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B- F- SCHWEIER, THE CONSTITUTION TUB UNION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS. Editor and Proprietor.
VOL. XXVIII. MIFFLINTOWN, JUNIATA COUNTY, PENNA., MAY 13, 1874. NO. 19.
WHAT THE WIXD-EI.TES HEAKD
T EBEH E. Bsxroan.
The West Wind :
The saddest sound that I ever heard
the vailing plaint of a mother-bird
For the one woe nestling that cheered her nest.
Dead, with a thorn in its pretty breast.
The South Wind :
I hare known a sight that was sadder still;
There's a grave op yonder, upon the hill.
And a mother weeps at her poor boy's name.
For his rained soul, and his guilt and e'TV
The West Wind .
The sweetest sight that I ever knew
Was the luaa of two lovers whose lore was true
As they pledged themselves, come weal or woe.
One path in life they would henoeforth know,
TV South Wind :
Once, when a weary old man died,
I saw Heaven's gates swung open wide.
And his wife, who an angel long had been.
Stretched welcoming bands, and cried. "Dear,
come in !"
And the look on her face! I was dumb with
A sight that was grander I never saw.
Trie Wat Wind :
Last night, when the stars were out in the
like a dead white-lily kissed by dew,
I saw a baby of two short years
Wet with its mDiiroinj mother's tears.
The South Wind .
I saw a mother go in one day
Through the gates of Heaven, and heard her
"Is my baby here ?" And they put in her arms
A wee child, sweet with a baby's charms;
And aha cried as she kissed it her face aglow,
"I have found my babe ! This it Heaven,
Famine Series la India.
From the voluminous contributions
to the Loudon Daily News by its 1 ir-
hoot (India) correspondent we extract
the following: " isiting the police
station, we found collected around it a
number of beggars in a very miserable
condition. One lay extended on the
ground to all appearance slowly dying
Two native doctors were calmly look-
in? on, as were lots of policemen and
other petty officials, but do one took
any notice of the poor miserable
wretch. Macdonald's relief house is
not vet finished: but he had arranged
to use a house as a temporary hospital,
and thither he ordered that all the dis
eased beggars should at once be taken.
ana nave 100a uismuuieu 10 meni.
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1UC utUBUaic uif(;iii, miu anaiaui-it.c.
slowly got on his legs, and as lie stood
1 never saw a leaner mortal with litem
hi in. He could not walk; but with
much moaning he shuttled along, no
body tendering him a supporting arm.
A short time after, we visited the place
to which they had been taken, for we
were full of misgivings that the relief
had not lieen prompt. In a straw shed
we found the unfortunate squatted on
the ground, all save the mau of whom
I have spoken, who had sunk down
and seemed in extremis, while the
native doctor calmly stood outside the
door enjoying the evening air. 'Has
anything been done to gel looa lor
theni F 1 asked. Nothing. By order
of my companion the police inspector
handed a rupee to the native doctor
and bade him at once send into the ba
zaar for food. The native doctor
calmly did so, and then, strolling np to
the living skeleton, gave him a push
and told him it would be all light by
The food came at once, a species of
parched pnlse which required to be
cooked. This was distributed, and
among the recipients was the living
skeleton. That is to say as he lay
moaning a couple of hand fulls were
emptied out on the corner of his ragged
cloth, and ge,neral satisfaction ap
peared to reign at this achieviueut.
Why, they might as well have put a
reaping hook into his bauds and bade
him go find his food in the held. He
painfully raised himself on his elbow,
looked with glassy eyes at the stuff,
tried in vain to masticate a pinch of it,
and then mink back with a groan of
despair. Native functionaries looked
calmly on. It seemed to me that it was
not well possible that the man's life
could lie saved, yet it was not pleasant
to me that he should In allowed to die
without even an effort to avert the fate.
It was with some passion that I de
manded cooked food should at once le
sought, ottering to pay the price of it.
The people around stared and then
began to stir themselves. Presently a
mau came running with some cooked
rice, moistened with oil, on a plantain
leaf. We raised np the 6Uifeier, and
let him see aud smell the food. The
skinny arm went out feeblv towards
it. lie gathered up some in his lingers
and put it in hisniouth. The first mouth
ful came nigh choking him, and I
thought he was iroing to die in onr
hands with food in his mouth, but he
made good the r-wallow, and went on
eating. The food perceptibly revived
him. He licked the leaf after he had
eaten the rice off it, aud then picked up
the single grains that had fallen as he
ate. Having eaten, he tried to raise to
his lips the water jar, but was too
weak. I quite lost my temper when I
saw the native doctor looking down on
his efforts as if they were an experi
ment of which he was an amateur
spectator. He got his drink and then
lay down, his chance of life, though
still extremelv precarious, materially
im o roved. Meanwhile, the other un
fortunates had gone away to cook their
food, and they will starve no more. '
We are all hunters in the field of life.
Some o! us bring down onr game ; but
most of as end in a wild goose chase.
Were it not for the clouds that darken
us, there would be no rainbow in oar
When you read, read the best books ;
it costs you no more ; and what you get
will correct and help to build you np. A
good book is like a voice from nature or
from God. Do not confound this voice
with the ntteranoe of falsehood.
A child is often the hyphen connect
ing the uncongenial husband ana wile,
ao common about TOO.
It is not in placing the words that
the effect of the good writer consists ;
it is in the thought bringing its own
word, that leaps to it like the particle
to the magnet.
We are sinning when we think we are.
Perhaps the greatest good next to
doing good to your "neighbor," is to
heneM vonr enemv. But some people
hean coals of fire on their enemy head
to ecorch him, thus making use of a
Christian precept to do eviL
Idleness is the great slough into which
the vices of the world drift and settle,
to rise again in miasma.
It should not discourage ns if onr
kindness is unacknowledged ; it has its
We govern our passions ; but in
general we let the passions first have a
Tie lire of man is the aggregate of
THE SEARCH FOB JOHSI
John Smith married my father's great
ancle' eldest daughter, Melinda Byrne;
consequently I was a relative to John.
John's family had often visited at onr
quiet country home, and at each visit
had most cordially pressed ns to return
Last October, business called me
suddenly to the city of B , where
oar relative resided, and without having
time to write or apprise them of my
coming, I was intending to visit the
family of Mr. John Smith.
With my accustomed carelessness, I
had left his precise address at home in
my notebook, but I thought bat little
of it. I could easily find him, I thought
to myself, as the cars set me down amid
the smoke and bustle of .
I inquired for my relative of the first
hackman I came across.
He looked at me with an ill suppressed
grin. What was the fellow laughing
at ? To be sure my clothes were not of
the latest cut, and it is not just the
thing for any one ont of the army to
wear bine with bright buttons ; bat my
coat was whole, and my aunt Betsy had
scoured the buttons with whiting and
soft soap until they shone like gold. I
repeated my question with dignity :
"Can you direct me to the residence
of Mr. John Smith ?"
"Mr. S m i-t-h ?" he said slowly.
"Yes, sir, Mr. John Smith. He mar
ried my father's great ancle's eldest
"I don't think I know a John Smith
with a wife Melinda."
John Smith seemed to be a common
name with him, from the peculiar tone
he nsed in speaking of that individual.
"Ah I" remarked I, "then there is
more than one of that name in the
"I rather think there is."
"Very well, then, direct me to the
"The nearest is in West street, second
left hand corner yon will aee the name
on the door."
I passed on, congratulating myself on
the cordial welcome I should receive
from John and Melinda.
I soon reached the place a handsome
house with the name on a silver door
plate ; I rang the bell a servant ap
peared. "Mr. Smith in ?"
"No, sir ; Mr. Smith is in the army."
"Mrs. Smith is she?"
'In the army ? oh, no she is at the
"This Mr. John Smith's house, isit"
"Was his wife's name Melinda, and
was she a Byrne before she was mar
ried, from Squash ville ?"
The man reddened and responded
angrily, "I'll not stand here to be in
sulted I Make off with yourself, or I'll
call the police. I thought from the
first that jou were fcn entry thief, bat
yoa don't play no game on me !" and
he banged the door in my face.
I, a thief ! If I had not been in such
a harry to find the Smiths, I should
have given that rascally fellow a sound
chastising on the spot.
Inquiry elicited the fact that a John
Smith resided in Arch street. Thither
I bent my steps. A maid servant an
swered my ring.
"Mr. Smith in T
Before the lady could reply, a big.
red faced man jumped out of the shad
ows behind the door, and bud his
heavy hand on my shoulder.
"Yes, sir, he cried, in a voice of
"Mr. Smith ia in. He staid at home
all day on purpose to catch yoa ! and
now by J apiter, I II nave my revenge I
"Sir," said I, "there mast be some
mistake. Allow me to inquire if yoa
are Mr. Jchn Smith ?"
T'1 1 iVfn.m klinnt Tr Trttiti
Smith in a way that yoa won't relish, if
yoa dou't settle damages forthwith.
Five thousand dollars is the very lowest
1 A , ft I
ugure ana you must leave me country i
I cried. "What do yoa take me for?
You'd better be careful or You'll get
your head caved in ?"
"1 11 cave your head in lor you, you
voung villlain. von 1" cried he springing
at me with his cane.
0h, John, dear John !" exclaimed a
olirill femalA vnirv anil a tall fiffnrfl in
a sea of flounces bounded down the
stairway. "Lion t don t lor the love
of heaven don't murder him."
" Whom do you take me for?" cried
I, my temper rising.
"It looks well for yoa to ask that
question I" sneered the man, "you have
won my wife's heart, and are here now
to plan to Aslope witn iter i i ve ionna
- all tnt vtn nAAsln't hlnnh. and
"I Yseg jour pardon for interrupting
you, Btiu Xf Dul l nave neTer Been
w.Aw viIa KafnM T nAnwivA h im Tint.
Melinda, the eldest daughter of my
Art xrnn Un, that won STA Wil-
j..p . J - f
Ham Jonea ? Do yon deny that you are
in love with my wife ?"
"I am not a Jonea I have not that
honor sir. Mr name is Parkwell
Henry Parkweil, of Sqnashville !" and
kti t Vi . hna tnnk mvfwlf off.
After that I called at the residence of
three John Smiths none of them was
my Mr. Smith, and nothing occurred
worthy oi note.
My next Mr. Smith resided in Port-
t.,.,.1 .tmot Thithnr T bent tnv aterjft.
It was very small evidently not the
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bouse oi weaitn ana cieaniiuess.
wi v nn t the front door.
through a wildernessof old rags, broken
crockery, old tin ware, eve, k'i"(!
a nock of hens ana rousing Buppuu
little terrier from his nap on the steps.
ft Mj.r.Mul mmin answered mv raD.
but before I could make my customary
inquiry she opened on me like a two
OToil l all that imnndent rascals
tu.t r aoo vnn host the lot 1 I
want to know if yon had the cheek to
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come back here again r xouu mo
sell me another German silver pot, and
another brass bosom pin to dear Ara
minta wouldn't yon "
"By no means, said I ; "I beg leave
4a infitrm Vtntl
"Oh, yoa needn't beg I We don't
, , ? T .'nnu von
oeueve iu iwKmi r"
thought I should not know you but I
did 1 I should know that black back of
yours in Californy t Clear out of my
presence or I'll lay my broom-handle
I T IhoM im .nvthinir T hat.
over yu i j o , , '
it's a peddler especially a rascal like
y"Allowme to inquire," said I, "If
Mr John Smith's wife was Melinda
Byrne, the eldest daughter of my
father's" . , ,
The broomstick was lifted, I heard
it cut the air like a minute ballet, and
sprang down the step into the street,
t my best pace.
An angry man I do not fear, bat
who can stand before an angry woman?
I would rather face a roariug lion.
I called on two more Mr. Smith s
still unsuccessful in my search. It was
getting near dark, and I was more than
anxious to reach my destination.
My next Mr. Smith was located ia
Lenox street. It was twilight when I
rang the bell at his door.
A smiling fellow admitted me fairly
forcing me into the hall, before I could
utter a word. "Walk right in. sir."
I was gently noshed toward the door
of a shadowy apartment, and at the en
trance I was announced :
The gaa was not lighted, and the
apartment was in semi-darkness. I
heard a soft, quick footstep on the car
pet, and a pair of the sweetest lips in
the world touched mine ; and, good
gracious for a moment the world
swam ; and I felt as if I had been
stewed in boner, and distilled into
Lubin'a best triple extract of rosea.
"Oh, Henry my dearest and best I
Why don't you kiss me, Henry?"
cried a voice like music "Have yon
ceased to care for me?" and again the
kiss was repeated.
Who could resist the temptation ? I
am naturally a diffident man, bnt I have
some human nature in me, and I paid
her principal and interest.
"Oh. Henrv. I had so feared that
being in the army had made yon cold
hearted good heavens '" She fell back
against a chair as pale as death. The
servant had lit the gas, and I stood re
vealed. "I beg your pardon, mann." said I.
"there is evidently some mistake. May
I inquire if Mr. Smith's wife was
Melinda Byrne, the eldest daughter of
my father's great uncle "
The red flush came to the young
lady's cheek she was handsome as a
picture and she replied with courtesy:
"She wss not. Ion will, I nope, ex-
case me for the blander I have com
mitted? We are expecting my brother
rlenry from the army, and your bine
clothes deceived me."
"For which I shall always wear
bine," I replied gallantly. "Allow me
to introduce myself I am Henry Park-
well, of Sqnashville. and in making
my best bow, I stumbled over an otto
man, and fell smash into a china closet.
demolishing at leant a dozen plates and
as many glass tumblers.
I sprang to my feet seized my bag.
and without a word dashed out of the
I knocked over a man who was pass
ing at the moment, and landed myself
on my head in the gutter. The man
picked himself np, and was about to
make a display of muscle, when the
glare of the street lamp revealed to me
the well known face of my John smith.
"Eureka I" cried L "Allow me to
inquire if your wife was Melinda, the
eldest daughter of my father's great
uncle .Byrne 7
"She was!" said he. grasping my
hand, "and I am delighted to see yoa 1
But. confound it I yoa needn t come at
a fellow so 1"
Bat I mast eat my storr short.
He took me borne with him and I had
a good visit ; I saw Melinda to my
heart s conteut. A ay, more 1 met,
was properly introduced to Hattie Smith
and well I am having a new suit of
clothes made and in due course they
will be married myself in them, to the
young lady just alluded to.
The indications are that within the
next ten or fifteen years the curled and
bird's eye maple timber of the West
will be in active demand throughout
the Eastern, Middle, and Southern
States for cabinet ware and cabinet pur
poses. Twenty years ago mahogany was nsed
for cabinet purposes throughout the
Eist. bnt either the demand so far ex
ceeded the supply or the taste changed.
and at present time walnut is Uie style.
The supply of walnut, mainly obtained
from Indiana, is decreasing. Indian
apolis and Toledo are now the great
business centres for walnut lumber, i
Tl.. nn.l,An, k.lf nf Kaon
JL uu uvibuiita linn vr a auuwubi isin n..M
already stripped of its walnut timber,
and the saw-mills have been removed
to the southern portion of the State
to consume what is left standing.
Musical instrumentii. furniture sets.
sewing machines, and nearly every
article of fashionable construction now
in nse, including fashionable coffins,
all over the East and South, are made
of walnut. Annually the price of this
lumber rises, and as it grows dearer and
scarcer it is beginning to be quoted in
European markets, lisst vear ftiw
England alone nsed 26,000.000 feet of
walnut lumber in furniture, musical in
struments, sewing machines, house
trimmings, decorations, and coffins.
The present rate of consumption of this
timber will, within from ten to fifteen
years, compel the adoption of some
substitute, and curled and bird s-eye
maple of which there are large quan
tities in the forests of Michigan, Wis
consin, Iowa, and in portions of Canada
must be utilized. There will be no
alternative. Europe, for the past, has
been depending more and more largely
upon American forests for timber and
lumber, especially hard-wood varieties,
as witness the shipments of large quan
tities of oak wainscoting for the Liver
pool market. For many purposes it is
superior in quality to any varieties that
grow there. The consumption of vari
ous kinds of hard wood lumber in the
United States annually for furniture
alone, - is an immense business, and
amounts to more than many people are
aware of. In fact there is little if any
timber of any kind now growing or
standing anywhere in the United States
that is not valuable and worth money.
Maine, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Mi
chigan are four States a principal source
of whose health consists in the timber
and lumber business, interests and in
dustries. The Ace.
A writer in the Overland Monthly
discussing the "forces of culture,'' says:
"If we should divide culture into a
dozen eras instead of only into the
stone, bronze and iron ages, we should
have to designate nearly all of them
from industrial events. The sailing
vessel, the mould board, which turns
over the farrow of the plough, the
water wheel, the magnetic needle, gun
powder, the paper mill, movable type,
the spinning wheel, the telescope, the
microscope, the quadrant, the chro
nometer, the steam engine, the steam
host, the steam railroad, tbe steam
blast in smelting furnaces, the puddling
furnace, the rolling mill, and lanor
saving machinery of a thousand kinds
thew are triumphs of industry, and
the main causes of the superiority of
modern over ancient civilization. It is
tbe workingman, not the soldier, the
priest the statesman, the philosopher,
the scientist, the artist, nor the author,
who has given us not only the founda
tion, bat also most of the superstruc
ture, of our culture."
t:.... i in California
J ltJJ , CI 1U. v .
and Nevada have been made to neb an
extent as to warrant the belief that
from these sources the markets in the
east of the American continent wui, at
no distant time, be able to draw their
Aa lej Tsmb,
The Hamilton Spectator relates a
very remarkable incident which oc
curred on tbe shore of Lake Ontario, a
short distance east of that city. It
says ; "About the first of January last,
it will be remembered, there was a
great thaw here, which partly bared
the fields of the surrounding country,
and transformed the frozen creeks into
swollen, rnshing freshets. At about
the time of this freshet, in Febuary, a
farmer, whose land was situated on the
shore of the lake, lost a bog from
among a number that were allowed to
range the barnyard and fields. Circum
stances, which it is meedless to refer to,
pointed suspicion of theft at a certain
person, bat the farmer being unable to
trace any satisfactory evidence the
matter was allowed to drop. A couple
of days ago a son of the farmer was
along the lake duck hunting, and hap
pened to be standing for a moment by
a projecting point of the icy banks
which were then thawed away to much
smaller eminence, some of them, indeed,
having already disappeared when he
heard a noise. Though nobody ap
peared to be near the noise after a pause
was repeated. He listeneb intently,
and again, after a silence, the sound
was heard, this time apparently pro
eeedimg from the ice beneath him. On
bending his ear to the ice the singular
sound broke forth with more distinct
ness and seemed to be a voice. His cu
riosity was now excited to its ntmost in
tensity, and he began to examine into
the state of the ioe that appeared to
hold the secret of this nnnatual voice.
Kicking away a lump of ice from the
top he observed a hole in the mound.
He peeped into this, but was forced to
draw back from the fetid smell that is
sued, like a poisonous gas, from the
opening. But he did not desist. Be
tween scraping and kicking he at last
made the aperture of the cavity quite
large, and once more looking into the
steuchy bole, saw to his otter wonder
and amazement a hog I Proceeding
without a delay to the house, he pro
cured an axe, and returning, chopped
open daylight iuto the strange residence
of tbe porcine in short order. He found
the poor animal ia the same position as
when he had left him, with bis hams
upon the sand, but erect upon his fore
legs. A great portion of his hair and
bristles bad dropped out, and formed a
thin bedding among the sands, and the
animal himself was literally but skin
and bone, and was too weak to move
from bis position. He was pulled out,
however, but was unable to stand npon
his four feet. On inspecting tbe cave
tbe aand underneath was found to have
been loosened for a depth of two feet
and a half, and burrow holes had been
dug along the surface some three or
four feet, in several places on each side.
It appeared that pure air and the mo
tion induced by being dragged ont of
his six weeks, home had a fatal effect
on him, for he died in less than nine
hours after having been taken out- Ex
elusive of the borrow holes, the cavity
was bat seven feet in diameter, aud
how he got sufficient air to sustain life,
or how he obtained enough food to keep
him in existeuce is mystery indeed. It
ia possible that it survived on dead fish
aud other staff which it could get by
burrowing. This is the only explana
tion of the wonderful mystery of how it
kept alive. One rather singular and
unaccountable act in connection with
this strange matter was, that the sides
of the upper portion of the cave were
turned to a yellow color, and thia color
was distinctly noticeable to the depth
of nearly three inches in the ice.
Few men have sweet tempers, or hold
such as they possess under steady, in
variable control, though there are men
who, without this sweetness of nature,
however much tried, never seem to lose
their self-command. No publio man
can get on long who has not bis temper
well in hand;but with tbe same amount
of inflammable particles men differ very
much on the occasions that set fire to
them. Some people, who are all com
posure when we might reasonably ex
pect and justly excuse an explosion,
will break down into peevishness, or
passing frenzy on slight provocation.
We have known men, quite remarkable
for a well-bred serenity, be unreason
ably and childishly testy at some tran
sient annoyance of a sort they are not
nsed to. Highly sensitive organiza
tions and intellects kept on the stretch
are always irritable. Do Quincey, who
has no heroes, says that Wadaworth,
with all hia philosophy, had fits of ill
temper, though the unexampled sweet
ness of his wife's temper made it im
possible to quarrel with her.
The two great hymn writers and good
Christians, Newton and Toplady, met
but once, and but for a few moments,
yet something passed a triging jesl
which npset Toplady ' equanimity, and
made his parting words, we are told by
the friendly by stand er, not very cour
teous. There are times when men think
they do well to be angry, and atribute
their display of ill-temper to a holy im
pulse, while the observer sees only a
common pet exposing itself at the
most unsuitable moment at the failure
of their efforts to attaact and impress,
perhaps to shine. The preacher is par
ticularly subject to the temptation of
an angry remonstrance uttered in this
spirit- It must be hard to feel your
best passages lost through tbe restless
ness of school children or the infec
tious inattention of the singing gallery;
but it telJom answers to allow the
chafed spirit its fling. The parson
may be in a passion without kuowing
it, but not without the congregation
being quite alive to it, and the remem
brance of a scene outliving every other
effect of his discourse.
Aa Answer t Prayer.
An English Town Missionary a short
time ago related a remarkable incident
which may interest many of our readers.
There was a lodging house in his dis
trict, which he had long desired to en
ter, but was deterred from so doing by
his friend, who feared that his life
would be thereby endangered. He
became at last so uneasy that he deter
mined to risk all consequences and try
to gain admission. So one day he gave
a somewhat timid knock at the door, in
response to which a coarse voice roared
ont, "Who's there ?" and at the same
moment a vicious looking woman opened
tbe door and ordered the man of God
away. "Let him come in and see who
be is and what be wante," growls out
the same voice. Tbe missionary walked
in, and bowing politely to the rough
looking man whom he had just heard
speak, said, "I have been visiting most
of the houses in this neighborhood to
read with and talk to the people about
good things. I have passed yonr door
aa long as I feel I ought, for I wish also
to talk with you and your lodgers." "Are
you what is called a town missionary ?"
I am, air," was tbe reply. "Well
then," said the fierce looking man, "sit
down, and hear what I am going to say.
I will ask you a question out of the
Bible. If you answer me right, you may
call at this home and read and pray with
ns or our lodgers, as often as you like;
if you do not answer me right, we will
tear the clothes off your back and tum
ble yoa neck and heels into tbe street.
Now what do you say to that, for I am
a man of my word ?" The missionary
was perplexed bnt, at length quietly
said, "I will take you." "Well, then,"
said the man, "here goes. Is the word
girl in any part of the Bible ? if so,
where is it to be found? and how often ?
that is my question."
"Well, sir, the word girl is in the
Bible, but only once, and may be found
in tbe words of the prophet Joel, chap
ter iiL, verse 3. The words are, "And
sold a girl for wine, that they might
"Well," replied the man, "I am dead
beat, I durst have bet five pounds you
could not have told."
"And I could not have told yester
day," said the visitor. "For several
days I have been praying that the Lord
would open me a way into this house,
and this very morning, when reading
tbe Scriptures in my family, I was sur
prised to find the word girl, and got the
Concordance to see if it occurred again,
and found it did not And now, sir, I
believe that God did know, and does
know what will coma to pass, and surely
His hand is iu this for my protection
and your Good."
The whole of the inmates were greatly
surprised, and the incident has been
overruled to the conversion of tbe man,
bis wife, and two of the lodgers. Surely
God is yet tbe answerer of prayer.
lVwmea la Enslaad.
Some information of great interest to
woman, as well as some kind and
fatherly observations respecting her,
will Ive found in the General Report of
the Census, 1871, lately issued. As
girls and women of all ages, says the
report, now constitute more than half
of the population of England, their oc
cupations are of vital importance ; 3,
948,527 are wives and a large proportion
are mothers. This, adds the report, is
a noble and esseutial occupation, as on
the husband's labor and watchfulness
depend the existence and character of
the English race. But in all stages of
human progress women have had, be
side these, other employments ; and in
Europe now they are seen burdened and
toiling in tbe fields, as women were
once found toiling underground in Eng
lish mines. Engaged in spinning and
weaving in heroic limes, in cookery and
surgery in the age of chivalry, their em
ployments are now becoming infinitely
diversified ; a married woman of indus
try and talent aids her hnsband in his
special occupation, or she follows differ
ent lines of her own ; even when she
has children this is possible, for it is
only in a few casea that the whole of a
woman s life-time is mled np with nurs
ing and honsekeepiug. Women unmar
ried always exist in great numbers, aud
will continue to exist at all ages, who
devote themselves to works of utility or
charity, and to the arts, tor wh ch they
have a tatte, in which they often dis
play extraordinary talent, aud for which
they get as well remunerated as men.
Iu literature and song women have al
ways exce led. Tere are certain walks
of athletic life from which woman are in
flexib y excluded ; whether with advan
tage without drawbacks it is difficult to
say. They are also excluded, wholly or
in great part, from the church, the law
and medicine ; whether they should be
rigidly excluded from these professions,
or be allowed on the principle of free
dom of trade to compete with men, is
the report informs us, "one of tbe ques
tions of the day." In the meantime,
however, the facts of the census afford
inquirers some help ; they show that
without counting wives so returned at
all, the number of women of the age of
fifteen and upward engaged in specific
occupations, and no doubt earning
wages or profits of some kind, were 3.
453, 681. The number so returned at
correfcpondiug ages in 1851, were 2.652,
660. The increase in twenty years was
801,021. and was at tbe rate of 30 per
cent., or 1,33 per cent annually. Ihis
exceeds the rate of increase among the
residue, which was only 1.05 per cent,
annually. Thus noiselessly there has
been X rapid increase in the numbers
and the proportion of women engaged
specifically iu productive work. Add tbe
wives, and the proportion so employed
will be little less than the proportion of
man. There is no evidence of the in
crease of idle women, nor is any men
tion made of the number of women en
gaged in "worriting man."
Remaaee or a Glove.
A lord wns observed who wore, fas
tened to his doublet a small glove.such
as women wear. It was fa-steuea with
irolden hooks, and the seams were
adorned with such a quantity of dia
monds rubies enierahls,and pearls.that
the value of the glove was something
"I nerceive. monsieur, that you are
surprised I have so enriched this poor
glove, but i win tell you tne reasou. i
look ii non vou as a gallant man, ami I
am sure you kuow what love is. You
must kuowthat 1 naveail m.v nie loveu
a lady whom 1 still love, and shall love
even after 1 am dead. As my hear
was bolder to make a pood choice than
my tongue to declare it. I remained
for seven years without even daring to
show any signs of loving her, for fear,
if she perceived them, 1 should lose the
opportunity I had of being frequently
with her a thought that terrified me
more than death. But one day, lieing
in a meadow aud gazing upon her, 1
was seized with such a palpitation of
the heart that I lost all color and coun
tenance. She having noticed this anil
asked me what was the matter, I told
her I was intolerably sick at heart.
Thinking this sickness was one in
which she had no share, she expressed
her pity for it, and that made uie en
treat her to put her baud on my heart
and see how it beat, tihe did so more
from charitv than affection, and as I
held her gloved baud on my heart its
motions liecame so violent that she
perceived that I had spoken the truth.
Then 1 nressed her hand on my bosom
and said to hen 'Receive this heart.
madame. which strureles toescapefrom
my bosom and put itself in the hands
of her from whom I hope for grace, life
and pity. It is this heart, mndanie,
which now constrains nie to declare the
love I have Ion if cherished for vou in
secret; for neither my heart nor I,
madame, can longer withstand so po
tent a god.' surprised at so unexpected
a declaration, she would have with
drawn her hand, but 1 held it so fast
that her glove remained with me in
stead of that cruel hand. As I never
had before, or have since, anv other
approach to near iutiniacy with her, I
placed this glove over my heart as the
fittest plaster I could apply to it. I
have enriched it with all the finest
iewels in my possession; bnt what is
dearer to me than all of them is the
glove itself, which I would not give for
the realm of England. For there is
i nothing 1 prize iu tne woriu so inucn as
to feel it ou my bosom."
Such a love as this is declared by
j connoisseurs to be a perfect and ideal
Dickens's Low eTApplaaee and
The moment that Dickens felt his
invention failing in the least degree,
be prospect of retaining the public by
reading the older stories, and tasting
by nearer and personal contact the pun
gency of popular applause, was fasci
nating and overpowering. His pleasure
in it, as one of the English critics say,
is a little hnmilating in a man of his
great genius. It is the more so when
he listened intently for the chink of the
guinea as well as for the murmur of
delight; Yet no man needed money
more, nor might more rightfully earn it
His family was very large, his estate
was costly, and his manner of living
profuse. Bnt the reader presently sees
with sorrow that, as with his great pre
decessor, Scott, the chief question gra
dually came to be how much money he
could maLo out of his genius. And as
with Sjott, although in a smaller de
gree, tbe sum was enormous. By his
readings alone Dickens made nearly a
quarter of a million of dollars, one hun
dred thousand of them between the 1st
of December and the 1st of May in the
United States. The physical labor and
exposure of traveling, and the nervous
exhaustion of the readings, with the
tremendous pace, as he would have
called it in another, of the rest of his
life, were enough to destroy any man.
During all his travels, both in the ear
lier and the later day, when he ran over
to the Continent or coursed about Eng
land to find inspiration or seclusion or
excitement, he constantly wrote the
most copious letters, full of fun and
shrewdness and fine fancy, and walked
miles and miles, and devised entertain
ments, and acted plays, and presided at
meetings and feasts, and made delight
ful speeches, and seemed to have all the
occupation of a very active and busy
man before considering the real business
in baud at the time, Sich animal
spirits as in his earlier years were cer
tainly never known. They bubbled
about him and overflowed all who came
in contact with him. They affected hu
style of writing, and despite the saga
cious Taine, they gave his descriptioni
much of their singular vitality and
A Hay aide Leeaoa.
A good woman, searching ont the
children of want, one cold day last win
ter, tried to open a door in the third
story of a wretched tenement house,
when she beard a little voice say:
"Pull the string np high I pull the
stiiug up high 1" She looked up and
saw a string, which, on being pulled,
lifted a latch ; and she opened the door
upon two children, all alone. Very cold
aud pitiful they looked.
D you take care of yourselves, little
ones ?" asked the good woman.
"God takes care of us," sj d the
"And are you not very cold' No fire
on a day like this I"
"Oh ! when we are very cold we creep
nnder tbe qiilt, and I put my arms
round Tommy, and Tommy puts his
arms round me, and we say, "Now I
lay me," and then we get warm," said
the little girL
And what have you to eat, pray ?"
"When granny comes home she
fetches something. Granny says God
has enough. Granny calls ns God's
sparrows ; and we say, "Our father,"
and 'daily bread,' every day' God is onr
Tears came iuto the good woman's
eyes. She had a mistrusting spirit her
self ; but these two little "sparrows"
preached in that upper chamber, taught
her a lesson of faith and trust she will
April aa fcveatiol yf oath.
The month of April is the anniver
sary of many important events, among
which the following are the most impor
tant : Thomas Jefferson was born April
2, 17-H; Washington Irving on the 3d.
in 1783; the battle of Shiloh was fought
on the 6th, in 152; Wadsworth, the
poet, was born on the 7th, li i0. Gen
eral Lee surrendered to General Grant
on the Hth, iu lKtVi; the bombardment of
Fort Sumpter commenced on the 11th,
in 1861; Henry Clay was born on the
12th, in 17; James Buchanan on the
13th, in 17il; Handel, the musical com
jioser, died on the 13th, in 175V; Abra
ham Lincoln was assassinated on the
14th, in 1S65; Jeff. Davis was captured
on the 15th, same year; William Shaks-
peare was born on the litli, in i.b4;
Iord Byron died on the l'Jth, in 1824.
at Missolonhhi; the battle of Lexington
(the revolution) was fought on the same
day, in 1775; Napoleon III. was born
on the 24, in 1Si8; Oliver Cromwell
was born on the 24th, in 15f0; the bat
tle of Camden (the revolution) was
fouglit on the 24th, in 177'J; General
Johnston surrendered on the 26th, in
1865; lreiident Grant was born on the
27th, in 1832; James Monroe, was born
on the 28tli, in 175'.); Joan cf Ate en
tered Orleans on the 29th, in 1420; and
leorge Washington was inaugurated
first President of tie United States on
the 30th, in 178!.
Small is the sum that is required to
patronize a newspaper, and most amply
remunerative is tte patron. I care not
how humble or unpretending the gazette
which he takes, it is next to impossible
to fill a sheet fifty times a year without
putting into it something worth the
Every parent whose son is off away
from him at school, should be supplied
with a newspaper. I well remember
what a difference there was between
those of my schoolmates who had, and
those who had not access to newspa
pers. Others being equal, the first were
always decidely superior to the last, in
debate and composition, at least. Tbe
reason is plain, they had command of
more facts. Youth will peruse a news
paper with delight when they will read
nothing else. Judge LongtUreet.
Having much of one of the effective
faculties, we do not like to be exposed
to the acute exercise of the same fac
ulty in others. A person with large
veneration shrinks from being an ob
ject of veueration to others. (To one
with large self esteem the veneration
of others is, on the contrary agreeable.)
One with large acquisitiveness detests
being subjected to the action of power
ful acquisitiveness in his neighbors. It
has often been observed that individu
als who are much given to jesting at
th evnense of their fellow-creatures
cannot endure to be the subject of other
people's jokes, and that great censurers
and reprovers nate to ue in iue ieawi
lebuked or found fault with.
Vicious habits are so great a tain on
I nman n iture. and so odious in them
selves, that every person, actuated bv
right reason, should avoi 1 them, though
ha was sure they would be always eon
eealed from both God and man, and bad
no future puniahmect entailed npon
The rvd n Making
And fatber at a
I iun to b thinking
Of osby aad ni.
Tl ou'-wwt Is bHwIn-?.
1 be brviker r hlgn ;
May Ood guard his sutxtg.
ii daaicer u sign !
Wh ibrt father ia kes- tns
Hi watch In the atorm,
Ard mother ta va V,ljg.
Oiu baby aieeps atria.
When winter to rer.
And p ing decfta tbe Va.
May wlads as t onr rover
1 j babj and me!
How Linxx Naxnik Got Hxb Saoia
One cold night last winter, all were
seated quietly around the fireside, after
prayers, when little-five-year-old Nannie
was first to break the silence. Stepping
up to her pa, and placing her hands
upon iiis knees, she said, with a deep
"Pa, what do you have prayers for?"
Reflecting a moment, to frame an
answer that might be simple enough
for her to understand, he said :
"We have prayers that the Lord may
make ns good, and give us such things
as we need."
While she seemed to be thinking on
the answer that had been given, her ma
interfered by asking :
"Don't von think Nannie might get a
pair of sLoes if she would pray for
"Certainly," said her pa ; "I have no
reason to doubt it."
"I know, 'Now I lay me down to
sleep,' bnt I don't know how to pray for
shoes," replied Nannie.
Her pa then proceeded to give her
the necessary instruction, and his words
took deep hold on her little heart, and
bursting into a cry, she fell across her
ma's lap and wept. Recovering her
feelings so as to be able to speak, she
"I would pray three times s day for
the sake of a pair of shoes."
The next day she set about tbe work
of praying for her shoes ; and no doubt
she made her words good. For, after
about the space of a fortnight, when
her pa was absent from home, out on
the circuit preaching, a man came step
ing in at the door, having in his pocket
pair of little cloth shoes, just suited
to Nannie's feet. Learning these were
for ber, yon may guess her joy was
complete. Her prayer was answered.
This fctory is bo fiction. It has been
written by one who knows it to be real.
"Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye
pray believe that ye receive them, and
ve shall have them," says our blessed
Redeemer. But we should take ctre
that our prayers be consistent with His
Ths Jack -Rabbits. Dora is a little
girl who lives on a farm in Nebraska.
Oue day her father came home from a
walk, carrying hia hat in his hand ; and
in his hat he had four what do you
think he had ? You little Eastern chil
dren could never guess ; but perhaps
some of the prairie children who read
this true story will guess "Jack-rab-Dits
;" and they will guess right.
"What are "Jack-rabbits?" asks the
little Boston boy. Well, I will tell you.
They are really hare, which live on the
Western prairies, and are a good deal
larger than common rabbits.
They run very fast, so fast that few
dogs can catch them, and little boys
would have to look very sharp to keep
them in sight. But Dora's father had
found fonr young ones, so small that
they scarcely filled his straw hat ; and
be thought Dora and her two little
brothers would like them for pets.
Dora put the rabbits in a box which
her brother Dies bad made on purpose
for them, and fed them ou fresh grass
and milk. For a few weeks Dora and
tbe boys were very haopy with their
But, as the rabbits grew larger, theit
box seemed to be rather crowded. So
one warm night Dora left them out on
the floor of the shed, where they could
hop aud play as much as they pleased.
Now, it happened that there was a
large crack between the boards in one
corner of the shed, which was so con
cealed by rubbish, that Dora had not
uoticed it. When she came to look at
ber pets in the morning, not one of
them was to be seen.
They had all run away. Dora was
very sad at first ; but Bhn brightened up
at once when her mother reminded her
that the rabbits were much happier
frisking about in the open fields than
they could possibly be as anybody's
Did you ever hear of the lost king of
France, the unfortunate little son of
Mine Antoinette, and .Louis At X? lie
was taken from his parents, in prison,
shortly before their execution, and was
never really known to history after. His
keepers testified to his death in prison.
but there bsve been several persons
ho have claimed to be the lost dauphin
Louis XVII. One of them lived and
died in our own country, and was a
missionary to tbe Indians in northern
The latest story concernicg this un
fortunate character is creating a good
deal of excitement in France, which is
just now without a king, you know.
though a good many are claiming xne
kingdom. Une of these claimants is
Adelbert Wanndorff. who says he is the
son of the dauphin, who was taken from
prison after being put into a deep sleep
bv oDium. A deal ana aumo cuna was
left in his place, and he was carried into
one of the high towers of the temple.
Here be was Disced in a comn. but on
bis way to the burial place, he was taken
out. stones and earth were put into the
coffin aud it was buried. The dauphin
was taken out of the country, first to
Rome, and was then shipped to Eng
land, but the vessel was captured on its
way there, and he was again tnrnsi into
Drison. where he staid for seventeen
years. His life was a series of escapes
and captures, ana ne aiea, at last, in
Holland, after having been recognized
by hia old governess and many who
were public officers in his father's reign.
Be left one daughter and the son who
has just lost his case in the courts.
Tbo' small I am, and quite entire.
If forced, I'd set a house on fire ;
Let but a letter disappear,
My space would hold a herd of deer ;
Aiiother less nd you will find,
I once did hold all human kind.
Anttcer .-Spark, park, ark.
"Half nf th evil of bfe." says a
speaker in a new novel, 'The Sherlocks"
"is caused not by tbe direct first-doers
of evil, but by the well meaning people,
who go on adding to it imitaimg uie
very criminals who have offended tbem,
stimulating tbe instinct and impulses
that led to the offence, but doing all
under floe, moral names and with a
sort of furtive glance heavenward to see
it heaven and ail iu angels do not ad
mire them very much."
To curb a fast young man Bridal
Women in mischief are wiser than
How to make a tall man short Ask
him to lend you $3.
A good way to keep out of a scrape
Never go to the barber's.
Never sigh over what might have been,
bnt make the best of what is.
A straight line is said to be the short
est both in morals and geometry.
Book-keeping may he tanght in a les
son of three words Never lend them.
Liberality, it is said, consists less in
giving profusely than in giving judi
ciously. Fret yourself as much as you please
about trifles, but don't fret yonr friends
Counterfeit sovereigns made of plati
num and electro-plated, are in circula
tion in England.
As by constant friction steel is kept
highly polished, so by constant exercise
is talent ever at its brightest.
An Irishman, on observing a beauti
ful cemetery, remarked that he consid
ered it a healthy place to be buried in.
A Cincinnati man is said to be train
ing himself for his approaching mar
riage by passing several hours a day in
The corn in harvest sometimes ripens
more in one day than in weeks before.
Sj some Christians gain more grace in
one day than for months before.
People go to the mountains in the
summer for their health, and, after
being subjected to violent atmospheric
changes, come home with colds whioh
last all winter.
A Vienna journal contains the follow
ing advertisement: "Anna Agrikoi, sick
nurse, watches dead bodies, repairs
straw chairs, applies leeches, and makes
pastry, desserts, and delicacies."
No man is so happy aa a real Chris
tian ; none so rational, so virtuous, so
smiable. How little vanity does hs feel,
though he believes himself united to
God I How far is he from abjectness
when he ranks himself with the worms
of tbe earth ! Patcal.
Jones thinks that he would make a
good correspondent, because he says he
always writes two capital letters every
time he signs bis name. Well.it is some
satisfaction to know that he has at last
learned to sign his name with two capi
tal letters, instecd of continuing to
make his mark with an X.
The most agreeable of all companions
is a simple, frank man, without any
h'gh pretensions to an oppressive
greatness ; one who loves life and un
derstands the use of it; obliging, alike
at all boars; above all, of a golden tem
per, and steadfast as an anchor. For
such a one we gladly exchange the
greatest genius, tbe most brilliant wit.
the profoundest thinker.
According to the French critics, the
statue of Jeanne d'Arc, lately erected
at Paris on the Place dea Pyramides,
does as little honor to the memorv of
the heroine as does the satire of Vol
taire. Tbe attitude, say these authori
ties, suggests 1 he idea of a gamin on
horseback. The statue has no heroic
qualities; and the face is equally de
void of character, beauty, and expres
sion. Salt is a simple remedy for many
things. It will cure sick headache,
make cream freeze, make the butter
come, take ink stains out of cloth of any
kind, kill wens, kill worms, make the
ground cool, so that it is more conge
nial to celery, cabbage, to. ; ease the
itching pain caused by irritable skin
disesse, like hives, itch, iix; produce
vomiting or stop it, as you like it ; and
many other things too numerous to
Many exquisites of both sexes claim
admiration for their pedal extremities,
but it is the boots and shoes which
cover them which we are called on to
admire. Their feet, if bared, would
present a very great divergence from
tbe classical ideal of beauty. The firmly
planted foot, neither too large nor too
small, bnt justly proportioned to the
height and weight it sustains, the
smooth surfaca and regularly curved
lines, the distinctness of the divisions
and tbe perfect formation of each toe,
with its well-marked separatenesa and
its gradation of size and regularity of
detail to tbe very tip of the nail, are
now to be seen only in art.
Gail Hamilton tells us that "simple
minded, sweet -sou led, high-hearted
girls, it is not in English idyls only that
they are to be. found, but in American
homes, in cottages by the sea, io farm
houses nnder tbe hill, in velvet and
silken drawing-rooms, in shadow and in
splendor, they are springing all around
us, hue and fair and strong, nnseen
perhaps of the girls they ought to
shame, nnseen perhaps of tbe men they
ought to charm, yet quite as likely to
be the chagrin, the despair, perhaps the
savior of both it is to these and to
their kind we look, and look not in vain,
for the noble and natural qualities
which make the best women so like the
best men, that all comparison ceases."
In the Rue de Jour, a narrow, ob
scure street in Paris, about to be
widened, stands a house, built three
hundred Tears ago, known in the time
of Louis XIV. aa the Hotel Royamount.
The Count de Boutteville then occupied
it, who was in the habit of entertaining a
strange class of guests. His hotel was
the rendezvous of the duelists. All the
aristocratic quarrels of the day were
settled there, and the only title to the
Comte's hospitality was an engagement
on tbe part of one guest to meet an
other in mortal combat. A table was
laid every morning in one of the rooms,
at which tbe duelists breakfasted before
proceeding to business, and the Comte,
with delicate thougbtfulness, prjvided
foils for those who came without.
"There is in Paris," says tbe London
Echo, "an aged woman, who has for the
last fifty years, supported herself by an
industry of which, we believe, she en
joys a complete monopoly. She sup
plies the Garden of Acclimatization, in
Paris, with food for the pheasants,
which food consists entirely of ants'
eggs. These she collects in the woods
around Paris, and receives about twelve
iranca (about $2.50) for the quantity
she brings back from each of her for
aging expeditions. These generally last
three or four days, during which she
sleeps on the field of action, in order to
watch the insects at dawn, and to find
ber way to their treasures. She is al
most devoured by the ants, an inconve
nience of which she takes little notice,
but at the end of her harvest-time,
which lasts from the month of J one to
the end of 3-ptember, her wh le body
ia in a truly pitiable- condition. Her
services are, of course, highly valued,
for. as there is at present no competi
tion in this line of industry, it would be
difficult to supply her place.