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TUE COMING OF TUE SPJIIXO.
X CITY CAXtONET.
Tliua family did ting ,
l'ralao ol Uio ooralng Springt
, SiirlBRU BeAr without ä lonbt
Tli Wro-bs.'Wt is drowned out.
I Uilnk wo hall iwiforo a
' "l'rch,"UDiara!Wloil inctiZsoAh.
iMr.Mn.-nii n.nTaro with tuud.
Sewer choked vrlth turliid fltsxl.
Jly eatarrti iiewUtwit hear,
Ttiea admit that Sprh'tf B
nm Kiourroi. nr.tR wr.
Ivlly "iieaüi hot-vrator urns
In galooni the pa Jet bums;
The capasloua V Inter" grace
To lichter jearb ot drab girra place;
" l.aj tho cono of fcalskluliy;
Cock Spring boaver o'ur riphteyc-J
et your pH that Spring it near.
THK ÜACüHTlIIt, 0, ITIIE VWGUTRRCOtdnittO.
In irrcvii nicadow milk white lambs
Jlust be Irirkins with their d e;
In Uns emerald turf Is et
The llrat dewy violet;
Crocuaci bedeck the. Kv ;
ltlnls aing in tho budttlnr tree
4 'Gainst the sword of winter" drear.
Spring, the beauteous Spring, Is near.
Lambs in meadows jrrcen? Xot much.
All the lambs are In the butch-
Hr shops i dear, too. P'raps one sees
Violet, but no cabbages.
Singing birds? There are none stuffl
lint spring chickens, and they're tough ;
othing's troMi, and all is dear;
Thus I know that Spring is near.
TUB I-AMIi OF TIIK FLOCK childithtrtblc.
I have Mid my skate and elotl
'r a lot of balls, red, dead.
The I'onr Mutuala" have elec-
Ted Bill Jones President, and te Sec. ,
And their opening game will play
With the Kyoodles, Saturday.
Sco, rar tov, my marbles here,
These muddy trousers ! Spring is near !
Thus that family did sing
Praises of the coming tiering.
Against the awonlof winUr, keen and cold.
Ctutuccr, " Tlu Siuircii lule."
THE HAUNTED SHIP.
I shipped in the Norway, for the passage
from Cronsradt to Hull, and another Eng
lishman, who went by the name of Jack
Hastings, joined her at the same rime. Ho
was a man of considerable information,
-and from his talk had seen his share of the
world, but was not much of a sailor, as I
had already surmised from the cut of his
We fouud Captain Phelps, of the Nor
way, a Tartar in the worät sense of the
word ; and the voyage was any thing but
a pleasant one. especially to Hastings, lie
had shipped for able seaman's wages, and
his deficiencies were soon apparent, espe
cially to the captain, who had a hawk's eye
for the weak points in a man, that he
might come down on him. As I had a
strong; feeling of respect for the young
man, I stood his friend whenever I could,
by trying to do moro than my own share
of duty and cover up his shortcomings;
but I couldn't always be ou hand, of
One night, when it was blowing quite
fresh, and I wa? at the wheel, the captain
was up and had all hands putting reefs in
the topsails. The men had lain down on
deck, and were manning the halyards to
hoist away, when poor lias tings, instead
of the reef-tackle, let go the weather fore
topsail brace, and away went the yard fore
and aft. However, by luffing up'sniartlv,
we managed to get It checked in again
without carrying away any thing, Hut
Capt. Phelps, frothing at the mouth,
vowed he would tan the clumsy lubber's
hole that ultl it, ana would "ride Mm
down like a main-tack." no rushed at
Hastings with a piece of ratline 6tuff and
brought it down once, with a ttrrillc cut,
over Iiis neck and shoulders.
As he raised it aloft to repeat the blow,
while all hands stood looking on, hushed
Into silence, a voice from aloft roared out,
nold your hand !"
The sound, which wa3 wonderfully loud
and clear, seemed to come down out of the
maintop. The captain fell back aft, so as
to look up, but could eco nothing.
" Aloft there 1" he yelled, in a rage.
Halloa I' was answered, spitefully.
41 Come down on deck ?"
" Come up here, and ree how you like
The captain's rage was now fearful to
"Who's aloft there? Who is it, Mr.
llaynor?" he demanded of the mate.
"Nobody that I know of, sir," answered
the officer. " They're all here in eight."
The men looked from one to another,
but the number was correct. The second
mate, without waiting for orders, sprang
up aloft and looked over the top-rim and
made thccircuitoflt, looklngall around the
masthead, and reported Tiimself alone.
The captain dropped his rope's end and
went below, his mind in a strange chaos
of rage and fear, and Hastings escaped fur
ther Dcatlng for that night.
But a few days were sufficient for the
aptain to forget his fears, and I myself
'was the next victim of bis wrath. Ho had
ordered me to make a lanyard-knot in the
end of an old, fagged rone, to bo used for
huhiag somewhere. I did so and returned
it to him, telling him I had made the best
Job of it that I could.
" Well, if that's your best, you're as
much of a lubber as your partner, Hast
ings. I'll dock you both to or'nary sea
man's pay." said he.
In vain I remonstrated, saying that the
rope was too much worn and fagged to
make a neat piece of work.
" Fagged, is it? Well, I'll finish it up
over your lubberly back I"
" No you won't !" sang out a voice from
behind the long boat.
He rushed round in the direction ot the
sound, but there was no one there.
" Who waa that that spoke?" ho cried.
" If I know who It was, I'd cut his heart
"IIa thai would yo?" was answered
derisively from tho maintop, now.
It was broad daylight, and all could sec
that there was no one up there. I was
iulte as mich startled and mystified as my
tyrant could possibly be, but tho diversion
acrved as good a purpose as on tho pre
vious occasion, for he did not attack me
again. Had ho done so, I meant to resist,
and grapple witii him, it It cost ma my lite.
That night the captain's slumbers were
disturbed by a tierce cry, which appeared
to eomo in at tho sidelight In his state
room, lea opou for fresh Mr. Th cry had
been heard by the mate on tho quarter
deck, and by I la-tings at the wheel, who
could give no explanation of it, ami seem
ed to share his astonishment and fear,
when ho rushed on tho deck and looked
vainly over the quarter in search of tho
From that dayho was harassed and per
secuted at every turn by an invisible pros
oneo which gave him no peace of his life.
Whether on deck or below, he found no
escape from it, and especially when lie be
gan to abuse any of t lie ship's company
the voice of tho hidden champion invaria
bly took their part. The insolent laugh ;
tliat rang in his oars on every such occa
sion seeriied to come from overhead.
But no manifestations ever troubled us
in tho forecastle, nor did tho unearthly
voice ever address any one on board but
Capt. Phelps. Tho most superstitious
part of the crew would rather have borne
(lis tyrannical treatment than have lived
in a haunted skip, while some of us wel
comed a firm friend In this unaccountable
spiritual presence, or whatever it might be.
The captain's angry passions weie to
some extent checked by It : though, now
and then, they broke forth so suddenly
that tho object of his fury received a blow
before it could interfere. We hud arrived
within a couple of days' sail of the English
coast, when, becoming exasperated at
some blunder of Hastings, he hurled a be
laying pin, which struck him in tho head.
The poor fellow suddenly clapped both
hands to the snot, with a wild yell, and
rushed into the forecastle. The captain,
after having thrown the missile, appeared,
as I thought, surprised at not hearing any
imng, ami i noticed mm gianco nervously
aloft, itut, stiil Hearing nothing, lie
covered Ids courage, and ordered Mr. Itav-
nor to call that man on deck again."
The mate, getting no answer to hi
went below, and found Hastings delirious,
He reported that he believed the in
bo in a critical condition, and the ca
directed him to do whatever he thougl
best lor ins reiiei. i tnuiK uant. r
like some other hard cases that I
sailed with, did hot dare to venture
the forecastle himself, for fear he
never get out araiu alive.
That night it became necessary to
all hands out to reef again :'and while we
were on the yards a thrilling cty arose
from the bows, such as well might have
been raised by a maniac. A human form
was seen by several ot us erect ou the rail,
near the lore-swifter, and then a loud
splash was heard In the water under the
Mr. llaynor and the captain, who were
on deck, rushed to the side, a hat was seen
for a moment, bobbing up on the crest of
the sea, and tho same dreadful yell of In
sanity wa repeated, even more shrill than
before. Captaiu Phelps echoed the cry,
but faintly, and fell insensible to the deck.
Mr. I.aynor hailed us on the top-sail
yard with a voice like a trumpet-blast
Lay down from aloft ! Clear away the
Wc thought the mate was quite as mad
as the poor suicide, and so he was, for the
moment. By the time we reached the
deck he was ready to countermand the
order. Every thing was hidden in dark
ness, the wind and sea fast increasing, and
it was impossible even theu for the clumsy
little boat to live. The captain, still un
conscious, was carried below, with many
a muttered wish that he might never come
up again, and bitter were the oaths of
vengeance mingled with kind words aud
tears for our departed messmate that went
round our wakeful little circle during the
stormy, dismal night.
When the Hull pilot boarded us, forty
eight hours afterward, Captain Phelps
was at his post trying to look like himself,
but still pale and trembling. The mate
told us that he should have Tdm arrested
as soon as we arrived in port. Butl think
he must have relented, and counlved at
his escape, for he was missing before the
ship was fairly secured. I don't think lie
was ever brought to justice, though I did
not wait to see. I wa3 glad enough to
shake the dust of the Norway oil my feet,
and to forget, if possible, the history of
Strolling along the streets at early even
ing, ready for any thing in the way of
amusement that might turn up, my atten
tion was caught by a poster announcing
the performance of Prof. Uolbrook, the
unrivaled and world renowned ventrilo
quist. I had never seen a performance of
that sort, but after reading the bill I re
solved to go. 1 was just fii time when I
reached the hall of exhibition, and taking
a ticket I entered and took a scat. I
thought tho entertainment the most won
derful I had ever witnessed or heard.
After a variety of sounds and voices had
been imitated with marvelous skUl, he in
formed us that he would bold a conversa
tion with an ordinary person up the chim
ney. When the responsive ha l ha ! came
down, I was startled to such a degree as
to rise from my seat. It was the same
voice in precisely the same peculiar tones
that I had heard so many times from the
A minute later, the Professor, having
finished his part, came forward to the
front of the sta(fe ; and spite of his flow
ing beard and other disguises, I recog
nized one whom I had supposed to be
dead five years before.
"Jack Hastings," said I aloud, forgct
Üng in my excitement where I was.
Sit down. Put him out," cried a
dozen voices at once.
I subsided, of course, but not before I
had received a sign of recognition from
thoventriloquist. When the performance
was over be beckoned to me, and, in the
privacy of his own room, grasped my hand
with a hearty pressure.
" Hastings," I asked, "how in the name
of miracles were you saved?"
"When you jumped overboard, raving
" I never jumped overboard, Ashton,"
said he, "and I was no more mad than I
am now. It was only a plan to frighten
old Phelps, and I think it succeeded but
too well. My madness was all a sham,
and the man overboard was only a bundle
of old duds surmounted by my old hat. I
alipped down Into tho forepeak, aud lay
concealed Uli the night after the ship ar
rived, when I stole oat and went ashore.
Of course, you understood the cries yow
"Certainly; and the other strange
" I icrt armed in most of
the Cities and
huge towti3 in England before 1 knew
you, out l was men iMSsipatod in mv hab
it and squandered all that l made. "While
on one ol my sprees, I shipped and went
to sea, and that is how you found me in
Cronstadt. But I was never stock to make
a pallor of. .Since I have returned 1 have
done well and saved money, ami you
must allow that I acquit myself better on
the stage than 1 did ou board the Nor
way," And that's tho only haunted ship I was
ever in. I've heard ot Others, but proba
bly those cases might be explained in some
Scenes In Kamtschatka and Siberia.
Says the Aeio ) ork Tunes ; The weekly
" free lecture to the p ople wis delivered
lat evening In the Same hall of Cooper
Institute, by George Kliman, ol Medina,
N. Y. The subject chosen was ' Life in
Siberia and Kamtschatka." The lecturer
was one of an exploring party sent out In
1SGÖ to select the be.-t route lor connecting
St. Petersburg with the United States bv
telegraph. He commenced by humorous
ly ami briefly narrating the vövage of the
party from San Francisco to the Uusdun
shores, and then delineated in a graphic 1
manner me me mm occupation ot the
Kussian pea-antry. The marritige rela
tions, he said, wore peculiar. A Kussian
could obtain a wife for a stun equivalent
to 10 cents in currency, and from that ii
ward. After the ceremony was performed
at Uie church a feast was usually provided
at tho residence of the parent; of the bride,
at which tho felicity of the newly-wedded
pair was manifetcd by partaking of food
from the same dish. During the banquet
he said it was customary for some person
to exclaim " sour ' In the Russian lan-
uage, at which exclamation the bride
i S.u wo.u,u V
?!.tMw.,n? lus " !l
eauiiinieu 10 reiiuiiu uio traveler Ol ja -
sounds on hoard. Your
explains tho whole matter.'
trouad his rt?'
s call, "u"""ulc.,",t:r V " """J MsHS- J ,lu to higher ground, there was less than a P' '" " riY.. ..T . .
irequeucy wun wuicn tins ceremony was vard s snace between the -leiirh and tliei. "1 "V "i'wiaiiy
...,........1 . :..tr i .n .- 1 .' I ixim uit, 1111,11 umi mi trniih iunmi r.nimllv cu.1i.ir tliM-
in to i'ci'.-u uiieu imcucii'u. sjiuiy won u e r tn. The oecurmiitu of the rear seat umn- , V ' n ' . V , 1 "
,U1 !Ulaiinru., 'Pl.o .m.I-.. ...,M.!. ! . . 4 1,1 ""l ,ml' ' " -'" 11 "V M'lt J""P i WOHls bV till' lies Ol the r IIWH lUirriln..
ptami"i v; ",7r?"""5""MIl?UHni torwaru. expecting that betöre tu.y ,, urr,r.ri V,..
Helps, " ".......-. iu ..huhu.. ( crusnea oeiieain me pursuing ice. i he trt f. -.,,. ,..1,1,1.,, iwi W.i. ir VA . V
have .fj!?. W l.f? .h.e wa5 Wsl'cr bank was rcari.ed I safety, how- Ä Ä1 , ?Tll?.i
Into P,. A . ' P !. P . I ever. For lndf a milo the lluod kept : V", 7,7.7 he 3. i.r f. .Y"
might "Herveuiug oeiueeu me suov-capHM . abreast of them. Now ami then a cake of m,,llft Af Vh, frlnu. in . X ,.riV. T ..t ,
J IJ-f SiÄ ! woiiW be thrown over tho top of tho i "bTtluf JftXW
enl , "p1 " "twijiux tiwinuu, i-ii-au oeuer iviiik- liil lllL' FOIllettlilcn wltliiti ji fnnt nT ::f' . :. ' 1 -.. .V "
-I . i i . . . , . . i 1 ' ' . . iiiiiinp i nil
raicuiMrjHi in ri'iimiM tii rmvoior n füll. i. ...... im .1 .. ,.,. "
lornla than of that frozen country. The beyond Buckley's, on the outskirts dGor
temperature for a short time at that sea- mantowu, the rivor for some distance
son, he said, was mild and genial. Short- leaving the road, thev felt that thev bad
ly after the beginning of the month escaped the Hood. What was their dis
of October, however, the weather ,ay, on lookingofT to tho right, to see that
grow cold very rapidly, and increased the Ice had been slopped In the channel of
m severity at the end of the :ilc rVer ami was lnaWng a new one
year. There were in Kamtschatka a large i through a gullev across Buckley's Hat,
number of colonists from Ceutml Aiia 5,mi wa.s rapidly approaching the road at a
i . my" ugiiiy iiieiuiiicu
with the Russian population, having dopt-
originally intended for the purpose of oil
ing their guns Atlength a wandering tribe
of Koratz was encountered, and, after their
fright had been assuaged, they placed be
fore the half-famished party the best ac
commodations at their disposal, which con
sisted of a mixture of blubber, moss, and
reindeer meat, boiled to the consistency of
a pudding, which, though not of a iiour-
ishuig tendency, sustained life.
H"-'-, The rejig- j
ally the wor.-hm 1
ion of the tribe xras genem
of the evil spirit, manifested by a species
of sorcery. After delineating the customs j
of the Inhabitants of Siberia, tho lecturer
t..:jt .1 si...., ii 1 11
iiijuij urabiiinju iiiu uuiuii, iruietiiia an
witnessed in that country. The thermom
eter, he said, frequently indicated from CO
to 69 degrees below zero, but the intensity
of the cold was lessened by the heavy suits
of fur in which the natives envelop them
selves. The lecturer withdrew for a mo-
ment .and arrayed himself in a fur costume
wnicn no satti ne pad worn during nis so-
journ in the Arctic region. The only cvt-
denccs of civilization to be found in that;
wu""j "" Fiwi." jHijnjio.
seen in one instance a portrait of ex-Gov.
LMx, cut trom Harpers Weekly, trained
and hung a3 a saint, and before which
prayers were dally said by the Russian
peasantry. The speaker closed by relating
the disappointment of the party on learn
ing that all their labor had been fruitless,
owing to the successful laying of the At
Sex In Conversation.
The old-time complaint ot men regard
ing tho burden of ladies in general conver
sation is mostly obsolete. In our dav xvo-
natives of die country but also the BÄwWw BSliVhS
guage smd religion. They were honest, Uflort to oHtstrin the flood. Putthi" the , . V Ich lie has
txuttitl.1 and hospitable totraugers, and HÄ TZ
subsisted chle ly on the products of sable- The sleigh passed the disputed point not Ä lw Ä Ttl nSl nlX
trapping and lish.ng. At one time tho lit- Im)re than a yard ahead of the ice, which Är , &7,U SlÄ
tie Pfty reduced to the lowest ex- a second afterward rushed across the road ?r
treu.ity, all heir provisions had been con- and carried destruction into Uermantown. 3JÄ .J gi.ffi Sj JV ,
sutned and they were comielled for two SaViso her cittm.Kt iicnm C0 ' Mr Ä
davs to subsist nnon n nh.e m hlublior ' n..-..i. ..i,.i.t.. ...t.i. 1.1, ruuiSHs L try , Miw Urlean. etc. Mr. btone
v. tiwi uui , uit; iitcor, .urn iii.ujuci wi mi; t .mil w. tn nac rimr nn nr ,vua nTuiuriknn.il
men, on the whole, talk in society quite house in this place, putting out all the fur
as xvcll as men. They arc not quite ao cp- naoe fires and destroying the lower tier of
lgramauc, and sometimes lacK condensa-
tion, but they arc decidedly more spright-
ly, and ten any story xvmcti require quiet
dramatic expros-ion a good deal better. ,
Their grand dofect in conversation Is 1
obligingness. If the subject started is a t
bore to him, or ono lie knows nothing
about, the man will change it or bo silent ; j
but a woman ,vill often go on, out of mere I
obligingness, with a show of Interest
which is visibly pretense, and a scries of
luiiuca ,iiiviihixs vinu i wime 01 uag.
No man talks as badly as most xvomcn on
subjects they care nothing about, for no
man who, under those circumstances, talks
at all, hesitates to be a little bitter mid
vanilla, be it nice or not, lias at xvorst
more flavors than cream-cheese. But the
serene, equablo flow oi xvomen's talk
helps mightily to prevent conversation
from degenerating into intellectual duel
ingwhich, Uiougli amusing for two min
utes, is a weariness at five, and to be jicr
feet should ha arrested after two shots
each. Women, moreover, wake up talka
tiveness in the men n attribute of the
sex which is too often overlooked. Em
change. Tho Shah of Persia has given
HcrrFaJkenhageii, a Russian subject, a
concession to construct a railway from
Tabriz to the Kussian frontier. If this
line ig carried out It xvill be extended to
Tiflis, and will become the first railway
counectlug Asia and Europe.
Otkk 1,00 school children were recent
ly vaccinated in three days In New Haven,
A KICK WITH THE FLOOD.
-An Htcltlu-; HUI from lloa' Tnvcru
to Vmri JcrrU-A Touching lurlUci..
TultWJUu to Uio New York Suu.l
Poiit Jxitvid, N. V.. March lgTito
llrst approach at thU place of the Ice Hood
which was o destructive throughout tho
Delaware Valley jesteiduv and the day
before, was di-covered by Supervisor Near
pa, li O. Hose mid .James Buchanan
about 7 o'clock yesterday morning. They
went up along the Sparrow bufdi roud to
tho camp ground, and thence to Hose's
tavern, about two mlUw from here. The
road rum close to tho etle of the river
bank, which between Rene's and the camp
ground Is eight fWt jbnvo the rivor, u
quarter of a mile. Uttum rites to fifteen
left high. Hetwceu seven and eight
o'clock they noticed that the river was
I rising very f.tt. Looking up stream they
i saw, half a mile above, a wall of ico as
I high as the bunks moving down toward
1 he ice in the river where they
were began heaving umvard, and was soon
almost up to ihe road. Tli advancing
flood from above was throwing cikes of
lee high in the air and hurling them over
the banks on either side. It was plain to
the three spectators, that unless they coulil
put the quarter of a miJeof low ground
between them and the Hood of ice, tliev
would beeutoirfromWMuinuniattion with
They instantly jumped In tho sleigh.
Buchanan put his horses on a dead run.
The icu had now raised above the bank,
and great cakes began to fall
in the road
behind the sleigh. The ice
moved with 1
MUM i ii'nii iii.it nit- luiiuuii; nurses i
...il. 1., - S... 1. '
could not increase thedistamc between It
and the sleigh. Before half the distance
was accomplished tho Ice received new itn.
pi-rus from tho wave from above, which
hud1 overtaken the smaller Hood. Buch
anau saw the Ice gaining on him. lie
plied the whin at every jump, and his
tiw.s .mri, wi,..., t h..v mnm fn 1. i,in
, point a hundred yards ahead of the sleigh,
The distance to be. made by both sleigh
and nine children in a little house on the
Cermautown flats. He lately had one of
his legs cut oil' on the railroad, on which
lie was employed. The Hood came so sud
denly that the Ice whs knocking holes in
Creighton'8 house before he knew it, and
the water was pouring in. Being unable
to escape in this crippled condition, his
wlfi' Kturti'fl her nine children nut nf rh
i10uee. and then took her helpless husband
piaa.. This poor family lost every thing
xf r.im xtnln,u.r n nmwi xr,!.
ÜYcd alone in a small hu?e on the flats.
In the morning Policeman Kisten went to
her house and told her she must move.
She refused to go. " Your house will be
knocked all to ,"said theolllcer. "Thin
I'll go xvid it, shure," she replied, and
did not leave her house. It was surround-
ed by large cakes of ice, and carried twen
ty.,ive fwt awav. She stuck to It, and still
refuses to quit it, although the Ice und
water are a foot deep in it, and it is propped
ut) on every slue tv huge cakes.
When the flood xx-as bearing down xvith
great speed on the town au Irishwoman
ran to a house near the river, and soon ap
peared xvith a half-grown pig In her arms,
carrying it off in the very face of the
INCIDENTS OF TUE FLOOD.
On the Pennsylvania side of the river the
ice was thrown up the bank fifty feet.
Jacob Westfail's house was surrounded
with huge cakes In an iustant, and a pass
age had'to be cut through them to rescue
his family. Mr. West fall lost nine coxxs
and a team of horses.
There wag four fuet of water in the ga
retorts. The damage Is $7,000.
The ugine house of the Gcrmantoxvn
F re Department xvas carried a quarter of
a mile, with engine, hose carriage, and all
the furniture. They were ail ground to
pieces in the ice.
A hog and nine chickens passed this
,,iacc on a large cake of ice. They xvent
on down the river, and xverc rescued at
jacob nornbeck, a wealthy farmer liv-
iIJLr below here, counted fortv skunks
swimming between his house and this
place. They were driven from their holes
in the numerous islands in the river.
Superintendent B. Thomas, Engineers
Billy Morris and Van Wormer, and Con
ductor Gow xvcre crossing the railroad
bridge on an engine, when they discovered
that the ice was moving the bridge. They
ran sloxvly back, and got safely to
this end. Robert Frampton, superintend
ent of the bridge, knowing that several
coal and freight trains were coming over
the division, and some of them soon due
at tho bridge, started, when the bridge
xvas swaying and cracking under the pres
sure or the ice and steadily raising from
its foundation, to give notice to tho track
men on the other side of its condition.
He reached the center pier, when the two
snani ahead of him began moving off the
abutment. He was forced to return, but
first attracted the attention of a watchman
who had came down to see the river, and
signalled him to go back with a flag. Mr.
Fram pton got safely beck j us t as the bridge
was swept away, and tac watchman stop.
Eel a train that in two ninates more would
re plunged into the rivor.
K111I0 atl ! lOrk. , linrso.; iilmncr tli.ur U'linti !,, ,..o.t.,l ,
The "Blind Reader" of the New York
At a lrgu dual;, whose ton Is lined with
stacks ot directories of till tint, and
whose lid Is coveted with a bushel or two
of the most outrageously-directed envel
opes ever written, sits lroni morn till
nighta quiet, prolcasorial-lookhig gentle
man, with a ruddy face, bhick whisker,
liml a blue, dreamy eye. Ho is about for-ty-llvo
years of age, snys littjc, lias the
penetration of a microscope, and is the
genius of tho place. It is Mr. William W.
tone. He has been twenty years in tho
business, and is called tho blind reader,"
fi hU tdilllty to look a holo through
tile bllndestchirogruphy that ver drove a
clerk to madness. Sanscrit and Chinese
characters, High Dutch, how Dutch, and
Limerick conundrums, Kunic and hiero
glyphic riddles, and Canmiiche and Aac
teo dialects arc but child's play to this mu
gieianof iiiH'ritnions. Wonderful KtoHi.o
are told by his associates of ids visual acu
men, ami they do not hesitate to insert
that If he had been In tho place of Mr. Süiu
Wellerat the courtship ol Mrs. Hardellbv
Mr. Pickwick, ho would have s.een with
perfect ease through that deal door and
the pair of stairs. Only the most intri
cate puzdes, Hint can be untied by nobody
else, are taken to the desk of Mr. Stone,
and If ho has passed upon them without
success they are consigned to the dead of
fice as part of that mvstery which it was
intended mortals should never unravel.
Over ninety per cent.of this mystical
chirography Mr. Stone stico etls in din
tnngling without ilillleulty, reserving tho
niostdillicult addresses fur dull days and
unoccupied evenings. There Is hut one
class of envelopes that Mr. Stone passes
over with stern contempt, and that is the
one whose only direction Is .x letter stamp,
containing a note without Mginuiiro or
address. The greatest dilllcultv Mr. Stone
1 has to contend with is not altogether
in the blindness of the writing, but in thu
postage stanu). Mhetr ignor
ance of geography too frequently leads
them estray, and they talk of postal in
ompeteucy when letters are lot that
bear the addresses of O'breseo for Nebras
ka, Hensulvana for Peimsvlvaniu, zitigfor
city.Tenn. for Perritorvl'ivitas for Tex
as, N. ,J. C. X. for Mieliigan, eo. Ur Ken
tucky. But all nationalities arc compelled
to yield to the Italian in the ingenuity and
grandeur of their mistakes. One ot' their
most original tricks Is the habit ot address
ing their letters to all thepho esto which
ha learned all the.-elittlcpeculiaritics.and
readily comprehends their purpott. When
he first assumed the duties of hi- present
olIIccMr. Stone xx-asabletodiseharge Uhmi
in a short time and then taki up other
business of the service, but now lie 1-, con
stantly employed and h is four tt-sUtants.
Ifexc York Sun.
The PinJcs in vada.
Although the Pititos in some places In
the States are in a starving condition, those
living hi the hills surrounding this city
are about as well fed a any people on the
fat' of tho globe. They are all fat, rag
ged, and saucy. Not to. however, as Indi
ans generally are, for the mnpritv of the
men are dressed in clothing fit which nota
hole or rent Is to be seen Some of the
old squaws arc exceedingly filthvand rag
ged, and the majority of the females, old
and young, are exceedingly slatternly. It
Is a curious fuet that, among the I'lutes,
the men alone appear to feel any pride in
dreüi. They are generally souiewhit
jaunt', but the women do not care xvhat
they wear, nor iu what tdiape their cloth
ing Is worn. A Piute pquaw evfii
though she be the belle of her tribe
thinks nothing of walking through a
croxvded street xvith a tin kettle on her
head and a huge soup-bone in her dexter
" Hinppr. " Why the Indians here do not
send word to their starving brethern that
"lahlas " of broken victuals are to he had
along Hie Comstock range, is more than
we know. Were the starving Indians to
rome In and properly di-tribute them
selves about among the towns of the State
they xvould be wintered over " in good
shape on the oold grub" th'tis now
thrown away. Virginin ( We.) Enterpriit.
VTlieclcr ic Wilson's Sewing Machines.
We call attention to the Wheeler & Wil
son advertisement In our columns. This
well known Company has tho mostadvar
tageous facilities for supplying the public
with Sewing Machines, on as favorable
terras as the business xvill allow. They
warrant all their work, and it Is a matter
of importance to the purchaser to deal
with a Company xvhose position and per
manence give assurance that their guaranty
will be fulfilled. They have agencies and
ofliccs throughout Hie civilized world, for
furnishing needles, thread and other neces
sary supplies, and have nn established rep
utation for reliability and fair dealirig.
Qulckfdlvcr is so scaice and dear In
Mexico that tho Mexican Congress has
offered n reward of S'2O,O0O to tho first
mine producing COO flasks of iliat mineral.
It is contended by a Mexican metallurgist
that it may produced at 50 places it proper
steps are taken to do so.
Berlin correspondent of Vienna jour
nals Iudlcato Mr. Heniiliigsuii as a possible
successor of Bismarck, b the Chancellor's
own designation. He Is a Hanoverian,
but hitherto a hcnchmiiii of the great
The Mount Cenls Tunnel cost l&r
yard, and at that rale It in estimated that
the Channel Tunnel lietwcen England and
France would cost about 7,450,400.