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THE NATIONAL TBJD8UNB: WASHE8TQTON, X. O., MAT 6, 1882.
Chunked! Yes, T confess it, I have changed;
Jlo not love you in the old fond way;
J am your friend htill ; time 1ms not e:-transcd
One kindly feeling of that vanished day.
But the Mveet glnmour that made life a dream,
The rapture of that time, its glad content,
Uke visions of vanished homo they s-ccm
And yet 1 cannot ttll you when they went.
"Why do you naze with such accusing eyes
Upon me, dear? Is it so very btrange
That hearts, like all things underneath God's
Should sometimes feel the influence of change?
The birds, the flowers, the foliage of trees.
The stars which seemed bo fixed and so sublime,
Vsibt continents and the eternal teas
All these do change with every changing time.
The face our mirror shows u year on year
Is not the same. Our dearest aim or need,
Our lightest thought or feeling, hope or fear,
All, all, this law of alteration heed.
Bow can we ak the human heart to stay
Content with fancies f youth's earliest hour?
The year outgrows the violets of May,
Altho', may be, it finds no fairer flowers.
And life may hold no sweeter love than this,
"Which lies so cold, o voiceless, and so dumb,
"And will 1 miss it, dear?" "Why, yes, we miss
The violets always, till the roses come.
A GEOS'm A STATE-BOOM.
I Avas always greatly taken by those ghost
stories, which Mr. Washington Irving and
Mr. Dickens relate, with an uncle as a hero.
There is a certain air of mystery enveloping
an elderly uncle in knee-breeches, a cocked
hat, and powdered hair, which give a de
lightful probability to the tales of their en
tertaining supernatural visitors and under
going all kinds of uncanny nocturnal ex
periences. I wish with all my heart that
this adventure, which lam about to describe,
had happened to my uncle, because I know
the reader would have been much more enter
tained by it; besides, it is much plcasauter
to have one's uncle see a ghost than to have
such an experience one's self.
To be sure, on second thoughts, an uncle
is at the bottom of this story, because I am
dictating at this moment to my nephew,
who scribbles a little for the magazines, and
who thinks he can see in it material which
can be well worked up. But the fellow is
conceited, and I don't believe he will print
it as I tell it, and I don't believe, moreover,
that he will niake out of it anything worth
I like to trace the relation between cause
and effect; and to begin, I think my ghost
arose indirectly from a lobster salad.
"Oho!" cries out the experienced and
acute reader. "I see. This fellow had a
I beg your pardon ; but allow me to say you
are in error. I think I have been enough
annoyed, not to say disgusted, in my day,
by ghost stories, which, after describing the
most impossible apparitions, ended with
" when he suddenly awoke and found
himself safe in his own room."
I can safely promise that my story, how
ever stupid it may be, will not end with my
waking up. 1 woke up before I saw the
ghost. I beg to point out that I said that
my ghost rose indirectly from a lobster salad.
I saw it I like ihrt word it used for a
ghost.; there is something delightfully weird
alxuit it- I saw if in state-room No. 72, on
the - - r John Halifax, which runs on
Sound in connection with one
Yi rk and Boston lines. You do
I.cre ever Avas a Sound steamer
Neither do I ; if 1 did I
slicti.;. ci.uxj some other. I get passes over
llu.3 ..'.m linn now, in consideration of the
quantity of Jreighc shipped to our house in
Boston, and, of course, 1 am not going to
have the directors coming to me and com
plaining that I have given their boats the
name of being haunted. The John Halifax
was laid up some years ago, to be sure, but
it might become necessary, for aught I know,
to put her on some night, in an emergency.
The number of the state-room, however, was
72, and it was pretty well aft; there can be
no manner of doubt about that.
I had been to New York on business and
was returning home. Tiie month was May,
and the boat left at 5 p. m. As I like to be
punctual, I reached the pier precisely at ten
minutes before live, with my bag in my hand,
having walked down from the Astor House.
I declined, with suavity, seven invitations
to have my boots polished, and I bought
only one newspaper out of the large editions
offered me. I got my ticket and the key
of my state-room, which had been previously
engaged, without much delay. I put my
small bag in my state-room, and finding a
vacant seat on the after-promenade deck if
that is ivhat they call it; I am not anautical
man I sat doAvn quietly to read my paper.
At the same time, I kept my weather eye
open, to use a seafaring term, now that we
were fairly off, arid I found nobody on board
I knew, which was with mc rather an unusual
circumstance. Next me, eat a man with a
red face and rather a stupid look, whom I
took to be a bar-keeper in search of a situa
tion. He used tobacco offensively, and when
he volunteered some .remark about the
weather, I answered civilly indeed, but in
such a way that he did. not attempt to con
tinue the conversation.
There are few more inspiring sights than
the rivers and harbor of New York on a
pleasant day, and I have no doubt that my
nephew will insert something ,of his own
here about "the small craft darting hither
and thither," and the "majestic steamers
sailing out of their docks, freighted with the
world's merchandise," etc, etc. If he does, I
dare say it will all be very nice; but he can
not, if he tries, describe that quiet feeling of
contented interest which steals over a man,
when being for the moment quite free from
every duty and care, he surveys such a busy
scene. All this is not much to the purpose,
since this day was not at all pleasant. It
was cloudy, and rain was threatened so
clearly that everything looked dull and
gloomy. I should hardly have returned by
the boat, if I had not already engaged my
state-room ; and the condition of the weather
was, perhaps, the reason why there were so
few passengers on board.
Castle Garden, Governor's Island, Brook
lyn, Williamsburg, Green Point, Blackwell's
Island, Jones's Wood, Ward's Island, Hurl
Gate, in sight. I went below to supper. I
had dined at two o'clock I always dine at
two, in fact and, having taken some exer
cise since then, I was rather hungry. All
the dishes witkh should have bc.cn hot had
been spread out on the table so long that
they had grown quite cold. They manage
things better now-a-days; but then there
was a melancholy array of black waiters, red
paper flowers, frizzled butter, and nothing
good to eat I ordered some lobster, how
ever, and made a salad. I flatter myself I
can make a good Falad ; this time I was par
ticularly successful, and this led me to cat
rather too much of it.
After supper, I smoked one cigar, "abaft
the wheel," as 'the notice read ; I watched
the engine while the pad die-wheels made
one hundred and twenty-five revolutions.
I walked twice the length of the vessel in
the upper cabins; and then I went to bed.
I am very moderate in my smoking. My
nephew confesses to nine or ten cigars a day,
but pretends that so much tobacco does not
hurt him. I don't believe it. It is just as
easy to become intemperate in smoking as
in drinking. I never exceed three cigars a
day, aud make it a rule never to smoke in
I think I have hinted that I indulged too
freely in lobster salad. When I reached my
state-room the boat was rolling and pitching
a good deal, and the door lock and the water
jug were rattling like the bones of an
Ethiopian serenader. It occurred to me that
I needed some corrective for the sake of
digestion. Now, for the last ten years I have
never traveled without a rather large llask,
with leather outside and old cognac within.
I know the brandy is good, because I bought
it in '48, and knew where it came from, and
although I never drink it at home, occasions
do sometimes arise when I am away when
it becomes useful fortauitary purposes. My
wife jokes me about the size of the flask,
but I do not mind that in the least; I always
carry it, and I judged that one of the occa
sions had now arisen when it was proper to
use it. I turned out what I considered a
moderate dose it is to be observed that I
took it simply as a medicine drank it off,
speedily experienced a warming and com
fortable sensation under the waistband,
screwed the top on the flask, placed it on the
washstaud, and made preparations for re
tiring. I do not know to this day, although I
confess I am old enough, why they call these
little boxes "state-rooms." I think that ship
builders' ideas of lying ia state must be dif
ferent from mine. This one had two berths,
one above the other, and had no light except
the rather dim rays which came in through
scroll work at the top from the cabin, and a
lamp near by outside. Opposite the berths
were the door in one corner and the im
movable washstaud in the other. One stool
completed the furniture, and there was room
enough left for me to take off my overcoat,
and by due caution to avoid bruising my
elbows. My preparations for retiring were
simply to remove my boots and take off my
coat and waistcoat, and hang them up. I
also stuck my pocket-knife hard into the
door, or rather between it and the post, and
thereby stopped its rattling in some measure.
1 mentally concluded that the upper berth
looked rather lighter and les3 dismal of the
two, and climbed into it, after I had examined
the life-preservers on the shelf at the foot.
They were like two long empty tin preserve
cans lashed together, and I was glad to see
them there, although I had not the remotest
idea of how they ought to be worn. The
sheets of the berth suggested the influenza,
but there were blankets enough, and I
present composed myself to sleep, although
the motion of the boat set rattling every
thing which was loose.
I have found that I usually wake up at
least once an hour on a steamer, and this is
especially true when I am traveling on the
Sound toward Boston, and feel that I shall
be left by the train when the boat arrives,
if I sleep too sound. The first nap I had
that night lasted about fifty minutes, as near
as I could judge by consulting my watch
when I awoke. I had a bad dream, and
found myself lying with my arms over my
head. I do not remember now what I
dreamed about, but I attributed it to the
salad; and turning over, with my face
toward the front of the berth, I presently
dropped off again into a doze. In awaking
again, I became conscious of an unusually
loud crash of the panels and lock, and what
ever it was, which kept up the continual
rattling aud banging which annoyed mo.
The effect was to make me quite wide awake
in an instant, and as I lay there, looking
through the lace curtain toward the wash
stand, or, rather, the jarring pitcher on it,
which was all I could see from mj- position,
the neck and upper half of my flask slowly
and noiselessly rose into my line of vision.
I was sufficiently awake to see the flask very
clearly as it gradually appeared, but I sup
pose my faculties were not quite enough
aroused to reason about it. Certainly I Avas
not in the least startled at the moment, and
I lay there a few seconds arguing with my
self as to whether the flask had actually
risen into sight, or Avhether it was an optical
delusion, caused in some Avay by the motion
of the boat. In the process of reasoning
about this phenomenon, I rose on my elboAV,
and leaning forward, looked about the state
room. A glance shoAved mo that CA'ery thing
was as I had left it. My flask stood bolt
upright on the Avashsland, as if it Avas a
sentinel in guard over the pitcher, and Avas
in exactly the same place Avherc I had left
it. My coats and Avaistcoats Avcro hanging
on the hooks, my watch and money I had
on my person, my knife was still sticking
between the door and its posts, and not even
my boots I ahvays Avear boots had toppled
over; they still leaned against the Avail in
an attitude suggesting mild inebriation. I
even went to the length of leaning over far
enough to take a good steady look into the
berth underneath me, but there Avas nothing
there, and the sheets and pilloAv Avere as
near unruffled as maritimo sheets and pilloAvs
ever are. I pushed back the lace curtain so
as to give mo an uninterrupted view of my
flask, and looked at my Avatch. It Avas ten
minutes past midnight. There was nobody
stirring in the cabin outside, and no noise
except that caused by the motion of the
I lay doAvn again in a stale of uncertainty
Ahether I had dreamed that I saw my flask
move, or Avas really aAvake, as I had sup
posed. I meant to keep my -eyes on the
flask, but I suppose I Avas a little restless,
for when I aAvoke the third time, which was
the next thing of Avhich I Avas conscious, my
face Avns towards the wall. I turned slowly
over, speculating as to how long I had been
asleep, as n man Avill Avho- has only to pull
out his watch to satisfy himself, and there
wsw the flask in its place thi.s time.
" I Avas asleep and dreaming," I said to
And as I thought this, there came at tho
instant, from somewhere beneath me, a deep,
For the first moment I Avas startled. Then
I said to myself, "Nonsense! it's only the
boat creaking." Then 1 listened for the
sound again, Avith my sense of hearing
strained to the full to catch the slightest
I had only to Avait half a minute. The
groan Avas repeated, only fainter, but still
the noise seemed nearer me. You may
guess that this time there Avas no doubt of
my being Avide awake. A third groan, still
fainter, but yet distinct! I rolled out of
my berth, and coming to my feet, rallied
against the door and stood with the knob in
It lay in the loAver berth. Its eyes were
Avide open aud staring at me. Its face Avas
livid in the dim light, and there Avas an
ugly red gash in its cheek.
For a second avc stood staring at each
other. Then he I had forgotten to men
tion that it Avas a he, and that it Avas dressed
in the habiliments of its sex he stretched
out his arm as he lay there, aud pointing his
finger at me, said, three times, slowly and
" Murdered ! Murdered ! Murdered ! "
I do not quite knoAV Avhat it is proper to
do Avhen one sees a ghost of this disagrceblc
species. None of my friends ever confided
to me that he Ava3 haunted, and although
I have seen a great number of theatrical
spirits, they are very different things from
the reality. I knoAV Iioav Hamlet Avas exer
cised both in mind and body Avkcn he sees
the ghost of his father, late king of Den
mark. I know Iioav Richard III. behaves
Avhen he sees the apparition of his victims
as lie lies asleep m his tent. I have seen the 1
Ioav comedian in a certain farce go into the
most ridiculous contortions at the sight of a
living man Avhom he supposes to be quite
dead. Perhaps if I had a pistol, I should
have fired it at ft, but I very much doubt
this. What I actually did Avas to turn the
key in the lock, open the door, leaving my
pocket-knife to lie Avhen it fell, and keepiug
my eyes steadily upon it, to see that it did
not spring upon me, I backed quietly out of
the state-room into the cabin, aud closed the
door after me.
When T got into tho cabin, I began to feel
as if I had better sit down very soon. Im
mediately opposite my state-room door Avas
the colored steward cssof the boat, sitting bolt
upright, but half asleep aud uneasily nod
ding. When I sat down close by her, she
Avokc up Avith a great start. Her astonish
ment was not altogether unreasonable. I
suppose that the sight of a middle-aged gen
tleman, rather bald, Avithout either his
boots, his collar, his coat, or his Avaistcoat.
meandering about the cabin at that hour of
the night, Avas rather unusual.
" Lor' bless you how he scared me ! " she
cried out. "Why, what on airth's de mat
ter. You look as pale as ef you'd seen a
" Well, I have seen something a great deal
like one," I answered.
"In my state-room 72, there."
Some persons Avill laugh Avhen I say that
the colored stewardess turned very pale at
the avowal, Avhich the next moment I felt
rather ashamed at havingmade. Those Avho
are familiar, hoAvever, understand very Avell
that pallor is quite as conspicuous on their
faces as on those of the white races.
" Guess you.'re mistaken, sir," she returned.
"I'a-c been runnin' on this boat eA-erscnec
she Avas built, and I never seed no ghost."
" And never knew of any murder? "
"Never hcered of no murder neither?"
"Well, I just saAv a man there, Jyiug" inn
berth, Avith a gash in his face, Avho said he
had been murdered. He may be a ghost,
and he may not, but I Iuioav he Avas not
there Avhen I Avcnt to sleep."
"Guess you've been dream in', sir," said
the stewardess; butshegrcAV visibly paler."
" Do you think I'm a fool, woman ? I tell
you I saw this just as plain as I see you. I
don't believe in ghosts, myself.- I don't
know Avhat it Avas, but I saw it."
"Well! well!" said the stewardess; I
declare!" Then, after a moment "Well,
any Avay, de boat'll be in now in a few min
utes, so you needn't go back,"
"Yes; but I can't go ashore in my shirt
sleeves." " I'll go and get yer things fur yer."
To my surprise, the stewardess rose, and
Avithont he3itatiou Avalked to the state-room
door, opened it and disappeared inside,
closing it after her. I Avalched her with some
satisfaction, I confess. It seemed to me that it
must still be there, and I Avas very Avilling
another person should bear Avitness to its ap
pearance. I Avaited anxiously for a scream.
Some moments elapsed, and I mechanically
felt for my watch and money. They Avere
safe, and it Avas no robber at all events.
The door opened again and the stewardess
appeared, calmly bearing my clothes, my
bag, my boots, and my flask. I found my
little as I drew on my
boots; but I do not think I had been more
frightened than any other man Avould have
been under tho circumstances.
" Well !" said I to the steAvardess. I be
gan to feel as if I had made a great fool of
" Well," said she, " I didn't see no ghost.
Guess you have been drcamin', sir, sariin
I knew that I had not been dreaming; but
what could I say? I did not wish to bo
laughed at, and when I had dressed myself,
I put five dollars in her hand and requested
her to say nothing about tho ghost. Of
course, she very readily-nssented.
Then I Avent to the state-room door and
looked in, the stewardess folloAving me, ;is if
anxious I should show her the apparition.
She was quite right. Tho berths and the
room Avere empty; a glance around showed
that very plainly. The stewardess offered
to take my key ; but I showed her by my
Avatch that tho boat Avoirid not be in for an
hour yet, and, although I did not choose to
go to bed again, 1 preferred to leave my bag
in the state-room until Aro landed. The
stewardess Avent back to her old place"and
appeared to drop off to sleep at once, Avlille I
Avalked up aud doAvn the cabin, taking its
Avhole length. I Avas puzzled, annoyed, mor
tified, aud angrr, by turns.
When I reached tho forward end of the
cabin for tho third lime, there was a man
there peering out of the AvindoAV into the
darkness. When I approached quite near
him, he turned; it was the barkeeper, whom
I had met the evening before. I returned
his salutation rather gruffly, for I was not
pleased Avith his looks, and I Avas in no mood
for conversation. I avas turning aAvay when
he said :
"So you saw a ghost last night."
"How do you know?" I asked, turning
back rather angrily.
" Why I heard you say so j ust hoav. I Avas
on tho other side, right behind you, Avhen
you Avere talking about it. You did not see
me, becauao I avos in the shadoAv. J, slept
there all night. I can sleep just as avcII in
a chair as in a berth. It don't make no dif
ference to me."
I Avas forced, in defence of my sanity, to
stop in my Avalk and explain the circum
stances at some length. When I had finished,
he said :
"Let's see your flask."
I Avas disgusted, although I Avas not sur
prised. I had related to him my adventure,
and Avithout a word of sympathy he asked
for a drink and at that time in the morn
ing, too! However, I found the flask in an
inner pocket of my overcoat, where I had
seen the steAvardess place it, and as I had
the coat on my arm and the flask Avas rather
large for the pocket, I held the coat Avhilo he
pulled out the bottle.
"You'll find that very good liquor," said I,
complacently. "Don't shake it! "
"How much AA-as there hereAvhen yottAvent
to bed last night?" he asked, Avithout pay
ing much attention to Avhat I had said.
" I suppose it Avas at least half full."
He unscrewed tho top, and turned the
mouth down. It Avas empty.
"A very dry ghost," ho said Avith a grin.
"I tell yon what, sir; if you can Avait over
one train, Avhen the boat gets in, I gnes3 I
can show you your ghost. You will? All
right. You just go and sit down opposite
your stale-room, and see that nobody goes
out nor in. If the steAvardess tells you the
train is starting, just say to her you are
Avaiting to take your ghost along Avith you."
"Why not look for him uoav?"
"Because I had rather wait, if it's all the
same to you. Just you keep a sharp look
out, that's all, and I shall be around."
I Avent and sat doAvn opposite No 72 and
Avaiied for the boat to arrive at the town
Avhere passengers take the cars for Boston.
Presents, certain restless people began to
come out of their rooms, and bustle about,
and compare notes, and Avonder when Ave
should get in. Then a colored man Avent
about Avaking up the sleepers, and by-aud-by
they appeared, one after the other, half awake
aud very cross Avith having to rise at such an
unseemly hour. Then there Avas a great
ringing of bells bcloAV, a great bumping of
the boat against the Avharf, and a great
trampling of feet. The passengers took up
their bags and band-boxes, their umbrellas
and canes, and Avent ofi'doAvn stairs in a pro
cession as melancholy as if Charon had just
fcrrifd them across the Styx, and they Avero
about to disembark in HadeS
I noticed the barkeeper loitering on the
other side of the cabin, and he did not go
down until the occupants of the state-rooms
on both sides of No. 72 had come out and
departed. Then he follOAved, and the cabin
A-as presently very quiet. The black stew
ardess had, apparently, been called aAvay by
her duties; at any rate, she Avas not to bo
seen. I shall not attempt to describe my
reflections at this time, because, as it after
Avard turned out, they Avere worth A'ery little.
I may say, however, that I began to have
some new ideas about ft.
When the barkeeper came back, ho Avas
accompanied by a man in plain clothes, and
a policeman. He placed one in each of the
stale-rooms adjoining mine, and then I un
locked my door and Ave entered No. 72. Just
over the threshold, I trod on my knife, Avhich
Iliad before forgotten. I pointed out the posi
tion of things at the time of the appearance of
the spectre, and showed my companion where
my flask had stood. He took from his pocket
a box of Avax tapers, and lighting one, got
(Ioavu on his hands and knees and looked
under the loAver berth.
I suppose some Aviseacres Avill ask Avhy I
had not done this myself, earlier in the night,
In fact, my nephew goes to the length of
asserting that my neglect to do this gives
my story an air of improbability. But I
beg to ask if a person always docs in mo
ments of excitement Avhat he himself, look
ing back upon the circumstances afterward,
Avould say ought obviously to be done. 1
think not. At all events, when I examined
the state-room,. Avith the stewardess looking
over my shoulder, it did not occur to mo to
do Avhat my companion Avas now doing.
One reason for this, doubtless and this
seems to mc important Avas that the frame
Avork of the berth appeared to one looking
at it from above to come within two or three
inches of the floor.
My companion's first match Avent out and
he lighted the second one. By this time I
Avas not much surprised to hear him ex
"I see you, my friend! I'll trouble you
just to come out of that! "
Tho loAver portion of the board immedi
ately above the space I have mentioned Avas
lifted up, and it now appeared that tho
board Avas cracked its Avhole length and Avas
held together only by certain strong fibres,
which acted as hinges. Through the aper
ture thus left, and Avhich Avas still very
narrow, there Avriggled tho slender form of
a young man, Avho, on turning o-er to the
light and rising, shoAved me the features of ft.
We came out into tho cabin, and my com
panion called out exultiugly.
" 1 lerc you are, Brown ! I've got him."
So the two men came out, and Mr. BroAvn,
Avho proved to be a detectiA-o in plain clothes,
slipped a pair of handcuffs on the prisoner,
Avho looked very unhappy.
"I suppose," said Mr. BroAvn, "you know
Avhat you are Avanted for. I've got the Avar
rant here all right."
"I suppose I do," said the prisoner, "but
I can proAe that I did it in self-defence.
Look here," and he pointed to the scar on
his face. " He gave mo this."
"If you can prov that you did it in self
defence," said Brown, "so much tho better
for you. But that i3 as it may be."
AVith this sententious remark, Mr. BroAvn
and his prisoner Avere about to take up their
lino of march, Avhen the black steAvardess
appeared in a slate of tears and perturbatiou.
My former companion took her by tho arm
and drew her aside.
" See here, ma'am," said he, " Ave don't Avant
anything of you, iioav, but if you Avant to
keep safe, you had better bo uncommon
quiet; do you understand?"
"What has sho to do with it?" a3ked I.
"But, no, first of all, be good enough to tell
me who you are." And as Ave Avent along
he gave mo his name, and explained to mo
all tho facts of tho case, Avhich Avas really
very simplo, when 1 came to understand it.
He Avas not a barkeeper at all, as I had
hastily concluded, but Avas a Ncav York de
tective officer, on his way to Boston on quite
different business from that Avhich ho had
just transacted. Ho Avas, however, in pos
session of most of the facts of this case, Avhich
had been telegraphed on to the NeAV York
police 'headquarters before he had started.
Thia simile, I may say, Avas suggested by my
Charles Hardy, the prisoner, Avas a young
man of respectable family, living in this
town AA'here we now Avere. He had, how
ever, "gone to the bad," as my nephew Aould
express it, and tAA'o ovenings before, in a dis
graceful braAvl in a Ioav public house, he had
shot and fatally Avounded a young niau whose
connections were still richer, and so no time
had been lost in setting on foot the hue and
cry. The affair took placo in the evening,
before the arrival of the Boston train aud
tho departure of the boat. Favored by the
darkness, young Hardy had managed, either
by the aid of a skiff or from the wharf, to get
on board the steamer unobserved. Here he
found the stewardess, aa1io had in former
years been a servant in his father's family,
and, telling her only a part of the truth, he
easily persuaded her to let him conceal him
self. When the boat reached New York the
steAvardess made some guarded inquiries aud
obserA-ations Avhich led them to believo that
it Avould not be safe for him to venture out,
so that Avhen I Avent to bed in No. 72 he had
remained cramped up in his place of conceal
ment for the greater part of the time for
nearly tAventy-four hours, Avith very little
food and with no stimulants, which he Avas
accustomed to use in large quantities, and
Avhich he, of course, needed just then more
than ever. It may be guessed that my flask
proved too great a temptation to him, and
that he returned to it again and again until
he reached such a pitch of indifference to his
situation that he concluded to take the lower
berth in preference to his narrow quarters
underneath. He had partly slept off the
effects of his potations Avhen I woke him by
getting out of my berth in the hasty manner
Avhich I have described, and he Avas quick
Avitted enough to turn my astonishment to
account. Now this seems to me, I may add,
the most improbable part of the story, but I
can only say that it happened. My nephew
insists that it is easily explained, and that
the young man, having- nothing else to think
of in his confinement, had very carefully
planned, the day before, a Avay of frighten
ing the occupants of the state-room, if by
accident he should bo discoA-ered. This may
be so, but it seems to me very remarkable
that, on Avaking out of a heaAy sleep, under
such circumstances, he should have had the
presence of mind to act as he did. The most
surprising thing to me, hoAvever, is, after all,
that he could carry off so much liquor. I
am confident there Avas enough in that flask
to have kept me intoxicated for a Aveek.
A good deal to my disgust and somewhat
to my pecuniary loss, I Avas compelled to be
present both at the preliminary examination
and at the trial, although what I kneAv about
the alleged murder seemed to me of very
little importance. The upshot of it all Avas
that the young man Avas cotmeted of man
slaughter. It has seemed to me, since then, that his
detection Avas entirely OAving to that lobster
salad, for if I had not eaten it my flask
would have remained all night in my bag,
and I should probably haA'e left my state
room in the morning Avithout having seen
any ghost. I got no sympathy from my
wife, Avho indeed reaped a slight adA-antagc
from my adventure, for I have never since
laughed at her for her habit of always look
ing under the bed for burglars before she
PLAY-DAY AT MENTOR,
Ono very hot day, last July, I left the
Lake Shore Raihvay train at YVilloughby, a
little station eighteen miles east of Cleveland,
in the State of Ohio. Some business took
me to Mentor, three miles aAvnv. and. hilf
.. tho bov was drivin me over there. I thought
I should like to make a call for pleasure
also. You knoAV that President Garfield
lived in Mentor, and you v.-ill guess that I
Avished to call upon his Iavo youngest boys,
Avho Avere then at the Garfield homestead.
The house does not seem like a farm-house
at all. It is more like a dAveiling in a village,
or in a city, set in a little piece of lawn, and
sheltered by three great locust-trees. I
knocked at the door, and was asked to enter
the parlor. After n little talk, I asked about
the boys, and AA-as told that they were in
"the office," a little one-story building, back
of the house, used by their father for a study
Then I was led out through a long hall,
Avhere a tall clock looked doAvn on me, aud
just outside the rear door was the office. A
narroAT path led out to it, and I folloAved
along and stepped upon the floor of the little
porch that covered tho only door there Avas,
Avhich Avas the front door. The study was a
very small building, Avith a AA-iudoAv on each
side of the door, a window at each end, aud
a Aviudow just opposite tho door. A mite of
a chimney came out of tho middle of the
The door Avas open as I Stood on the porch,
and I could see four boys playing on the
floor. I said to them : "Well boys, is this a
Noav the reason I thought it Avas a fort
Avas, that I saAv some pieces of white chalk,
Avhich the boys had mounted on blocks and
set on tho floor, so as to look like cannon. "
This was all that I could see from the door
Avhen I asked the question.
But AA-hen I Avas inside the room I saAv a
lot of paper soldiers standing up, and found
out my mistake before this ansAver came to
my question :
"Not much a fort. We are deploying
troops in tho field," said one of the tAvo Gar
field boys Avhether Irviu or Abram, I forget
just noAV. The other tvo boys were cousins
of theirs, and they Avere rather younger.
I then looked more closely. Besides using
crayons for cannon, they also had brass
casters for cannon-Avheels, and their soldiers
had been cut out of card-board Avith jack
knives. Small stones, nails, and peas Avere
the bullets and cauuon-balls. Small paper
flags showed Avhich side Avas the enemy, and
Avhich the American.
"And who is the enemy in this game ? " I
" My brother," the elder Garfield replied.
"Ho doesn't AA'ant to be, but he" has to be,
because he is beaten so much."
" But I beat you the other day," chimed in
the younger Garfield.
"Yes, and tho Avay you did it Avas to bring
out a lot of soldiers that had been scut to
tho hoopital the day before. That Avas no
By this time the boys were again spraAvled
upon tho floor, and ready to begin the battle
Whilo they Avere picking up the stones to
throAV I looked about the room. Several
large book-cases Avere filled with tho Presi
dent's books, and a desk at the back AvindoAV
opposite the door, had upon it an inkstand
and pen that had seen better days. The floor
was bare and painted.
" How long have you been here? V I asked.
" We came here on the 2d of Juiy," they
said. " The very day papa Avas shot.'"
"And do yon like liA-ing here as Aveli as in
"Vfe like it better here," said they; ('be
cause there are more boys, and because 'vro
can play out of doors more." (
I should say, here, that at the time of ny
visit a great many persons thought the Pres
ideut would get Avell. I
"Noav, then," I said, "go on with your fun,
and let me see Iioav yon fight the battle." e
You should have seen the stormy time
that came Avhen I said this. First, one side
Avould throw at the other until all the sol
diers Avere knocked over, and then the other
side Avould begin. This made the enemy
beat for a Avhile, and then the Americans.
The sport lasted for a long time, and Avhen I
Avent away it Avas not because I Avanted to,
but because I had to, in order to take tho
train on the railway. As I sat in the car,
I thought over the pleasant afternoon that
I had spent; and I could not help saying:
"Well, after all, b03'5 are boys, and they
play much alike, Avhether President's sons or
not." St. Nicholas.
THOUGHT HE HAD GLASS LEGS.
A French paper mentions as an extraordi
nary instance of hallucination that one of
the members of the executive council of the
Bank of Brussels was many years ago seized
Avith the conviction that his legs Avere of
glass, and positively refused to move. A fi
nancial crisis came, involving to some extent
the bank. Mr. B. got up and Avent to Brus
sels, where by his energy and skill he largely
assisted in getting the matters straight. At
the end of a month he returned home, re
marked Iioav inarA'ellous it Avas that he had
not smashed even one of his legs, and taking
to his bed once more, never again left it.
HI2ITS FOR THE .HOUSEHOLD,
Italian Cheese. Boil a knuckle of veal;
Avhen perfectly cooked strain the liquor, re
move the fat, fake out the bones, chop the
meat fine, add one grated nutmeg, one half
ounce each of cloves, allspice, and pepper.
Put the entire mixture on the fire to simmer
gently, and Avhen the liquor becomes a jelly
pour into a mould and let it remain until
the next day. Yon may line the bowl with
hard-boiled egg, cut in slices. Thi3 is very
nice for a light meal.
Sago PuDnrxG. One quart of rich sweefc
milk, four tablespoonfuls of sago, four eggs,
one cup of sugar, and flavoring; soak sago
over night in A-ater; then beat yelks of eggs,
sugar aud ago together; add milk and flavor
ing ; set a bowl on the steamer, pour in the
mixture and steam one hour; beat Avhite3
AA-ith one f ablespoonful of sugar to a stiff
froth; spread over pudding and brown in
oven five minutes; stir while steaming or
the sago Avill settle to the bottom.
Apple and Qctcce Takt. Lay a disc of
puff-paste on a round tin, and place a strip
of paste all around it, as for an ordinary jam
tart ; spread on the inside a layer of quince
marmalade a quarter- of an inch thick; peel
and core some apples, cut them in slices a
quarter of an inch thick, trim all the slices
to the same shape, dispose these slices over
the marmalade, overlapping each other, and.
in some land of pattern; streAV plenty of
sugar over, and bake in a quick oven till tha
apples are a good color.
Sweet Potato Pudding One pound of
sweet potatoes boiled in a little Avater; Avhen
done take them out, peel them and mash
A-ery smooth; beat eight eggs very light,
addto them half a pound of butter (creamed;,
half a pound of sugar (granulated), half a
teaspoonfnl of powdered cinnamon, a very
little nutmeg, one Avineglass of rose Avater,
one gill of sweet cream ; stir all Avell, then
add the sweet potato a little at a time; mis
all together, stirring very hard ; then butter
a deep dish, put in the pudding and. bake
three-quarters of an hour, or line pie plates
Avith puff-paste, put in the pudding, and
bake tAventy minutes.
Steaa'ed Rockfjsil Score the fish after
making it evy clean and season it Avith salt
and cayenne pepper; fry it in butter until
it is half done and becomes broAA-n in the
pan; remoA-e it from, the pan and cover it
Avith a chopped onion and parsley; dust some
flour over it, place in a baking-pan, add half
a cup of mushroon catsup and lump of but
ter; bake in a slow oven until thoroughly
done, taking care to baste it Avhile cooking.
Serve very hot Avith the graA-y which forma
Yeal Omelette Chop three pounds of
veal very fine ; add three Avell-beaten eggs,
six rolled crackers, two tablespoonfuls of
milk, teaspoonful of salt, and cayenne pepper
to suit the taste; mix all together and knead
it in the form of a loaf of bread; place it in
a baking-pan aud cook it in a moderate oven
two hours, basting with butter and Avater
Avhile cooking. To be sen-ed cold and cut
into thin slices.
Fried Egg-plant. Pare the rind very
thin Avith a sharp knife and slice the egg
plant. It must not be cut too thick, for it
Avill not cook properly if the slices are thick
and uneven. Sprinkle each slice Avith salt,
and let them stand for an hour; then wipe
them dry. Dip each first into beaten egg
and then into bread crumbs or rolled crackers,
and fry in boiling lard until brown and crisp.
Drain them Avell aud serA-e A-ery hot. Add
pepper to the crumbs before using them.
Cap.kots a la Cp.eme. Scrape and Avash
the carrots and cut them into rings, stars, or
any shape you Avish, and let them come to a
boil in clear Avater; drain off the Avater and
put them in a steAvpan with a morsej of
butter, some salt and pepper, and a cup of
cream or milk. When they are quite tender
add tho yolk of an egg, a little chopped
parsley, a spoonful of butter, and a pinch of
sugar. Serve very hot.
Stewed Teaches. Yery faxr persons
know hoAV to cook dried fruit properly. It
requires thorough AA-ashing and soaking and
to be steAved very sloAvly. After Avashing
one pound of dried peaches, put them in an
earthen bowl, cover' Avell with cold Avater
and let them stand OA-er night, or if the
peaches haA-c been pared before drying an
hour or tAvo Avill be sufficient. Pour them,
with the Avater in Avhich they have been
soaked, in a preserving kettle, add more
AA'ater to cover them, and cook sloAvly until
they can be mashed Avith a spoon. Abont
half an hour before taking them from tho
fire add sugar to suit the tasto and more
Avater if the first has been absorbed. They
should bo soft and juicy, but not Avatery.
When a man has no mind of his OAvn he
can always find a woman Avho can give him
a piece of hers.