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v HICH AND LOW LIFE IN MEXICO.
" A Mexican gentleman would no
inoio be bccii eairying ft bundle of
tho smallest size than ho would n
, .hod upon bis back. I am confident
ially infoimcd, on good auttioiily,
Hint St is no special humiliation to
cairy n book, providing it be n small
one, and is not wiappcd in paper
"but there they draw the line. Some
gentlemen occasionally condescend
to call at tho post-oillcc for their
mail, but generally all such onerous
duties arc delegated to tho servants.
Thorcfoic, tho sniiillcbt family must
maintain a retinue of "mozos" and
"crcados" (seivants) which per
haps is well, in "tho grand economy
of the whole," since the serfs far
outnumber the mastcis in Mexico.
A gentleman nc or tra els from town
to town, on business or pleasure,
H -without ono or inoio mozos in attend
ance. When lie disports himself on
horse or mulcback, his niozo rides,
just so many paces, no inoro nor
less, behind him. In fact, every
duty in life which another can pos
sibly perform for him, is done by
his servants. The most high-toned
$ "1 F. V." in nnlc helium days was
" never more wnited upon, and Afii
caii slavery, in most respects, was
preferable to this serfdom, for the
" blacks were at least sure of enough
to cat, and of being cared for in
sickness nnd old age. A Mexican
creado considers himself in receipt
of a princely income if paid "dos
realcs" (twenty cents) per diem for
his services, out of which ho clothes
himself aud supports his family.
Gentlemen who arc not housekeep
ing, aud tlieiefoie cannot feed their
servants ou the refuse of the table,
fiequcutry pay a valet six cents a
day, which is sufficient to buy al the
toitillns' and red beans he re
quires for food. Ab for necessaries,
he decks himself in liis master's
cast-off clothes than which Solo
mon in all his glory was never so
arrayed depends upon his own
light fingers for the indispensable
cigarettes, and sleeps at night, rolled
iipjn his sai'aph, on tho hard stones
of the court with tho blue sky for a
conntcipanc. Springfield Republican.
. PAT'S NOVEL DECISION.
A jolly set of Irishmen, boon com
panions and sworn brothers, had
made up their mind to leave the
"oulrt sod" and wend their way to
"Aiueriky." Theio were five in
number two Paddies, one Murphy,
pne Dennis aud one Teagne. It so
happened that the vessel they wei c
to go in could only take four of
them. At length honest Teague ex
claimed: "Arrak! We'll cast lots
to see who shall remain." But one
of the Paddies vowed that it was
anything but J'jontcel" to do that
sort of thing. ' 'You know Teague,"
he said, "that I am an arithmetician,
and I can work it out by substrac
tion, which is ta great deal better,
but you must 'all agree to abide by
tho figures." All having pledged
themselves u do so, Pat piucecded :
"Well, then, take Paddy from Pad
dy you can't, that's very ceitain;
but to take Dennis )i rom Murphy is
ea enough, and ypu will find that
Teague leniains. ' By my faith,
Teague, my jewel, and it's you
that'll have to stay behind." Poor
Teague was theieforc bound to
acquiesce in this remarkably novel
decision. Chamber's Journal.
The Russian Empire consists of
tlih ty different races of people. Life
there is not individual, butcollqetive.
There are but two cities, Moscow
and St. Petersburg; the i draining
towns are viewed as but accidents.
In other countries the urban popula
tion constitutes one-third of the
whole, in Russia but one-tenth. St.
Petersburg aud Moscow arc the
only cities, perhaps, in tho world
whoso inhabitants aie in part peas
ants. It is, therefore, not astonish
ing to find tho work-people in the
factories of these cities engaged on
the conditions that they will be al
lowed yacations to sow their fields
and reap their harvests. St. Peters
I le'ally think the Homo Secretary
should intcrfeie and prevent what
will speedily make us a laughing
"ffltock for the whole civilised -world.
-I lefer to the choice of a public
hangman. I have always considered
that the first consideration in choos
iug such an ofllcial should bo the
jiamc. The ollice is ono o horror
and gloom. Its holder should be a
man of mysterious attiibutes, capablo
by his very nnmo alone of stiiking
terror into the heait of the would.be
muulerer. Calcraft and Maruood
were grand names ; but Bartholomew
Binnsl Gpod heavens! that- the pub-
-lic executioner of a gieat empire like
ouis should rejoice in such an appella
tion ! It is only suggestive of a funny
story in a, Christmas annual. What
burglar would fear the cluthes of a
BinnsV ''Anybody could get the
"better of n man with such a name.
We don't choose a hangman solely
for tho sake of the comic papers,
Either he must apply for leave to
chango this ridiculous cognomen, or
I, shall feel inclined to ask all who
believe in tho Shandeian theory to
agitato for his prompt dismissal.
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SCENES IN A PERSIAN CITY.
Resht contains over ten thousand
inhabitants, and is impoitaut as
being the piincipal Pcisian, city on
the Caspian, says a Now York
Evening-Post concspoiident. Jt is
noted for its tobacco, which is vciy
delicate and mild, and for a soit of
cmbioidery on broadcloth called
IJcsht work, which is sometimes
seen in America in the shape of
table-covers and sofa-cushions. The
city is very unhealthy, owing to
malaiia from the low giouuds and
the stagnant pools of water which
cover the numerous lico fields. The
streets aie narrow and winding; tho
houses low and built for the most
pait of mud and sun diied biick and
thatched with mud and straw. Somo
of the summer places in the ncigh
boihood are , very pleasantly sur
rounded by rose gaidcns, aud have
fine avenues of shade tiecs. In n
visit o one of these in company with
a Pcisian of high ia.uk, we were both
amused and disgusted at the abso
lute control ho had, not only oer
his servants, but over nil info lots as '
well. As we camo to a pal ty of boys
bathing in a small liver, (lie humor
seized him to mako one of his ser
vants bathe, and, not content with
this, he made other servants throw
scveial of their fellows into the liver
with their clothes on, and was quite
delighted at tho sorry plight they
wcic in as they camo ashore. Ho
had the boys, who camo up begging
for "sliais," thrown heels overhead
from a high bank into the river.
Ono little fellow was seriously hint.
The gentleman thought when his fun
was over, that he had settled all
scores 13' tossing a few silver pieces
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THEN AND NOW.
"My dear," said Mis. Popper
man to her husband last evening, "I
was looking over a bundle of old
lottos to-day, and found this ono
which you wiotc to mo before wo
were mariied, when you woe young
"What does it say?"
"111 read it."
"Sweet idol of my lonely heart:
If thou wilt place thy hand in mine,
and say, clear love, I'll be U13' bride,
we'll ily away to some far realm
we'll ily to sunny Italy, and 'neath
soft, cerulean skies we'll bask and '
sing and dream of naught but love.
Rich and cosey paintings by old
master shall adoin the walls of the
castle I'll give thee. Thy bath shall
be of milk. A box to the opera shall
be atthy command, and loyalty shall
be thy daily visitor. . Sweet strains
of music shall lull thee at eventide,
and waibliug birds shall wake tlico
fiom thy moruiug slumlier. Dost
thou accept? Say yes, and Ily, oh!
fly, with me."
"And I flew," said Mrs. Popper
man. "But if I had been as fly as
I am now, I wouldn't have llown."
"Why not, dear?"
"Why not? Have you done as
you promised in that letter? When
we weic mauied, did we 'fly to sun
ny Italy and bask 'neath soft, ceiu
leaii skies,' or did wo go to Hoboken
and spend two weeks fishing for eels
on the edge of the wharf?"
"And how about the pictuics?
You know very well that every rich
and costly painting in this house is
a chiomo from the tea btore."
" 'Thy bath shall be of milk.' Do
I bathe in milk? Do I bathe in milk,
or isn't it like pulling teeth every
morning to get ten cents out of you
to buy milk for tho baby?"
" 'Royalty shall by thy daily visi
tor.' The only daily visitors I have
aie the book agents and calm ped
dleis." "'Taint my fault." .
"Sweet strains of music shall lull
thee at eventide. The only chance
I have to listen to sweet stiains of
music is when you and I go out
walking at night and follow a mQii
kcy and hand oigan around the
"Oh, I am sq lonely.''
"I don't care if you are. Where
aio the waiblin buds you promised
ine? I hear Mrs. Miiginis's crowing
voostcis next door eveiy morning.
Perhaps U103' aie what you meant."
"Well, never mind."
"But! will mind. VI was to havo
a box at the opera.' Wheie is jt?
Tho only time I go to an opcin is
when you get bill-pobteis' tickets to
a dime museum.
"It's too bad."
,"It is really too bad. And then
you said we'd talk and dream of
naught but love. Since I married
you we've talked and dieamt of
naught but lent. Good-night, Bir,"
and Mrs. Poppermaii turned out tho
gas and jumped into bed, leaving
Mr. Poppciman to baik his shins
against tho bureau in trying to grope
to bed in the dark. Jioston Jlenthl.
I11 his ofllcial report for last year
Howard Vencent, the Director of
Criminal Investigations, declares
that the metropolis of London, with
a toitory of nearly 700 hundred
square uiilea, covered bjT more than
700,000 houses and Inhabited by
neaily 5,000,000 persons, is tho
safest capital for life and property
in tho woild. ' '
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