The Potter journal. (Coudersport, Pa.) 1857-1872, March 26, 1867, Image 1

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    V3LJ I 5 X/111..-NJi3BEa39.
M. W. ncALARM Y, Proprietor.
lt~y DevHt-d to the esune >f Republicanism, the in
t'T'-U of V/rio -ltimMht' advancement of Kducation,
and the beet gocd Potter count*. Owning no gu'de
eiaept that of Principle, it will endeavor to aid in the
work of more fall; Frcedornizingoor Country.
v iverticements Inserted at the following rate,
exe-ni where special bargains are made. A "square'
Is 10 lines of Brevier or 8 of Nonpareil types :
1 q iare., 1 ins'-rtion ..... *" 200
1 square,2 or 3 Insertions-------------- .
E ich s ib-equent insertion less rhan 13 40
1 qiiare, 1 year - ; , f .
B<i loose ords, I year •
Administrator's or Executor's Notices 3
Special and Editorial Notices per line -J
vil transient advertisements moot he paid in
advance,and no notice will he taken of advert! "'"cntr
frotn a distance, a ile-s they are accompanied by the
money or satisfactory reference.
Tob Work, of all kinds, executed with neatrießs
and despatch.
FreeAiid Accepted Ancient York Masons
lAULALIA LODGE. NO. 342, F A.M. Stated
li Moe ingi on the 2d and 4th "ednes iayoj-acii
month. Hall, in the 3d Story of the Olm-u-d Bf >cR. i
D.t'.r.jtßßAßKß,Sec. \VM SHEAR, A.M.
respectfully informs the citizen* t the village and
Vicinity that lie will promptly respon I to all call* lor
professional services. Office oif First street, nrsi d"or
west of his residence. 17-40
A Condor* port, Pr.., wll ateud the several < • urts |
In Potter and Cameron comities. All business en-.
trusted to his care will receive prompt attention.
Office on Main street, in residence. {
OLMKTEI) and I. A Kit A BEE.
VTTORNEY3 AT LAW, Couderspoit. Penn'a
VVill atte id to all business entrusted to their
care with pr .uipf.ess and S lelity. WII al-o attend
th* several courts in the adj >iiu <z counties. Otliet ,
In the second storey *>f the < Mm*ted Block. 1
V TTORXEY AT I.AW, Oonder-port, Pa. will
atten I to all bn-iness entrusted to him • can
and promptness. Attend* Cmi ts of adjoining coun
ties. Office on Second street,near the Allegany brnlz'-
A. Coutersport, Pa., wII attend the < 'out is in I ot
and the a'Hivu* ng count ce.
TAHVSICIAN Winl 3a ge<n w >u!d respectfully ln-
I farm the citiieos of Coudersport and viciciti
that he ha* op-ned an Office in the Conde'sport
Hotel, and will bo ready at all tmivs to mak.- pro
fess! >nal calls. He i* a regular graduate of Buffalo
Medical Co lege of 1860.
DEALERS in Druga, Medicines, Paints, Oils,
Va.nisnes, Lamps and Fane, articles, Bo.dt- ot
all itinds—School and Miss-Baneon*,
fcc. In M umings old Jewelry 50...-, 3 >,■>-*. e,
A v tf ent* for the Collection of Claimsagati st .he
Lmied*Slates and "tate.overnment*,su li fte I ensioi.s,
Bounty, Arrears of Pay, Ac-Ad trees
t Land Boight and Sold, I'axes pa/ and! itle
investigated. L.sares property t A^ci
companies in the Country, and le n f Hart
dents in the Trivelers Insurance Company "t H-irt
ford. Bu*inc*s transacted promvtiy 11 ■-*
HARDWARE Mercnant, aid P iler m Soves.
Tin and Sheet Iron-Ware. Main street,< ouder
sport. Pen.,'a. Tin and Sheet Iron Ware made to
trier, in goo'i wtyl**, on gh'rt Ti*>tic<*. .
j # STEBBIN# Co.,
MERCHANTS— Dealers in Dry Ooods, Fane\
Go Oroceri' .our,Feed, I♦> k.
and everything usu-Uy k-pt iu a g.sid country sM.e
prodoce honght nd sold "
sale and Retail Dealer in Dry Goods, Fancy and
Saute Goods Clothing, Ladies Dre-sG >oda Groceries
Flour. Feed. Ac. R-tallers supplied ui , >e a. leri.i
MFRCTAN'T— Dealers inlruz Medicines,'"aints,
Oils Fancy Articles. Stationery, Dry Goods.
Groceries,'vc. Main Str-et. ■ouder-nort. 1 a
MERCHANT— Dealer in Dry Goods. Ready-made
CI thing, Crockery, Groceries, rl-ur, fetu,
pars, Provisions, 4-e., Main street, Cou lerspiQ't, t a
MERCHANT— Dealer in Dry Goods. Groceries
Provisions, Hardware, Queei swa-e, Cutlery
a,,d all G-o is u-ually found In aenntry store, n ftl
and S-condstreets Co'de sport .I otter Co.Pa.
Very St >le is also kept in con eciton with tins
Hot'.-l. Dailv Stares '■< an i from the Railroads.
Potter Journal Job-Office.
HAVING lately added a fine new assortment o'
JOB TYPE'to our already large a-eortntent
and with taste and neatness. n e s sni man.
lyivian house.
Lewisville, Potter county, Pennsylvania.
BI KTON LEWIS, proprietor.
taken this exeelleni Hotel, the proprietor wishe*
uake the acquaiiitance of the traveling puhue and
ls confidem q of giv ng satisfaction to all who ma
>ll 0.. him.-Feh 12.W 'f
'' I Monuments and Tomb-Stones
of all kinds, vvill le furnished on
k/ t tbv bit lerins and short notic by
tfelaflfe 4'. Bretinlc.
Mj Res ; dcnce • F.ulalia. \% inib-e south of
Pa , on the SionemahoMing
Road, or leave vour orders at toe e
V "Pensionsprocur-d for Soldiers of the present
War who are disabled by reason of w mnds received
or disease contracted while in the service of t he L n.te-
States • and pensions, bounty, and arrears of ).a> on
tabled for widows or heir, of those who Gvr W .
been killed white tn serv ce All letters 3finquiry
nroinntlv answere!. and ou receipt by mail ofa state
ment of the case of claimant, I will forward the ne
cessary V'e'fersto Ho s!'lsa''c Benson!
To. oUn^'r, e.
Jjuneß 64 Cl3ira Agent, Coudersport, l'a :
_ It<li! It<-h! Itch!
WIU Cure the ITEL* in 48 Ilonrs !
P' re 60 cent* For sale by al' druggists. Hv sen iinz
60 cents to WEEKS fc POTTER, So e Azents 1.0
XTashtrgton street, will be forwapic. r >
xae'l, fres of postage, to acy part of the,Uiut.v3 ot3*ve.
Vuii® i- 18W. fi aotico wky lyr.
We copy the following from Our Young
FAk*, for March, thinking it sufficiently spicy
j to be relished by everybody :
Darius Green and his Flying-Machine.
I f ever there lived a Yankee lad,
} Wise or otherwise, good or had,
i Who, seeing the birds ily, did n't jump
I With flapping arm* f mm stake or stump,
i Or spreading the tail
Of his coat for a sail.
Take a soaring leap from post or rail,
And wonder why
He could n't. fly.
And flap and flutter and wish and try, —
1 fever you knew a country dunce
j \\ ho did n't try that as often as once,
? All I can say is, that's a sign
1 lie never would do for a hero of mine.
An aspiring genius was D. Green :
j Tiie son of a farmer. —age fourteen ;
i His body wa* long and lank and lean, —
•lust right for flying, as will be seen ;
| He had two eyes as bright as a bean,
And a freckled nose that grew between,
j A little awry,—for 1 must mention
' That he had rivited his attention
Upon his wonderful invention,
I Twisting his tongue as he twisted his strings,
And working his face as he worked his wings,
And with every turn of gimlet and screw
Turning and screwing his inouth round too,
Till his nose seemed bent
To catch the scent,
Around some corner, of new-baked pies.
And his wrinkled cheeks and his squinting eyes
Grew puckered into a queer grimace,
That made him look very droll iu the face,
And also very wise.
And. wise he must have been, to do more
Than ever n g<- du did before^
Excepting Daedalus of yore
And his son Icarus, who wore
Upon their backs
Those wings of .vax
He had read of in the old almanacks.
I km us w as clearly of the opinion,
That the air is also man's dominion,
And that, with paddle or fin or pinion,
We soon or late
Shall navigate
The azure as now we sail the sea.
The thing looks simple enough to me ;
And if you doubt it.
Hear how Darius reasoned about it.
" The birds can fly,
An' why can't I ?
Must we give in,"
Savs he with a grin,
* That the bluebird and phoebe
Are smarter 'll we be 2
•lest fold our hands an' see the swaller
An' blackbird an' catbird beat us holier ?
Doos the little chatterin', sassy wren.
No bigger 'n my thumb, know more than men?
.lest show n.e that !
Ur prove *t the bat
Hez got more brains than's in my hat,
An' I'll back down, an' not till then I"
He argued further : "Nur I can't see
W hat's th' use o* wings to a humble-bee,
Fur to git a livin' with, tuore 'u to me ;
Ain't my business
I niportant's hi&'n is ?
That I earns
Made a pretty muss, —
Him an' his daddy Ikedalus.
rhey might 'a knowed wings made 'o wax
\\ oukl n't stand sun-heat an' hard whacks,
I 'll make mine o' hither,
Ur suthin' ur other."
And lie said to himelf,as he tinkered and plan'd:
" But I ain't goin' to show niv hand
To nummies that never can understand
The fust idee that's big an' grand."
So he kept his secret from all the rest,
Safely buttoned within his
And in I lie loft above the shed
Himself he locks, with thimble and thread
And wax and hammer and buckles and screws,
And all such things as geniuses use ;
Two bats for patterns, curious fellows 1
A charcoal-pot and a pair of bellows ;
Some wire, and several old umbrellas;
A carriage-cover for tail and wings ;
A piece of harness ; anil straps aud strings ;
And a big strong box,
In which he locks
These and a hundred other things.
His grinning brothers, Reuben and Burke
And Nathan and Jotliarn and Solomon, lurk
A round the corner to see him work, —
Sitting cross-legged, like a Turk,
Drawing the waxed-end through with a jerk,
And boring the holes with a comical quirk
t tf his wise old head, and a knowing smirk.
But vainly they mounted each other's back's.
And poked thro' knot-holes and pried through
cracks; (stack-
With wood from the pile and rtraw from the
He plugg'd the knot-hole-and caik'd the cracks.
And a dipper of water, which one would think
He had brought up into the loft to drink
When he chanced to be dry,
Stood always nigh,
For Darius was slv !
And whenever at work he happened to spy
At chink or crevice a blinking eye.
tie let the dipper of water fly.
" l ake that ! an' ef ever ye git a peep.
Gue-s ye 'll ketch a weasel asleep!"
And he si'g as he locks
His big strong box ;
" The weasel's head is small an' trim,
An' he is little au' long an' slim,
An' quick of motion an' nimble of limb,
An' ef you 'll be
Advised by rue,
i Keep wide awake when ye 're ketchin' him !"
So day after day
H" stitched and tinkered and hammered away,
1 ill at last't was done, —
The greatest invention under the sun!
" in' now," says Darius," hooray for eouie fun!"
' Twas the Fourth of July,
And the weather was dry,
And not a cloud was on all the skv,
-save a few light fleeces, which here and there,
Half mist, half air,
Like foam on the ocean went floating bv,
Just as lovely a morning as ever was seen
: For a nice little trip in a flying-machine.
Thought cunning Darius : "Now I sha' n't go
Along 'ith the fellers to see the show.
I 'll say I 've got sich a terrible cough !
An' then, when the folks 'ave all goue off,
1 'll hev full swing
Fur to try the thing,
An' practise a little on the wing."
to the £Hi(cipl:s cf Jm qi?d the cf fijcrqlftjj, JLiteWnrc ft'stes.
" Ain't goin' to see the celebration ?"
rtavs brother Nate. "No ; botheration !
I 've got sich a cold—a toothache—l
My gracious I—feel's though 1 should fly 1"
Said Jothßm, "Sbo !
Guess ye better go."
But Darius said, "No !
Should n't wonder 'f vou might see me. though,
•Long 'bont noon, ef I git red
O' this junapin', thumpui' pain 'n my head."
For all the while to himself he said
" I 'll tell ye what 1
1 'II fly a few times around the lot,
To see how't seems, then soon ? > 1 've got
The hango' the thing, ez likely 's not,
I 'll astonish the nation,
An' all creation,
By flyin' over the celebration !
Over their heads I 'll sail like an eagle ;
I 'il balance myself on my wings like a sea-gull;
I 'll dance on the chimblys; 1 *ll stand ou the
I' 11 flop up to winders an' scare the people !
I *ll light on the liberty -[Kile, an' crow ;
Alt' 1 'll say to the gawpin' fools below,
•What world's this 'ere
That 1 've come npar ?' [moon ;
Fur I 'll make 'em b'iieve I 'm a chap I'm the
An' I 'll try a race 'ith their ol' balloon 1"
He crept from his bed ;
Aitd, seeing the others were gore, he said,
•'1 'in gittin' over the cold 'a my heath"
Ami away he sped,
To open the •onderful box in the sited.
His brothers had walked but a little way,
When Jotham to Nathan chanced to say,
" What's the feller up to, hey f"
" Dtin'o', —the's sutliin' ur other to pay,
Ur he would n't stayed to hum to-day."
Says Burke, "His toothache's all 'u his eye !
He never M miss a Fo'th-o-July,
Ef he had n't got some machine to try."
Then Sol, the little one, spoke : "By uarn 1
he's hurry back and hide in the barn,
An' pav him fur tellin' us that yarn !" [back,
" Agreed 1" Through the orchard they creep
Along by the fences, behind the stack,
And one by one; through a hole in the wall,
In under the dusty barn they crawl,
Dressed in their Sunday garments all ;
And a very astonishing sight was that,
When each in his cob webbed coat and hat
Came up through the floor like an ancient rat
And there they hid ;
And Reuben slid
The fastenings back, and the door undid.
" Keep dark !" said lie,
" While i squint an' see what the' is to see,"
As knights of old put on their mail, —
From head to foot
An iron suit,
f ron jacket and iron boot,
I ron breeches, and on the head
No hat, but an iron pot instead.
And tiinlei the eiiiu the bail,
(I believe they called the thing a helm,)
Then forth to overwhelm
The dragons and pagans that plagued the realm,
So this modern knight,
Prepared for flight,
Pi t on his wings and strapped them tight,—
Jointed and jaunty, strong and light,—
Buckled them fast to shoulder and hip.—
Ten feet they measured from tip to tip !
And a helm had he, but that lie wore,
Not on his head, like those of vre,
But more like the helm of a ship.
" Hush I" Reuben said,
" lie's up in the shed !
He's opened the winder, —I see his head !
He stretches it out,
An' pokes it about,
Looktn' to see 'f the coast is clear,
An' nobody near ;
Guess he don'o who's hid in here I
He's riggin' r spring-board over the sill !
Stop laffin', Solomon 1 Burke, keep still !
He s a climbin, out now—* Of all the things !
What 's he got on ? I van, it's wings !
An' that 't other tiling ! 1 vurn, it's a tail !
An, there lie sets like a hawk on a rail!
Steppin' careful, he travels the length [strength.
Of liis spring board, and teeters t<> trv its
Now he stretcehs his wings like monstrous bat;
Peeks over his shoulder, this way an' that,
Fur to see 'f the' 's any one passin' by ;
But the' 's on'y a ca'f an' a gusliu' nigh.
They lurn up at him a wunderin' pye,
To see— Ihe dragon ! he's goin' to fly 1
Away ' e goes! Jiinmin v ! what a jump !
Flop—flop—an' piump
To the ground with a thump !
Flutt'rin' an' floutidrin', all 'n a lump !"
As a demon is hurled by an angel's spear.
Heels over head, to his proper *pltere,—
Herds over head, and head over heels,
Dizzily down the abyss be wheel*,—
In the midst of the barn-yard, he came down.
I n a wonderful whirl of tangled strings,
Broken braces and broken springs,
Broken tail and broken wings,
Shoo ting-stars, and various things,—
Barn-yard litter of straw and chaff,
And much that was n't so sweet by half.
Away with a bellow fled the calf.
And what was that ? Did the gosling laugh ?
'Tts a merry roar
Frotu the oid barn-door,
And he hearfc the voice of Jotham crying,
•Say, D'rius ! how do you like flyiu' ?"
Slowly, ruefully, where he iay,
Darius just turned and looked that way,
As he stanched his sorrowful nose with his cuff.
"Wal, I like flyin' well enough,"
He said; "but die' ain't sich a thunderin' eight j
O' fun in ! t when ye come to lighL"
I jtist have room for the moral here !
And this is the moral, —Stick to your sphere.
Or if you insist, as y T u have the right,
On spreading your wings for a loftier flight, i
The moral is,—Take care how you light.
A WHITE MULE.—A friend told us yes
terday of an amusing scne which he wit
nessed lately at the Oid river turd, near
Nachitoches, in Louisiana. A negro had
a wagon and a team of six mu!e?s which he
wished to drive across. The two lead
mules took kindly to the water, but one of
the hind ones, a white mule, obsiiuately
refused to enter the stream. Jumping
(from his seat in a furious passion, the team
ster began beatiug the perverse animal with
might and main, exclaiming between the
blows, tt you thinks you'se white does you f
But I 11 show you quick dat colored
mules is as good as you is. (iee, up 1"
In the year 185 —I was in command o'
the Dolphin, a fine bark of 600 tons. We
had been on a whaling voyage, and had
[obtained an unusually good cargo of oil,
! both in quality and quantity.
! With our course laid tor home, the crew
jin good health, and a fair prospect of per
centage money on the cargo, what more
would we want to keep the song and the
jest on the li' i s of the crew ? Time passed
quickly along. "Homeward bound" has
an intensified meaning to the whaler 8 crew,
and as we bowled along with a good breeze
each day getting nearer to our homes and
firesides, there were few ou the vessel who
did not feel their spiiits r.>ug witu t-a •
day's progress.
One night about eleven o'clock I was
sitting at the upper end of my cabin table!
consulting a chart on which the vessel's
course was laid down. I had been reading
Dante's Inferno, and the horrible nature i
of the work had aroused my sensitive feei-j
ings to such an extent thai I had deter j
mined to try how far a cigar au 1 a walk
on deck would steady my uerves. Just as
I was about rising from my chair to go on
deck I notice ] a figure descending the com
panion way before me. A single glance
told me that it was not one of the crew.
Not one of my well-fed, sleek men could
possibly look as miserable as this figure,
•ooked, even at the distance at which 1 saw
him. Slowly, he descended the stej>R,
grasping the hand-rail to support himself
as if he were too feeble to descend without
support, llis back was bent, aud his head
lay forward on his breast as if he was care
fully watching his fi>otsieps: his fe t wen
bare, while his head was enveloped in a
piece of oid sail-cloth in place of a cap.
His left arm hung down by his side care
fuily rolled up in his coat, which had evi
jdently been taken off for this purjtose; and
the arm itself appeared to he br ken. Qui
etly and without uttering a word he ap
proached me, and at 1 ist he sat down at
the opposite side of the table to that which
j was my accustomed place. He then slow
ly raised his head, and a sight was presen
ted to my astonished gaze, the like of
which I hope 1 may never see again. A
fine, noble face it was; but attenuated by
disease aud suffering, or perhaps both. The
features had been good and regular, but
now the checks were sunken and ho
low; the teeth, white and even, were firm
ly set together, while the thin, parched lip- j
were drawn back from them. The eyesi
were as black as coa l , but sunk far back in
the head, and I saw that they were at once
fixed on me with a dull, unmeaning stare,
i'he figure, now stood up just opposite to 1
me, and 1 felt myself spell-bound to im i
seat without the power to a<fdress it.
Having looked at me fixedly for some time,
the figure then walked up to my side til
it touched my shoulder. Reaching out
his arm, he laid a bony finger on the chart
which was on the table, and before I could
muster courage to articulate, io! he had
Recovering my composure somewhat, I
sprang with a bound up the companion
way and shouted for the mate. He speed
ily replied to iny call and came dragging
something behind him which kept up a
continued howling. As he came uearert
me i saw that it was my Labrador dog
Ca par, and I inquiied the meaning of
what he was doing. "Why sir." he replied
"the dog lay on the companion lialcb uuu
a few moments ago, apparently sound asleep
w hen all of a sudden lie sprang up with a
horrible bowl, and an to his kennel for
ward with his tail between his legs. 1
went forward after him, and found him in
his kenuel shaking with fright, and when
1 put my hand in io pat him lie attempt
ed to bite me. Hearing you call, 1 drag
ged him aft with me by his Collar, to see il'
lie had not been hurt in some maimer, foi
I never saw him act so before."
I did not examine the terrified dog. I i
felt that he had seen my visitor as well a* j
myself. With some dificulty 1 soothed j
him, and then went down below. Walk |
ing up to my table, [ east a glance down
at the chart. At the exact spot w here my '
visitor had placed his attenuate finger 1
saw a dull red mark, and on a closer ex
amination I perceived that il was a drop of!
blood. The mark indicated a position in!
the chart which was about a day's sail from]
and at right angle to our course. For two;
hours 1 paced the dvck wondering at what,
had happened. The vistor was surely no
creation of my own imagination, for the
dog had seen the figure as well as myself,
and thespot on the chart was plain evidence.
What could it mean? I half deierinined to
ask the man's advice. He was a firm be
liever in spiritual manifestations, and would
en leaver to solve the enigma in some way
or other. But then I had always ridiculed
the notion, and il was too gading to my
! pride to ask his advice now on that of
which I had always denied the existance
save in a heated imagination; so I deter
, mined to keep my own counsel. Turning
in soon after I slept well and awoke re
freshed —determined in my own mind to
nothing aud thiuk uo uioi'o about it.
When I got on deck I found that we
| were becalmed ! Not a rippe was on the
I water. The day passed away monotonous
ly enough. The crew slept. 1 read and
smoked, and eleven o'clock that night found
me in my chair at the head of the table in
the cabin. Caspar, who had quite got over
j his fears, lay on the hatch at the head of
'the cabin stairs. I could hear the pat, of
j his tail as a sort of greeting to Uncinate a*
|he kept passing him in his walk up and
| down the deck. This evening my thoughts
werqj&ranquil, for I was reading a vol me
;of Longfellow's poems and was in the
midst of Evangeline, when I beard a howl
from Camper and the scurry of his feet as
;he scampered forward. Looking up I saw
my visitor of the previous night again de
scending the companion-way. lie seemed*
much weaker, and came slowly down,
| clutching the handrail with his one sonn-i
i arm and hand, lie walked across the cab
in more feebly than IK*fore, an I his respi
ration was heavy and labored when he
reached the table
He glanced at the table with an anx
i ious look as if to see whether the chart
was still there. It was not. He then gazed
at me with a disappointed and sorrowful
stare and disappeared. I remained quiet
ly in my chair for some ten minutes after
t.e -!> tre had departed. When 1 w.-n
on deck I fouud the mate again endeavor
ig to soothe the dog, who snap n
snarled in his kennel until it Was unsafe to
approach him. Leaving him there I went
below, and throwing myself, dressed as 1
was, on my cot, I tried to sleep. Unre
freshing and feverish was the sleep which
visited me tht night, and I arose in the
inoming totally unfit for work of any kind
a I with mv nerves entirely unstrung.
What was expected of me? For what
purpose had I been warned?—what must
I do? Thus I mused during the entire day.
Caspar kept close to his kennel all the time
and steadily refused to eat or driuk. When
ever any one of us approached him lie at
tempted to snap at us. and appeared as if
j entirely under the influence of some great
j tear. The calm had continued during the
entire day, and we made no progress w hat-
I ever. Again evening approached and the
! same hour found me as on the two previous
! nights, sitting at my table. This time I
eagerly awaited my visitor. Would the
figure again appear? 1 found myself hop
ing that it would. This time I did not at
tempt to read, for my tii uigiits were too
troubled to permit of any concentrating
my mind on any book. The same chart
: with the blood-stain on it, lay on the table
before me. Would my visitor, if he came
again, touch that spot, or would he givr
me some other sign which might indicate
i to me the course I ought to pursue? Tin
time there was no Caspar to warn me,
but I fell that the figure was coming even
ere it appeared Presently I saw it again
coming down the stairs. This time it was
evidently far weaker than liefora, for with
lilKeulty could it stand, and it toiled down
the steps in manifest sufferings and agony.
At last it readied the cabin floor and at
tempted to advance toward me; but no
sooner had it let go the naud-rul than n
-ank down exhausted. I sprang up and
rushed toward it; but the moment I moved
the spectre vanished, and when I attempt
ed to rai-e the fallen figure my hauls touch
ed the cabin floor.
And now a light seemed to break upon
me. I rushed upon deck, when I found
the mate and crew setting all sail to catch
the breeze which had just sprung up. 1
immediately give order that the Dolphin**
•ourse should be altered to that which
would bring us to the spot marked so plain
jlv on the cnart by the drop of bloo !. Ai
j that night I paced the deck No sleep
seemed possible to me until this hidden
mystery should be revealed. We made a
beautiful run, and with daylight I hoped j
to find— What I 1 kuew not.
The dawn brought a disappointment. A
dense fog lay on the face of the ocean
We could discern nothing at ten yards dis
lance from the vessel's side. According to
my ca dilations and by the log we should
have been not far from that spot on the j
wide sea where I hoped to find a solution
of the mystery. Toward noon the wind
died away, and at length deserted us alto
gether. Then the fog slowly rose, and I
at once, glass in hand, ascended the rig
ging. With eager gaze I scanned the hor
izon ahead and on both hows, but no we!
come object met ray eyes. Disheartened
at I knew not what, I was about coining
I down when I chanced to look directly a-e
tern. Almost directly iu our wake, but far
astern of us lay an object, which by the aid
lof glass, 1 made out to be an open boat. 1
could not discern anything in it, and it ap
| peared to he like a log upon the Water.
The gig was s<x>n lowered according to my
orders and a mate and a boat's crew were
dispatched to iuspect the boat as it lay far
astern. I felt quite unequal to going
myself, so agitated was I, but I had pres
ence of mind enough to order some brandv
• I
and nourishment suitable to the sick and
famished to be brought upon deck. I felt
as assured that my visitor was there as if I
lino M-en .dm in the boat; but whether
alive or dead 1 dared not to speculate.
■ Twice I had been summoned, and twice t
had neglected the summons. On the third
occasion my spectre visitor had sunk to all
appearance, lifeless on the floor of ftlj" Cftb
in. Was lie dead, or wan he only in ft
death-like swoon f I thought ovef Mia
wonderf.l incidents which had caused niO
to find the boat. The wind had died away
when ! had neglected to obey the first sunt*
; tnons, nor did it return until after I had re
ceived this third call. Had it not again
i died away w hen it did, I should have pass*
! ed the boat so far in the fog as not to b
I'able to see it when the fog lifted. As IS
w as e wtfie v ery nearly out of sight wheti
the horizon became clear. Half an houf'4
more wind and the mystery would novpf
have been revealed. Scarce could I restrain
f mv impatience. However, there was ho
help tor it. I must wait until the gig re
j turn *d After hours of suspense 1 at. Jast
beheld the gig approaching slowly with
the other boat in tow, I liable to endure
t!e terrible suspense I went down into flit!
cabin Soon I heard the gig touch the
sliip,s side and the mate giving orders tO
lower away the chair from the yard arm•
Th -a, 1 inought, they had found him; hut
he must he too feeble to climb up the
ship's side. A few moments, and I heard
approaching footsteps, and down the stairs
was brought, with the assistance of some of
the crew, my vi itor for the fourth time;
but now really and truly in the flesh. He
, Was suppfrtT-d in the aruis of the mate,
I but he lie <1 on to the hand-rail just as I
had seen him in the three visits. His left
hand hung loosely at his side, and wan
! bandaged up just as I had observed on the
three oecasio <s of the spectre's visits.
I We gave him proper refreshment and put
him to bed. He gradually revived, and in
[ a few days was able to tell us his glory.
, He had been captain of a large vessel trad
ing in the Pacific The crew had motin
, j ied, and had cast hiin adrift in the o|h;ii
boat, with nothing to eat but a few biscuit,
~ which were thrown into the boat in deris
, ion by one of the mutineers. When ibesa
t ! were eaten he had tiled to eke out. life bV
; eating his shoes, and *- ith water w rung
i from his clothes alter tain and heavy dew*
, lie had quenched in a manner his lliirsu
| When found by the mate he lay extended
j in the bottom of the boat in a death-like?
swoon and owed hisYecovery, perhaps chief
ly to the brandy which I had sent in the
.gig. In a few days more we assisted him
( on deck. Caspar no sooner saw him than
, he flnvv at him, and hu,t for mv interference
II would have turn him to pieces. During
J the rest of the voyage we were obliged to
, keep the dog chained tip. As -oon as We
percieved the boat the Dolpltin had been
put upon her former course, and now, \villi
a fair wind, we again sped merrily ott.
I now te.t satisfied that omens and signs
were sometimes vouchsafed mortal men for
certain grave reasons, and, though not su
perstitiong, I still believe that they are more
frequent than is usually supposed. As we
neared the poit for which we were bouti I
Captain \\ illiams (for such was the natnj
of my visitor) was one day sitting with inn
m the cabin, when he asked to see the?
chart, as lie wished to pick out the spot
where I had found him. 1 gave him ail
entirely new chart, and he busied himself
| sharpening a pencil with which to mark
the place where he had so nearly hvst hi*
life. Sudden ! y I heard an exclamation
j from him, which he followed up by saying ■
"My dear lan very sorry; but [
have cut try linger, anil have dropped some
blood on your new chart, and I see that [
have soiled the very spot which I was go
ing to point out as that whereabouts y l
found tne. But, he added, in a light laugh,
-that will do instead to mark the place.'*
I have t ,e two charts now, both ot them
| exactly alike; one done by Captain Wil
. hams in the flesh accidentally; the other
ihy "-Header, can vv t'-!l who-n ?
♦. .. -tm ■*- *- .
A COt'PLE of old bachelors out *
who lived a sort of a cat and tlog life tv
; get her for a good many years, but hav
ing been to camp meeting were slight.V
converted, and both of tliein Concluded to
"Brother Tom,'' says one, when they
ha 1 arrived at borne, "let us sit down now,
and I'll tell you what We'll do.—You tell
me of all my faults, and I'll teh y< u of all
yourn; and so we'il know how to get abouti
j tnendin* of 'em "
"CohJ," says brother Tom,
"Well, you begin."
"No, you begin, brother Joe."
| "Well, in the first place,you know, brother
Tom you will lie."
Crack goes brother Tom's double fist
between brother joe's blinker-; and a scrim
mage ensued, until in the course of about
■ ten minutes, neither being able to cotllo to
• time, reformation was postponed,
A teacher of vocal music asked an old
r lady it her grandson had any ear for music,
f "Waal, said the old woman, "I ralily
' don t know; won't you just take the can
. die and see ?"
11 —A boy entered a stationary store the
t 1 other day, and asked the proprietor what
I kind of pens he sold. "All kinds," \v:a#
r the reply. "Well, then, I'll taw* tbry*
i.^ cents worth of pig pens."'