AN AFFECTING SCENE.
Tlio Sermon .Tolm Dubois Prcnclicd
from His Dcatli-Bcd.
The circumstances surrounding the
Joath of John Dubois, the father and.
patron of tliis town, were very pathetic,
ind have left a deep impression on the
community, writes a Dubois (Pa.,) cor
respondent of The Nciu York Sun.
Although not an infidel, ho had lived a
careless life. lie seldom went to
church, preferring to spend Sunday
walking about his mills or his fine farm
of one thousand acres. For a year or
more, however, his mind had boon
inclined to religious matters. lie did
not go to the preachers with his per
plexities. He read his bible and con
sulted with his lawyer about it. His
lawyer was Hon. George A. Jenks, who
has just resigned the' assistant sccre
taiyohip of the interior in order to keep
a promise to Mr. Dubois that he would
take the place of the latter as confiden
tial adviser to a young nephew who
gets the vast estate.
A few days before his death Mr. Du
bois sent for llev. Mr. Bell, and, after
a long conversation with him, he was
baptized and received into the Presby
terian church. lie immediately sent
for the heads of all the departments in
his works, and as many of the men as
could crowd into the sickroom, to the
number of about fifty. When they were
gathered he gave them such an exhor
tation as had never been heard before
in this region, lie told them he was
trying and that if he had been well as
sured of his eternal welfare a week be
fore he would not be living to talk
to them. He could not let go life,
he said, until he got that question set
tled, and he urged them not to put it
oil', as ho had clone, lie was willing
now to die, but if it .was the will of
providence that he should live one year
longer, he woidd not wish to take up
his a flairs again. He would put in
every day, he said, going about the
mills telling his men the great truth
that he had at length found out, and
trying to undo some of the evil his ex
ample had wrought in his long lifetime.
His voice and brain was strong, al
though his body was wasted almost to
a skeleton, and he could scarcely sit up
m bed propped with pillows. The men
had worked for him some ten, some
twenty, some thirty years. They were
rough, grizzly fellows from the logging
camps and the mills, but there was not
a dry cheek in the room as he talked to
them and called them by name and
btide them good-by. Three days later
he died. He was buried on his own
farm a short distance back of the house
where he had lived, lie picked out the
spot himself. It is on the top of a
gently sloping hill, and overlooks his
mills and the town that he built. For
the three days between his death and
his funeral all hands in the town were
as idle as his own. Not a wheel turned
in any of the mills. Nobody did any
business in the stores. Three thousand
people looked at him in his collin and
walked behind it to the grave.
Although his works were divided up
into different departments, each under
its responsible head, he knew all of tho
eight hundred men who worked for
him, and always spoke to them as cour
teously as if they were all millionaires
as well as himself. Some years ago,
when times were dull and lumber fell
to a low figure, the managers of his
works agreed that there must be a re
duction in the wages of the men. and
so told him. He heard them through
and took the figures they had brought
him, but mado no decision. The next
day he summoned them to meet him
agdin, and said:
'This wjll not do. I have examined
the books at the store, and find that it
takes about all these men earn to buy
necessaries for themselves and their
families. If we must reduce wages I
will begin with you, who are better
paid. Say no moro about it; 1 guess I
can stand a loss better than the men
can a reduction."
The editor of a Mormon paper hi Salt Lako
is in jail for supporting four wives, and a San
Francisco editor begs him to "inform the pro
fession how he supports four on one paper."
Wo should think it coalcl be easily done that
is, "on paper." A great many apparently im
possible feats are accomplished on paper.-
i Six Indlafas havo formed a transportation
company and are carrying freight between
When tho railway was first opened
through this region a young man es
tablished a fruit store at one of tho
stations, and as a. part of Ids stock laid
in a bunch of bananas. One day a na
tive mountaineer entered. Arrange
ments generally struck him with sur
prise, but everything else was soon for
gotten in an adhesivo contemplation of
tho mighty aggregation of fruit. Final
ly ho turned away with this note:
"Blame me if them ain't tho'darnedest
beans fever seen!"
While here wo had occasion to ex
tend our acquaintance with na'tive
types. Two young men came to the
hotel, bringing .a bag of small, hard
peaches to sell. Slim, slab-sided, stom
achless, and serene, mild and melan
choly, tlicy might havo been lotos
eaters only the suggestion of poetry
was wanting, and they had probably
never tasled any satisfying plant what
soever. Their unutterable content came
not from opiates, but from their souls.
If they could sell their peaches, thoy
would be happy; if nott they would be
happy. What they could not sell, they
could as well eat; and since no bargain
was made on this occasion, thoy took
chairs on the hotel veranda, opened
the bag, and fell to. One of us tried
to catcli the mental attitude of the
Benjamin of his tribe, while the other
studied Ins bodily pose.
Is th'at a good 'coon dog?"
"A mighty good 'coon dog. I hain't
never seed him whipped b' a varmint
Are there any 'coons in this coun
try?" 'Several 'coons."
'Is this a good year for 'coons?"
"A mighty (rood year for 'coons.
The woods is full o' varmints."
'Coons is bad as liog3 on corn,
when they get tuk to it.'1.
"Are there many wild turkeys in this
'Several wild turkeys."
Have you ever caught manv
"I've cotched high as live 'coons out
o' one tree."
Are there many foxes in this coun
try?" 'Several foxes."
'What's the best 'way to cuok a
"Ketch him and parbile him, and
then put him in cold water and soak
him, and put him in and bake him."
'Are there many hounds in this
Here, among other discoveries, vas
a linguistic, one the use of "several"
in the sense of a groat many, probably
an innumerable multitude, as in the
ease of tho 'coons.
It appears that in part they are
sprung from the early hunters who
came into the mountian when game
was abundant, sport unfailing, living
cheap. Among them now are still
hunters, who know the haunts of bear
and deer, needing no dogs. They even
now prefer wild meal. even 'possum"
and "'coon" and ground-hog to any
other. In Bell County 1 spent the da)'
in the house of an aged woman eighty
years old, in fact who was a lingering
representative of a nearly extinct type.
She had never been out of the neighbor
hood of her birth, knew tho mountain
like a garden, had whipped men in sin
gle-handed encounter, brought down
many a deer and wild turkey with her
ownViflo, and now, infirm, had but to
sit in her cabin-door and send her train
ed dogs into the depths of the forests
to discover the wished-for game; a
fiercer woman I never looked on.
James Lane Allen, in Harpers Magazine.
A Mixcd-Up Account. '
The notice of a recent steamboat ox
plosion in a Southern paper ended as
follows: "Tho Captain swam ashore.
So did tho chambermaid. She was in
sured for $15,000, and loaded with
iron." And an English paper describ
ing tho launch of a new vcssell says:
"The christening ceremony wa per
formed by Lady Campbell. Hi.r ton
nage is 1810 and she is to carry six
guns." QoodalVs Sun.
A man and woman are said to masticate a
Ua md a ballot food every year.
The ButcUcr Bird
Perhaps tho most familiar birct to the
walker in Southern California is the
butcher bird, or the great American
shrike, the Lauius boroalisof scientists.
On almost any tree one of these feath
ered warriors may be seen, tho sturdy
form with its stout-curved bill and pow
erful claws telling of its nature. Few
birds are their equal in bravery and
courage, and the name butcher is right
ly applied, as no animal seems to show
the samo delight in torturing others as
this pugnacious bird. In tho grease
wood near br, only a few days ago, a
fair sized lizard was found completely
impaled upon a sharp twig. To one
unacquainted with the butcher bird, the
incident would havo appeared some
thing of a mystery, as the lizard would
hardly commit suicide, and even if so
disposed, could not have forced the
twig so firmly through its body. The
act was a characteric one of our feath
ered friend; Its prey, as a rule, being
impaled iirtthis barbarous fashion while
yet alive. Almost every orange tree in
localities where those birds are found
gives evidence of their curious habit;
the thorns afl'6rding good opportunity
for the act. On one tree, lizards, grass
hoppers, locusts, beetles, sparrows and
a variety of animals have been found,
often left untouched; and so strong is
tho habit that the bird frequently tries
to hang up Aqv objects, i friend ob
served one for nearly an hour attempt
ing to impale a piece of scai.et flannel,
perhaps imagining that the blood-hucd
object had something animate about it.
The methods of the butcher bird can
be well observed by providing it with
artificial barbs. In one instance the
latter were composed of hard wood
points, branching out star-like, and
fastened to a tree. It was not lonjx be
fore one of the little black lizards was
captured and forcibly impaled upon it.
A long-legged grasshopper was next
pushed on; then a mole cricket, and
upon another picket a small warbler
was thrust. None of these objects, ex
cept tho bird, were torn, all being left,
as ghastly trophies. In impaling them
this butcher would use both bill and
claw, often accomplishing the act by
one vigorous blow. The butcher birds
have a wide geographical range, being
common in Europe as well as in Amer
ica; and in tho various countries where
they arc found the'- show the same cu
rious habit, Which has been explained
in various ways.
One theory is that tho butcher bird
hangs up the assemblage of animals,
gaudy insects and highly colored lizards,
as baits or decoys to attract smaller
birds thaj. are the objects of its appe
tite. Others claim that tho butcher
does it out of wanton pleasure, experi
encing great delight in the struggles
of the victims. The truth is, the bird
impales its prey in this way merely to
hold them during the repast, or to
help lacerate them, and tho great num
ber of victims found can be accounted
for from the fact that the habit has
grown so that the bird catches more
than it can eat, and impales and leaves
them just as other animals, as cats, kill
birds instinctively. The butchers of
Southern California are sombre-hued
fellows, yet attractive in Iheir rich
coats of grey, black and white. Their
note is a loud, discordant shriek. San
., . a -II... ! ,
Out On the Fly.
"Say, look here, waiter," demanded
a commercial-looking man at a Halsted
street restaurant, this morning; "say,
what do you cell that?" pointing to a
dish on tho table.
That why, sir, that's butter."
"You don't say so! And can you tell
me whether it belongs to tho Boston,
the Philadelphia, the St. Louis, or tho
"I don't understand you," replied
tho amazed waiter. Please explain."
"Well," continued the guest, "I
judge it had better go out on a strike,
or a short stop, or a foul, or in somo
other manner, and duced quick, too
it's tho best 'ily1 catcher I ever saw!"
HEftE AND THEffE.
Uipo apricots are on tho market at
Los Angeles, (al.
Anti-riparian clubs aro being rapidly
formed in all parts of California.
Several Builalo citizens think of
erecting a mammoth hotel.
Vermont has more cultivated acres
than any other New England state.
Boiled radishes eaten with a sauce is
a Now England gastronomic idiocy.
There wero twenty-sovon bridal
couples at one Washington hotol a' few
A motto of an Ohio livery man reads:
"Whip light, drive slow; cash down or
I feel like mother earth," said a de
feated candidate to a friend the morn
iag after tho election.
How is that?" asked his friend.
! havo been flattened at thopollV
was tho xolj.NaUo7iai Weekly.
Uncle Sam welcomes into his domain
3,200 babies a day, not counting those
who come by sea.
Great changes are noticed in tho
yacht Priscilla. Every feature has been
subordinated to that ot speed.
New York has a police force of 1,900
men, and Supt. Murray says it should
be increased to at least 4,000 men.
A hotel at Jefierson, N. II., has hung
up a card that reads: "Perfect drain
age, roller skating rink connected."
Several associations in California
have recently. adopted resolutions de
nouncing tho payment of bounties for
jack rabbit scalps.
The proposed bridge at tho narrows
near Brockville, Canada, will have
sixteen spans of steel, will bo 4,900 feet
in length, and will cost 2,000,000.
An Indian on tho San Carlos reserva
tion, Arizona, committed suicide re
cently because of grief over the loss ol
a nephew, lie murdered his brother,
however, before killing himself.
A very jretty deer park has just been
completed at Kachochico, Cal., by Gen.
Bidwell. A fountain plays in the cen
ter, and a large pond has been built as
a swimming place for the deer and
Portsmouth members of the crew oi
the famous war-ship Kcarsarge at the
lime of her battle with the Alabama are
planning to celebrate the twenty-second
anniversary of tho light at Boston,
In the National museum at Washing
ton there is a pipe that belonged to
John Brown and the. rifle taken from
Jefierson Davis when he was captured,
l'hcy are labeled "Tho boginuing and
the end of tho war."
Count Brenner bought tlireo pairs ol
American wild turkeys in 1380, and lfll
them loose on ins esUUia in Auffcria&
The number is now estimated at five
hundred, and the count enjoys his
shooting very much.
Several cheese factories in Chautau
qua county, New York, have lately
been transformed into creameries for
tho manufacture of a butter of a high
grade. Low profits in cheese is the
reason for the change.
An eight-year-old Toronto lad is al
ready a hardened criminal. He steals
everything he can get hold of, has
served a six months' sentence in the
house of correction, and lias just been
resentenced to that institution.
Workmen are busy at Bcdloe's is
land putting together Bartholdi's statue
as rapidly as possible. It will be in
placo on tho pedestal before Sept. 3,
when it is to be unveiled with great
ceremonies by President Cleveland.
Five of the notorious Phillips- gang
at Dan by, Conn., have been arrested.
Thoy were arraigned and committed to
jail to await trial. All aro guilty of
many criminal ollcnses, and their term
of imprisonment is likely to be a long
A New York gossip says that unsign
ed wills arc very common. People get
them made, but are afraid to put their
names to them. "I know ono man,'v
lie says, "who has spent $20,000 in
Slaving wills drawn within tho last few
The rights of husbands aro rapidly
becoming obsolete. A Now York court
has just decided that tho action of a
wifo throwing her husband's pants out
of a window is not sufficient grounds
on which tho husband oau procure. J
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