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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE.
" Seasonable 'Heflcctiona.
Summer is over. Winter is rapidly approaching.
The ilios, bonumbod with the cold, fight vigorously
for a resting-place on the cheek of the gentle maiden ;
the mosquitoes uo more present their obnoxious bills,
thoy are settled forevor; the wasps retreat from the
cold air into our dwelling and aro caged by the win
dow pane ; the frogs have descended into their
slimy abodes and no longer arouse our miseries by
their dismal erQakings, and it is altogether too cold
for John and Mary to stand for hours at the garden
gate and make love by moonlight. Tn many parts
of our broad land tho earth is now covered with
snow. Little Bessie has been up early and ran to
the window " Ob 1 my ! the snow ! thj great big
beautiful snow," she exclaims, clapping her hands.
Tn live minutes .she is dresssd and out in it and
wading about, while Towsor is bounding and play
ing in the watery fleece. Uncle Joe rigs up his
sleigh and goes to mill for that buckwheat grtefc, and
in the morning there will be buckwheat cakes and
sausage for breakfast, and, too, pumpkin pie 0 ! so
delicious sent as a present yesterday and mado by
a venerable, good lady from Yankeoland. But wo
must pause. There is so much to be said about the
joys of winter for those whoso moans are abundant.
, For the ones who" are destitute of this world's goods
it is not a seasou of cheer, and may those onore for
tunate ever be ready to lend a willing hand and
sympathizing heart to such. When tho hour comes
for bidding adieu to tho pleasures and comforts of
this life tho anguish of the rich man, will be intense;
when an avenging spirit whispers-in his ear, " I was
m hungered and ye gave me no meat."
Wheat Crop of California.
It is estimated that the wheat crop of California
this year will amount to 1,000,000 tons.. "Estimat
ing sixty pounds to tho bushel we have here the
enormous yield of over thirty-seven millions of bush
els produced in a State to which flour was exported
thirty years ago and when miners often paid for it
$10 per hundred pounds. Such facts as those star-
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The Paper ancTClook in Tennewoo, Michigan, and
TvA Grange, Fayette County, Tennessee,
T.J ,r '. October 13, LS0.
Editor National Tribune:
I had tho honor to receive from tho u City of Mngniflcont
Distances," tho groat Capital of tho Nation tho beautiful
and recherche Gem Clock. It was incased substantially
and arrived in good ordor per express. Mamma says she
would not part with it for thrico its cost, and wo children
look on it as tho prottiest ornamont wo have on the mantel.
j.l una uiBu on tnai now tor over nine months and keeps
of this wonderful land. By the way, we will men
tion that very large purchases of American wheat
have recently been made on Russia's account This
is a strange condition of affairs, for until recently
Russia has stood next on the list to America as a
wheat exporting country.
" Give us a Rest."
The following lines, which we copy from the
Boston Pout, may now be appropriately sung by
all Republican, Democratic, and Grooribaek clubs
ere ( lsnannino
Xow at last tho flht Is ended '
Ijot the land with ponco be blest ;
Let transparencies bo rended,
Giro the bands a needed rest.
Take the names from flags now waving
Th-y have had their littlo day,
Ate your uniforms worth saving?
Then lot- thorn bo placed awav.
Put tho drums whoro none may" take 'em.
. Hldo tho torch behind tho door ;
See that none can And and break 'cm; , .
Trot 'em out in 'S4.
with it camo the Tktiwne, which is a spicy, moral paperj
and I look for its monthly visits with hiirh expectation.
Lt is prompt every issue. The last number for October
was chock full of good things.
Your loyal little friend,
ROckfohd, Kent County, Michigan,
,- . October 16, 1SSO.
hdhtor National Tribune:
I havo received regularly tho National Tuhjone. If I
wero deprived of it I would feel ns if I had lost a great
friend, and I must not forget to speak of tho beautiful lit
tlo gem clock which I got with tho Tribune more than a
year ngo. It deserves all the praise claimed for it: Tf I
could not set another I would not rmrh with if. fnr fchn hocfc
$5" clock I ever saw! Yours trulw
Cafe May, New Jersey,
,. October 7, 18S0.
Editor National Tribune :
I enclose 50 cents to renew my subscription for your
paper, for I really feel aa if I cannot do without it. The
clock you sent me is a tip-top article and keeps excellent
time. Yours truly,
v B. COKOYER.
Do you want the TMbune Weekly ?
In .our October issue we intimated to our sub- j
scribers the idea that we thought somewhat of issu
ing our paper weekly and asked their sentiments ou
the subject. Responses came in the shape of many
complimentary letters and expressions of intention
to subscribe for the weekly, but not in such numbers
as warrant us in yet saying that we wilL change the
period of issue of tho paper. We want all our
soldier friends and their friends to feel as does an
ex-soldier livingtat Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory,
"Tho Tribune has just comb to hand for the month of
October, and see, your article in regard to tho issue of tho
paper woekly. I would say for ono of its subscribers
that I heartily endorse tho project and hope that every
.subscriber and thousands who aro not now subscribers
will support you. To all I would say: Let us join, and
with a true and tried friend at tho Washington wheel and
a largo subscription and support of ox-soldiers we can
have a splendid weekly paper and during the long evenings
now coming on wo can sit around our firesides and although
we may bo poor wo can peruse tho much interesting read
ing in the Tribune. Fellow soldiers, lot us havo a circu
lation of one hundred thousand for tho Weekly National
Wo wait for a more general endorsement of tho
project ere inaugurating it All of our friends
who so much desire the weekly can pave the way
for it by strengthening the monthly. Lot each ono,
who has written to us so strongly urging a weekly
edition go to work and get us a dozen subscribers
to tho monthly. These new subscribers will bring
in others and thus the woekly may early become a
reality. Tho whole subject may bo presented in a
fe-w words : If the ex-soldiers qyid their friends
imll to have the paper weekly, they can have it.
Becord of Union Soldiers Paroled.
Letter froiz the War Department.
' In answer to tho letter from 13. J. E., of Holly,
Oakland Co., Michigan, we publish below a -letter
received from the War Department:
Washington City, October 18th, 1SS0.
Editor National Tribune,
61$ Fifteenth street n. w., City.
Sni : I have to acknowledge tho receipt of your lottor
of tho 4st iustnnt, and m reply to your inquiries thereiu
to state ihat there was a record mado of Union soldiers
parpled during 1804-5. and tho same is now ou tile m the
Colonel W. Hoffman, 3d Infantry, (now retired,) was
Commissary-Gonornl ot Prisoners from 1802 to Novouibor,
1864, whon ho was assignod to duty aa Commissary!
General of Prisoners for tho rogion west of tho Missis-
Soldiers' Daughters' Home. ., '.
- We extract tho following from a recent English
paper. Now, why can't we havo just such an in
stitution in the United States ? Who will move in
the matter at the coming session of Congress ?
The Soldiors Daughters' Home is an interesting British
charity, twenty-five years old. More than eight hundred
soldiers' daughters have been reared within its walls, and
three hundred and fifty havo been placed out as school
mistresses and othor teachers or in domestic service. Of the
girls admitted during tho last year fifteen were daughters
of soldiers who were killed or who died during the war in
Our Iiady Subscribers.
These aro rapidly increasing, and wc hope soon
to have on our list many thousands. Especially
should the widows of deceased soldiers subscribe.
They will find tho paper of much interest to them
selves and children. Its cost is but a trifle per
year, and all of them can afford it. Mrs. Williams,
of Cramer Hill, Camden County, N. J., says ofit:
I prizo The Tribune very highly, and send 50 cents to
renew my subscription. Tho clock camo to hand a year
ago, according to our bargaiu, and I am very much
pleased with it. It keeps excellent time.
Every family, without exception, in city, village, aud
country, will find it highly useful to constantly read the
American Agriculturist. It abounds in plain, practical
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Dog against Coon.
A Fighting Tar. ' ,
We have recently heard an interesting anecdote by
which one can deduce a novel and adorn it into i tale, of
liow second thought so often prevents complications.
There is a Yankee skipper from Maine, well-known as a
coal trader, Captain Pitcher. He is, like most Maine men,
large proportioned and muscular. Some years ago he ran
the Krauz from Washington to Boston, but has been
abroad since, trading between this country and the conti
nent. As the story goes, a British troop-ship, commanded
by an irritable, impetuous old officer of tho Queen's
"naveo," was at anchor in a foreign port. Captain
Pitcher's bark was beiug piloted in, and, through some
mismanagement, fouled the jibboom of the troop-ship,
doing, however, littlo or no damage. The old officer, in a
fury of rage, howled :
"Come on board, sir."
The Yankee skipper, not exactly knowing what to do
under the circumstances, pulled in his gig to the ladder
to tho troon-shio and mounted to tho Hp.p.k. Tin wne
somewhat startled when, as he stood upon it, the old
"Sentry, arrest that man."
The skipper was astonished, but quickly answered: "I
am an American citizen. I am unarmed, but no man
shall arrest me."
"Arrest him, sentry. Don't you hear me?'' roared tho
The sentry advanced to seize the skipper, but was met
with a left hander that would discount a pile-drivor.
Quickly the Yankee made for tho gangway, striking
down every man who interfered, leaping into his gig, and
pulled off to his bark. Straight to tho American Consul
he wont, and put his case before him. The later said he
would attend to the matter, and the next day the skipper
called. The consul sat at the center of the table; to his
right was the English officer, no othor than Vice-Admiral
Sir James Hope, Iv. C. B., in all the splendor of full uni
form. "Admiral Hope, Captain Pitcher," introduced the Consul.
"Captain, I am delighted to meet you," responded tho
Admiral. "And now let the war go on.'1
He spoke in the suavest manner and with the sweetest
of smiles. Tho skipper bluntly said that he thought tho
English officer should apologize.
'Not at all; not at all; no ray dear friend. You came
6n board my ship, whipped the entire Queen's navy, and
escaped without a scratch. Is that not suffioientsatisfaotion?
Don't let us havo auy Alabama claim business; pleaso
don't ask an apology; you are too good a fellow, I know,
to force it."
"Well, Admiral," began the captain, greatly molified,
"well, Admiral, I sorter guess that it's all right.'
"Of course it is. We are diplomats, and I, have some
splendid braudy in my cabin. These are excellent cigars;
wo will adjourn to our brandy and oigars; and our two
nations will postpone tho war. If all your sailors are liko
you, I should prefer tho war bo indefinitely postponed."
Being in a tobaoco store on Onvvier street, NowOrloans.
Col. Boyd foil to pnUsing his blooded dogs of tho terrier
and bull species. Hi attravasranco provoked the remark
from Col. A. D. WflfMW, n bystander, that his colored
porter owned a mm bmk eould whip any fighting dog
in the city. The teMt Wi? dispute and the dispute
grew and out f H m" tm$m. Tho fight took placo
at Nolllgan'ft, m . vwi sorting " centre in New
Orleans. The & i wut wore drawn up rogu
Inrly. Boyd Ja4 .- mfast named Sara. Tho dog
...bMV .y-.. - , iuiiiuiu luwg oi ouu gramiuus, aim wuu a capacity or eleven cartridges,
bono and tfteltt. 11 .m wrsva a veteran. wiHi lrmn- pinw This Bhu-niiomKnw ..r. i, mn,ZA !.,..i.i . :n
and tooth and kNW w fk UU ran: A 1,000 to $500 aud it nets automatically when tho store-chamber is
that tho coon wuuM lv la in i ton minutes; $1,000 to $350 opoued or evou whou it is shut, no special movementbeing
in ten minmoft; tt.OW t $100 in one-half hour by the necessary. In opening tho store-chamber a cartridgo
Watch. SovoriU tmckotS Of WSUer WOro nlaeod in thn rinn- enniM forward. Kn flmf if. wtH fs.ll infri nlnrtn ,ul,n fi
for Anriv'g benefit. Bv tho titno, all was ?n rAmimncs I cfnvfl.nhniin : nin ,! iti,:b ofnw. i. u .
rrtfU"l 11 111 , , ,-' .vnu.uuoj u.uwvuuuiuui JO KVtIIU UJ"JIIUU, JUIUJ OlUig'WllHIUUr UilU
A Terr.blo Weapon.
According to tho National Zeitung tho now Prussian
gun is a ropeating guu capable of firing twelve shots por
twenty-four second, after which it may bo used as a gun
of one shot. This result has been obtained by a storo-
onamoornouung cartridges mado ot sueeMron. we xslxlns
850 grammes, and with a oanacitv of eleven cartridges.
50,000 Imd been staked on tho result, and tho betters
wore all men of position and society. A member of Con
gress, tho shonlV and all tho city officials wero present.
The fight was opened by a dash of tho torrior. For a full
minute tho beasts rolled hi deadly embrace over tho arena
aud tho fur flow. At tho end of tho first round tho dog
wasn't suoh a favorite, though ho still led. Round after
rouud was fought until forty-fivo minutes had been con
sumed. Tho coon with singular cunning upsot tho buckets
of water in tho saw-dust so that tho dog slipped hora and
ihoro. Tho fight ended in tho complete discomfiture of
tho dog, which died on tho following day from- his
bo adapted to any gun loading at tho broach, if tho latter
bo provided with a cylindrical dosing ; and thus repeating
guns aro obtained. It requires but fifteou seconds to refill
tho store-ohambor, whon it may bo carried separately or
at onco inserted in tho gun. In the latter case it is ap
plied to the cartridge-chamber, tho weight coming favor
ably upon tho centre of gravity of tho gun. The gun does
not lose auy of its qualities of rapid discharge by this ad-
dition. By means of this invention one cau be. loading
while firing, it is a curious faot that tho author of this
murderous Improvement is 3lr. Loowo, a member of tho
Progressionist party of Prussia, and attaohed as smoh to
tho "Leagon ot Peace."
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