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THE D1UT BEIETIN SOTIEMIT.
HONOLULU, II. I., MONDAY, FEBKUAKY 12, 1883.
NOTE FROM POOR MAN'S BEND.
Yes," Jim, I got your letter, nntl I answer-
"cd, It old friend:
I see you nin't(iorgot the boys back hero
v. on Poor Mini's Bend.
I didn't know but "strlkiu' It" might
change my old-.lmc pnrd,
. But I think you've got the kind of grit
that.changcs mighty hnrd.
I'd llkoto conic and see you, boy, I o"tn
think of you j
But Western manners in die East, I size
li up wo do.
For foro' years end over I've handled
pick nnd pn.i.
And though I've got the lucre, boy, that
docMi'tmnkc the num.
I rcnicmbci' well the days wc spent up
here in Idaho,
A-washln' out, the two-cent dirt when
grub was getting low.
Do you recollect the Injun fljlit up on
How you olid JVc': wclc just in t'mc to
' save the old man's ha'r?
So narcr till: of owing me a dcbl you
What's mine is yours, remember 11 -
thjat's all 1 nccdMtfwy.
It's true, I picked youun.a cub, as green
as grass In sprijj, ,
But you h.-d a look " about 'you, lad,
which bhowed thc,pi'opcr thing;
And when I doublcd'Tjup wiln you and
stood ha'f the carnal '
I knew we hr.d our fortunes made in old
You see that Eastern manners, when yon
get out in the wcsl.
Arc not the sort of manners which the
miners like the best;
.And you had not been hardened, and
was kiiid of pale and slim.
And didn't like to have them shoot, so
they called you "Tender Jim."
But when they jumped the "Aladdin's
Lamp,"'my boy, youweic onh?nd,
And showed thrt, "Frisco" company the
, way to swallow sand.
;,Thc boys all thought you'd weaken be
fore the ; ow begun
But I tell you, pard, you assayed their
wf.y up to the Ion ;
And I say it was a bower, the first card
; thr.t'you lei1,
When their captain tumbled dowa the
shaft, a buUet through -lis hend.
jt is truo that Jrck rnd I filled in, ia a
quiet sorl of way,
But wc both Iiad been there before, f .'om
''"b'ossom" to ''pay."
So cut the ob'.'gatlon biz, you got but
For what you worked and fought' for,
lad, must well be'ong lo you.
' Four hundred thousand dollars ! whew I
,it ta!:cs my breath away.
After forty years of m'ning, at last to
strike the "pay."
Alas I 'too late (excuse this blot, my old
eyes ill wMi tcais)
Without a kith or kin on earth to sooth
my wanhig years.
'Tls.dliTo.cnt, boy, willi you, for now
' your life is in lis prime,
'WhUc'my last yes'rs have come to me
' mine is the harvest time.
I can't s.-y I regret the past; I have been
My rl'fle and my pick have licci what
home must be to you.
So if you just excuse me, I believe I'll
, slay out West;
Tor o'(d associates hero I know wi'. suit
' And, if you strike financial straits while
' .'cl'inb.'ns P Hfo'ii hlll,(
Just show your hand and take the pile
of yours, "Bed.ltoek Bill."
ltocky Mountain Cuu.
THE ART OF TEA BLENDING.
T he Mclboinc (Australia) Trailer
gives the following review of a book
on' tho above subject which will, we
think, bo interesting to our readers:
The publication named is a little
manual which tea merchants, brokers
and (lcaleis will find most useful ns
a guido in the art of successful tea
mixing. There are works not ft few
which treat of the history, growth,
manufacture and chemistry of tea,
but a handbook such as this, con
taining a clear and concise account
of the various kinds of tea which
come into the market, and disclosing
the secrets of successful blending,
is a desideratum now for the first
time supplied by ttiis little, handbook
for the tea trade, Tho picsent is a
colonial edition, and is issued by
' Mr. Gcosgo Robertson, with tho con
sent of the London publishers
Messrs. W. B. Whitingham and Co.
A few remarks by Mrs J. O, Moody
serves to iutioduco the woik and to
indicate its character. The opening
chapter is ' u tho nit of tea blending,
and although it is of course pri
marily desigued for tho guidance of
tho grocer and blender,' yet it con
tains remarks by winch consumers
generally may profit. Tho rcinntk,
for instance, as to the aptitude of
tea to absorb flavors is one the pub
lic need to be reminded of. "Tea,"
wc aic told, "possesses a natural
aptitude to become impregnated with
the flavor of any product near which
it is" placed, or to absorb to itself
any aroma by which it mny bo sur
loundcd. It is within the memory
of most; tea trade men that n whole
caigo wn3 flavored by wine; and
quite lately a large quantity of new
make tea was spoiled through bc'n g
s towed-near molasses. Even in so
shait a steamer voyage as1 the pass
ing fiom one part of our island to
another teas have completely altered
their characlei through being placad
near ovntigco, &c; thciefotc it be
comes n, point of gicat moment not
to slow teas oo near any produce
that emits a sUong aiomn." Dire ci
lia is in icgavd to 'die brewing of tea
no common enough, but on reading
the diiccUcns given, in this chapter
we find Ihal wc have something yet
lo lcai.i on tho subject. "It may
seem strange to bo talking thus
about a subject which each nnd n'l
seem to thidk they understand ; but
thcic is no doubt thai, almost as
much dissatisfaction is caused from
lea being carelessly brewed as f i om
tho use of inferior teas, and ictnileis
would do well to impress upon their
customers the following facts:
Flist, that Ihc water used should be
as soft and p.uc as can be obtained.
Second, that the water should be
'o Ued as quickly as possible, mil
usee', at bollln-r point; it must boil,
but it must not oveiboil, for should
it be allowed to simmer, even for' a
few minutes it will not extract the
full flavor from the leaves. Tea
taste's ;:c mosi pailicular in this
lespect; they have their kettles
walched, so that the water may be
used the instant it boils ; and if my
waterls 'efo in the kettle it is turned
awry, for die effect oJ using water
Ihat has been boiled a second t'.me
is the seme as that of water w'lich
has been allowed to oveiboil. Should
some junior, Lorn cr.elessnes" or
want of knowledge, use water that
has been ovciboi'cd, or that has been
boiled n second time, the taste will
dctaci it at a glance, all the infusions
bel;:g thin, and Ihc who'c batch
having a peculir.i appearance which
is te.med 'unhealthy.' flow often
is rU this entiiely overlooked, and
the "water in the kettle allowed to
boil: all i'je afternoon, and when the
tea is brewed (no matter how line
it may be the finer it is the mote it
suffers) 'it altogether frils to please ;
and sraa" wonder, for instead of tho
J'vciy tuorcal-'c flavor being rcpro
drced in the teacup, a huge propor
tion of it is lost, and tho beverage is
neither so palatable nor so lcfiesliing
as it would otherwise be. Thud, all
that poi Uou of fie tea that .can be
dissolved is cxUnctad bofoie the ex
pi.; tion ol leu na.iiues ; five or six
mhr.lcs is gencir.lly sumcicnt. Tho
ii!c.sioii is .hen at its best; from
that time it g'.adunly loses pavt ol
itsflr.voi, iu.il, if allowed to stew
for half an hour or en hour,1 'it be
comes dull and mawkish." Tlirco
or four chjipteis which follow arc
devoted to the principal Vi'iietics of
tea, bek'g mainly descriptive of tho
color of their lerf and their liquor
ing qup'.ilies. Nc:t wc have n chap
ter or two giving a description of
India, Ceylon, Jnva, and Japan
teas. The whole concludes villi Iho
exhibition of some specimen inc
lines. In these only three or four
tens pic BUggestcd for ccch blend,
bc( ausc; as" tlie author' observe",
"complicated com'oinaUorfs should
not bo aticmi-tcd untl the blender
has obtained that practical knowl
edge which can only be obtained
from the teachings of experience."
The deacon's sou wa3 telling tho
inV'j or r.bori .he been siiiiing h's
pa, aid the ini.i'stei' inquired:
"Siting you' p.., did they? Wei',
what didyoiV ycny't'' '"'Step th's
way it niome'., tn't. Jc boy, I'd
l'ndrv wM pe it to yro,''
"LI Jo ,' i do you knowwiice
house 'ii, Wf' r."!:ed a su'cnm
)k'.A.is oW man v" n bight cild
sea Aii on leer, rch blco' "Ye.
in, 't's Gpd s biir ho a'S"u iu," '.he
added ari io oil" (,o tlcov..i was
abori to waik no .he oh, "unti
hW'Agc'.'s gone to Euioje'
"Co.vjc lictc, my little fellow,'
cr.id'u 'einlejn.ui ton youngs .e- of
live ye. s, w'jile ' .hr; in a pa.lor
w'.e e n lr. go com v.iy was asccm
bled, "t'o you know mo?" "Yea-i,
vhV "Who ami? Let me heav."
"Yo. iih tho man who l-.ibiicd mnm-,
ma vrhcu papa was iii Neiv Vv:kt"
If comets in our northern hemis
phere lind been marketable ai tides,
they would have been quoted at a
low valuation lately, for they have
been a nuisance rather than other
wise. Two arc visible just now, one
being the brightest and largest which
lias appeared for 20 years past. But
its demands on our attention are
most preposterous, iuvolving noth
ing hss than getting up a little before
5 in tho moi ning if wc wish to see
it! Of course that is nothing to an
astronomer, but for laymen, why,
one remembers the advice Sheridan
is said to have given his son on his
wanting to go down a coal mine,
"just to say ho had been down!"
"Can't you say so without going
down?" However, this comet can
not complain of luck of attention.
No other comet that I am awaie of
ever had an emperor for its observer.
But the, Emperor of Brazil has tele
graphed the lesuKs of his own
ohic.'vatious upon it to the Paris
Academy of Sciences. You will sec
this celestial visitor iu your southern
skies even better than wc behold it,
for the Emperor of Brazil saw it in
the daytime, and it was also seen in
India, ijodium and carbon have
both been delected in its spectrum.
The most l'cniiukablc note on tho
comet comes from Mr. David Gill,
at the Cape of Good Hope, who was
watahing its transit ncioss the sun's
disc, but so brilliant was it diat it
was invisible Iu other woids, its'
light could not be distinguished ft em
Ihat of the sun.
"Dr. Lancaster, what on earth are
you doing?" said a Whiy leporler
to the physician nt the city Alms
House yestcidaj', as that gentleman
was found administering a big dose
of chlofortn to an old bfiti-yprd
rooster in the hospital dispensary.
''Why, sir, this is the rooster sea
son, aud 1 am going to show that
both politicians and roosters without
heads can live in this free country,"
and he wont to work carefully with
his fine instruments and took off tho
bird's head just above the cars, and
cautiously gathered up tho muscles,
a; tcrics and veins, nnd applied chemi
cals lo prevent the flow of blood.
Into the neck of the biped he placed
a glass tube a channel through
which to introduce food into the
craw nnd then put the bird into a
box covered with cloth, with a hole
iu the centre for the headless neck
t' go through.
"In a few hours," the doctor said,
"this chicken will walk around with
steady step a brainless agent without
sight, thought or feeling."
Aid sine enough, the doctor was
:ight. At 5 p. m. the chanticleer
wrs walking about the floor of the
dispensary with no care i8 to the re
sult of 'he election or as to where
or when he would get the next meal.
, The Z'.iknitPi Zee, iu Cainiola, is
rcmaikablc for the periodical disap
pearances of the water every Sum
mer, subterranean passages serving
as the channels of escape. A rapidly-ripening
crop of 'grass and some
quich-growing vegetables arc gath
Cicd during the Autumn from tho
dry bed of the lake by tho neighbor
ing peasants. A letter from Lay
bnchrcpoits a singular accident of
which this place was tho theatre.
A per.innt woman and her daughter
wero being conveyed in n cait across
the bed of the lake, which was still
covcrsd willi water iu some places.
Suddenly the ca;t and its occupants
were piccipitntcd into a chasm,
through which the water was being
swallowed down in a great vortex,
and which had not been noticed till
too hue. With great diillculty tho
woman wus rescued, but tho child
and cart were sucked down into tho
At tho banquet given in honor of
the Agent General of Victoria at
tho Ci'yntal Palace, near that gentle
man 6ttt a clever Irishwoman. "Mr.
Sm'.th," said the lady, "you clout
look hainy." '"No, Mrfc. , I
am not. " I am waiting to let off my
speech; until I do that I can't en
joy myself." "I'll tell you a story,"
said the Irdy. "A friend of mine,
Mrs, Macnninara, had a servant's
festival, and plenty of visitors from
England. Am.-ag other diveisions
a cricket match was imptovised, and
one man plr.yod iu a long great-coat,
tho lest having stripped to t'.ie sport
as befitted tho heat of tho day.
Ono of the visitors inquired 'why
tho man insisted in keeping his coat
on?' 'Bcdad, sir,1 said o.ic of his
fi lends, I'm thinking it's because
lie has no confidence in his shirt!'
Now Mr. Smith, cheer up, ami do
have confidence in your shirt."
MR. SPOOPENDYKE MAD,
"Say, my dear!" roared Mr.
Spoopcndykc, as ho dashed into the
room and fell into a chair, "did you
know that that section of a stove
pipe, with bandy legs and a Prcsby-
terian steeple nose, had published a
book about you and me?"
"No!,, exclaimed Mrs. Spoopcn
dykc. "You don't tell mo! Is it
anything like Napoleon Bonaparte
crossing the Alps?"
"No, it ain't anything like
Napoleon Bonaparte crossing the
Alps!" snorted Mr. Spoopcndykc'
"And it ain't anything like Julius
Hannibal crossing the Hellespont!
Nor it ain't anything about Queen
Victoria! It's about you nnd me, I
toll you ! It's all about our private
life, and the idiot always represents
ine as going to bed mail!"
"I don't think that there's any
thing in our private life to be asham
ed of," said Mrs. Spoopcndykc,
"and ns to your going to bed mad
you generally do, don't you, dear?"
"What if I dj?" howled Mr.
Spoopcndykc. ''S'posc I want lo
go to bed on every news stand in the
country iVnc up in cheap binding
and bad type? Think I want posters
out on the fances, 'Spoopcndykc
going to bed mad, in paper 2o cents ;
Spoopcndykc goirg to bed mad, with
additions and preface by the author,
p:icc 50 cents ; Spopendykc going
to bed mad, bound in cloth with
beveled edges; childten cry for it
aud doctors recommend it, price $1?,
Got an idea that I want to go to bed
mad in twenty-four editions, with a
row with a news company, printers'
bills unpaid and a paper manufact
urer howling for his money? Wah-h-h-h!"
yelled Mr. Spoopcndykc. "It's
a book, I tell you ! Cut on the edges,
pasted on the back, covered on the
outside and reading matter all ovej !
Know what a book is? The only
difference between a book and your
mouth is that the book shuts up once
in a while 1 Who gave him the facts ! "
and Mr. Spoopcndykc leaned back in
his chair and frothed at the mouth.
"What does tho man say in his
book?" asked Mrs. Spoopcndykc.
"He don't say anything! He don't
get a chance! You do all the talk
ing like you do at home ! O, you're
a great woman now ! It's Mrs. Spoop
cndykc this, and Mrs. Spoopcndykc
that, and Mrs. Spoopcndykc around
the corner, and Mrs. Spoopcndykc
over the fence. Sbakspearc's no
herc! You arc tho leading literary
character of the day. Who gave him
the facts? Who purveyed ihciuforma
tiou? Who told him you were an idiot
that only needed a wash bill and a
brother-in-low to be a Gutteau
"I don't quite know what you
mean," faltered Mrs. Spoopcndykc.
"I know about the Guiteau trial and
I hope Mr. Horter will win it But I
don't know anything about being
literary, and as for Shakspearc, I
he is almost as abstruse as the Board
of Education." ,
"What I want to know- is, who
gave him the facts!" roared Mr.
Spoopcndykc. "Who gave this ten
cent author with n five acre reputa
tion the facts ? IIowM ho mw c...i
out that you didn't know anymore
about keeping a bank account?"
, "I'm sure I don't know, dear."
said Mrs. Spoopendykc sootldugly.
"Maybe he is only a newspaper man
who publishes facts first and then
trusts to luck lo find them out after
ward. What does he gay about me?"
"Say about you!" squealed Mr.
Spoopendykc "He don't say
enough! Ho only leaves ihc im
pression that a diamond drill, a steam
engine, fair weather and low wages
might make an impression on your
skull! Do you appreciate the enor
mity of the situation? Do you icach
out and grasp, comprehensively, the
unalterablo fact that your market
value is twenty-five cents iu paper
and 81 in doth? Can you absorb the
idea that iu illustrating youo red,
wliivo and blue virtues lie bus dragged
me into his jook, so as to give char
acter lo it?"
"Docs ho mention you, too?" ex
claimed Mrs. Spoopendykc, with an
air of indignation,
Mr. Spoopendyko rose to his feet.
Slowly he divested himself of his
clothing ami slummed tho various
articles on the floor, keeping his eye
fixed on his trembling wife.
"Mrs, Spoopcndykc," said ho, as
he pranced into bed, "bo kind enough
to regard me as the cheap edition,
The honor of cjoth, wHh beveled
edges, gold letters on cover and the
name spelled wrong belongs to you.
With that and your literary attain
incuts, combined with vonn iilmuiai.
'Uou to reflect discredit on nn insane
jackass, you only need your corners
turned down, your back torn off to
bo a circulating library 1" With
which profound illustration of his
coiucmpt for the situation, Mr.
.Spoopendykc drew his pillow over
his head and kicked vigorously.
"I don't care," thought Mrs.
Spoopcndykc, ns she ran a gathering
suing through the neck of tho baby's
new wrapper; "if tho man says that
M". Siopcndykc goes lo bed mad
every night, he tells the- truth, and if
ho does that I dui't care what ho
says about mo.
And Mrs. Spoopcndykc crawled iu
on her side of the couch and then
flopped out again to sec if the man
under the bed had not by some
possibility got into tho match safe
and pulled the cover over himself.
Tho question which is asked by
theatre-goers, lost in astonishment
at tho advance which 'iscnsatton"
has made, is, will it last and keep
possession of the stage for a fow
years? It hardly seems probable
that it can, as the appetite for this
kind of tiling must not be fed on the
old meats; that all dramatists
throughly well understand; some
thing new ina3l be given, and some
thing moro highly spiced; but is this
possible? Has not every horror and
every b'.t of realism been seized hold
of by tho blood-aud-thuudcr writers?
If we travel as far as the Standard,
in Shorcditcii, we shall see a few
original sensations in Iht new pioco
by Mr. James Willing, called 27m
liuling Passion. Ono of the sen
sations to bo seen is tho filling of a
real balloon on the stage it actually
rises of itself. Gas is not used, but
heated air; and tho difficulty was nt
first to get it to escape quickly, as
tho balloon has lo col'apse and let
the heroine fall into the sea. Tho
hot av wooid not ;vsh out at the
bottom of tho ba'Jpoj, a:id it was
therefore necessary to contrive a
mechanical opening at the top. This
is effectua', and the balloon is empty
in less than a minute. In this
balloon voyage all tho horrors of a
sudden descent into tho sea and
peril of drawing arc to bo realised,"
similar to what took placo In tho
Channel somo few years ago, when
a Frenchman and his wife nearly
lo-,t their lives. Tn this piece, there
is also a stream of water til'sed as
real rain. There is a now piece
about to bo introduced at tho
Adelphi, in -which there is to be a
real coal-mine explosion and a blow
up. Whatovor are wo coming-to in
these days of dramatio sensation
alism? DAMON AND PYTHIAS.
In tho Laramie Boomefdigf Bill
Nye gives the following as fhe true
history of Dntnon and Pytliias wero
named after a popular secret organi
zation because they wero so solid on
each other. They thought more of
each other than anybody. They
borrowed chewing tobacco, nnd
were always social and pleasant.
They slept together and unitedly
"stood off" tho landlady from
month to month in the most nlteerfiil
and harmonious maimer. If Pytliias
snored in the night like the blast of
a fog horn, Damon did hot get mad
nnd kick him iu the stomach as soma
would hnvo done. Ho gently but
firmly took him by tho nose and lifted
him up and down to llio merry
rylhm of "The Babies in Our Block."
They loved each other in season aud
out-of season. Ticir nffectieu whs
like tho soft bloom on the noso of n,
Wyoming legislator. It never grew
pale or wilted. It was always there.
If Damon was nt the bat Pythias
was on deck. If Damon went to
church nnd invited starvation, Py
tliias would go, too, and would vote
on the handsomest baby until tho
First National bank of Syracuse
would refuse lo honor his checks.
But one day Dnmoii got too much
Budge and told ilio venerable and
colossal old royal bummer of Syra
cuse, Dionysius whnt lie thought of
him. Then Dionysius, told the chief;
engineer of tho sausage grinder la
turn on steam and pieparo for bnis
uefts. But Damon thought of Pythias,
and how Pythias hadn't so much fo
live for as ho had, and lie made a
compioinisc by offering to put Py
tliias in souk while the only genuine
Damon went to sec his gii-1, who
lived in Albany. Three days wero
given him lo get around and redeem
Pythias, and if Jic failed his friend
would go io protest;
Wc will now supposo three days
to havo clapaod since the' proceed
ing. A large party of enthusiastic
eiUzeus of Syracuse gaUicrcd'tirpiiiid