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THE NATIONAL TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C NOVEMBER 2(5, 1881.
The box is nol of stainless alabaster
Which o'er thy (vet 1 break;
Kor tilled with coly ointment, gracious blaster,
Poured for thy sake.
Nay, rather is it .lmpen in this fashion
A living heart,
Dashed all across with scarlet stains of passion,
And broke in part;
"While from its open wound comes softly dripping,
Like slow tears shed.
On heavy drops, along thy footstool slipping.
It life-blood red.
It nerds no balm of myrrh for sweet or hitler,
Bui life and love;
The siid condition.-, make mine offering filler
Thy heart to move.
Prom all these claims of cruel -wrong and anguish,
This load of grief
"Wliervwith my mouI doth pant, and mourn, and languish,
CJivc me relief 1
In thy far homo is not thy soul &till tender
For mortal woe?
HearVt thon not still amid that spotless splendor
The seraphs, know?
Oh, turn thy human eyes from heavenly glory 1
Say as before
Those tendered words of all thy gospel story
" Go, sin no more! " LipiuncoWs Mayazint.
We scatter seeds with careless hand,
And dream we ne'er shall see them more;
r ut for a thousand years
Their fruit appears,
111 weeds that mar the land,
Or healthful store.
The deeds we do, the words we say
Into still air they seem to fleet,
"We count them ever p:tbt;
But they shall la-tr-Jn
the dread judgment they
And avc shall meet !
I charge thee by the years gone by,
For the love's sake of brethren dear,
Keep thou the one true way,
in work and play,
Iist in that world their cry
Of woe thou hear. John Kcble.
A PRIVATE CIRCUS.
BY JIMMY BROWN.
There's going to be a circus here, and I'm
going to it; that is, if father will let me. Some
people think it's wrong to go to a circus, hut I
don't. Mr. Travers sa-s that the mind of man
and hoy requires circuses in moderation, and that
the wicked hoys in Sunday-school hooks who
steal their employers' moneA to buy circus tickets
wouldn't steal it if their employers, or their
fathers or uncles, would give them circus tickets
once in a while. I'm sure I wouldn't want to go
to a circus every night in the week. All I should
want would be to go two or three evenings, and
Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. There
was once a boy who was awfully fond of going
to the circus, and his employer, who was a very
good man, said he'd cure him. So he said to the
boy: "Thomas, my son, I'm going to hire you
to go to the circus every night. I'll pay you
three dollars a week, and give you your board, if
you'll go every night except Sunday ; but if you
don't go, then you don't get any board and lodg
ing or any money." And the boy said, "Oh,
you can just bet I'll go ! " and he thought every
thing was lovely: but after two weeks he got so
sick of the circus that he would have given any
thing to be let stay away. Finally he got so
wretched that he deceived his employer, and
stole money from him to buy school-books with,
and ran away and went to school. The older he
grew the more he looked back with horror upon
that awful period when he went to the circus
every night. Mr. Travers says it finally had such
an effect npon him that he worked hard all day
and read books all night just to keep it out of
his mind. The result was that before he knew
it he became a very learned and a very rich man.
Of course it was very wrong for the boy to steal
money to stay away from the circus with, but
the story teaches us that if we go to the circus
too much we shall get tired of it, which is a very
We had a private circus at our house last
night at least that's what father called it, and
he seemed to enjoy it. It happened in this way.
I went into the back parlor one evening, because
I wanted to see Mr. Travers. He and Sue always
sit there. It was growing quite dark when I
went in, and going toward the sofa, I happened
to walk against a rocking-chair that was rocking
all by itself, which, come to think of it, was an
awfully curious thing, and I'm going to ask
somebody about it. I didn't mind walking into
the chair, for it didn't hurt me much, only I
knocked it over, and it hit Sue, and she said,
"Oh my, get me something quick!" and then
fainted away. Mr. Travers was dreadfully
frightened, and said, "Run, Jimmy, and get
the cologne, or the bay rum, or something.
So I ran up to Sue's room, and felt round in
the dark for her bottle of cologne that she
always keeps on her bureau. I found a bottle
after a minute or two, and ran down and gave it
to Mr. Travers, and he bathed Sue s face as well
as he could in the dark, and she came to and
said, "Goodness gracious, do you want to put
my eyes out ? "
Tust then the front-door bell rang, and Mr.
Bradford (our new minister) and his wife and
three daughters and his son came in. Sue
jumped up and ran into the front parlor to light
the gas, and Mr. Travers came to help her. They
just got it lit when the visitors came in, and
father and mother came down stairs to meet
them. Mr. Bradford looked as if lie had seen a
ghost, and his wife and daughters said, " Oh my ! "
and father and mother said, "What on earth!"
and mother just burst out laughing, and said,
"Susan, you and Mr. Travers seem to have had
an accident with the inkstand."
You never saw such a sight as these poor
young people were. I had made a mistake, and
brought down a bottle of liquid blacking the
same that I blacked the baby with that time.
Mr. Travers had put it all over Sue's face, so
that she was jet black, all but a little of one
cheek and the end of her nose, and then he had
rubbed his hands on his own face until lie was
like an Ethiopian leopard, only he could change
his spots if he used soap enough.
You couldn't have any idea how angry Sue was
with me just as if it was my fault, when all I
did was to go up stairs for her, and get a bottle
to bring her to with; and it would kave been
all right if she hadn't left the blacking bottle
on her bureau; and I don't call that tidy, if she
is a girl. Mr. Travers wasn't a bit angry; but
he came up to my room and washed his face, and
laughed all the time. And Sue got awfully
angry with hint, and said she would never speak
to him again after disgracing bor in that heart
less way. So he went home, and 1 could hear
him laughing all the way down the street, and
Mr. Bradford and his folks thought that he and
Sue had been having a minstrel show, and
mother thinks they'll never come to the house
As for father, he was almost as much amused
as Mr. Travers, and he said it served Sue right,
and he wasn't going to punish the boy to please
her. I'm going to try to have another circus
some day, though this one was all an accident,
and of course I was dreadfully sorry about it.
Harjicr's Youny People.
The inventive genius
A Paris correspondent of the Philadelphia iVr.ss
THE MODERN WATCH.
of man has never suc
ceeded in de closing a more beautiful piece of i says: The lines of works which encircle the Al
mechaiiism than the modern watch. For utility, satian capital were always noted for their strength,
durability, compactness, and attractiveness, it is but they were nothing as compared to what they
unsurpassed. Often at first purchased as an orna- ; will be when the Germans have finished the for
ment, it becomes in time almost indispensible, j till cations now almost completed. King Louis
and one becomes attached to it as to a valued j XI Y took great interest in these works, which
friend, and if by accident or inattention its musical j advanced rapidly in strength, to the great disgust
tick ceases, one feels a sense of loneliness without ) of the Germans, who were watching everything,
if. No more beautiful present could be given to j One day the Governor of the city learned that a
a friend, and years ago in making such present German engineer had entered Strasbourg dis
it was customary to make it the repository of guised as a merchant, with the intention of ex
tender verses and devices expressive of the senti- j amining the new fortifications. The Marquis at
ments of the donor. Neither the precise year of j once sent for the engineer and addressed him by
Not long ago, says the Boston correspondent of
the Concord Monitor, 1 had occasion to ride in a
Beacon-street car, well filled with passengers, many
of them Back Bay gentlemen noinghome to late
dinners. 1 took the only vacant seat, which was
near the forward end. Yerv soon a ladv friend
entered in a velvet polonaise, bordered with chin
chilla fur and a rich 1 'aris bonnet. Instantly sev
eral gentlemen sprang to their i'cet, offering seats.
"With a gracious recognition of their courtesy, she
accepted one midway the car. They crowded f o-
rfthrr mi fliA rmiinsitn t,ib niwl -fbf ffAiilldinoii
wrho had risen was reseated. The next passenger
was a negress, bowed with age, neatly but poorly
clad, and carrying a large basket filled apparently
with laundry work. She gave a timid glance up the
car with the sad, pathetic eyes of her race. I scan
ned the faces of the young men, wondering which
one would befriend her. The conductor slammed
the door, and as the car started the woman lurch
ed forward, but not a man stirred. My friend
laid her dainty glove on the wrinkled hand and
quietly seated poor Africa in her place, arranging
the basket conveniently at her feet. Their indiffer
ence fled at once. There wereseatsfor the elegant
lady on the right and left, which she frigidly de
clined. After a moment a large, fine-looking man
rose, and, touching his hat, said gravely, while
the color deepened in his face: "I deserved your
rebuke will you kindly take my seat?" She
accepted his apology and seat. I am sure none
who saw the incident will ever forget it.
THE LOST BOOKS OF THE BIBLE,
A correspondent writes to the New York Sun
Mr. H. "W. Turner says the appearance of the
revised edition of the New Testament reminds
him that he heard long ago of a lost Gospel to the
Hebrews. If Mr. Turner will take the trouble to
read the Bible over carefully he will find therein
proof that twenty-three books of it have been lost,
a few of which I will name for his information. In
the Book of Numbers, xxi, 14, occurs the following
reference: "Wherefore it is said in the Book of the
Wars of the Lord." Now, where is that book?
Lost. In the third Book of Kings it is recorded
that Solomon wrote three thousand proverbs.
There are not more than fifteen hundred in the
present Bible; the rest are lost. In the same
book it is mentioned that he wrote 105 canticles.
There is not half of that number in the present
Bible. Then we find an allusion to the Book of
Nathan the Prophet. There is no such book; it
is lost. In Chronicles we read that Acts of David
are written in the Book of Samuel the Seer and
Nathan the Prophet. There is no such book: it
is lost. There was an Epistle of St. Paul to the
Colossians ; it is lost. St. Paul wrote five Epistles
to the Corinthians; we have only two of them
the rest are lost. Altogether twenty-three books
of the Bible have been lost, nineteen from the Old
Testament and four from the New.
It is curious to note that in India a rainy day
is considered unlucky for a wedding, and that on
Scandinavian Thursday, the day of Thor, or
thunder, was also of bad omen. St. Elroy, in a
sermon, warns his flock from keeping Thursday
as a holy day; and Dean Swift, in a letter to
Sheridan, rhymes Thursday to "cursed day."
The Esthonians consider it unlucky, and in Dev
onshire it has but one unlucky hour. Mr. Jones,
who by the way makes no mention of Thursday
as the fatal day of the Tudors, does not attempt
to generalize from these curious facts, which,
indeed, we have picked out from difierent parts
of the book. Unlucky days in Cochin, China,
perhaps among the Mohammedan Malays, but we
are not told are the third day of the new moon,
being that on which Adam was expelled from
Paradise: the fifth, when the whale swallowed
Jonah ; the sixteenth, when Joseph was put into
the well; the twenty-fourth, when Zachariah
was murdered; and the twenty-fifth, when Mo
hammed lost his front teeth.
The ancient Egyptians were like the Chinese
in their careful observance of lucky and unlucky
days, and Mr. Jones may turn with profit for his
next edition to Mr. Mitchell's amusing Calendar,
in which they are detailed at length. Mr. Jones
says, that from ancient Egypt the evil or unlucky
days have received the name of Egyptian days,
given them in "a Saxon MS. (Cott. MS. Yitel, c.
viii, fo. 20)." They are the last Monday in April,
the first in August, and the "first Monday of
the going out of the month December," which
leaves us somewhat in doubt as to all the Mon
days in that month. London Saturday Reviciv.
LOOK OUT OR LOOK IN?
A Frenchman who prided himself on having
mastered the English language was astonished
when a friead said to him: "How do you do? "
" Do vat ! " "I mean how do you find yourself? "
"Sair, I nevair lose myself." "But how do you
feel?" "Smooth; you just feel me." His experi
ence in mastering English was less trying, how
ever, than that of a fellow-countryman of his,
who on traveling on a canal-boat heard the cry,
"Low bridge look out!" and taking the words
literally looked out in time to be struck by the
bridge. His exclamation on recovering himself
was, "Vat a peoples, vat a tongue; you says look
out ven you means look in."
the invention nor the name of the inventor can
be confidently f-taled. It is claimed that a man
with the rather startling name of Hell, who
resided in Germany, first made watches in the
year MOO. They u ere very rude affairs compared
with those made at the present time, but they
were highly prized. Whether this origin is correct
cannot now be ascertained, but it is known that
his real name. The spy was naturally startled,
but Chamilly, taking him by the hand, led him
into an adjoining room, where several French
officers were seated at a table. "Gentlemen,''
said the Governor, "I bring you another guest
who has done us the honor to pay us a visit."
The confusion of the engineer was profound, but
what was his astonishment when at the end of
for a long time they were called Nuremburg eggs ! the meal the Marquis, sending for the plans, ex-
iV'Mn the town where they were made and from j plained to him in detail till the new works. The
the oval shape, bearing some fancied resemblance ; spy was now certain that he was fated to be shot,
to an egg. They were worn suspended from the But Chamilly did not stop here. Sending for
girdle, aud must, at first, have been worn by j horses, he conducted his guest over the works,
ladies as bits of jewelry, for in the London Notes
and Qucri ". '.
halls.at 0 . t;
woman wV f' .
time all kn -
them, anc nert i
with the hirftoiv
material 1 s b
was publi 'icd i.t '
riositieso ' ' )-
century it -t-i:.' .1
as uniqtu as it
various curious !. ..
time to til w. i .o
form of a gold u ;.-
Another, i ihe :"
being pert. i',y . .
lowTer pari .vis '
dial-plate. ' m
tale of Ju; ft' .-m'
in the bod . ci
centre wh- r he
engraved , .:h .-ac- .
made in ' 'ru
Abbess wa. . '
of Stamfor.' Vb "' .
out of Ja- inti , ,.
diamonds n an en
ghastly an t nn.,i.i.
Poitiers b( me the
a widowr, a 1 1)-
her mourr .: c '
'1 there was in one of the
. '' figure, n facsimile of the
. watch. In the course of
hw. s designs Avere given to
. ich of interest connected
of ' 'tie-pieces that enough
' ! - i ;d to form a book, which
'!"i under the title of "Cu-
'' itches." In the sixteenth
entering into minute explanations as to the ad
vantages of each one of them. On their way back
the German commended his soul to God, for he
thought his time had now come beyond all man
ner of doubt. A post-chaise was standing at the
door. Bowing gracefully to the engineer, the
Governor said :
"Sir, tell your imperial master what you have
seen, and assure him that Strasbourg is too well
fortified; that with all the forces of the empire he
he aim to have the watch j would not be able to make himself master of it,
ossible to make it, and ; or to detach it from the territory of France."
Two centuries have passed since that speech
Aras made. Five times have the Germans in
vaded the Alsatian province. The prediction of
the Marquis of Chamilly remained true until
eleven years ago.
j lave been described from
'lem was one made in the
a hich discharged a dimin-
)1 at a certain hour.
i tiny duck, the feathers
upon the silver. The
- open, and disclosed the
i an odd fashion the classic
tymede. The works were
which opened across the
ate could be seen, richly
d flowers. Others were
- cross and were called
. hich belonged to the Earl
gant. The case was cut
.e cover set round with
(1 border. But the most
design was that in use
mo-t lugu . v - .
Rings wen made iT
the fingers, and -m .
as jewels. The vr
of a skull, iY t '
spring and 4iov '
the unforf .n.ite
the last n iined. an.
rite of the King, she was
isant court not only made
fashion, but adopted the
for personal adornment.
:orm of skeletons clasping
ffins of gold were worn
s were made in the form
le skull opened with a
iial-plate. The watch of
meen of Scots was like
s presented by her to a
lady fneuc uie da i e her execution. These
fashions pasetLav vfh.ir- r the seventeenth century
and the g sv-tj .,$ . ict form in use at the
present tin..1 was j.-!"e-. -1. A watch ordered by
Louis XIL, in a pr - to Charles I, was con
sidered at o time cideriul piece of work on
account of .ts sm ; it . (it was two inches long
and one and a halt i:.- 'tes across, and was one
inch in thh 'vv. Tl. back was chased with
the figure ct" - ' ue conquering the dragon.
This watch wouM 1 - '!. sideredveiy large at the
present tim ' l.en : make them as small as a
ten-cent pi . - S a the watchmaker was
formerly coi ud : 'aportant personage, and
was enumei.-i a an officer of the household,
with a regular salary.
The trade in watches in this country is quite
extensive. There are several large and very suc
cessful manufactories, which turn out first-class
goods. They make them of all grades, and one
can purchase a watch at prices ranging from $30
to o00. Besides those manufactured in this
country, large numbers are imported every year.
Last year the importations of the manufactured
articles and materials were valued at $1,500,000.
Many persons prefer the imported watches, and
the trade is kept up. Many also prefer them wiio
do not care to pay the duty on them, and smug
gling in this particular line is A'ery great. All
kinds of artifices are practiced to conceal the
merchandise about the person ; indeed, some of
them are almost incredible. Harpers Magazine
published a few years ago a very interesting
article about the detection of smugglers in the
New York custom-house, and related the case of
a man who had just landed, and who, irom his
manner, was suspected of having dutiable goods
concealed about him. He was carefully searched,
but the examination tailed to show anything
wrong. After it was over he gave such a sigh of
relief and was evidently in such hurry to be off
that the officers subjected him to a second exam
ination. Again nothing was discovered. By this
time the perspiration stood out in great drops
over his forehead antf-hc was trembling in every
limb. The officer was convinced that something
was wrong, and the third examination showed,
concealed in each arm-pit by means of a patch of
pitch, a very small and very valuable lady's
President Tyler's wife died at Washington Sep
tember 10, 1842, and he was again married while
President, June 26, 1S4-1, to Miss Julia Gardner,
of New York, the only event of the kind which
has occurred in our history.
NEVER TAKE OFF YOUR CAP.
Three naval officers, representing respectively
the English, the French, and the American Na
tions, were in conversation in a tea-house in Pe
kin. Naturally, each was claiming superiority
for his own countrymen in various ways, when
the French officer made the assertion that the
French were the best swordsmen. This was de
nied by both the Englishman and American.
" Very well," said the Frenchman, " there is to be
a public execution of criminals by beheading
with the sword, to-day, so Ave can test the mat-
Vhen the ianyms Diana of j ter'" This proposition was at once agreed to,
and the three officers asked and received permis
sion to act as the executioners of three of the
criminals. The Frenchman had the first priAi-
lege. "Tie a piece of tape around that man's
IMPORTANT DISCOVERIES IN BABYLONIA.
The revelations in archeology multiplv. rn,e
public has hardly ceased to wonder ov. r the dis
covery of tlie mummies of man- Pharohs and
their families than Mr. Kassam, the able successor
of A. If. Layard and George Smith in Assyrian
and Babylonian explorations, announces new and
startling results. It Avill be recollected that
j Smith's exploration of the palace of King Assur-
uanipai brought to light a whole library of in
scribed brick tablets, some of which embodied
accounts of the creation and the deluge, strik
ingly like those in Genesis. These were mostly
reprints, so to speak, of much older Chaldean
works. It was hoped that the original miijlit be
unearthed, and there is now reason to believe
that this expectation will not be disappointed.
I here are now over 3 000 tablets of this kind in
tne muibii museum. Among others are the rec
ords of the family of Beni ICr-il.I, which for cen
turies were at the head of Babylonian commercial
affairs, and the administrators of Babvlonian
finance. The documents arc all thoroughly clas
sified, and fully explain the manner in Avhich the
revenue of the empire was raised.
There have also been found in the ruins of tho
palace at Babylon an outline history of the em
pire from the seventh year of Nabonitius to the
capture of the city by Cyrus; fragments of in
inscriptions of Nebuchadnezzar, and a proclama
tion by Alexander the Great. Remains of hydrau
lic works have been dug into in the so-called Babel
mound, Avhich, with some inscriptions, go to shoAv
that parts of the famous hanging gardens have
been unearthed, and evidence is afforded that
there were more than sixty public jflrks and gar
dens in Babylon.
Across the Euphrates, at Abu Hubba, a citadel
and temple have been excavated. The results
here attained can best be described in the Avords
of the London Times: "The first three lines of
the largest of the foundation records bring our
speculative thoughts to a focus, and centre our
minds on the traditions of one of the most an
cient cities of Chaldea: 'To the sun-god, the
great lord, dwelling in Bit-Para, which is within
the city of Sippara.' Here, then, Ave have re
stored to us the ruins and records of a city whose
traditions go back to the daA's before the flood,
Avhen pious Xisuthrus, by order of his god, 'bur
ied in the city of Sippara of the Sun the history
of the beginning, progress an end of all things7
Ave recover, twentv-
neck," he said. It Avas done. With a swift
stroke of the SAvord he severed the head from the
body, dividing the tape exactly in the middle.
The Englishman's turn came next. " Tie a hair
around that man's neck," Avas his direction. With
equal deftness he cut the head off, Avhen it was
found that the hair had been split its entire
length. The American then prepared to try his
hand. Giving the SAvord a turn or tAo Avith
great swiftness, he rested the point of it on the
floor and looked at his man. "Am I not to haA'e
something tied around my neck?" asked the
criminal. "No. Just take your cap off," replied
the American. The man raised his hand to do
so, and boAving slightly, his head fell on the floor.
He had been beheaded Avithout feeling the blade.
THE EARTH ERYING UP,
There is abundant evidence that the amount of
Avater on the surface of the earth has been stead
ily diminishing for many thousands of years. No
one doubts that there Avas a time Avhen the Cas
pian Sea communicated Avith the Black Sea, and
Avhen the Mediterranean covered the greater part
of the Desert of Sahara. In fact, geologists tell
us that at one period the Avhole of the earth Avas
covered by Avater, and the fact that continents of
dry land iioav exist is proof that there is less Avater
on our globe now than there Avas in its infancy.
This diminution of our supply of water is going
on at the present day at a rate so rapid as to be
clearly appreciable. The rivers and smaller
streams of our Atlantic States are A-isibly smaUer
than they Avere tAventy-five years ago. Country
brooks in Avhich men now liA'ing Avere accustomed
to fish and bathe in their boyhood, have, in many
cases, totally disappeared, not through any act of
man, but solely in consequence of the failure of
the springs and rains Avhich once fed them. The
level of the great lakes is falling year by year.
There are many piers on the shores of lake-side
cities Avhich vessels once approached with ease,
but Avhich uoav hardly reach to the edge of the
Avater. Harbors are everyAvhere groAving shal
loAver. This is not due to the gradual deposit of
I seven centuries after they Avere buried, the rec
ords of the pious restorer of this ancient temple.
Such a discovery as this almost makes us inclined
to dig on in hopes of finding the most ancient
records buried there by the Chaldean Noah.
There are many points of history raised by this
inscription, but it will suffice to say that from
the earliest days of Babylonian history the city of
'Sippara of theSun'Avasa prominent centre of
social and religious life. The excavations, there
fore, at Abu Hubba luwe restored to us the ruins
of the great temple of the sun-god, 'the House
of Light,' in the Chaldean Heliopolis. The monu
ments reveal to us the fact that there Avas a sec
ond city of Sippara, Avhose ruins are probably
marked by the mounds of DeAT, and which Avas
dedicated to the goddess Anat or Anunit, and
the tAVO cities of Sippara may be identified Avith
the cities of Sepharvaim, mentioned by the He-
breAV AAriter of the Second Book of Kinj
discovery is greatly enhanced by the further dis
coveries made by Mr. Rassam in another grave
mound of Chaldea. The excaA'ations which the
explorer made in the mounds of Hubl Ibraheera,
some ten miles east of Babylon, have restored
records Avhich prove that beneath the-e ruins
Avere the remains of temples and palaces of the
city of Cutha,one of the great theological centres
of Babylonia. In the southern portion of the
larger of the two mounds at Hubl Ibraheem, Mr.
Rassam found extensiA-e remains of buildings,
chambers, and corridors, and the inscribed bricks
and tablets recovered point to these edifices as
being the remains of the great temple of Nergal
and his consort Laz, which Avas restored by the
great temple builder Nebuchadnezzar. To the
biblical scholar the discoveries of these cities,
Sepharvaim and Cntha, is a great gain, for from
them Avere brought the men of Sepharvaim and
the men of Cutha, who Avere placed in Samaria
by the Assyrian conqueror, Sargon (2 Kings XAii.
24-31). The descendants of these Avorshipers of
Adrammelech and Anammelech, and Nergal, the
god of Cutha, are now to be found in the small,
Avhite-robed congregation Avho gather around the
high priest Yaktib in the synagogue at Nabulus."
THE GREAT POMTCHARTRAIN BRIDGE,
A reporter saAV R. W. Rogers, the railroad con
tractor, the other day about the great bridge across
Lake Pontchartrain. Mr. Rogers said: "The
bridge is to be five miles in length. The trestle
Avork on this side, by Avhich the bridge is to be
approached, Avill extend from the People's Canal
earth brought down by rivers or of refuse from to Foint aux-1 erbs, a distance of sixteen miles,
city seAvers. The harbor of Toronto has groAvn ; and there is four miles of trestle-Avork to be built
shallow in spite of the fact that it has been dred- on the other side." "What Avas your estimate on
A LULLABY SONG,
Sleep, baby, sleep ;
Your father tends the sheep ;
Your mother slmkos the branches small,
"Where ripened fruit in showers fall ;
Sleep, baby,' sleep.
Sleep, baby, sleep ;
The sky is fjull of sheep;
The stars the lambs of heaven are,
For whom tlie Shepherd now doth care;
Sleep, baby, sleep,
Sleep, baby, sleep ;
The Christ-child Avas a sheep ;
He is Himself the Lamb of God ;
The world to save, to death he trod ;
Sleep, baby, sleep.
-ed out so that the bottom rock has been reached,
and all the dredging that can be done to the
harbor of NeAV York will not x)ermanently deepen
it. The growing shallowness of the Hudson is
more evident above Albany than it is in the
tide-Avater region, and, like the outlet of Lake
Champlain, Avhich Avas once navigable by Indian
canoes at all seasons, the upper Hudson is now
almost bare of Avater in many places during the
summer. In all other parts of the Avorld there is
the same steady decrease of water in rivers and
lakes, and the rainfall in Europe, Avhere scientific
observations are made, is manifestly less than it
Avas at a period Avithin man's memory. What is
becoming of our Avater? Obviously it is not
disappearing through evaporation, for in that
case rains Avould give back Avhatever Avater the
atmosphere might absorb. We must accept the
theory, that, like the Avater of the nioonj our
Avater is sinking into the earth's interior. New
the work?' "About $25,000 per mile for the
tAventy miles of trestle-Avork, and ?50,000 per
mile for the bridge, making a sum total of 750,
000, and this included the embankment. I un
derstand they estimate the cost at i?l,250,000, but
how they make it I don't know." "Can they
finish the work by December 1, 1682, as they
agree?" "I don't think so. Prominent lumber
men tell me that it Avill take at least 15,000,000
feet of lumber for the superstructure, and about
the same amount, board measure, for piling, and
that all the mills in the country cannot saw it
out in that time." New Orleans Democrat.
The Court (austerely) Prisoner, how did you
have the audacity to break into this man's house
at midnight and rob him? Prisoner (piteously)
"But, your Honor, last time I Avas before you
you Avanted to knoAV how I could have the
audacity to rob a man on the highway at high
noon! When do you Avant me to get in my
The Guion steamer Wisconsin brought on her
last voyage from the Mersey to New York 303
Mormons among her passengers. During the
present year no fewer that 2,400 Mormons have
sailed from the Mersey for the United States.
One of our exchanges is responsible for the fol
loAving: Lightning struck a hiA'e of bees in Kan
sas the other day. The painful story is soon told.
The misguided lightning came out of that hiA'e
quicker than it went in, and went off into space
with its tail between its legs. Moral Never
pick a quarrel Avhen you are not acquainted witli