys and talked to his father.
When a man has barely escaped piing over
a precipice he doe* not like to think too
much about it. John did not.
At last the little children went to bed.
The old gentleman grew sleepy, and retired.
The boys went into the sitting-room and
went-to sleep, one on the lounge and one
on the floor, lluldah was just ready to
begin her pics. She was deeply Hut
John succeeded in making her more cheer
ful. He rolled up his sleeves and went to
rolling out the jmstrv. He thought he
had never seen a sweeter picture than the
voting girl in clean dress and apron, with
lier sleeves rolled above her elbows. Then
was a statuesque perfection in her well
jrounded arms. The heat of the tire had
flushed her face a little, andhe was laugh
ing merrily at John's awkward blunders in
pie-making. John was delighted, he hardly
knew why. In fixing a pie-crust his fingers
touched hers, and he started as if he had
touched a galvanic battery. He looked at
Huldah. and saw a half-painful expression
on her flushed face.
For the first time it occurred to him
that Huldah Manners had excited in him a
feeling a thousand times deeper than any
thing he had felt toward Janet, who
I seemed to IJC now in another world. For
the first time b- realized that he had been
' more in love with Huldah than with
Janet all the time. Why not marry her 7
And then lie remeinlxred what the Gov
: i ernor had said about marrying a woman's
i heart and not her head.
I I He put on his hat and walked out, —nut,
, out, int i the darkness, the drizzling rain,
, and the slush of melting snow, fighting a
j fierce battle. All his pride and all his
, cowardly vanity were on one side, all the
irresistible torrents of his love on the
I other. He walked away into the dark
I wood-pasture, trying to cool his brow,
i j trying to think, and (would you liclieve it ?)
i trying to pray, for it was a great struggle,
f and in any great struggle a true soul
• always find* something very like prayer in
. | his heart.
: | The feeling of love may exist without
, t attracting the attention of its possessor.
I It had never occurred to John that he
j could love or marry Huldah. Thus the
passion had grown all the more powerful
'' for not la-ing observed, and now the unseen
fire had at a flali appeared as an all-con
; stiming one.
Turning back he stood without the win
dow, in the shadow, and looking through
i the glaas at th* trim young girl at work
■with her pies. In the modest, restful face
> he read the story of a heart that had
> carried great burdens patiently and nobly.
I What a glorious picture she was of warmth
I and light, framed in darkness. To his
1 heart, at that moment, all the light and
• warmth of the world centred in Huldah.
II All the world I*sides was loneliness and
I darkness and drizzle and slush. His fear
• or his sister and of his friends seemed base
and cowardly. And the more he looked
at this vision of the uight, this revelation
,of peace and love and 1 glit, the more be
was determined to possess it. You will
call liiin precipitate. But when all a man V
nobility is on one side and all his meanness
; on the other, why hesitate 7
John Harlow had done more thinking in
, that half-hour than most men do in a
! month.
i) The vision had vanished from the win
! down and he went in and sat down. She
had by this time, put in the last pie, and
i was sitting with her head on her hand.
i The candle flickered and went out, and
! there was only the weird and ruddy fire
light. I cannot tell you what words
i passed between John and the surprised
: Huldah, who had thought him already
betrothed to Miss Dunton. I cannot tell
what was said in the light of that fire; 1
i! don't suppose Huldah could tell that story
j herself.
HultUh *-k.-<t that ho #houll not say
am thing about it till In* lister " as * O|W -
Of CouiW .lolilt *h that she A-hrd it for
hi* nhe. Hut his own cowardice was glad
of the shoher.
Next day a brother of John's (whoui I
forgot to locution U<torv came home from
college. Mrs Holmes' lnu>land arrived
unexpected!)'. Aunt Judith, with her
family, came over at dinner-time, so that
tiicre* was a large ami uierry nartv. Two
hearts, at least, joined in the deaeonS
thanksgiving before dinner with much
let vur.
At the table the dinner was much ad
" Uuldah," said Janet Duuton, " I like
your pios. I wish I could hire you to go
"to lUwton. Our cook never doo# so well. '
Johu saw this well-aimed shaft hidden
under this compliment, ami all his man
hood rallied. As soon as he could be sure
of himself he said: -
'* You cannot have lluldah ; she is already
" How's that 7" said Auut Judith
"0! I've secured her serv ices," said
••What!" said Mrs. Holmes, •' engaged
your— your—your help before you engaged
aw ife.
•• Not at all," said John; "engaged my
help ami my wife in one. I hope that
lluldah Manners will be lluldah Harlow
by Christmas."
The Deacon dropped his kuife ami fork
ami dropped his lower jaw. ami stared.
"What: How! What did you say,
John 7"
" I say, father, that this good girl lluldah
is to Is- my wife."
"John," gasped the old man, getting to
his feet and reaching his hand across the
table, " you've got plenty of sense if you
do wear a moustache! tiod bless you, my
boy ; there ain't no better woman here
nor in New York nor anywhere than
lluldah. tiod bless you both. 1 was
afraid vou'd take a different raid, though.
" Hurrah for our lluldah and our John,"
said lieorge Harlow, the college boy. ami
hLs brothers joined him. Even the little
Holmes children hurrahed.
Sagacity of a Dog.
A correspondent of the Boston 7V i
.n-ri/x tells this story of u sagacious dog :
A horse attached to on eipttM wagon
mas running away, and w• nt t -aring
through Friend street atnnl the shouting
of men, yelling of boys, and screaming
o* women, while " Tray, Blanche, *nl
Sweetheart" were lurking at his heels.
As tlie runaway horse passed a stable a
hirge sized, >{<otted dog of the mast iff
and ixmch-horse bred dashed i>ut of the
stable, and without uttering a sound,
made for the runaway horse half wav
down the street, tin coming up with
him. the dog "Spot"—for that, 1 Imrncd,
is the name of the noble creature seized
the rein* that had fallen to the ground,
ami. after tugging, pulling, twitching,
and jerking with greut earn. sine**, he
ntcoeedcd iu bringing to a standstill ttn
runaway horse, and held him quiet until
the owner of the team came up.
The writer was so impressed with the
remarkable sagacity of the dog that he
went to the stable and made portietilar
inquiry about Spot. Here he got the
information that this sagacious ereature
had wvrd the stable from burning once
or twice by waking up the watchman
who sleeps in the counting room, it
svms that Spot is h-ft as sentinel to
watch the premises and give the alarm
iu c.ise any of the hor-s gt cast in their
stalls, or get loose in the night. Upon
one invasion when a fire took iu one .f
tlie stall*, and was smouldering amidst
some damp straw, Sj*it awoke the watch
man, who, on casting his eye down the
stable and listening, could not | >erevive
any horse loose or cast. The watchman
returned to his btuik, and soon fell asleep
again ; and again "Spot" awoke him,
ami on catting his eye down the stable,
he discovered smoke issuing from one of
the stalls. .Seizing a couple of buckets
of water and dashing it on the burning
straw, the lira was extinguished without
giving any further alarm, and thus, by
the remarkable sagacity of this noble
creature, a large conflagration was pre
vented, nml perhaps the lives of many
valuable horses saved.
Ax INCIJ'FXT or THZ Brans. —A corres
pondent writing of the scige of I'sris,
j says : Men witii tiieir eyw fixed on the
ground, and muttering to themselves,
shwr monomaniaca, are wulking to and
fro like caged tigers from the bridge to
the Luxeinli'itrg Garden, only jmtning
every now Mid then to shake their fist at
the stars. It is very droll, I know, all
i this, but I again entreat you of your
charity, you lodic* and gentleman who
an- some thousand* of miles awav, to
have pity on us poor fellows who are
"within range." Ever and anon a
splinter strikes a mailman, and hiscorjise
lies there for the living to stumble over
(ill it conies to their turn. Madness ha*
brought these wretches out of their cel
lars, and it will keep most of them there
jin the air until they die. Death shirks
some of them, or dallies with them cat
fashion by sending them, as a prepara
tory to it* summons, some frightful or
tormenting wound. One fellow wn*
within four feet of a shell when the bns
-1 tie of it wa* over he wo* still seen stand
! i'lg erect In point of fact no single
j scrap of iron had touched him, but the
(lame had simply burned his eyes out,ami
he stood sigh this anil flayed. There
arose, when this was seen, n great cry of
wildest despair from the crowd, whom
horror had at first frozen into statues,
but a greater horror had congealed into
THE VERY LAST. —Chicago's last sen-
Hntion i* the ease of a young man who
killed himself to allow a vonnger brother
to many a girl whom l*)th loved, but
I who loved but one. Tlie name of the
two brothers is Zonk—John, the disap
pointed elder, anil Ezra, the successful
younger. Tito girl's name is Marin Sto
ker, whose person seems to l>e more at
tractive than her name. Both families
are farmers, living near Farmington,
111., where John, who wris 27 year* old,
hail n good character. Finding it im
possible to hear the pangs of love—the
pangs of <lisap|Miiiitcd love—the unfortu
nate suicide forsook his home for the
Lake city famous /or it* sentimental
journeys, where he wandered around for
a day or two, then hired a room at a ho
. Tel, took jioisoii, and was found dying
by the attendants a few moment* af
IT SEEMS that seals hnvo a Greenwood.
A naturalist, recently in Japan, nnrnite*
how he discovered a hospital and ceme
tery for the trilie in a lonely spot in An
iwu Bay. It is a long, low point, com
posed of great rounded rocks and drifted
shingle. Here, sheltered by the granite
Ixmlders anil concealed by"coarse graes
and reeds, come the seal*, whether old
or nick, from all the neighboring waters,
to seek a refuge from their fellows nml
to breathe their last in peace. Tho
marks of their huge 1 iodic* mav be traced
iu the dead, soiled, flattened herbage.
A PrrrsBTJROH (Pa.) paper of recent
date contain* this advertisement: "Three
young ladies of Allegheny wi*h to en
gage three young gentlemen to take them
to the lecture this winter. Car fare and
tickets furnished, and refreshment* at tlie
homes of the ladies afterward."
To-morrow.—A French barber's sign
read thus : " To-morrow the public will
be shaved gratuitously." Of courae it is
always "to-morrow.
A Scrap From Hiirmah.
In the happy dava when Karliallutii
I'tirnlt wis King of the Burmese, a jxitter
formed in Ins heart an evil plot against
the pivtoperity of his neighbor, a wealthy
wonuertiiau who liv.sl in the same vil-
Inge. The envious potter, bent on injur
ing his gissl uciglilsir, went to the IMll
ace of the king and thus addressed lum :
"O, illu>tri.mß primal! i* it not well
; known iu the mountains un.l valleys of
our land that all the calamities which
liavecome ao severely and suddenly uiHin
your kiugdom of late years, have arisen
from the fin-t that your majesty lia* no
longer the elntitn of n white elephant,
•>ituv the unfortunate death of the lucky
white elephant which la-longed to your
fatln-r, who now rc|MMes in rapture in
the seventh heaven of the blesse.l inimor
tnls ? Ik> you not know, O king, that
the elephant which now carries you m
but a common block la-ast, which brings
only black luck to us ? Having, tlisre
j fore, your prosperity and glory at heart,
0 king, and kissing the dust fr.m your
j golden feet, I venture to projiosi the
following plan to your majesty : There is
a washerman in this city of extraordinary
skill iu washing or dyeing white . very
thing brought to him, however black it
ninv lie, and however difficult to make
white and Ix'autiful. l*-t now ,my lor.l
the king consider well tin- word of his
: servant, and bid this skillful washerman
to wash your elephant white, so that the
white days of pro*i>eritv mav once more
dawn ujMin your bhraed majesty and ou
the mini."
The king, who was weak in tuiud,
heard the potter's project with delight,
mid readily a*-*ntsl to it. Ho sum
moned the akillful woshernnn. whose
f .iu.- was great, and thus addrexsi-d him :
"1 command tliee, most loyal subject
thy skill m washing my elephant white,
that I may eii joy white days of proqter
ity erea as my father before me."
But the washerman, w!io was a shrewd
luiui, and ready withal, su|Hvtiug the
plot of the potter to ruin him by so vain
u project, thus s|Hke t<> the king—
"O my lord kiug ! Unit 1 may wish
my lonl's royal elephant white, it suitable
washing-house must W erx'tsl, and also
a pot of corresponding size must !*• con
structed, and then I will wrasli your ma
jesty's highly res|H-eted elephant w lute,
and feel myself thrice blessed in having
carriisl out my lord the king's wishes."
On this tin-king summoned the jMittcr,
and enjoined him, on pain of his royal
displeasure, to coustruet a vast jait of
sufficient dimensions to bold the royal
el< pliant, as well a* a sufficient quantity
of water and other constituent* for the
abbition. The potter, in fear ami trem
bling, is.lleotisl ail immense moss of clay.
Ollt of which he constructed a |st large
enough t hold the royal el. phant.
When, however, the elephant stepped
into this huge pot it broke into several
pu-c.-s. Auother pot wiw made of con
siderable thiekm-sS hv the Jiottcr. who, ;
do a* he would, cottlA not even by his
laigiwt tires lathe it thoroughly, so as to
make it both conqsu-t and strong. S>
the unfortunate jHiri-r was iu this dilem
ma : if he made a thin iot it was brok.-n
by the weight of the elephant, and if he i
made it thick enough to r.--i*t such a
weight, he could not, with all his efforts
get the pot sufficiently baked ; and wa
obliged at last to give up the task n* be
yond his power, ntul to brave the royal
di .pleasure, which consigned him to a
pris4>n for the rest of his Ufe, and confis
cated his g.wsls.
" Plot not sgiviust thy neighltor," says
the Burmese proverb, "lest thine own
projH-rty suffer by the plot " —a proverb
which is here wellenforwd.
The Steam ItailruaiN of Mii*vvrhtivtts.
The follow ing statement of the condi
tion of the steam railroads of Massachu
setts on the 90th of September, IH7O, anil
their operations for the pn-eeding t-u
mouths, is cnm]<ilel from the returns
made P> tin' Legislature hv the different
eorjiorutiona, through the ttailroad Com
mismoners :
's|.iaU stcxX fOT.ro.CT
1 *1 .'Ji: I*l.l in "I (W..A4T
I*l.l IS.tWOIS
I'wt at r< su.l sqaipia-nts sS/.10 js
I> uH of tnsiu n*D in M*1IIWI1 in
lull* I.ST
Ix-uiilb of bnuu'f<- 3*9
T- ai ml'rt of m*>l operallon 3.01S
Htttnbor of mil** ran tOf.IV.SM
Numbor of amnl J Til.Ml
T"H of froifbl rrrto>l OW.W
Total In.-ofli- itm munUnf I'AV.o:
Working O*|H-III
N't I mrninga f,3SS.iI!
Itsu-fMt pt.| I.TSo.onr.
Vruoanl of Jlvi.Vmti 3.STI.X J
Surplus S*|.l- 3d ISTO I.aso JlO
Jiumbor of turn rrgulsrlr rrapioveJ ISAM
Numbrr of rtn|>|. J- klllr 1 Sf,
Numlx-r of prngrr killr.l 1*
N xtibrr of prrxmr klllr.l whllr triklng er
tying upon tbr track V
Number of engine* 63D
Sumlwr of pewngrr c*r 7*l
Number of mrrcb*udtr cere 10.951
In the year ending November3o, lsf.7,
the total income of tlie steaiu ruilroatls
was B'J4,. r 3y,722 ; working expeoMa,
surplus NoToml>er 30, ?0,891,t>78 ; men
employed, 11,030 ; employees killed, 39;
number of paKseugera. 2M, 1215,391 ; pas
sengers killed, 10; tons of freight, 7,-
378,0H3; number of engines, 652; pas
senger cars, 733 ; iiicacliaudise iwrs, 10,-
In the year 1870 the following divi
demls were declared : Boston and Alba
ny, 10 per cent; Boston ami Lowell, 8 ;
Boston and Maine, 10 ; Boston and Prov
idence, 10 ; Connecticut Ilivcr, 10 ; F.ast
crn, 8; Fitch burg. 8 ; Old Colony and
Newport, 6 ; Providence and Worcester,
10 ; Taunton Branch, 8 ; Worcester ami
Nashua, 10.
Deaths from Suffocation.
One of the most heart-rending of re
cent calamities in New York occurred iu
a second-story back room of the premi
ses No. 1,497 Third-avenue, between
Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth streets,
where four persons were found dead.
The person first making the discovery
wa# t'hnrles Muller, a baker, whose shop
was on the first floor of the premises,
ami who, finding the family had not
been astir during the day, nliont 0 o'clock
went to look for them, opened the door,
found John Longhlin, aged twenty^-seven
his wife Anne, aged thirty, their son
Bernard, aged four, and a young woman
named Susan Hnmls. all lying upon n
bo<l and already cold. Upon investiga
tion it wns found that all four had lost
their lives by suffocation from gas which
hiwl escaped from the pipes.
('WISH. —Prominent bunker* in London
have recently written to banker* and
others prominent in financial orders in
Washington and elsewhere in this coun
try, on the subject of the Alabama Claim*.
Tlicy say the appointment of General
Hclienek n* minister to England had been
received with much favor, and that the
British Government i* more disposed
than heretofore to adjust the pending
question, and they further assert in cflcct
tliat the settlement will open the market
for a large nmount of tho new United
States bonds in the country. The pros
pect of nn early settlement is generally
regarded as favorable.
A LADT residing in a German city,
which i* very heavily taxed for men and
money by the war, write* to her friends
that the cost of living i so much in
creased in consequence that she hus to
pay 65 cent* for a pair of kid gloves
"with two buttons," that a new silk
bonnet costs nearly a dollar in gold, a
cab for two persons to the opera and
bock 37 cents, and washing is charged
for at the extravagant rate of 12 oants a
dozen pieces.
The Sllter Redding of Moses Skinner,
The follow ing narrative will he *ug
genii vo to iuM"ritxl folks generally:
li being tweutv five ve*r since my
first wife died, I Utiought 1 c.uhl not
better celebrate the event tluni by lmv
tug n grand silver wedding. Ala*!
twenty -five brief summers, aiul it acorns
but tlie day before yesterday since I re
turtnil from her funeral, ail altered mau,
and told the muli rtuker to cull round for
his pay iu tlie fall.
The gn at trouble in silver weddings is
that you are apt to get two or three
presents alike ; but 1 Halter myself that
I fixed em here. In the first place,
Mrs. Hkiuner and 1 looked oyer our
stoek of stiver ware to stv what vie Were
rait of, Mid found tliat no could titk.
uls.ut twenty live square present* and
then we invited a few children, iu ref
roncc to unt-crackers, buttcr-kuiyes
Mid other small fry. 1 hwucil my in
vitations two week* Ivforeluuid, ti> give
I every IKHIV a eliattce to buy a present,
Mid in addition hinted tn a ileliente man
ner what I should like uocli one to bring.
S> the invitations rend very much like
Mrs. Charity Phlasliottom met Husband
You He I-'Hi Asked
To Mr and Mr*. M -w Hkinnrr's Kitver Wed
ding, January l?tii.
• v * Iteaae twtiiK silver vaster, wiUi extra mas
lard Jug. .... ,
Mr. John lb-rum and Hustatui
To Mr. sud Mis. Muse Kklutier s Silver Wed
uilig, Jauuary 17th.
,♦ We cherish (oUtl hope I" your dim tiirn in
reference to a salver teapot.
till the Iwck of each invitation was a
neat gilt scroll, eudosing the words,
•• I'leain' avoid dollars stores.
To snv the affair was a sueeeas, would
U> defrauding tin dictionary. I haw
looketl tliat venerable pamphlet through,
but fail to find a word tliat iu*-ts the
cos.' Nothing short of seven syllables
and a "French roof will do, sol gave
it up.
On the arrival of the gvn-sta. I took
cluuge of the presents witli oa uraeli
emotion as the \oiue of the nreaenU
called for. A silver (s-n knife I receiv
ed With a husky tremor iu my voice,
while an elegant silver ti-ajs<t causixl me
to entirely bresk dowu with emotion.
But I recovered Mid went through tin-
Irving orvlea) with unflinching breverv.
Those whodidut bring nreiwiits were
tidil that we were not at home, whieh,
of course, made the gathering more s
h-et. NVe reeeiveil aome very tine pres
ents, including a share iu a stiver mine,
X lock of gray hair streakiil witli a sil
\,r\ Is-Mil from tlie moon, and ai'tue
east- r oil, mndc frnui a silver cad*.
Then my wife Mid 1 sttsnl up aud iw
cv-ivevl the silver-tongued congrriti*Uoia
of our guest on our nappy married life.
But I diiin t UDtvl "cm ; uo, I should say J
not. When 1 see a man utterly crush
ed iu spirit Mid ldd-leaded at tile prv
maturi age of fifty, with a black eye
eonstantly on hand, and a wife who i
ready to furnish him with more black
eves at the lowest market price, I jmus
ere 1 congratulate him on matrimonial
bliss. Not that 1 would uisinuotc tliat
Mrs. Skimn r is not a* gentle a* a dove
in the olive branch buMMw. Not at all.
I simple say tliat in a cose like this 1
should probably pause to tin- extent of
n semicolon anil a comma ere Iciugratii-
Liteil him.
Vulcanic Eruptions In Mexico.
Tin- telegraph rejxirt* a destructive
eruption of the volcano of t'hcrubtiaoo,
in Mexico, aud the probability that the
great jH-.ik of Orizalia will break forth.
Tlie former volcano is situated alsvnt
sixty mill"* south of the City of, Mexico,
at the end of the valley. Mid i* one of
numerous volcanic peaks which dotuiu
atc the grand amphitheatre of moun
tain- surrounding the valley of the capi
tal ; but it is of inferior elevation U>
some of its neighlsirs of the Sierra
Mad re, hke P|Micatepeti Mid lz
taccihusti, which rise rcajiectively 17. -
720 and 15,705 feet UIMIVC the level of
the sea. None of the three peaks just
named have been in violent eruption
during two centuries, through lopO
eati'js tl often emits smoke, and Ori
tuba, situateil iu a lower latitude, line
been quiet for mora tiiMi three em-1
turies. A gnwlunl elevation of the
country has IKH-U steadily going on. in
couimon with that of the whole I*aciflc
American coast, and at intervals of fifty
or 100 years some great eruption takes
place. In 1756 the volcano of Jorullo
Imrst suddenly from the miilst of
eultivnteil plain or table-land, and in n
few wi-eks nttiuncil s hcigth of over 4,-
U0 fin-t. Within the pn.it year the jveak
of Colima, only ninety miles from the
northern const of Mexico, burst into
flame, and is still poiirinir fortli niawn
of rock, but no lava. Now Chcrubneo
bos broken its rest of man* generations.
It must present a grand sight from the
capital, but the villages nlimit its base
whose property has been destroys! will
find tio consolation iu this. Ihe re-1
luorkahle exemption of California from
earthquake shocks during the post year,
may possibly be due to the opening of
rents in Mexico.
TH* KXOXVIIXE (Tenn.) Chromick of
the 14th instant tells of nil Silvan hire ns
thrilling and inprobable as nny that bus
ever adorned the jvnges of the most sen
sational story writer. A short time
since a drover, stopping for the night at
an inn in the mountains near the divid
ing line of Tennessee and north Caro
lina, hail hi* suspicions amused liy the
rough appearance of several ill-looking
men who were "bout the premises.
Therefore lie carefully exanuued hi*
room IWore retiring, and wn* horrified
by finding concealed under bis bed the
body of a man, with hi* throat cut from
ear to ear. The drover took up the
laxly of the murdered man, placed it
carefully in the Iwd, covered it up, and
took tils ]x>.Hition behind the dixir to
wait the result. About midnight the
door was softly opened, and five men.
armed with huge knives, entered the
room and stealthily approached the l*il
aida The drover did not remain to
watch further procoodingn. but quietly
*lil>|xxl out of the door, and msile the
lxnt of hi* way from the murderous den.
The next morning he raised a force
and returned to the inn, where the party
succeeded in capturing four of the
gang. As incredible it* Ilvi* storv up
|H>nrs, the Chronicle vouches for its truth
on the authority of a responsible gentle
man, end gives the name of the drover
who wn the hero of the odvouture, and
who is Well known in Jefferson county.
OoxsrnKKARLE C ARE is necessary to
keen vegetable* that are wanted for pro
ducing seed, through winter. Beets,
turnips cabliage and carrot* wiutted for
this purpose must not lw allowed to I*'
frozen ; neither iN it safe to keep them in
a warm place, where the stems and leaven
will push into growth. A cool and dry
cellar is the Ixwt position for such plant*,
although, if sufficient care is given, and
the soil is dry, they may bo buried in the
garden. _
AT A DANCE in a private house in a
small town in Illinois, on Thursday eve
ning, RUSH Parson#, one of the guests,
requested a young lady, who wa* sitting
beside ltiley Mace, to move, ns he wished
to speak to the latter. Tlie lady com
plied, nnil Parsons drew hi# revolver and
fired two shot* at Mace, fatally wound
ing him. The murderer fled, aud has
not yet been arrested. There hod long
been a quarrel tietween the men.
Cincinnati used last year 18,000 gallons
of water to each person.
Mark Twain n Juteulle PugilDD.
"Ye I've had a good many fight* in
u:y time," noid old John Parky, tenderly
muiii|>iihitiuK hi* di-maiitlcd roae, "ami
it's kiinl of queer too, for wheii 1 ww a
boy, the old man was always telling no
IHUer. He was a good mau and hated
fighting. When 1 would come home
j with my none bleeding or with my face
scratcliotl lip, lie Used to call we out in
the woodshed, and iu a aortowfu! and
diseoiiragoti way, nav, "Ho, Johnny,
you've had auother fight, he* ! How
many times have I got to tell ye how
disgraceful and wicked it is for !*▼ to
tight ? It was only T*ster<by that I talk
ed to yott an hour uf>ut the sin of light
ing, and here you've been at it again.
Who wm it with Has time ? With Tutu
'mv Kelly, hey f Don't you know any
iM-tler than to tight a I toy that weighs
twenty jtoiuid* more than you <lu, Ixniden
j I sung two years older ? Ain't ye got a
spark of sense about ye ? I con bcc
plainly that you are dcteruiine<l to break
votir poor father's heart by your reek*
less conduct. What ails your tiuger ?
Tommy bit it! Drat the little fool 1
j Didn't ye know enough to keep yer fin
ger out of his mouth ? Wa trying to
yerk his cheek off, hay ? Won't ye n*
er learn to quit fooling 'round a boy's
mouth with y r finger* ? You're Uutiid
to disgrace us all by such wretched be
havior. You're determined never to
nobody! Did you ever hear of Isaac
Watts -that wrote " I x-t dogs delight to
Imrk and bite"—sticking bis fingers in a
IMJT'B mouth to get VW bit, like a bail ?
I'm clean discouraged with ye. Why
didn't ye go for his noae, the wuv Jorm
; than Edward*, and George Washington,
and Ihui'l WeWfer ituvl t \ when tin /
was boys ! Couldn't, 'cause he h;ul ye
down ! That's a puny story to tell me.
It does beat all tliat you can't leant how
Socrates and William Perm Used to
gouge when flier was under, after the
hours anil hours I've sjeut in telling you
about those great men ! It stems to me
some times as if I should have to give up
iu d<*]stir. It's an awful trial to no to
have A boy tliat don't pay nny alt. utiou
to good example nor to what I say.
What ! You pulled out three or four
luuidfuls of his hair ! Hm ! Did he
squirm any ? Now if you'd a give lum
one or two in the eye—but as I've told
ye, manvatime, fighting is jsxir busi
ness. Won't you—for your father's
soke—won't you nmmiw to try and r
metulH-r that ! H-m ! Johnny how did
it—ahem—which licked ?
•' You licked liim ! Sb. i! Ileall v V
Well, now, 1 luidn't any idea you could
lick that Tommy Kelly ! 1 don't Wliewe
John Btin van, at b-n years old, conM
liavc done it. Johnny my boy, von cant
think how I hate to "have you fighting
. very duv or two. I wouldn't have hail
him lick you for five, no, not tor tea
. dollars! Sow sonny, go right in and
waah up. and tell yer toother to put a
rag on yer finger. And Johutiv, don't
let m. hear of your fighting again !
" I never see any IHKIJ SO down on
fighting a* tlie old man wa*, but some
how he never could break rue from it."
Something for our Yuuug Readers.
Wiml amd /louse tells its young r<d
er* how to take a coin not of water with
out wetting tlie hand, and this i* their
tuetiiiHl: Fill a jdate with wati rto the
depth of alniut a quarter of an inch ; a
coin is then placed in the water ; a |v
of ]M]>er is lighted, and pat. while burn
ing on the surface of the water, and cov
ered with a tumbler. As the jwjvr f >um*
under the tumbler, the water s ill rush
up under tlie tumbler, and leave the coin
in the plate, when it may 1* lifted witii
out wetting the fingcra This is a vun
interesting experinirnt. a* it nfford* a
good illustration of the expansive jOWIT
of heat, and of th- pressure of (ho atrnu*-
phere. But we will tell our young
friends of a more wonderful and enualJy
simple metuod of doing the same tiling.
Bupjvose you were required to take a
coin from" the tioUoin of a deep jar, or
even a pail of water without wetting
your iiand, and suppose further that
your naked hand was to be thrust
through the water, how do you suppose
it could be done ? Simply by nliskmg a
Utile lycopodium, (a sulwrtance that may
bo procured cheaply at any drug store,)
over the surface oil the liquid. Then
plunge your hand boldlv but steadily in
to the water and it wifl not wet you in
the least. The cause of the water's not
wetting tiie hand is the same in princi
ple as that which causes the dew-drops
to stand in spherical drop* on the cab
bage-leaf, and the water to roll off the
duck's back without wetting it, By
somewhat similar power, spiders and
other insects walk on the surface of wa
ter without wetting theiuaelvea. and
without sinking in the liquid to any ler
ceptible degree.
Pros LOHUIO Thkih Tin*—A ere re*
pondent writes : " Grease the tails when
the pigs are horn, and I will guarantee
that they will uot come off." This may
bo true, and at any rate so simple a pre
ventive is worth trying, but wo much
doubt it* efficacy in nil casea. The trou
ble is caused by "s ring.supposed to 1* of
a fungoid character, growing round tfte
base of the t iil. If token in time, be
fore it lis* completely girdled the tail, ti
grnwth may bo chocked and the tail
saved. But when the ring is once around
the tail it is aluioiit impossible to save it.
Carbolic soap and glycerine, with a littic
carbolic acid mixed with it—say one part
of carlolic acid to ten part* of glycerine
is likely to prove as efficacious as any
other remedy. We have generally de
pended on petroleum, and we have aired
some tails, and some we have not We
liave never lost a tail from a thorough
bred pig. but have lost a good many from
rroM-Vrcd pigs and grades. The SO-CAIUM!
Cheshires, or Jefferson County breed,
seem to l>o jmrticularly liable to lose
their tail*, and such ia the ease to some
extent witji the Yorkshires. The black
pigs, whan thorough-bred, are not affect
ed with the disease.
A SHASOIIAI r.vnnt ta translating the
narrative of a Chinaman named Pill,
who, having visited Europe, has written
for his countrymen an account of the
strange customs of the barbarians of
the outer world. Ou lx>ard the steamer
in the Bed Sea he wa* intensely amused
by the conduct of his fellow-passengers.
Some of the men's lxards were much
entangled, while the hair of others was
loosebut lis ulwcrved tliut the men
had good figures, while the fcrui of the
soft, sex was extremely handsome. The
dress of the 1 allies seems to have pleased
him immensely ; but of their manners
he does not stxvtk iu flattering terms.
" They turned out from their cabins
early in the vuoming, and rested them
selves on the long latiui couches on the
joop, their husbands attending by their
sides. After meal* the husband and
wife generally walked up and down the
deck 100 turns or so, till tiioy got tired ;
and then laid themselves dowu on the
main couches on the poop alongside
each other, where they began twittering
like swallows in a low tone, and cm
braced each other's anus like mandarin
Military men have discovered a new
remedy for intoxication. It is nothing
more than raw potatoes, out up into
slices, and eaten without salt. An ordi
nary " murphy," it ia said, will oura the
most obstinate case in ha If an hour.
THK ootton-spinners of Bolton have
| conoeded on odvanoe of five per cent, on
I th# wf#s of th#ir workmen.
lircai and Health.
The Jourtt'il if Chemistry thus talks
I on tilings which every one thinks alxnit
j daily, and some of us, it may be, more
than we ought:
Tite tight* waists, the low necks to
dresoen, and the high-heeled shoes are
I most tin grunt abuw-a, and ought not to
IHJ longer tolerated. We shall not
quarrel with the little jaunty hat* of tiro
ladies, for they are indeed pretty, and
no harm i esult* from them, a* of all
. iHirU of the Ixxly the bead wiU the
least clothing. But, to noas to the other
extremity, we have to say that the de
testable high heel* to boots and shoes,
running a* they do down almost to a
; point, are S]M tiling the (rait and ruining
lite ankle-iuiuta of children and young
miase*. We are careful to order our
shoemakers to remove *u<-h heela from
shoe* before permitting them to be
brought into our dwelling Hela of
moderate height and g"xl breadth are
of great service in elevating the feet, so
a* to avoid direct contact with moist
.-artli, and they also give eupjxirt and
afford tinuiiess to the step. Why should
Fa*hiou push g*Kxl devices to wliaurd
extreme# 't We must aid in dethroning
the tyrant when her decrees lead to the
physical or moral injury of the race.
The present fashion of leaving the neck
and the upper j>art of the cheat Iwre is
fraught with evil consequences. It
would lie tees objectionable in countries
uniformly warm ; but that our dough
tin, here in this frigid and changeable
climate, should constantly expose to
' chilling wjti.ls a vital part of the IKXIV,
is one of the evils of fashion which
should lie discountenanced by everv
mother, and father, and brother. No
; port of the draw of men is really more
atwurd than the hard " stove-pipe" hat
no generally worn ; and yet all attempts
to subvert it have proved abortive. For
thirty years we have worn this kind of
head covering, and we like it better than
any other ; we have tried hard to like
the low soft hat*, but we cannot; and
this is the experience of thousands.
Abaurd'as the high-hat is, if it does keep
the head more comfortable, it does
maintain' a more equable tempers!an,
it doua/inaf lie Iter, thou any other form
of html covering ; and so let us continue
to knock them against beam* in attics'and
branches of tree*. If they eerve a good
purjxsw in brushing cobwebs from the
roofs of old garret* and stab las, they al
so protect us from laid humps, and keep
our head* comfortable.
Hleadlnr Hfrrtisi and EreMiuy.
A curious change of domratic relationa
occumsl in tlie town of Orange, Massa
chusetts, five or six years ago. Two
young men. ucighl*>r and fricrndx, says
the Boston Tranter, h*d married two
voting and amiable women, and each
c up iv had lived together happily form
few years, curb having one or two infant
plslges of affection in the meantime
vonclisofed to them. At the tim* spoken
of—ix years ago—on* of those inotch
and hi* friend's wife took sick, and diod
within a week or two of each other,
j The friends during their life hod secured
i ' djoinuig lots in the cemetery of the
town, and when the decease of the par
ties mentioned took place, they w ere bu
ried in their rr*|*crivc lots, but in such
away that a monument could be erected
I >et ween them.
Whether this was occidental or not, is
not related. About five months after
the double decease, however, the survi
ving male and f#mol representatives of
lioth house*, somewhat to tin- surprise of
tlie neigliUirs, coneludd to jicrpctuatc
tlie former friemUhip by s elo*er alli
unee ; in other words they got married,
ami their wedding was a splendid affair.
After a time—about three year# ago—
the united representatives of lnith houses
concluded s joint arrangement to show
their love for the dead, by srecting a
splendid mio-hle monument—the finest
in the cemetery—on one of tli* facet of
which the name, age and virtues of the
II end husband were set forth, on the oth
er face those of the deceased wife.
How to Treat Children.
A child should eat regularly and sim
ply, but should litre some variety of
food. A child soon tire* of one article
if confined to it. Bread and milk, bread
and butter, different forms of toasted
bread, In tiled kominv, Indian mush,
cracker pallida, simple preparations of
corn starch, rice boiled in milk, and
rousted pototoe*. making a sufficient va
riety. Give your child plenty of exercise
in file open "air. If you live in th* city,
do th* beat you can ; but if you live u>
the country, with apace about you and
gat< well scoured, put your child out-of
doora and let him wonder about at his
will. In summer, leave him out all day.
if he enjovs it; in wiuter. wrap him up
and send him out in moderate and plea*-
nnt weatlier. IxH him get aa dirty as he
jiloases. His face will keep pretty clean
if he sjicuda en<wigli time in the open air
to prevent him taking lad colds, and if
you do not allow him to cat between
meal*. It is somewhat trying to see your
little lmv or girl reveling in the midst of
a pile o'f dirt, especially when TOU re
member that Mrs. C-, whoa# children
idwavs look as if tiioy hati just issued
fiotu Isuidbox retirement, may possibly
call and gaze with virtuously reproving
eye*, but never mind that You are
living for your child ; yon know what is
Iwvrt for its health and happiness, and do
not allow yourself to lie moved from the
course which you know to be right, by
any false fear or false pride.
A Meefly Tragedy.
The following are the particular*, as
fsr ** can bo obtained, of the recent
bloody trageiiy jxirpetrated at Rock
Grove, Winnebago Countv, HI. A far
mar. (name not given. 1 residing between
Spring Grove ami Bock Grove, recently
sold his farm and *nxviveil the money
last Tuesday, On Wednesday night he
left kia home Mid went to Rock Run.
Returning from there, aud as he neared
his hoiue, he wa* confronted by a man
who demanded liis money. Tlie farmer
1 drew a revolver Mid shot the robber
dead Storting for bis house, he eneoun
tcrtxl two other men, <<aeh of whom he
dinpetcliod with liis revolver. On enter
ing the house he found his wife and
daughter weltering in their blood, the
latter being deed and his wife badly
wounded. When lost hoard from oueof
the dead men was recognized as the
stranger who bail recently attempted to
pnrchiux' the funn from the farmer.
This story seems to le improbable, but
the details come from several different
j sources, and are nearly identical.
nil*tract has been prepared at the office
of the Comptroller of the Currency show
ing the condition of the national banks
in the city of New York at the close of
business December 28. 'The aggregate
of resources and liabilities arc $380,070-
301, and the following items appear as :
Resource# —Loans and discounts, $167,-
666,263 ; United States I Kinds, $48,621,-
200; due from banks, $16,760.259;
checks and other cash items, $2,695,270;
hills of banks, $2,675,202 ; cash, $54,-
305,731, including $20,080,721 in specie;
clearing-house certificate#, $8,475,000.
Liabilities—Capitol, 873,435,000; profit*,
$30,821,215; bank notes out* ton ding,
$32,766,564 ; deposits, $169,050,071; due
to banks, $73,554,820.
The first month of marriage is all joy
—the next nil jw-y.
TERMS: Two Dollar* a Year, in Ad ranee.
The West Point Trouble*.
A Washington correspondent than de
tui lit the troubles at Went Point : It
that in the night of Jan. 2, Cadet
Baird hft hi* quarters, and waa absent
without leave from 0 till 9 o'clock.
Minuwliile, hi* room-mate, Chalet Flick'
iugar, twine reported " all right" to the
•entry who wake* the rounds to sue if
the boy* are in their quartets. Thi*
auawer, according to the custom of the
tfahiuj, mean* that the absent cadet
ha* left/to be none not over tea minute*,
end it a a*. therefore, a falae report on
the part of Flickinget. Baird went to
Buttermilk Fall*, several mites away;
* earing riLUen*' clothe*. Ou the name
evening Cadet IkruM left hi* room,
rejiorting " all right" to the "entry ; but,
instead of returning he crawled into the
hack window of Fuckiuger'* room, and
aient the evening with him. Theaa boy*
1 belonged to the fourth or yonngmt
class. The sentry suspected all waa not
; right, and the absent* of Baird and
liar&e* from their quarter* waa ascertain
ed and reported neat day. The three
boy* were at onoe put under amid, and
ordered nut to leave their quarter*, and
charge* were preferred against thein with
a view to a court-martial Baird was
charged with alwenoe without leave, and
Barnes and Fiickingur with making falae
report* to the sentry- Barrow and Fiick
ingur had failed in their and, it
wa* kivted by the officer* at the Academy,
would have been dropped after the
' January examination* Baird ia the on
of a distinguished oflher of the army,
and hi* caae excites much sympathy cm
account of his fine personal qualities.
On the morning of the day of the ar
r.-t, the first class held a meeting, but.
did not determine uj*>u anything, At
t o'clock the order of the arrest waa read
• m parade, and in the evening the firtte
class again got together, and agreed u}™
the programme to be carried out All 1
the class were present except four, one
of wluim was absent two in hospital,
and one (Cadet Mansfield) refused to
lake any part in the transaction. The
•-lass, numbering 38, divided itself into
and went to the room* of the
three cadets under arrest at about mid
night No sentries are kept in the quar
ters after tattoo, ao the lynching parti.-*
met with no trouble. Tbcv entered the f
looms, waked the boy*, ordered them to :
make no nuiau, and' got up at one.- and
jrnt on citizen's clothing. Cadet Orant,
win of the President, ajqu*r* to have |
I >een the leader of one *jund. He waked
Fhckinger, and finding that he had no
citizen's coat g**f him one. Baird was
roused by Cadet Davis, the captain of
the company to which he bekmgeo. The
jour boys were greatly terrified, but
| were a**"urwl that no violence would be j
done them. The party left the quarter*
by the light of lanterns, and marched up
to the mountain toward Fort Putnam.
.After goiug a short distance they baited,
told the prisoners that they were expelkd J
from the Academy for lying, and warned
them never to show their faces in it j
again. The boy*, when released. took
to their heels, tearing that stone* wonM
be thrown at them, and they made their
way to Buttermilk Falls, where they
spent the rest of the mght. The first
class then went l*ack to their quarters, !
which they gained without raiaiiig any j
alarm. The whole afiair did not occupy
half an boar, and the victims were taken
from their rooms in uch haste that one
of them left hi* watch and wallet
The next morning the three fourth
claas cadets were missed, and the Cadet,
Captain. Davis, who hail himaelf waked
Baud, reported him absent without leave,
ami ooolly saw the poor boy mark.vi as a
deserter "upon the rolls. The Superin
tendent made haste to report the boy* as
deserters in a di*jatch to Washington.
During the day the facts partially leaked
out and the commander of the corps,
(ien. Upton, ordered the two leading
members of the first clam to make a re-1
{tort to him of all that had occurred. The 1 '
class at onoe held a meeting, took the
matter out of the bauds ot the two cadets
thus appointed, and chose a committee
of thm to draw up a report, which tliey
submitted on the sth.
Meanwhile the expelled cadeto had sent
a messenger to the first class, begging
that their clothes and other valuables
might be sent to them. This was done,
with a new warning to them not to re
turn. Barnes went to New York, and
Baird and Fliokinger to Pougbkeepric,
where they found friend*. The latter
two wrote a statement of the outrage,
and sent it to Superintendent I'iteher !
On the 6th an officer was aent to arrest
them ail deserter*. Barnes was alao
brought back from New York. The
thrv. victims, on their return, insteatl of
receiving the sympathy and support of
the officers of Uic Academy, were urged
to neign at once, and were induc
ed, in their state of alarm, to sign resig
nation*. These were indorsed by Gen.
ritehar an.l Gen. Upton, with an urgent
rec immendation for their immtdiate se-!
ceptance, without the usual reference to i
the jwrenta. The resignations were re
ceive*! and accepted at the War Depart
ment on the 9th.
The first class appeared to have so
impressed the academic officers that they
were anxious to got nd of tiio victims in
order to prevent the necessity of iuvesti
gating the outrage and punishing the
petpetnftom. They are accuse*! of seem
ing to have no conception of the gravity j
of the offense until the 10th, when,
finding that the icsignatien of the three
victims ha*l been accepted, a weak order
was issued (Unapproving of the affair,
and confining the first clnss within the
limits of the parade-ground and academic
buildings. The first clans in their ad
drwwto the Superintendent, and in their
suliaequent testimony before the Con
gressional Committee, said that bring
had become so common in the Academy
that they felt it their duty to make an
example" o! some one in order to main
tain the honor of the Academy. They
stated that in 22 esses where cadets has
lieon court-martialed and sentenced to
I lie dismissed, 21 has been restored by
orders from Washington, so that courts -
lnnrtial could not lie relied upon to
punish offences. All of the cadets en
gaged in the affair sustained each other
and declared that they were all alike
responsible, so that it waa impossible for
the Committee to find out who instigated
the movement. The Military Committee
will hear the report of the sub-committee
and decide what action to recommend to
the House.
GKIIMAN REVENUE. —Bat in strong
contrast to these instances of German
clemency is the following, which is a trne
recital of which happened in a recent!
encounter: The Fourth Company of
the One Hundred and Seventh Prussian
Regiment had taken a French camp,
most of whose occupants fled, while
those who remained feigned surrender.
The German officer in command advanc
ed with a polite bow to the French chief,
who while delivering up his sword with
oue hand suddenly tired a revolver at
the German with the other. He was but
slightly wounded, but the rest of the
French soldiers taking the shot, as a
signal, all fired upon him simultaneously,
and he fell pierced with many mortal
wounds. The Germans, who were in
much larger numbers, were so maddened
with rage at the sight of their dead lead
er that tliev fell upon the French prison
ers and put them all to death.
A Portland man has sued his barber
fox cutting of his mustache. The bar
ber savs he didn't see it. Similar carn
alities'are liable to occur in this locality.
ly Heprrt,
Bend your heeds, ye tall totes, shoes;
lis***, 0 listen result flowers, Mow—
; lb. win# for rear-y km, mf km I
1 Mv •ecrstofsrerrtaaowyeukosw.
Orifc rwtie the team aa 1 pas. ;
All the bbwaoms stnih In lb,- gnu* ;
j (the kiirdi —wi> ffivurr I>qbA *
j " Happy,* t toy Stty bam art am.'
Dear little birth, lhm*abot all the land,
lb "hi tell this secret T ttino are king,
i lint hum will be able to ttudevstaad ;
| Ttiej wfU only say t "Ho* swart is the sou*."
And lb. flowers will wltojw my tate towtgkt;
To lb* fhirtes that mm in the ctiarai<x-n%kti
And the team will murmur it soft and tew
To the stuamar winds that among them go.
Obitda. will you feavsaswbsa days am sold f
Will Mm lotos wither, lbs Isowegrew wif
Little brook, wtli the from but wsvetete baSf
Wiß (be earth bo ead, it It was last year?
To the world shall winter oume by.titd-ky ;
But when tesvos shall fall, and wl> flowers flls,
Aud the woodland singers are over lk sea.
This •ammer-Utne still In my heart aboil tw.
Fnti* and Fancies.
Ontonagon shipped 834 tons of copper
last year.
The proposed flag of the new Herman
Empire ia black, wliite, red, and gold. ■
A Minnesota editor having been slant*
ed Clerk of the House, hi* wife is run
ning the paper in his nhanecc.
A Berlin telegram states that the Ger
man war expenses amount to 1,000,000,
tinder*, or my £170,000 • day.
Carlotta Faiti ha* lost greatly by spu
rious ticket*st Bio Janeiro. Seven hun
dred dollars were taken on one evening.
Km Roderick Morehison has received
a letter from Africa giving positive intel
ligence of the safety of Dr. Livingstone.
Tan Wisconsin Assembly passed, by
on almost unanimous vote, a memorial
to Congress against the repeal of the In
come Tax.
Two Belgian carbineer* have Ikh-h diet
liy Franra-tinuua. In ooosequcnce of
the outrage, the local authorities tarrmA
all Fnutee-ti rears found on Belgian ter
The cbeeae mannfactore of New York
i* growing to stopeodoas proportion*.
Twelve hundred factories are now in
operation, making one million pounds
A Cincinnati* woman, melancholy be
cause her husband's cirettm*taticfM were
not as good ss site supposed, opened the
veins of her arms with her scissors, and
A man in Minnesota hail got all ready
to be married, when he received a letter
from his wife in Maine which reminded
him that he was already in the holy es
tate. He had entirely forgotten the cir
cumstance. ,
The causa of woman suffrage is stead
ily procreating. A teacher of <tn Ambcrat
gtit<> j has it a rule that the boys
may wash the girls' faces with snow "it
the girts are as big aa the boys." That
is, if they can.
Kansas* loads all the Htate* in the
average yield ot corn, it bring 43.4, fol
lowed by Nebraska with 42.2, and Cali
fornia 4L4. She aim stands third in
yield of wheat, barley, potatoes and buy,
and seventh in bnckwhaat.
A bbctaa man in Marblehead, Mass ,
went home drank a few weeks ago, and
thrust his wife cot of doom and broke
her leg. It waa set, and a night or two
ago be went home, drank again, and
broke her log again in two places.
NO. 7.
The A limit* Bm* asks : "Why are we
not to-day the richest people in the
world ?" ' Tb<- Lminilk Jomrmai pre-
Htuift it is chiefly brnnw there are oth
er people in the world who have the ad
vantage of us in point of property.
A lad in Bridgeport had three fingers
of his right hand taken off a few daya
-inre, by a drep-fMes in a braes shop.
Looking upon hu bleeding band, the
luuve little feQow exclaimed, "I'll bet
mother will cry when she ares thai "
An advertisement ill I
is a good lMunometer of the oondition of
business. The other day an "ad" for a
carpenter published three times in a
Boston paper brought two hundred let
ten and forty personal applications.
About 150 representatives attended the
quarterly aemna of the Grand Division
of the *SQf of Temperance of Eastern
New York. The total membership of
the order til that division w2l WW. The
treasury now contain# about #4,000.
Two fools in Illinois dared each other
to marry. Each thought, HP to the last
minute, that the other would back down
but both were plucky. Now that they
are married the t are in a peck of trouble,
each bring engaged to another person.
Tiros is a rumor floating about in the
German papers that an importer from
New York, who aafled for Germany on
the ateamer Hermann, to buy good*, be
came insane almost immediately on land
ing and died a few daya afterward of
congestion of the brain.
The golden gooee ha* made its reap
pearance. The wife of a journeyman
carpenter, in the London road. South
ward, pwvhaaad a goose for her family
at a moderate price per pound, and on
examining the inside fortunately discov
ered secreted two sovereigns of the reign
of William IV.
The apothecaries of Boston are mov
ing for a law requiring a diploma from
a college of pharmacy or a certificate
from an examining board, after an ap
prenticeship of four years in a dispen
sary, as s qualification few engaging in
the' retail drug business.
A vovxo gentleman, after having paid
his addresses to a young lady for a tune,
popped the question. The lady in
frightened manner, said, "You scare me,
air." The gentleman did net wish to
frighten the lady, and consequently re
mained quiet for some tune, when she
exclaimed, "Scare me again."
There ia a remedy for croup going the
rounds, which nwy, perhaps, prove *ffi
cacious. It is tdmply allspice tea, the
t, being made of whole grain* of all
spice. According to all accounts, it gives
almost instant relief in cases where other
remedies have ftuled, and seems at once
to cut the phlegm loose and relieve the
OrncuL returns show that the total
number of passenger* arrived in the
United States daring the year ending
Dec. 31, 1870, was 413,685, of which
354,189 were immigrants. The net im
migration for the corresponding period
of 1869 was 385,287, showing a decrease
occasioned bv the war in Europe, of 31,-
118 in 1870."
"My dear friend," said a gentleman
to a bankrupt the other day, lam very
sorrv to hear of your misfortune. Your
family has mv" warmest sympathies."
" Oh* dou't trouble yourself about my
family. I looked out for them, you bet!
Just save your sympathies for the fami
lies of my creditors."
They mix things considerably in Chi
na. A man-tailor may be seen working
diligently at a lady's dress for about si*
cents a "day, and a washerwoman will
wash and iron your clothes at #1 a hun
dred ; while a "boatman's wife may be
seen tagging at the oar or handling the
sails like a man, often, too, with a baby
on her shoulders.
A CASE of convulsions resulting in
death occurred at Worcester, Mass., a
few days ago, by which a physician of
twenty-five years of professional life was
needlessly possled. Immediately after
birth a child was suddenly placed in the
lap of a little girl, between three and
; four years of age. who screamed, went
into convulsions, and died.
A member of the Connecticut legisla
ture was told by a fellow member that it
was " a good day for the race." " What
race?" said the victim. "Human
race," said the joker. The man was so
impressed with the sell that he tried i:
on a friend after the following fashion
"It's a good day for the trot ' " What
trot ? " asked the other. " The human
race," shouted the joker.
A jailor at Princetown, Indiana, re
cently had a wager of four hundred dol
lars with two of his prisoners that they
could not escape from iafl. He was a
trifle mortified, a few days after, when
the twain encountered him on the street,
and demanded the forfeited wager. The
jailor couldn't fork over so large • sum,
but he stood the next best thing—stood
treat; and the jolly fellows having faytt
i "full," returned to the Court Bouse,
. | surrendered sherpppj