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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C, SEPTEMBER 17, 1881.
A SUMMER SONG.
Under the willows the wild birds sung
In the sunset glow of fiery gold,
And the echoes back from the forest rang
Like fairy chimes in the days of old :
" Tti whit ! tu weet I
Tu whit! tu weet!
Oiw days are blest, our dreams are sweet,
Though nights be dark and cold ! "
Under the willows the wild birds sang
In the sunset glow of fiery gold,
And answering notes from the forest rang
Like fairy chimes in the days of old ;
Sweeping sorrows into the past,
With a joyous scourge and a backward cast,
Hurling the demon of discontent
To his native gloom with pinions rent.
While a prean followed his flying feet,
-And the air was filled with songsters fleet :
" Tu whit ! tu Aveet !
Tu whit ! tu weet !
Our days are blest, our dreams are sweet,
Though nights be dark and cold ! "
"Under the willows the wild birds sang
In the sunset glow of fiery gold,
And the melody back from the forest rang,
Like fairy chimes in the days of old !
To a weary soul they brought release
From famished grief unto restful peace ;
And touched with a wand from Lethe's shore.
On its golden hinge swung the secret door,
Burring the way to passion's beat,
Again the heralds their notes repeat :
"Tu whit! tu weet!
Tu whit! tu weet!
Our days are blest, our dreams arc sweet,
Though nights be dark and cold ! "
John P. True in the Youth's Comjmnwn.
A SEA FIGHT IN THE FOG.
1 was first mate of the privateering schooner i
Tigress. She was a vessel fully equipped "to !
make general reprisals against the goods, ships, j
and subjects of the French nation," as the com-
mission, granted by his Britannic Majesty, read. ,
She was flush fore and aft, with a small main- ;
hatchway and very roomy deck. Her beam was j
twenty-seven feet, and her length was one him- !
dred and nine feet. She mounted a twenty-four !
pounder on the forecastle, where there was plenty '
of room to work it. Her bulwarks were six feet
high and of extraordinary thickness. She car- her. Xow and again the water gurgled along
Tied six eighteen pounders, three on a side, and ; SKie, or the rudder faintly jarred, or a timber
dour forty-two pound carronades, as well as the
-two twenty-four pound chasers, making in all
twelve guns. Her mainmast was eighty-four .
feet high, and the height from the deck to the .
topmast-head was very nearly a hundred and
fifty feet. She sat low in the water, and but
for her beam her low lree-board would have
threatened a wet ship in a seaway ; but deep as ,
she lay, her upper sheathing came a foot above
the point of immersion, and the metal sparkled
J ike new gold. Captain Shelvocke, her com
mander, had found no difficulty in obtaining a
crew. The pick of two hundred eager volun-
teers had been chosen, and every man of the :
ninety selected was a native of Great Britain. ;
I had been aroused at four o'clock one morn- I
ing, and, having gone on deck, had found the ,
dawn bright m the east, and the schooner, under i
Jieavy canvas, hugging the wind and heading j
-west-southwest. Indeed, the wind had chopped
around and was blowing oft the English coast, the !
nearest point of which was Dungeness: though j
not only was there no land in view, but the !
weather was so thick that the horizon lay at a
distance of not more than two miles around us.
I had hoped that Avhen the morning broke the
haze would lift, but when the sun rose and hung
over the sea-line like the bottom of a newly
scoured copper kettle, the fog came down as thick
as a feather-bed and bleAv in a stream across the
deck. It AA-as all a blank to within three ships' j
lengths ahead of us. The green seas came curling
and foaming out of the fog to AvindAvard, but you
could not see one inch beyond the point at which
their forms greAv defined, and they Avent combing
in curves as polished as oil to leeAvard, A-anishing
instantly Avhen they came in contact Avith the
xuk uwvav was urm uui uie uanij) inaue u
uncomfortable. The decks were so slippery that j
it was not easy to keep one's footing. The moist-
ure fell in shoAvers from the rigging, and drops of j
water formed on the brim of my hat as fast as I J
could shake them off.
At four bells the watch turned out to wash !
down. There were so many men to perform this !
job that it Avas soon over, and the decks being '
cleared up and the rigging coiled down, the
schooner took a more comfortable air: but the
fog remained unpleasantly dense, and sometimes
settled doAvn so thick that the inner jib Avas not
to be seen from the binnacle. Fortunately, we
had plenty of sea-room.
But fogs of this nature Avere tolerably fruitful
of disagreeable surprises. At any moment an
enemy's hooker might ooze out of the thickness
and be aboard of us. I therefore took care to see
everything clear, and stationed some experienced
hands as lookout men, keeping my OAvn " Aveather
eye lifting," as Ave say at sea.
We knew there was a large French corvette in i
the neighborhood, mounting A-ery heaA-y batte
ries, and a great deal too big for us to handle : and
it would be no great joke for the fog suddenly to
clear and expose the beauty lying close enough
to deliver a broadside before Ave could give the
schooner canvas enough to get aAvay.
Shortly before eight bells ShelA-ocke came on
deck, and seeing how matters stood, and that the
breeze Avas dropping, the order Avas passed along
for the men to keep silence, also for no bells to be
.struck, and for the leadsman to speak his report
in a low tone to a hand stationed by his side for
the purpose of bringing his messages aft to the
officer in charge. In addition to this, the foresail j
Avas securely brailed up, and the stay-sail and i
inner-jib hauled down to silence the Happing; j
iind the schooner, under her main-sail and stand- I
ing jib, glided sloAvly up and doAvn over the
"breathing SAvell, as silent as a dead-house, and
.-amid a fog as impenetrable as a blanket.
At eight o'clock I Avent beloAv to break last.
"This fog is A'ery bothersome," said I. glancing
up at the skylight that lay like squares of smoked
lass over the cabin.
The second mate left the cabin, and returned
nfter an absence of a few minutes. "Thick as
jnud, sir, and there's very little wind, and there's
310 appearance of it clearing." He went on deck
ugain, and after Shelvocke and I had hung oaxt
.ihv chart a few minutes Ave followed him.
It was my watch below, but I had no mind to
u rn in. The fog was irritating and burdensome :
2 considered it my duty to be on the alert. Al-
though there was very little wind the fog Mew
across the deck in horizontal lines; i"i was as
white as steam, but not the more nenetrable for
that. Sometimes it would open a little in folds
and disclose the water for about a cable's length
from the side of the vessel, lying as white as
though it were full of chalk sediment, and not a
blur upon it, though there was a small ground
swell, upon which the schooner rose and sank
sluggishly, but quite noiselessly, as everything
had been hauled taut aloft, and the sheets flat-tened-in
to prevent the canvas from shaking.
For the most part, however, the fog hung around
j and over us in a curtain, sometimes so dense that promptly. "And you ?"
J the men forward could not be seen, while the j There was no answer to this; instead, I heard
masts shot up and disappeared in it as if they had a sound uncommonly like the traversing of car
! been sawn short off at the point where they van- ronade-slides, accompanied by more hauling and
ished. Thehelmsman was a mere looming shadow: i pulling and boxing about of the yards,
i although there was a brilliant sun shining over- "Mind!" I sung out. "They are making
i head, it produced no other effect upon the extraor- ready to give us a broadside, sir. They evidently
: dinary thick mist than to whiten it : the swell ! suspect us."
! was fast subsiding, and the lines of fog, like trail- ! And sure enough, as I said this, the white mist
i ing smoke, were barely driven by the languid
' draught of air that was moving from the north
i "Hark ! what was that?" 1 exclaimed.
" What did you hear ? '" whispered Corney. look-
ing into the fog right and left.
I "Hush!" I muttered, ''there is a vessel near
i us." 1 went to Shelvocke. "Did you hear a
noise like the creak of a block just this minute,
" Like the creak of a block ?
Where awav?" he
exclaimed, jumping up.
"j cannot say where the sound came from, sir,
hut ve may hear something more by listening."
j r0t U1)0n a gun to give mv ear a good hoist
above the bulwarks, and barkened with rapt at-
tention. whilst Shelvocke, with his head inclined,
st0od like a war-horse with cocked ears, waiting.
The men, observing our posture, watched us to
know what the matter was. There was a perfect
silence throughout the whole length of the ves-
sc that was not a little impressive when one
thought of the crowd of living beings that filled
groaned ; but these last sounds were barely audi-
ble, whilst aloft the canvass was as quiet as a
On a sudden a cock crowed out in the fog
The noise, as I fancied, came from the starboard.;
quarter, but Shelvocke bent his ears toward the
starboard bow. Every man on deck had heard
the crow, and a half-suppressed titter ran along.
It was funny enough to hear the bird's voice
sounding from the sea, amid the dense fog, but
the humor was made somewhat grim by the pos-
sibility that the enemy was close to us.
The moment Shelvocke heard the cock, he whis-
pered to me to see all clear, and to have the men
stationed; but they were strictly ordered not to :
Speak above their breath, and they went to quar-
ters in their bare feet. This was one of the
strangest, and certainly one of the most exciting,
experiences I had encountered since I had been
to sea. Here we were at quarters, and lying all
breathless, so to sneak, in an impervious fog that
hung in dense vaporous masses all around us, in j
close company Avith a ship that was not only utter- .'
ly invisible, but whose very neighborhood could
not be guessed, nor her nationality and character
ShelA-ocke stood groping along the fog Avith his
eyes. I Avent softly from one side of the deck to
the other, frequently imagining I s:iav a dark
outline looming amid the vaporous folds. Pres-
ently Ave heard a sound like that of a coil of rope '
flung upon deck, and the rattle of shot or chain.
'"Where does it come from. Mr. Madison, think
you?" Avhispered Shelvocke. "I never knew
anything more deceptive."
i; I think 1 see a sort of darkness out yonder,
sir." said 1, pointing to the quarter in which all i
along I believed the vessel lying. "Look a little ,
aAvay to tne ieit oi me stern oi tne cutter."
But as I said this, fog closed all around again. ;
and Shelvocke shook his head.
I see nothing." he ansAvered. and went to the i
side and looked over: then returned to me. "She
has not an inch of way on her!" he exclaimed,
and motioned with his hand to the leadsman.
The felloAv dropped the lead softly ; the soundings
made twenty-two fathoms.
Four bells were struck in the fog. The tone
Avas marvelously clear, and so close as to make :
me start, and a moment later Ave heard a man's
A'oice hailing some oiie aloft or forward on the
"What lingo was that?" exclaimed Shelvocke.
"I only caught two Avords, :laissc.z! htisscz!7
Avhich I take to be French for 'drop it!:" 1
" Hush !" cried Shelvocke: and at that instant
another voice called out loudly. This evidently
came from aloft ; it seemed to be up in the air,
over our heads
Sheh-ocke made no remark, but Avaiked aft,
and stood looking over the taffrail. For some
minutes Ave stood staring and listening, and j
were beginning to think that it Avould end in
j the vessels drifting apart, and in our getting
! no sight of our neighbor if the fog did not lift
; before the night came, when all at once the
fog thinned right abeam, as though a lane was
opened in it by a passage
Avind, and dis-
closed about a quarter of a mile of Avhite Ava
ter, Avith just a faint spangle of sunlight touch
ing the further extremity of it. The folds of
the fog rolling to the south Avard, this lane j
Avent Avith them, and Avhen it reached the quar- !
ter, there, standing in the clear space of it,
and about a pistol-shot aAvay from the Tigress,
Avas a large black ship of not less than six
hundred tons, lying broadside on to us, Avith
grcat channels Avhich gave her rigging a tre
mendously Avide spread, and immensely square
lower-yards. The fog came down as Ioav as
her tops, so that all of her upper spars Avere
hidden. She shoAved five guns for her broad
side. I sprang aft to take her bearings by
the compass, and Avhen 1 looked again she Avas
gone. But gone only to the eye, for hoav that
they had seen us, the ear could determine their
Avhereabouts Avith laughable precision. It Avas
evident that our sudden apparition had greatly
alarmed her people. We heard a Avhole Arol
ey of orders thundered out in French; ropes
Avere let go, blocks squealed, yards Avere sharp
ly braced around.
"A merchantman, and a fine one!" ex
claimed Shelvocke. "Mr. Corney, you speak
i French. 1 believe, in a way to deceive French-
j men," said Shelvocke. "Will you please hail
that vessel, and get them to tell you what they
know of her?"
"What vessel, captain?" said Corney, staring
into the fog.
" Why, the vessel you can hear, sir ! "
" Ho, the ship ahoy ; " shouted Corney.
"Who are you?" came back the reply.
"The French schooner St. Brieux, from the
north, bound to St. Nazaire," responded Corney,
. flashed up like crimson, as though a mine had
exploded close aboard, a heavy roar of artillery
followed, and the sea wtis torn up by a shower or
grape about twenty feet away from us.
"Let them have it, men ?" shouted Shelvocke,
in a voice that must immediately have let the
Frenchmen into the secret of the aSY. Brieu.r;
"aim as I point, and high, to cripple her for us
when the fog lifts. How does she bear, Mr.
" Xortheast three-quarters east, sir."
He glanced at the compass, and indicated the
position of the vessel by extending his hand
The guns were canted and fired. In all five
i pieces were discharged, and to judge by the
i crashing and splintering of timber and several
: sharp yells, the grape and round-shot had
. plumped faithfully home. Another broadside
: followed from the Frenchman, and again the
j iron sleet tore up the water wide of the mark,
. From the heavy, broad scattering of the missiles,
it was plain that they were fighting us with ear-
ronades. and it seemed by the explosions that the
metal was of heavy calibre.
Our men. following in the direction indicated
by Shelvocke, fired again, and once more we heard
' the grape rattling and tearing along the invisible
deck, and the splintering and crashing of yards
and masts aloft. If the fog was thick before,
; there remains no word to express the opacity of
it now that the smoke of the cannon hung around
us. Although, as I have said, the enemy lay
within pistol-shot, the very flame-spouts of his
last broadside had not glanced the least reflection
on the solid body of smoke and vapor; the men
stationed at our guns could scarcely see one an-
other, and when we fired our third broadside
they had nothing but the recollection of the spot
indicated by the captain to go by.
Five times the Frenchman fired at us, and the
last time his grape sung close along the port side
of the schooner, showing they were aAvare that
their shot had taken no effect, and that they had
shifted their aim. ;A little more, and this broad
or they fired Avith de-
vessel Avas twice as
pressed nn -' fni
high out o ' n- $
is ours. As it was, not a 1 tained all the while it Avas knocking around.
' e had taken their bear- . Muscatine Tribune.
single shot "
ings, but t:. ,, -uu e id .y not taken ours: and
it Avas by omissions of this kind, apparently so
inconsiderable, but in reality of the very first
importance, that French naA-al officers lost most
of the A-essels entrusted to them by a country
Avhose reverses at sea Avere only to be equalled by
its disasters on land.
We Avere in the act of giving them a fourth
broadside, Avhen they hailed to say they surren
dered. Sheh'ocke immediately ordered the pin
nace to be lowered and manned Avith twelve sea
men, in charge of Mr. Tapping, with orders to
take possession. The boat's crew Avere armed
to the teeth, Shelvocke being apprehensive of;
treacnery : anu a smaii compass nemg sent down,
and the vessel's bearings given, the pinnace
shoved off, and Avas immediately swallowed up
in the fog.
We waited anxiously for Tapping's hail to an
nounce his arriA-al, the men being still at quarters
and the guns double shotted, ready to bestoAV
their terrible dose should the boat's crcAv meet
Avith any resistance. But Ave had no fear that
the third mate Avould overshoot his mark, as he
had the bearings of his prize, and it was certain,
from the result of our broadsides, that the vessel
had not drifted half her own length from ihe
spot in AAiiich Ave had sighted her.
We remained Avaiting for some time I, for one,
expecting every moment to hear pistol shots and
the clash of cutlasses, as I thought it extremely
probable that the Frenchman had called for quar
ter as an excuse to get his boats out and toAv
aAvay from the place in Avhich Ave had hailed him,
Avhen, to our great relief, Ave heard a shout from '
" Hallo ! " answered Shelvocke. '
" Itrs all right, sir. She's a splendid ship. We've j
got the Frenchmen under hatches, and liberated ;
" What's the name of the vessel ?" '
"The Hanover, bound from London to. Jamaica, j
She Avas captured this morning at three o'clock
a; a French -pm-atecr, and has a prize creAV of j
fifteen men, Avho were taking her to Havre. '
There are forty of her crew and master aboard." j
"Is she much damaged ?" j
"Her foretop-mast is in halves, and the royal- I
masthead rests on the forecastle. Her loAver !
standing rigging is a good deal cut up, but I can't
see anything abo-e her tops. She has three men
killed and one slightly Avounded."
"Very well, Mr. Tapping. While this fog
holds, I shall fire a musket from time to iime,
which you will please auswer. Let the liberated
men turn to and refit as Avell as they can."
As soon as the sun reached the meridian the
fog began to thin doAvn in the Avest. One could
see it breaking up in thin masses like the clouds
round the brow of the mountain, with glimpses
of the sky shining amid the intervals, and the
sparkling of the open waters, while astern of -us
it was as thick as cream and the ship invisible.
We were all of us anxious to have a sight of the
recapture, and every eye was turned aft as the
vapor thinned down upon the ship, revealing J
first her hul 1 and next her courses, until presently
her main-royal yard oozed out, and then the
Avhole of her lay exposed; and a fine great ship
she looked, as her large black shape was thrown
into strong relief by the solid snow-white bodies
of vapor which were slowly rolling and settling
away down in the east.
I have been in many an engagement, but this
was the first, last, and only time I saw a ship
captured in a fog. From An Ocean Free Lance.
Never, under any circumstances, (says
Chicago Ifour-Glass), rub the limbs downward
rvu i.?;i :., :,.i,; ,..i.:i, i mnnhod
j by rubbin" is all venous or blue blood. It
is charged with waste and poisonous mate
rials, and is struggling to get to the heart
and lungs for purification. Always rub upward.
But few invalids, especially with female diffi
culties, who will not feel a new life imparted to
them when this is tried for the first time. Valves
are placed in the veins purposely to resist down
ward movement, while the stiff arteries, near the
bone, are without them. Clasp the wrist tightly
and see what multiple currents of poison start
: out 0n the hand, while none appear on the arm
back of the ligature. A life could be destroved .
in a short time by simply rubbing the limbs ,
downward; while j'ou can almost drag the dead (
out of the grave by rapid, persistent, and general :
rubbing of the limbs upward, if no lesion of the
vital parts has occurred. In view of this, why
litis it not been so stated in the hundreds of
"Directions" for restoration of the dead from
asphyxia and syncope as in drowning and heart
disease? Kubbing to and fro sinrnly affects the
' canillaries doin- little if anv ood. Artificial
respiration is beneficial, but only when it has
given immilse to the heart. The best results
will be obtained by having as many as four or
six persons rubbing the limbs synchroniously
(all alike in rhythm) while another manipulates
the chest and abdomen.
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A CURIOUSLY CARVED HORN.
A son of Joseph M. Krewson, of Hatboro,
Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, recently
found a relic in the garden of Albert Hall. It
is a bullock's horn with scenic views artistically
i cut of the Xew York harbor and the River Hud-
son, with the principal cities along the course;
' on the opposite side is a large British crown,
while at the top the sun is just rising from the
horizon. The whole is skillfully executed. The
' place where it was found is near the spot where
the battle of Crooked Billet Avas fought. How '
it came there or how long it had been there is !
unknown. West Chester Village Record. j
THE STORY OF A VALISE,
A few days ago an old man got off the main
line train at Wilton to look about, and left an
old Aalise in the seat. When the signal Avas
given he jumped upon the South Avestern train
and did not discover his mistake till near Musca
tine, and then there Avas some lively hunting for
that old ragged valise. It Avas not found for
several days, but at last turned up in the baggage-room
at Iowa City, among some rubbish.
When the old man got it back he opened it and
quietly counted out 2,000 in gold, Avhich it con
A SNUFF STORY.
Lundy Foot, the celebrated snuff manufacturer
originally kent a small tobacconist shoo at Limer
ick. On one night his house, which was uninsured,
was burned to the ground. As he contemplated
the smoking ruius on the following morning, in a
state bordering on desnair. some of the noor
neighbors, groping among the embers for Avhat
thcA' could find, stumbled upon several canisters
j .. x
of unconsumed, but half baked snuff, which they
tried, and found it so pleasant to their noses that
they loaded their Avaistcoat pockets Avith it
t.h1v Foot nmnwl from hi tmior imit.-itPri
their example, took a pinch of his own property,
Avhen he Avas struck by the superior pungency :
and flavor it had acquired from the great heat to ;
Avhich it had been exposed. Acting upon the ;
hint, he took another house in a place called ,
Black Yard, erected ovens, and set about the ;
manufacture of that high-dried commodity Avhich
soon became widely knoAvn as Black Yard snuff'. I
EA-entually he took a larger house in Dublin, !
and, making his customers pay literally through !
the nose, amassed a great fortune for having been J
No Avise man ever wished to be younger. Dean
We exchanged our experience, and all learned
Sarcasm is the natural language of the devil.
Compensation is the law of existence the world
Death tarries not in its approach to the unfor
tunate and the abandoned. Annie E. Dickinson.
The sweetest Avine, if left exposed to feed on its
oavii sweetness, turns to sourest vinegar: so the
best affections, if turned back to prey upon them
selves, are changed to the bitterest hatred. Bul
wer. There are no footprints backward. Hampden.
Carthaginian women used to give their black ,
locks to string their country's bows, and to fur- '
nish cordage for its shipping. Evans.
There are three kinds of people in the Avorld
the wills, the won'ts, and the can'ts. The first j
accomplish everything; the second oppose every- !
J-1? Jli-1"- -! 11 --. .. f
thing; the third fail
There are two rocks in this world of ours on
Avhich the soul must either anchor or be wrecked
the one is God, and the other is the sex oppo
site. F. W. Robertson.
Pleasure is the reflex of unimpeded energy.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Good temper, like a sunny day, sheds a bright
ness OA-er eA-erything." It is the sweetner of toil
and the soother of disquietude.
Life is too short to waste
J n critic peep or cynic hark,
Quarrel or reprimand ;
'Twill soon he dark,
Ah! mind thine own aim, and
(iod speed the mark. Kmerson.
HOW HE TOLD THE TIME.
A good story, told at the expense of a well
known ex-judge, is going the rounds of the law
yer's offices, and it is heartily appreciated by
those who best' know the irascible but good
hearted disposition of the old gentleman. It
was an admiralty case, where he is most at home.
The deposition of a sailor, who was soon to die,
I mu t0 lje taken at his bedside in Brooklyn, one
day last week. "How long" the ex-iudire
snapped out as the first question on cross-exami-
I 11ltl0n 'do yon tnink it was after the vessel left
im. tuuui uauif i in-collision occurreur"
The sailor was himself something of a character,
and not so near death but tliat he appreciated the
vital importance of "getting back on" a cross-examining
"Waal," he drawled out, "'bout ten minutes
I s'd judge."
"Ten minutes! Ten minutes!" exclaimed the
lawyer, jumping up. "Man, how long do you
think ten minutes to be?"
"Jest 'bout ten minutes,'" was the unnmfiled
" How do yon generally measure ten minutes?"'
persisted the lawyer.
The old sailor turned slowly in bed and eved
his questioner. Then he turned back again and
, saidinditferently: "Waal, sometimes wida watch
, aml sometimes wid a claack."
T1"s clc the lawyer a little mad. He jerked
! ll5s watdl f'rom his pocket and said in a querulous,
ig"-pitched voice: "Oh, you do, do you? Well,
! I'll tell you when to begin, and you tell me when
. Icn umues :ire UP-
i The sailor slyty winked at the lawyer on the
j . r i . n
other side, and he took in the situation in an in
stant and made no objection. The ex-judge
stood with his back to a mantel on which a little
clock was quietly indicating the time to the sailor,
who lay facing it.
"Aye, aye," the sailor said, and remained
After three minutes had passed the ex-judge
became impatient and exclaimed, "See here, are
j J"011 Soh,S to keeP lls "ere all day?" But the
! sailor made no answer. As five and six and seven
i minutes went by the lawyer became almost wild
i in llls assumed anger at the man for keeping
them so long beyond the time. lint not until
the hand of the clock was on the exact notch of
ten minutes did the sailor speak. Then he said
carelesslA': "Guess the time mus' be 'bout un."
The judge put up his watch and sank back in
j his chair. "Well," he said, "of all men, dying or
; aliA'e, that I ever saw, you can measure rime the
j It is said that the ex-Judge does not even yet
I know Avhat made the other laAvyers double theni
I selves over Avith laughter as they did at that last
! remark of his. X. Y. Tribune.
; A SINGULAR PHYSICAL PHENOMENON.
i The unfortunate young man, George Kae, who
1 lost his arm from an accident received on the
. Xcav York and XeAV England road a lew Aveeks
since, has been seriously troubled by the cramp-
i ing of his fingers and arm on the side AAiiere there
Avas none. He felt the pain, although there was
't no arm there, and he kneAV it. A friend of his
i suggested the propriety of digging up the arnu
but-he did not believe in the stories he had heard
, about limbs troubling people after they Avere cut
' oft. The limb Avas, hoAvever, exhumed, and nuon
i .,., .-.,.
I examination it Avas lounci tliat the lingers were
j amPe(l tlie same as he stated his were, the
!thuml) ProJecte(1 and' the arm contracted,
! corresponding precisely with his description of
his fingers. Put in their proper place, the patient
Avas relieved of the pain immediately and has
suffered no more with it since. Danbury I)cm
SEVEN OCEAN CABLES.
The month of August seems to have a remark
able connection Avith transatlantic telegraphy
In the August of 18.17, the Agamemnon and the
Niagara, the British and the American govern
ment ships, set out from Yalentia bearing the
2,500 tons of the cable that Avas to connect this
country Avith Newfoundland. On the 11th or
that month the cable parted, and after months of
delay the ships reached their destination in Au
gust, 1S5S. It Avas on the 2d of that month that
the Queen passed to the American President, Mr.
Buchanan, the first telegraphic message that eer
Avent through the ocean. In the past month of
! August the telegram charges were reduced to
one-twentieth of Avhat they Avere. Seven cables
are now at Avork on the bottom of the Atlantic.
One of the seven companies by itself is Avorth
' 7.000,000, so great has been in the tAventy-three
j years the progress of the enterprise. The fare is
j noAv a shilling a Avord. Dublin Freeman's Jour.
THE FRUIT TRADE.
The fruit trade continues lively. Canning pro
ceeds on a large scale this year and the shipment
of fruit and grapes East is very heavy. Produc
ers generally are getting good returns this year.
A Healdsburg fruit grower has sent his peaches
and plums to this market, getting 40 a ton for
the former and $40 and $50 a ton for the latter.
The earliest and best grapes at Yacaville brought
$100 a ton for shipment East. Dr. Wells, of that
place, has been offered $40 a ton for the Avhole
yield of his vineyard, while CJ-. G. Briggs has con-
tracted to deliver 1,000 tons at Davisville for ?55
a t0n. One speculator in irranes. who had con-
tracted to take the product of twenty acres oi
Briggs's vineyard, at Winters, for shipment East,
sold out his bargain to Brewer, of Sacramento,,
for $3,000 profit before he had touched a grape.
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It is stated that the canneries can hardly nil a
j third of the English demand for apricots. The
i nectarine is coming into favor also. As a can
i ning fruit it is excellent, and the superintendent.
of the cannery at Kiverside last season stated
that 40,000 bearing trees now Avould be " but a
drop in the bucket" toward supplying the
demand. A It a ( 'alifoni ian .
Man endures opposition and reproof more read
ily than Ave suppose, only he Avill not endure
them when violent, even though they are de
served. Our hearts are flowers; they continue
open to the gently-falling deAv, but close against
the storm. Jean Paul.
Some bad people Avould be less dangerous if
they had not some goodness.
In difficult eases do nothing. Edgaicorlh.