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THE NATIONAL. TRIBUNE: WASHINGTON, D. C., APEIL 15, 1882.
AN APRIL GIRL.
The pirl thnt was born on an April dnj
Has a right to bo merry, lissom, gay;
And that i- the reason I dance and play
And frisk like a mote in a Minny ray,
Do it, too,
If yon had been born on an April day?
The pirl that is born on an April day
Has n!s-o a right to cry, they say;
And to I sometimes to give way
When things get crooked or all astray,
Do it, too,
If you had been born on an April day?
The girls of March love noie and fray ;
And sweet as blossoms are girls of May;
But I belong to the time mid-way,
So I rejoice in a sunny spray
Of smiles and tears and hap-a-day,
Do it, too,
If you had been born on an April day?
Hcigho! and hurrah! for an April day,
Its clouds, its sparkle, its skip and stay !
I mean to be happy whenever I may.
And cry when I must ; for that's my way.
Do it, too.
If you had been born on an April day?
Mary Iatcs Dodge in SI. XicholKSfor Aiml.
VANQUISHING THE ENEMY,
A STORY FOR THE LITTLE ONES.
It was during 1Iie war, and we were little
Virginia girls. Two small rebels after a
most malignant type, decidedly beligerent,
for did we not fight mimic battles every day
for the cause, and in deeds of heroism rival
(at least in our imagination) all those, re
corded in history? But, strange to say,
though we -were surrounded by the enemy
on all sides, with the bristling guns of Forts
"Ward and Worth almost in sight, for we
lived about three miles from Alexandria and
seven from "Washington, Ave did not hesitate
to express our opinion in the presence of any
number of the good-humored " blue coats,"
who seemed to be greatly diverted, and
would laughingly declare they were going
to arrest and put us in the ''bomb-proof."
However, these threats did not intimidate
in the least, but only made us more saucy,
to their infinite amusement. Then they
would take up Annie, a little cunning mite
of a thing, and say : " Now, sis, tell us your
name," and she always said: "Black-eyed
Secesh Southern Baby," and sometimes re
ceived a kiss and a sugar plum from the kind
Now, just a short distance from our house
was a mill-dam, a deep clear piece of water
shaded on either side by large beech and
scyamore trees, intermixed with tall poplars,
which gave seclusion to the spot and kept
the water at a cool temperature even during
the warmest days in short, it was a delight
ful place to bathe in and a charming one to
sketch, with its miniatured cascade and pic
turesque rocks ; one with natural steps lead
ing to a small circular cavity, always partly
filled with water, and which we named "The
Fairies' Basin," and it was a superstition
that if anybody should wash, their face in it,
it would bring them good luck. One of the
roads to this romantic place wound round
the ioot of our hill, and every day squads of
soldiers from the adjoining forts would file
past on their way to enjoy a good splash in
the dam, which was, indeed, a favorite resort
for all the neighborhood. We children had
built our baby-house3 on the hillside, quite
near this path, for, inconsistent little rebs
fhat we were, we had such confidence in our
enemies that we never thought they would
molest them or us, and we worked very
busily to finish them, for in winter mamma
allowed us to have a box in the house, but
in summer it was nicer to build in the yard.
So each of us formed a square little room pf
old bricks, and covered the top with pieces
of rough pine bark for shingles, and the floor
with the softest of green moss specked with
white pebbles from the run, and made a
gravel walk to the entrance, ornamented
with hits of cedar stuck on either side for
Into these snug apartments we stored our
treasures dolls, two or three cent chairs, a
little tub and churn in which we sometimes
Drought a tiny speck of butter for Dolly,
though she never deigned to tonch it; and
we always managed to churn when mother
did, it was such fun. Then we had a small
cooking stove, but it was only a sham of a
thing, with no hole in the pipe for the smoke
to escape, and the first time we did make a
fire in it, to our dismay, one of the legs,
which was just glued on, came off, and down
tumbled our stove and all our expectations
of future cooking. This was a great disap
pointment, but we could take our dinner out
there and eat it and that would be the next
best thing to preparing it ourselves, and we
did.- One morning we jumped up early to
see if our houses were all right, and what do
you think we found on the floor? Guess.
But you never could. Why, a paper of gum
drops neatly done up in a package. Of
course, we were very much surprised, and
thought the fairies had been at work, and we
ran to tell mother, who didn't know a thing
about it, and was as astonished as we. But
in the evening the myster1- was solved, for
while wfc were sitting before our houses as
usual, playing, some soldiers passed, and a
cheery voice called out: "Sissy, did you get
the candy?" Then we knew who it was,
though he passed on so quickly that we did
not have time to thank him, and never saw
him again that I remember, but we thanked
him in our hearis, and enjoyed the candy
very much, and if he is still living and
should read this, I want him to know, that
even now, though the little girl to whom he
gave the candy lives in another State, ia
grown and married, she often thinks and
speaks of this act of kindness which softened
out hearts with love for the soldier, and kept
us from being such good rebels after that.
LARGE PRICES FOR PAIRTINGS.
At the concluding sale of the Wolfe col
lection of paintings in New York Thursday
evening, forty-six paintings brought 73.265.
This gives as the total of the sale 132,000
in round numbers for ninety-five pictures,
which makes the average 1,333, the highest
average that has been reached in any New
York sale. The highest figure realized was
lor Bongereau's "Nymph and Satyrs," for
vili:ch EuwardS. Stokes, the &layer of Jim
dVkf, paid 10,010. Other high prices
were :s follows: "The Birth of Venus,"
Cabanel, 5,300, "Twilight on the Seine,"
Daubigney, 5,100; "Emperor Charles Fifth
and Fugger, the Banker of Augsberg,"
Becker, 3 000; "Felah Woman with Sleep
ing Chdd," Bouunt, 3,900; " Veiled Circas
sian Lady," Gerome, 3,600; "Henry VIII.
and Anne Boleyn," Piloty, 3.500; "Storm
Clearing Ofi and Swollen Torrent," A. Ack
STATE OF WASHINGTON SOCIETY.
From the reports of the special correspon
dents we are able to condense a comprehen
sive review of the state of society in Wash
ington. Luncheons and "teas" scarcely
hold their own against the determined riv
alry of "coffees," to which best families are
largely devoting themselves this winter
when departmental duties do not pi ess.
Debutantes are reasonably easy on call,
though there has been, in certain circles, an
eflort to run a corner. The supply of male
escorts is quite equal to the demand for mid
dlings, but some disappointment is felt on ac
count of the non-arrival of a cargo of assorted
Counts consigned to a commission linn in
Washington and expected to arrive via New
York in bond. Fears are expiw-sed that the
tariff commission may make this commodity
dutiable in retaliation for the prohibition of
American cotton-seed oil ' by -Italy and
American pork by Germany. The French
article is no longer quoted, the imports hav
ing almost entirely ceased. Await ing foreign
arrivals, and partly on account of the uncer
tainty attaching to the appropriation bills,
marriageable Conpessmen are in f-liuht re
quest, though some dealers arc unwilling to
part with present holdings at a sacrilice.
These holders aie confident that the appro
priations will l)c magnificent and that sundry
subsidy enterprises, now regarded as impos
sible, will command the patriotic endorse
ment of Congress.
Old maids are a glut, there being scarcely
any demand for them except for the gilt
edged variety, and these only from second
class clerks. Legation ladies are stiff and
not largely dealt in. Few deals in boarding
house keepers are reported except by com
mittee clerks, the business being considerably
cut up of late years, and a prime article of
Western heiress being had with about the
same effort. Down East school-marms, once
a favorite stock, are generally refused now
for the Sdulhern belle of fast recuperating
fortunes. Widows prime to choice, seller
30aG0, have advanced a tew points over
previous quotations in consequence of a visit
from a territorial delegation.
The general tone, though not buoyant,
cannot be said to be greatly depressed, as
the bears would have it believed. Balls, in
fair quantities, are on the carpet, and in
formal gatherings, as compared with the
supply of other seasons, almost hold their
own. There will be greater activity as the
A STORY OF A WATCH.
Thirty-one years ago a gentleman, now
occupying a prominent place in Masonic
circles in this city, then residing in an inte
rior county of the State, sent an order to
London for the manufacture of a fine gold
watch. During the following year the
watch, costing 400, was received, and was
carried by its owner for the next nine or
ten years. In 1BG1 a friend started for this
city on a visit, bringing the watch with him,
since which time nothing has been seen or
heard of him, the supposition being that he
was murdered and plundered by some of the
hard characters that were so prevalent here
at that time. The missing man had abun
dant means, and left behind him. a .piece of
mining property worth 30,000 or 10,000.
The owner of the watch mourned the loss of
his friend and regretted the missing time
piece, and, after some years, moved to this
city, where in time the above incidents be
came to memory as a dream. A faw days
ago he was conversing with a friend in a
jewelry store, when a stranger stepped up
along side of him, laid a watch on the coun
ter, and asked the proprietor to purchase it,
and, to the astonishment of the whilom in
terior resident, he recognized at the first
glance the timepiece he had lost twenty-one
Subsequent investigation revealed that
long about 1SG1-2 a gentleman of this city
had purchased the watch of a man, possibly
one who had murdered the visitor from the
interior, for 350, and had carried it up to
the day of his death, which occurred in Tuc
son, Arizona, about a year and a half ago. In
the settlement of his estate the watch was
appraised at the low valuation of 125, and
the sister of deceased, knowing it to be val
uable, took it as a portion of her interest in
the property. The original owner gladly
bought it of the lady. San Francisco Chroni
cle. BEAUTIFUL EASTER CARDS.
With regard to Easter cards, those em
blematic of the Passion and Resurrection
are still in case or in course of making. At
the wholesale card houses the writer saw a
few specimens of American handiwork in
Easter cards that will soon be in the re
tailers' windows. They excelled in beauty
of design, taste and execution many things
of the kind introduced heretofore. The
prevailing colors or shades are steel, laven
der or lilac for the background, with white,
bold red, virgin blue and gold tints for the
foreground and middle of the picture. A
device takes the form of twelve blades
forming a fan shape, each blade being deco
rated with angels and violets. A silver but
terfly on a tiny scented pillow of maroon
silk, resting on a white card fringed with
bronze, is another design. On the back of
the card is inscribed, "An Easter offering."
Among the nimpler designs seen was a lilac
card with " Christ has risen " in red and
gold letters. A garland of pansies sur
rounding a gayly colored butterfly on a dark
background is another expression of quaint
taste. Very simple-looking is a large steel
gray card with ornaments of pansies and
English Easter cards for the most part
present the same colorings seen in those
produced here, but are less elaborate. The
lily and sunflower are frequently used,
while figuies robed in medieval costumes,
with ecclesiastical surroundings, are very
popular with the designers. Apple blossflms
and sprays of bluebell flowers are used lib
erally also. One beautiful English card
seen by the writer presented a dark
ground on which w:is a calla lily ; another
showed a sunflower, the centre presenting,
instead of the black disk, a series of circular
pictures portraying scenes in pastorial life,
conveying the sentiment of peace, joy and
simplicity. Another beautiful design repre
sents a dove, two-thirds life size, flying
through the skies toward the Easter dawn,
signified by a rainbow, and beneath are
the words, " Yet shall ye bo as tho wings of
Very interesting are the German cards.
One in particular, which arrived recently
from Berlin,. is worthy of notice. It is not.
too large to be carried conveniently, and yet
contains a world of wonders that at first
sight are not apparent. On the face of the
card is a landscupe a magnifying glass
plays the part of lake. By a mechanical
contrivance, consisting of a scries of folding
cards and papers, an oblong box is formed.
You place jour eye to the glass, and in the
vista behold a picture of the visit of the two
Marys to the sepnlchie of Christ.
A MEW STORY OF POE'S DEATH.
Dr. John J. Moran, of Falls Church, Fair
fax county, Va., avIio was resident physician
at the Washington University Hospital, (now
the Church Home and Infirmary,) in Balti
more, from March, IS 10, to October, 1P35,
visited the institution recently for the first
time since the dissolution of his official con
nection therewith. Dr. Moran pointed out
the room occupied by Edgar Allan Poe, and
related the circumstances of his death, which
occurred October 7, 1S-10, to a reporter of the
Sun of that city. It will be seen that the
statement corrects many of the absurd sto
ries so widely published in connection with
the distinguished poet's death. The Doctor
states that on the Glh of October, about nine
a. in., Mr. Poe was brought to the hospital
in a hack driven by an Irishman, who stated
that he had found his passenger on Light
street wharf. In reply to an inquiry wheth
er the gentleman was intoxicated, the hack
man stated that there was no smell of liquor
about him, and that he had lifted him into
the carriage like a child. Dr. Moran did not
recognize his patient until the hackman pre
sented a card bearing Poe's name.
Mr. Poe was unconscious and very pale.
He was placed in the third-story room of the
turret, at the southwest corner of the build
ing, about seven by ten feet in size. A nurse
was stationed at the door, with instructions
to call Dr. Moran when the patient awoke,
which occurreed in twenty minutes. The
Doctor, being much interested in his patient,
went immediately to his side. A glance
sufficed to show that Mr. Poe was extremely
ill. and he was so informed. In reply to a
question he said he did not know how long
he had been sick, and could give no account
of himself. He was much surprised when
informed that ho was in a hospital. He
stated that he had stopped at a hotel on
Pratt street, where a trunk containing his
papers and manuscripts had been left. The
trunk was sent for, but the owner made no
further refeience to it. Dr. Moran proceeded
to make a diagnosis of the case. The patient
was very weak, but there was no tremor of
the limbs, no agitation of the body, no smell
of liquor on the breath or person, nor any
symptom of intoxication. Owing to the
weak condition of the patient Dr. Moran
decided to administer a stimulant, and so
informed him. Mr. Toe said: "If I thought
its potency would transport me to the ely
sian bowers of the undiscovered spirit-world
I would not touch it." Dr. Moran then pro
posed an anodyne, when Mr. Poe rejoined:
"Twin sister to tho doomed and crazed in
Mr. Toe continued to converse most de
spondingly, but wjis relieved by short inter
vals of sleep. As his body grew weaker his
mind retained its force, and his conscious
moments were marked by vivid flashes of
his characteristic genius. Nearing the end,
Mr. Poo became as gentle as a child. He
died an hour past midnigh tsixteon hours
after his arrival at the hospital. The cause
of death was exhaustion of the nervous fluid,
the result of exposure, hunger, and "other
causes acting upon a sensitive organization.
The remains were laid in state in the large
reception room in the rotunda of the college,
whero they were viewed by many persons.
Fully fifty ladies received locks of the dead
poet's hair, which fell in jet black ringlets
about his brow. The funeral took place on
the afternoon of October 8, 1S.10, the remains
being interred in the burying-ground of
Westminster Presbyterian Church, where
the monument has since been erected.
Dr. Moran unhesitatingly and emphatic
ally pronounces false the stories that have
been published of Poe's death having been
caused by drink. In compliance with re
quests from Mr. Poe's mother-in-law and
Mrs. Sarah E. Sheltou, of Richmond, Va., the
original of "Annabel Lee," Dr. Moran made
careful inquiry into Mr. Poe's movements
previous to his arrival at the hospital. It
was ascertained that ho left Richmond on
tho 4th of October for Philadelphia and
New York, and arrived in Baltimore by boat
on the 5th. no registered at Bradshaw's
Hotel, which stood on the site of the present
Maltby House. After a short stay there he
took a train at tho depot, then standing on
the opposite side of the street, for Philadel
phia. The train proceeded to ITarve de
Grace, where passengers were then trans
ferred by ferry across tho Susquehanna.
The river, however, was so turbulent that
Mr. Poe declined to cross, and returned to
Baltimore, arriving in the evening.
This was the last seen of him by his
friends. He was attired in a suit of broad
cloth, as was his custom, and the neatness
which marked his person is supposed to
have aroused the cupidity of certain low
characters who infested the neighborhood of
Light-street wharf. The theory is that he
was seized and dragged into some resort for
thieves, where he w:is drugged and stripped
of his clothing, cast-off apparel being substi-
tuted for it. He was then disposed of by
being placed on the wharf, where he re
mained all night in a stupor. Dr. Moran,
from his knowledge of the subsequent con
dition of Mr. Poe, firmly believes that he
was drugged. Mr. Poe himself, while un
able to account for the events of the night,
declared repeatedly that his condition was
the result of no conscious act of his own.
Tho story of Mr. Poe having been made
drunk by politicians and forced to vote re
peatedly at an election, Dr. Moran stales is
absurd, as the election took place on the 3d
of October, and Mr. Poo did not leave Rich
mond until the -lib.
WEDDING A CENTENARIAN.
Tho story of a romantic marriage comes
from Shippenville, near Oil City, Pa. On
Saturday last the Rev. Dr. Ilerron united a
pair who met for the first time when they
joined hands before the officiating minister.
The bridegroom was Col. Camp, a veteran of
the war of 1812, and who lacks six months
and 21 days of being 100 years old, and tho
bride was a Mrs. Rich, a widow, aged 72. The
bridegroom is a man of wealth but in his
dotage, and his relatives had been looking
around for some one capable of airing for the
old warrior for the balance of his life. They
selected Mrs. Rich, and the widow of 72
agreed to take the old gentleman, old enough
to be her father, for better or for worse, the
consideration behig that the Colonel should
leave her well-fixed. The couple were
brought face to face as soon as the arrange
ments had reached the stage of sending for
tho parson, and it is said they took very
kindly to tho plan for their mutual benefit.
WIT AND HUMOR.
Even if a boy is always whistling "I want
to bo an angel," it is just as well to keep the
preserved pears on the top shelf.
Somehow or .other Mr. Blaine, in working
the wires, dropped his insulator in the open
ing of the fight. Atlanta Constitution.
Teacher to small boy: "What doc3 the
proverb say about those who live in glass
houses?" Small boy: "Pull down the
The man who leaves dirty water in a wash
basin gets a much shorter pair of Avings than
any of the other angels. Lcadvillc Courier
Journal. After all Oscar Wilde does not look half
the guy that one of our best young men, with
knee-sprung legs, in a pair of candle-mould
Just as though this country had not been
punished enough already, a later infliction,
the banged hair young man, is running at
"The Unseen Hand" is the title of a new
book. Probably the other man didn't have
anything better than a pair of trays and
didn't dare, to call. Boston Post.
"My boy," said a conscientious teacher,
"do yon know tho reason why I'm going to
whip you?" Yes," replied the hopeful j
" because you're bigger than I am."
The Louisville Courier-Journal represents
the ghost of Hamlet's father as very much
astonished at finding when he saw Anna
Dickinson that his boy was a girl.
"Why do Indians get drunk? "asks the
Temperance Worker. Because they drink
more whisky than they are gauged for.
Ask us a hard one. Burlington Hawkeyc.
A Philadelphia coal dealer recently re
ceived from a prominent shoddyite, who had
been to Europe, an order for five tons of coal
delivered a la cart. Philadelphia Kcics.
Mrs. De Nudle Oh, Mr. Cattleranche, tell
me, are you esthetic?" Mr. Cattleranche
"Oh, dear, no, madame, noc at all. Never
had. anything the matter with me in my
Why was Job's wife turned into a pillar
of salt? Jamestown Leader. -'There were,
probably, a lot of reasons; but when did you
get a Revised Old Testament? Elevated
A Peoria woman missed her husband for
three weeks before she raised an' row about
it, and she might not have said anything
then if his boots had not been drawn up in
The hills of lofty endeavor and high
achievement lie all around us. Rochester
Express. And so do some of our brethren of
thy press when they get on the subject of
their circulation. 2'exas Siflinga.
A little fellow" on Arapahoe street, being
asked by his good Episcopal mother what
pleasure he felt like giving up during Lentf
said he guessed he would stay away from
school. Fomeroy's Great West.
There is an article going the rounds headed
" Who Kissed Away That Tear ? " Well, we
suppose it is as well to own up at first as
last. It is a mighty mean man that won't
kiss awav a tear. Feck's Sun.
During a dearth of news in a Western
newspaper office, the office cat was jammed
into the job press, and the editor immedi
ately sot up the following head -lines:
"Dreadful Accident Nine Lives Lost!"
Oh, yes, there is such a thing as an ex
hausted receiver, but this phrase does not
refer to the receiver of a defunct savings
bank or insurance company. You have been
misinformed, my child. Boston Transcript.
An old couple were walking down tho
street the other day reading signs, when
they ran across one which the old man read
thus: "Johnson's Shirt Store." "Well, I
declare! "exclaimed the old lady, "I wonder
how he tore it ! "
"A Philadelphia firm a few days ago drew
their check for 0,777,7(50.75." It is sup
posed tho parties publish a newspaper, and
wished to pay their editors two weeks' back
salary. They must have cut down their
force since hist pay day.
Professor Doremus says that elephant milk
is 100 per cent, richer in butter than the
milk of a Jersey cow. But the drat of it is
that an elephant is 100 per cent, worse than
a cow to milk, having a tail at both ends to
slosh round in a man's eyes.
Old gentleman (musical) "Have you any
plane tree wood? " Timber merchant (whose
hopes aro raised in anticipation of a good
order) "Yes, sir; pray walk in, sir; as fine
a stock as any in town, sir. Would you pre
fer it in tho plank or in the ah log?"
Old gentleman "Oh, thanky, I'm not par
ticular. I want a bit for a fiddle bridge."
A young friend of mine.was dining with
his father a few nights ago. "George," said
the fond parent, when they next met, " you
took my overcoat iustead of your own, and
I regret to say I found the pockets of your
coat full of cigarettes and matches." I dis
covered my mistake, father," replied the
son, "directly I got outside, for I found the
pockets of the coat 1 had on contained
chocolate creams and three pairs of ladies'
Oh, I suppose ho loves Sarah, and would
be glad to marry her," he was saying to the
woman in tho post-office corridor yesterday;
"but I dunno." "Isn't he a nice young
man?" asked the other. "Well, he's nice
enough, but very reckless with his money.
At Christmas time he made us a present of a
French clock for the parlor, and there's not
ono of us in the house can speak a word of
He sat at her feet in quiet peace,
looked into her face and said softly:
dear, I could sit here forever." "Could you,
love ? " answered she. " Yes, sweet." " You
aro right sure you could, darling?" "I
know it, my own." "Very well, then, you
sit there, for I have an engagement to go out
with young Mr. Fitspooner, and I won't bo
back this evening. Turn down the gas and
fasten the night latch when you go away.
Ta, ta, dear." And she went out.
What is a reasonable length of time ? Ex.
That depends on circumstances. If you are
meandering through green meadows, and by
the rippling brooks where the cool zephyrs
play delightful music upon the leaves of the
forest, and you have a sweet girl by your
side, one hundred and twenty-four hours
might be considered a reasonable length of
time. But if you aro in a neighbor's
orchard, it doesn't make so much difference
about it being a neighbors orchard, how
ever, and a bull dog is three seconds behind
you, and a good fence two seconds before you,
five seconds woild bo a Yery reasonable
length of time.
A WONDERFUL BIT OF LACE.
The demand or the "rage" for old lace
abates not and will not so long as any time
stained variety is to be found anywhere.
Mr. Soso, rumaging among the attic cob
webs, found two window curtains of the
inner, fall-away, w.oolen kind that had been
in use years before. They were trimmed
with lace about two yards on each. An
open blind had admitted the sun upon the
lace of one curtain, by which it was turned
to ancient hue. Mr. Soso, base and practical
joker, quickly transferred the lace to his
pocket. Making a purchase at a fashionable
store he put tho attic lace in the marked
wrapping paper and presented it to Mrs.
'Twas a great day. The neighbors were
called in. One thought the lace was like
that worn by Catharine de Medici when her
son, with five pups in a sling tied about his
neck, received the Netherland envoy that
asked for protection against Philip of Spain.
At all events the lace was old by centuries
and became the wonder of kettle-drums. But
a day of reckoning came for the lace impos
tor. In a search for patchwork material the
mate to the curtain came to light. We
dwell not upon the consequent rumpus, but
the fact remains that it does not matter so
much what a thing is as what it is thought
THE STORY OF A HAT.
Poor Philip Vanderdonk! All his life he
had toiled, and saved, and scraped, and
pulled every string that had dollars at the
end of it. And now all his hard-earned
wealth was gone, aud a great, hateful, interest-eating
mortgage spread its black
wings over all that he owned and loved on
earth. He sank into a chair, and folding his
arms upon the table before him, bowed his
gray head upon them, and groaned great
groans from groansville, groan county. His
heart seemed breaking.
" Did you mortgage the farm ? " asked his
wife, anxiously, stealing softly to his side.
" Yes," he growled ; both farms, and sold
"And did you have to mortgage the town
house, too ? " she asked, with quivering lips
and glistening eyes.
"Oh, yes, said the man in hollow tones.
" Oh, yes, and sold all my stock in the rail
road, and hypothecated what I had in
" And was it enough ? " she asked, trem
bling with eagerness. " Was it enough ? "
"Not quite," he growled; and then as he
saw the ghastly pallor of disappointment
spread over her face, he added, "but the
milliner let me have it on ninety days' time
for the balance, at eight per cent."
"And you've brought my new hat home,
then ? " she caroled joyously. " Oh, Philip,
you dear, old duck! "
" Well, no, not all of it," he said. " I
brought the plume and one of the bows
down with me in the express, but the hat
itself is coming down on a fiat car."
And the next week after that, eleven
dark-browed men who sat behind Philip's
wife at the theatre, waylaid the wretched
man on his way home, hauled him off down
an obscure street, rolled him up in a wad,
and stopped up a new sewer with him.
TWELVE DITTO GRINDSTONES.
Some ycara ago, an Austin merchant
whom we will call Smith, because that was,
and is, tho name painted on his signboard,
sent an order for goods 1o a New York firm.
Smith belonged to the old school. He kept
a very extensive general store, had plenty
of money, kept all his accounts in a pocket
memorandum book, and didn't know the
difference between double entry book-keeping
and the science of correlative hydro
statics. Among other thiugs he ordered
were twelve gross assorted clothes-pins,
twelve ditto grindstones. When he ordered
grindstones he meant to order an assortment
of twelve grindstones. The shipping clerk
of the New York firm was astonished when
he read tho order. He went to the man
ager and said : "For Heaven's sake! what do
they want with twelve gross 1,723 grind
stones in Texas?" The manager said it
must be a mistake, and telegraphed Smith,
"Wasn't it a mistake ordering so many
Old man Smith prided himself on never
making a mistake. He had no copy of his
order to refer to, and if he had he would
not have referred to it, because he knew he
had only ordered twelve grindstones. So
he wrote back : " Probably you think you
know my business hotter than I do. I al
ways order what I want, and want what I
order. Send on the grindstones." The New
York firm knew Smith was a little eccentric,
but that he always paid cash on receipt of
invoice, and was able to buy a dozen quarries
full of grindstones if he cared to indulge in
such luxuries, so they filled his order as
written, and chartered a schooner, filled her
full of grindstones, and cleared her for Gal
veston. They wrote to Smith and said that
they hoped the consiugment of grindstones
by schooner would keep him going until
they could charter another vessel. Smith
sold grindstones at wholesale, and at low
figures on long time, for some three years
afterward. Texas Sif tings.
THE MARYLAND PILGRIMS.
Westernport, a pleasant little town in Al
legany county, Md., about half a mile from
Piedmont, W. Va., celebrated recently the
anniversary of an event in which all true
Marylauders should feel a patriotic interest,
but which is rarely honored by public ob
servance. The 2-lSth anniversary of the land
ing of the Maryland pilgrims is an occasion
worthy of commemoration. Whatever differ
ences of opinion may exist as to the causes
which led to the peculiarly liberal spirit
which characterized the charter and early his
tory of Maryland, there is no dispute as to the
fact that they were both marked by a liber
ality and charity in word and deed strikingly
at variance with tho narrowness and intol
erance of the age. There 'can be but little
dissent from the opinion that to George Cal
vert, the first baron of Baltimore, and his son
Crccilus Calvert, belongs the glory of provid
ing in Maryland a shelter to the oppressed
of every faith and every nation, and that the
25th of March, 1G3-1, when the Maryland pil
grims landed on the Island of St. Clement's,
marked the beginning of a new and import
ant chapter in the history of political and
religious liberty. The glory of the ancient
city of St. Mary's has long since departed,
but there is much appropriateness in the
suggestion that " tho memorable spot whero
religious liberty first became a reality"
should be marked by some fitting monu
ment to the honor of those who established
the first real asylum in the new world for
the men of every creed and condition.
HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD.
Indian Muffins. One quart scalded
Hiilk and pour on Indian meal, one pint
flour, four eggs and a little salt.
Rye Muffins. One pint flour, one pint
rye-meal, two table3poonfuls yeast; milk
enough to make a thick batter.
A Nice Biscuit. One pint of scalded
milk cooled, two quarts of sifted flour, three
tablespoonfuls of shortening, one teacupful
yeast, and a little salt.
Chicago Graham Muffins. One pint
ol Graham flour, one half teaspoonfnl of
sugar, two teaspoonials of baking-powder;
wet with water to make it as soft as ginger
bread. Springfield Soda Biscurr.-One quart
flour, one pint of milk, piece butter size of
an egg, one teaspoonfnl soda dissolved in
milk, two tablespoonfuls cream tartar sifted
in flour, with salt.
Minnie's White Muffins. One-half
cup sugar, one-half cup flour, the whites of
three eggs, one tablespoonful of butter, ono
and one-half teaspoonfuls of baking-powder -bake
in muffin pans.
Springfield Rumrill Snaps. Three
fourths cup of lard, three-fourths cup of but
ter, one cupful sugar, one pint of molasses,
one teaspoonful soda, one teaspoonfal gin
ger, one tablespoonful spice, then enough
flour to roll soft and very thin in rings.
. Cream Pie (fine). Half a pound of but
ter, four eggs, sugar, salt and nutmeg to your
taste, and two tablespoonfuls of arrowroot,
wet ; pour on it a pint of boiling milk, and
stir the whole together; to be baked in deep
Baked Potatoes. Raw potatoes pared
and sliced very thin, put into a pudding dish
aud covered with milk, sprinkled with pep
per and salt, and a tablespoonful of flour
previously mixed smooth with a little milk,
baked until nicely .browned, from thirty to
fifty minutes. Those fond of onions can add
a few slices.
Potato Salad. Potatoes boiled in the
"jacket " aud peeled while warm, cut evenly
into fine slices, and when cold mix with fine
olive oil. After having drawn with this for
a little while, add salt, pepper, chopped on
ion, and mix all this by shaking it up, a3
using a spoon would break the potatoes and
make them unsightly. Add good vinegar.
Indian Meal Cake. Take as much
meal as may be required, scald it partially;
then take some drippings of lard and warm,
water melt the fat with it, then take the
meal and mix it with milk to the proper
consistency ; add a little salt and a beaten
egg, or the egg may be omitted; bake on the
griddle, and you will have an excellaat
To Pickle Salmon. Take a whole fish,
bone it, aud cut in pieces good-sized square
ones place them in a jar with salt, allspice,
and whole pepper; then tie a bladder on the
top to prevent any water getting in, put it
in a saucepan of boiling water, let it keep so
for two hours', then take it out, and, when
quite cold, add as much cold vinegar as there
is water, aud the salmon will be delicious.
Cod Cutlets. Steam the cod till nearly
done; cut a slice and have .a batter of self
rising flour ready. The batter is good when
mixed with one egg and water: put the
piece of fish in the batter in the pan and fold
it over when it sets, naving first sprinkled
pepper and salt on. Make the cutlets as well
shaped as you can. Have potatoes cut iu
small balls and steamed in parsley ready for
Chocolate Cream Drops. Mix one-half
cup of cream with two of white sugar ; boil
five minutes, set the dish into another of
cold water, and stir until it becomes hard,
then make into small br.lls like marbles, and
with a fork roll each one separately in choc
olate, which has in the meantime been put
into a bow! over the boiling tea-kettle and
melted ; put on brown paper to cool ; flavor
to taste. This makes fifty drops.
Cooking Macaroni. Wash in cold
water the quantity required, put it in a tin
dish withhold water enough to cover it, put
it on the stove in a kettle of water (if set on
the stove it is apt to burn) let it cook until
tender, drain off the water, put in a deep
dish with milk enough to cover it, add a
pieco of butter, a little salt, grate over it
some cheese (if you like), cover with finely
powdered cracker, and bake about half an
hour, or until the top is nicely browned.
Liver Cheese. This is an excellent
thing to have ready for an emergency when
something extra is desired for breakfast.
Boil a beef's liver, heart, and tongue; re
move all the hard and sinewy parts and chop
the remainder fine ; add to this half a pound
of boiled pork also chopped fine; season with
sweet herbs, some grated nutmeg, a bay leaf,
the flavor of an onion, pepper, and salt; put
it in a pan and press upon it a heavy weight.
In a few hours turn it out in a solid cake for
the table on a Wedgwood platter, accom
panied by a silver-bladed knife to slice it
Fruit Pudding. To make a plain fruit
puddimr. take one cup of sugar, one-half
cup of butter and two eggs, and beat to
gether, then add a cup of sour milk and one
teaspoonful of soda, three cups of flour and
one cup of chopped raisins ; spices to taste.
Put in a mold and steam two hours. An
other way which is very nice : Tako one
and a half cups of flour; one cup of bread
cinmbs, one cup of raisins, half a cup of
currants, two nutmegs, one cup of suet
chopped fine, two tablespoonfuls of sugar,
four eggs, a wine glass of brandy, a wine
glass of sirup aud a little milk if necessary.
Mix very thoroughly ; tie it in a cloth as
tight as possible, and boil fast for five or six
hours. Serve with wine sauce.
Fruit Cake. One pound powdered
white sugar, three-quarters pound of butter;
one pound of sifted flour, twelve eggs,
whites and yolks beaten separately, two
pounds of raisins stoned and a part of them
chopped, two of currants carefully cleaned,
half a pound of citron cut in strips, quarter
ounce each of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
mixed ; two wine glasses milk ; -rub butter
and sugar together, add yolks of eggs, part
of the flour; the spice and whites of eggs
well beaten ; then add the remainder of the
flour and milk ; mix all thoroughly together,
cover the bottom, and sides of a four quart
milk pan with buttered white paper, put
in a layer of the mixture, then a layer of
the fruit, having first dredged with flour,
until the pan is filled up three or four inches,
and bake four hours. Several layers of
thick paper under the buttered paper on the
bottom of the pan will insure the cake from
burning on the bottom. A thick paper cover
should cover the top of the cake during its
last hour in the oven.