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EfflOT PUBLISHING COMPANY,
LOVE, THE EEGGAR.
"Child, beware! ha-c care!
Love is filtc. anC Love is fair:"
Says the -a::daa.e at her weaving:
"If he comes wuh timid wooing.
Or with bolder words pursuing;
Listen not, he is deceiving.
For your future hurt and grieving?
Love Is ever false and falrl''
"Love is false: Love is fair!
Trust to me to have a care !''
Says the maiden: "I believe her,
And if Love, the bold deceiver.
Iares to come rrlth lipsa-smilin.
Or with honeyed words beuilin;r,
I ill float him ' I will f cout him !
All his witcheries reviling !"
Says the maiden, gayly smilin?,
"Trust to me to have a care !"
"Let me in ! O let me ia !
For sweet pity,, let me in !"'
Cries a oicc in woeful pleading:
Quickly now the maiden, speeding.
Opes the door, and there is lyia-j
rEcgssr boy a-sobbing, sighing.
Iocl:s of gold wet with dew,
Koseoud mouth, eyes of blue.
Seeking hers in mute appealing.
Dimpled hauds in hers a-siealintj.
To her breast, silken nest.
Tenderly the maiden foUN him.
Crooning softly as she hold-htm.
Till he gently sinUs to rest.
"Hae a care! child, beware!
Any semblance Love can wear!"
Cries the grandame at her weaving;
"Watch him well: bid him tell
(Though for that there's no believing)
What his name, whence he came,
.For mayhap 'tis Lot deceiving!"
"Xanght care I what his name!'
Says the maiden to the dame,
Flaming up in sudden passion.
"Seemlier. J trow 'twouldbe
Jf your "speech took other fashion
Than to rail at charity!
As for this poor babe a-sleeping.
.Kven now in dreams a-weeping,
(Pretty, dear! nave no fear.
Nought to harm shall come a-near!)
If 'tis Love as you say"
"He will show his wings some day I
To jour ruing and undoing,
Show his wings and Hy away!''
"Wings the fleetest (hush, my sweetsst !
I will bind past all untying,"
Says the maiden, softly sighing;
"I will hold him, safe enfold him
Love shall never .".y away !"'
"Love is false! Love is fair!
Silly maidens to ensnare !"
Sighs the grandame at the weaving;
"Love brings ever bitter grieving.
And a weary weight of care!"
"Love is true! Love is fair!
Every ill of life beguiling!"
Sings the maid with lip-, a-smiling.
"Love is tender, true and fair!"
A TREASURE CAVE.
A "Wrecked Sailor's Adventure on
Penan gr Island.
For two weeks, upon a certain occasion, I.
Jack Tar, able seaman, belonging to the
port of Plymouth, and haviug scarcely been
tatiglit to read and write, was worth my
millions. I had more clear treasure under
my hands than would have bought the
Astors, the Goulds, and tho Vanderbilts
combined. It is a curious story, and though
I can tell it only in a plain, sailor-like fash
ion, it may ba of interest. .
The Straits of Malacca, as you all know,
is that narrow body of watur lietwecn the
island of Sumatra and the Malay peninsula.
Beyond are theJava Sea, the islands of Java
and Borneo, and if you sail far enough you
will bring up at New Guinea. As you enter
the Straits from the n irthwest you have
Achecn Head on the right, beimr: the butt
end of Sumatra, and Peuung Island on tho
left, this latter lying oft' the Malay coast,
and being for years tho rendezvous of
pirates. Up to 16SS-y, at which time British
cruisers shelled this island so often and so
vigorously as to kill off even the monkeys,
from ;"() to l.CKKl Malay pirates lived on
Peuantr, and preyed on tlse commerce pass
ing through tha Straits. They had a sort
of government oT their own, a fleet of lifty
light craft, and they often t-aileil a hundred
miles out into the Indian Ocean in search of
In those days nearly every merchant ves
sel carried an armament and extra men,
and a tussle with pirates was counted ou
with as much certainty as a change of
weather. Between 1S55 and ITiS no less
than thirteen English vessels wore cap
tured within iifty miles of Pcaang Island.
Include in this list thoe token from the
Americans, French and Germans, and the
total number would be at least twenty-five.
In lSr)0 the pirates attacked a Russian cor
vette which bad anchored in the Straits to
repair damages, and although she finally
beat them off. it was only after a conflict in
which she lost hall licrerew. u hey became
so bold before they were driven out that
nothing was too big for them to attack, and
they were utterly reckless as to danger.
"Well, sirs, in the summer of lSVi I was a
foremast hand on the Liverpool ship Castle
Groat, bound through the Straits and be
yond, and we came within sight or Achecn
Ilcad without having noted a suspicions
craft. "We had six caunon, plenty of small
arms, and a full crew aboard, and for the
last two days we had been ready for any
thing which might turn up. I can remem
ber that we rather hoped forascrimmage, for
we know what a murderous set. they were
and wanted revenge, but it was the opinion
of the officers that we should go through
without a shot. The pirate fleet sennied to
be away on some expedition, and the best
glasses aboard failed to make out any thiag
of a suspicious character.
"We came up with Achecn Head about
four o'clock in the nltemoou. and the wind
all at once died away. The tide was against
us, and the ship was allowed to drive over
within a mile of Penang Island before being
brought up with the anchor on a sort of mid
dle ground, which gave the iron a good hold
in five fathoms. It was proposed to wait
here for the tido to turu and for a favoring
breeze, as the channel was not tlicn thor
oughly surveyed; but in less than half an
hour the clouds began to bank up, and it
was seen that a storm was at hand. Just
before sundown we got it from dead ahead,
and it came with great fury. The heaviest
gale could not have lrickcd up much of a sea
in thut spot, and as we hadevery thing snug
aloft, no one felt any uneasiness. Ten min
utes after the storm struck us, and while
everybody but the watch on deck was under
shelter from Uio downpour of rain. I was or
dered out on the jibbooia to secure the fly
ing jib, which had been carelessly stowed.
1 felt as salens! do this moment sitting in
my chair, but I had not yet performed my
task when a sudden heave of her bow, ac
companied by a shake to'starboard and port,
as if the ship was au angry horse, loosened
my hold and dropped me into the bailing
sea. One can never tell how these things
occur, but iersonai carelessness is at tho
bottom of them. T was in the water before
I realized that 1 had let go mi' hold. It was
raining and blowing tremendously hard,
and if I cried out, which I have no recollec
tion ofioing, no one on deck heard it. 1 was
swept away from the ship in an instant. In
deed, when I fought my head above the
loam and sprang up in the water to look
around, the rain and spray had bidden the
ship from sight.
I had no doubt that I was driving s traight
out into tho Indian Ocean, but i. do not re
call that I was frightened or In despair
Sailors take more clcss shaves than any
other class of men ia tit world, and, as a
rule, thoy depend more 'on luck to briag
.themsafely through I turned on my back,
fcelnjr a gosd swimmer, snipped-as .UUlQ
water as possible and thanked my stars that
the uproar had temporarily driven tho
sharks to deep water. In almost that very
location, a year before, I had seen a shark of
such dimensions alongside the ship that eve
ry tnj aboard had been called up to view
the monster. His length was estimated at
thirty-five feet, and he could have bitten a
bullock in two at a snap. I fought off all
thoughts of my peril, knowing that if I got
rattled I should soon go under, and in about
half an hour I felt sure that I heard the
noise of waves breaking on shore. It wasn't
five minutes later when I was driven over a
coral reef outside of Penang Island, and in
Ave minutes more was on the beach of the
island itself. The last of the tide, aided by
a current, had carried me to the pirates,
headquarters instead of out into the occm.
The storm still held, making the afternoon
as dark as evening, and, though I had care
fully husbanded my strength, and had been
in the water only naif an hour. I crawled up
beyond the run of the waves, and lay on my
back a long time before I coald walk about.
By that time night had set in, and there was
little danger of my being discovered unless
I ran against somebody. At this point the
forest came down almost to the water's
edge, and my first move was to get under
cover. I had hardly moved back into the
woods when I heard voices, and knew that
several men were initrolling the sands. Had
I been three minute3 later they would have
Tho loss of a foremast hand to a ship with
a full crew is of little consequence nothing
to Ikj compared to the loss of a sky-royal or
a few fathoms of a new rope. In his case he
ii logged as gone overboard, and his effects
are sold at auction. In a week he is forgot
ten, and the chances are that no one ever
receives the back pay duo him. If a sail is
lost, the money to replace it comes out of
the owners pockets, and they may criticise
the seamanship of the captain. I would be
missed by the mate after a fewminutes, and
he would report that I had been shaken into
tha sea aad drowned. No boat would bo
sent out after the storm abated, and no boat
would coast Penang Island on the chance of
my having reached it The ship would pro
ceed ou her way as soon as possible, and
whatever was done for me mu3t be done by
About eleven o'clock that night the storm
abated, the sky cleared up, and a light wind
came out of the northwest to help the ship
ou her way through the Straits. 1 distinctly
heard them weighing the anchor, and but
for fear of sharks would have swam out to
her. She was too far off to make my voice
heard, even had I dared to raise it. As soon
as the rain and wind ceased 1 heard voices
plainly enough all ai-ound me, and a shout
or two from me would certainly have result
ed in my discovery. Bedraggled, chilly and
disconsolate, I wore tho night away, and at
the first signs of dawn I crowded further
back into the woods. The island to-day is
mostly cleared, having been burned over
several times, but at that date it was a solid
forc3L The tropical vegetation was needed
by the pirates as a cover. They had erected
several barracks and storehouses, and these
were in a natural opening about half a mile
below the spot where I was washed ashore.
At that spot was an opening in the i-eef,
with a natural harbor. Before moving I
looked for the ship and found her gone, and
then I knew that I must depend solely upon
myself to get out of the scrape.
I went back into the dense woods for a
mile before coming to a halt. There were
parrots, monkeys and snakes in plenty, and
the vegetation was so dense that I could
hardlv penetrate it. I saw from the first
that there was an abundance of wild fruits
and cocoanuts, aud in going the mile I came
across two fine springs. No matter how
many people there were on the island, I
stood a good chance of escaping them as
long as I held to the woods, for there were
no beaten paths, and the tameness of the
birds and monkeys was proof that they had
not been much disturbed. The sun came
out hot after awhile and dried my clothes,
and when I had picked up a breakfast I sat
down to plan. I had been through the
Straits several limes, and I knew the nar
rowest part was at least two hundred miles
below me. There, opposite the islands of
the north roast of Sumatra, the Straits were
not over twenty miles wide, and the chan
nel ran within five miles of the Malay coast.
If I was to get off by way of a ship. I must
find and steal a craft of some sort, and cither
put to sea or reach the mainland and follow
the coast down. I. however, failed to settle
fully on any plan, and finally went to sleep,
aud though the monkeys and parrots chat
tered iu my ears, and a dozen snakes may
have crawled over me, I slept like a log for
many hours, and awoke to find the day
nearly gone. I therefore hunted about for
supper, hid myself away iu a lot of vines,
and put in another night. Next morning I
had a narrow escape. I was moving about
in search of breakfast, being now very
sharp set. and had climbed a tree to get at
some wild fruit, when 1 heard a erson
making his way through the forest, and
soon thereafter a Malay passed directly be
neath me. He was fancifully dressed, heav
ily armed, and without doubt one of the
pirates. Kc was moving cautiously, out not
like one in search of au-' body, and after a
minute I dismissed the fear which had
arisen at sightof him. I had not been seen,
aud it was hardly possible that my presence
on the island was suspected. As inay be
supposed, I kept very quiet until the fellow
had passed out of hearing. What troubled
me most was the fact that he disappeared
in the direction I intended to take, thereby
giving rise to the fear that there were set
tlements on both sides Of me. However,
after about an hour, 1 headed down the
island, and when I had gone a couple of
miles and found no break in the forest, I
was somewhat reassured.
The country soon lecame very rongh aud
stony, and, although this rid me of the
thickets, 1 had to cross some ravines which
tried niy legs exceedingly. "When I had
crossed two I descended into a third, aud, as
it seemed to trend to the east, which was
very nearly my direction, I followed it in
stead of clambering out. At the bottom was
a rivulet, which probably became a river
after a long spell of wet weather. 1 kept a
sharp lookout around me, but there was not
the slightest evidence that auv one had ever
passed that way before. After a walk of
half a mile the ravine bore oft to the -left,
and 1 selected a spot to climb out. It was
right among the thick bushes, in order that
the noise I should make would frighten away
any lurking serpents, and I had drawn my
self up about fifteen feet, when a bowlder ou
which I stepped sank under mi feotinto the j
earth, aud as I went over backward I heard
a smothered yell from the earth. I was ter
ribly scared for a moment, and as I picked
rayt-rif up I listened for a minute or two to
see if the sounds would be repeated. All
wa. quiet, however, and I seized a bush and
pulled myself up to where the stone had
sunk. There wa? a hole in the earth as large
as a bushel basket, and I saw that a cava of
some sort existed below. It took five minutes
of looking round tq find it, as the mouth
was cunninely hidden by vines, but as soon
as found it 1 knew that human beings had
been there. It was a hole about twenty-five
feet long, and at the spot where the cave
was it was twenty feet high. 1 could cater
the mouth only on hauds and knees, and I
did not go far in until the light which came
down assured me that it was vacant. And
yet it was not. As I crept in to where the
rock had crashed through I found that it
had fallen upo i a man very probably the
native I had seen early in the morning. He
had been sitting down, and the bigstouehad
fallen upon his head and crushed him out of
shape. The yell I heard was his death cry.
I was ready to crawl out and take to my
heels as 1 made this discovery, bat another
detained me. The fall of rock and dirt had
knocked over a torch which the man had
lighted, and now a bit of flame flared up all
of a sudden to show me that the cave con
tained boxes and baskets. I deg out the
torch, blow up the flams, and bocame dumb
with astonishment. It was a treasure care
tho receptacle of the pirates1 plunder.
I have been told by Malays, who may have
been Penang pirates, that under the rales
.which, bound, tkose rascals together a
treasurer was chosen for every ganc
Every thing of value was turnedover to him
to care for, and once in about every two
years he made a division of the soils. This
treasure had to be zealously guarded, and in
this instance it was so carefully hidden that
no one bat the treasurer could have found
it. He had come in advance of me to add
fresh plunder to the great store, and there
were jewels ia his liands as he lay there a
Some of you may doubt what I am going
to tell you. but there is abundant proof in
the Royal Museum, in the old files of tha
Tin.fj, and yc-t in my own possession. The
treasures of that cave amounted to millions
upon millions of dollars. It must have been
the bank of a thousand pirates, and it had
probably been several years since a division
was made. Many of the baskets and boxes
were of European make, but there were
many of native manufacture. The pirates
had not stored away silks and velvets and
laces. They had no such common stuff as
that. The treasure consisted of money,
watches, diamonds, rings, bracelets, ear
rings, watch chains, charms, and whatever
else could be called jewelry. There were
crosses and badges and medals by the score,
and no less than six jeweled hilts of swords.
There were at least fifty gold chronometer?,
and I verily believe the number of gold
watches would have reached five hundred.
Unlettered and unlearned, and brought up
to look on a iSO note as a fortune, I would
not have believed that the world held so
much raone- as I found hero. There were
English, American, French, German, Rus
sians, Swedish, Belgian, aad all other sorts
of paper money, and gold aud silver was
heaped up until my eyes were ready to an
swer for hat pegs.
Strange how humun nature works! Be
fore finding this wealth I would have given
a year of my life to know that I could make
the next hundred miles in safety. I had no
sooner got niy eyes on the great wealth
than I began to figure on how I could keep
every last shilling of It, I would not go
without it. A quarter of an hour ago I was
alarmed at the slightest sound. Now I
would have faced and fought the whole
pirate gang. I never susp "cted I had such
determination, or fhat I would care so much
for money. It took me a good while to cool
off and calm down, and then I found my
self iu favor of sticking right there. I was
like two men arguing. There wasn't one
chance in a thousand of my getting off with
a tenth of the plunder, and to remain there
was to invite discovery. Then the other
chap, as it were, argued that 1 was a fool to
leave such wealth behind, and that I had
only to remain in the cave to be hidden from
any search that the pirates might make.
As a .result I stayed. There was fresh
water at hand, plenty of wild fruits around
me, aud the only unpleasant thing was the
corpse. As soon as my mind was made up to
stay I pulled it out from underthe stone and
buried it in the bank as well as I could with
only a stick and my hands to work with.
There was no alarm that day, but on the
next day 1 had no sooner eaten a hasty
breakfast and returned to the cave than 1
heard men iu the wood3. From an hour
after .sunrise to sunset the pirates were con
stantly coming and going through the
ravine, calling to each other and to the miss
ing man. It was the same for the next
three days, and the hunt was given up or
extended far beyond me. They may have
reasoned that the man had sailxl away frm
the island, and 1 have no doubt that, search
ing parties were started out by sea as well
as by laud. I had to lie quiet now, and dur
ing the three days I suffered much from
hunger and thirst. I knew the fellows
would not give up as long as there was any
hope, and it was well that 1 was over cau
tious. On the fifth day a hundred or more
of them were iu the ravine for several
hours, pulling down rocks, uprooting
bushes, and passiug so near the moutk of
the cave that I held my breath. This
minute search satisfied them and no one
came near me again.
It was two weeks to a day before I con
tinued my journey. On the second day after
burying the body I exhumed it and stripped
it of outside clothing, and when ready to go
I left my sailor togs behind me in place of
them. After handling every thing over aud
over again I fought down my avarice and
used judgment in determining what to take.
I unset aud took over eighty diamonds, up
ward of i'10,000 in English pajver money,
about -2,000 in English and American gold,
and a little over '1,000 in Freuch notes.
Tho paper money was all bills of large de
nomination. I wanted to load myself down,
but I had sense enough to realize the tramp
before me. I could not, however, resist se
lecting three or the finest gold watches, one
of which can to this day be seen in the Ho gal
Museum at London. It is of French make,
but has never been further identified.
It was a terrible trip I undertook. For
six days I lived on fruits and berries,and
was often without water, and in this time I
did not make ten miles iu a straight line,
being constantly alarmed and paying no
heed to the compass points. On the sixth
night, about midnight. 1 came to a beach
and a settlement, it may have been tho
one near which I first landed, and probably
was. After making sure that no one was
about, I approached the beach, hunted out
a eauoc-like craft which I thought I could
manage with a paddle, and I launched it
and put out into the Straits without raising
an alarm. Wind and tide were both in my
favor, and at sunrise next morning I was
picked up by tho Lord Nelson, au English
ship inward bound, filtcen miles below and
off the island. Two or three years later,
when we had the pirates on the run, I
headed a party to secure the rest of the
treasure, but we found only au empty cave.
Accident or search had at last revealed the
storehouse to others. X. '. Sun.
An Ancient Powder-Horn.
There has linen pre.-enled to the Jef
ferson County Historical ocietv u.
powder-horn which, from the devices
engraved upon it, was evidently car
ried in the campaigns of the old French
and Indian war. It was presented to
the late Norris M. ShepunlsoH. of Belle
ville, by his uncle, lhirius Shepardsou.
whotiuded powder-horns with a soldier
ia the war of 181'2 and obtained this
one. It has been presented to the His
torical Society by Eunice, daughter of
Norriri Shepsrdson, through his execu
tor, F. William;-. The mo?t prominent
object engraved on this powder-horn is
the coat-of-arms of Great Britain, the
lion and unicorn, and within the circle
of the motto of the order of the Gart?i
is inscribed: "William Spornhein
175L' His Horn." The other engraving
represents the Hudson river, tho
forts, and places where battles were
fought. Some of the engravings may
have been ndded afterward, as the old
powder-horn has evidently been
through three oi tli great wars of
early American history the first or
French war. tho revolution, and the
war of ISI'2. It is an interesting rolic
Watcrtoion (X. Y.) Times.
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Every farmer's family should have
an abundance of sweet corn, and that
means, if they are fond of it, nil that
each wants twice a day. dinner and
supper. Many prefer it, if it can be
had but once daily, at the supper or
evening meal. A succession sowing or
planting every ten days or fortnight
will give a plenty until frost comes.
This, which is a luxury to most people,
can be had by the fanner without cost,
as the resulting fodder will more than
pay for the seed and labor. At the late
plantings give extra fertilizing; it will
come back in the fodder. There are
still many who do not know the superi
ority of sweet corn aver the "roasting
ears1' of field kinds.
D ...N CORN-STALKS.
Tho Xesult of Proper tertniratloa of the
Stalks When Iu Bloom.
In many of the crops which the
farmer grows he has little, if any, di
rect opportunity of determining or
judging of the degree of barrenness
that exists. Could every seed thivi is
placed in the soil produce to its full
capacity, the result of the harvest
would be much in excess of what it
usually is. How many stalks of rye.
wheat, oats or barley are either wholly
or partially barren is only seldom if
ever observed, and yet the amount, if
known, would be astonishingly great.
The same may be said of other plants;
but with corn the case bocomes much
more noticeable, because in harvesting
or husking nearly or quite every stalk
comes under observation. The num
ber of barren stalks to be found, even
in a year of average yield, is consid
erable, and in exceptional years ma
be very large. In average years it is
not an uncommon thing to find stalks
with nothing but the embryo of z;n ear,
while in others there may bo a
fully developed cob, but wholly or
partially barren of grain, and this is
much larger than is often supposed.
Barrenness results from a want of
proper fertilization of the stalks when
In many instances the condition of
barrenness is natural' that is, in every
field of corn there will be found some
stalks that are wholly destitute of so
much as the germ of an ear, but whieh
will tassel out and furnish pollen for
the fertilization of other stalk?. Upon
the principle that "like produces like,
it would seem to be very undesirable to
have a field of corn fertilized to any
great extent by such means. The only
safe remedy would seem to bo to go
over the field and cut out all the stalks
that are without ears; but this would
be a slow and tedious process, and tho
more natural waj would seem to be to
confine operations to a limited extent
sufficient for seed purposes. Fertiliza
tions may also be affected very disas
trously by violent storms of rain occur
ring about the time the pollen is in its
active state, whereby it is rendered in
effectual. The degree of barrenness is
greater than would be supposed, and
varies with different varieties of corn.
During the year 183G examination
was made of several varieties of corn
at the farm of the University of Illi
nois, which showed an unusual per
centage of barrenness. This, hovevtv.
is believed to have been caused
by a violent wind and rain storm. In
many cases stalks were not counted
barren that produced ears of very lit
tle value. Five hundred stalks were
counted, and the number of barren
ears varied in seven varieties from .'51
stalks to 126, or from 6.2 per cent, to
25.2 per cent. The thought of (i per
cent, of barren stalks is bitd enough,
but when it is increased to ';."i per
cent, it represents a discouraging as
pect to farmers.
The advance that is made in the
scientific study of agriculture show
more and more clearly the necessity of
a better understanding of the laws
that underlie farm operations, and es
pecially vegetable physiology. If by
the exercise of a little intelligence and
properly directed care the crops grown
by the farmers can be increased even
si very small per cent, it is high time
that there was an awakening to the
fact and a change of base of operations
provided for. The great aim should be
to secure the best possible results from
the labor bestowed. William II. Yeo
mans, in Boston Olobe.
THE INGENIOUS FAKIR.
How He Mauageil to Sell UN Ware to
au Unwilling: Customer.
"Madam," said a man with a crushed
hat and dilapidated clothes, as he ap
peared at the basement door of a Har
lem house, "I have here some little
bottles of my own genuine patent in
destructible cement, for mending
broken china and other articles, abso
lutely indisponsible to any well regu
"Dont want.it. sir!''
"It's only ten cents a, bottle, madam,
and it will pay '
"No use for any thing of the kind. 1
say wouldn't have it!"
"It is warranted to mend anv thing
in the line of broken dishes, or '
"I tell you I don't want it, and you
needn't stand there tallcingany longer."
"All right, madam, all right; don't
want to intrude. Fine morning,
madam. The lady next door made a
little remark about you, madam, but I
don't suppose you would care any
thing about hearing it repeated. Good
"Hold on a minute, won't you? She
said something about me, you say?"
"Yes, ma'am, let fall a little remark
concerning you but I don't think you
would care to hear it. I've got to hurry
"Just a moment. I believe I'll take
a bottle of that stuff."
The lady I was speaking of tool
three bottles for a quarter, madam,
but I '
"(Jive me four bottles, please: hall
the dishes in the house are broken.
The idea of her saying any thing about
me, the mean thing!''
Yes. certainly. Accidents will hap
pen to valuable china. Apply it with
the brush. a- directed. Also, I have
large bottles of furniture polish, fifty
cents a. bottle. Two battle? All right.
There you arc. There's your change,
madam. Hope every thing will bo all
satisfactory. Good morning."
"But wait just another moment you
didn't tell m what that woman said
about me. I'll tench her to talk about
me behind my back!"
"O, yes. 1 most forgot it- You see it
was this way: I asked her if the lady
in the next house, meaning you, you
see, was at home.'"
Yes. yes; I understand. What did
6he say then?"'
"She spoke up quick like, and said
she didn't know. That was all, mad
am 1 told you it waVt much. Be
sure and apply the cement with the
brush, as directed. Good-bye!' X. Y.
To gorge an animal with food only
serves to overwork the stomach in the
attempt to digest more than it is really
able to, and as a result much is avoided
by the animal, and goes to waste.
Florida promises to become a larga
producer4 of opium. Sixteen plants
will produce an ounce, and an acre of
poppies will yield $1,000 worth of
A recently published "Dictionary
of Furniture and Decorations" shows
that the graiides dames of the seven
teenth and eighteenth centuries re
ceived while in bed.
A parrot which died atPoughkeep
sie recently was quite a linguist, beiag
ablq, it ia said, to talk in the English,
Dutch and Portugese languages. It
was valued at 300.
The Government ornithologist at
Washington estimates that the surplus
in the United States treasury would
not suffice to pay the bounty for exter
minating the English sparrows in New
A curiosity noticed in Portland
Harbor lately was a large schooner
yacht, which was bound for Ohio.
Thirteen fresh water yachtsmen from
Ohio bought her in New York and were
bound home by way of tho St. Law
rence. Not one of them had ever been
on the salt water before.
In the old days, when forgery was
punished by death, an English judge,
in passing sentence upon a convicted
forger, remarked that he "hoped the
prisoner would find that mercy in
Heaven which a due regard to the
paper currency of Great Britain made
it necessary to deny him upon earth."
Lightning recently at Hallsville,
near Centralia, Mo., struck the smoke
stack of a mill. On the window of
the mill the stroko of electricity plainly
photographed the numerals 1888. Be
tween, the figures was a zigzag line.
On the wall opposite hung a calendar
for the present year from which the
photograph was supposed to have been
A dog in Davenport. Ia., having
seized a young sparrow that had
dropped to the sidewalk, was instantly
eot upon by half a dozen of the grown
birds with a ferocity that not only made
him drop his prey, but sent him off
howling with the blood flowing from
several places where their sharp bills
had struck him.
Three tailors established them
selves in the same street in Glasgow.
The first wrote oir his sign, "The best
tailor in this town." The second
adopted as his motto, "The best tailor
in the world." But the third, who was
cleverest of the lot, got away with
all by putting on his sign, "The best
tailor in this street."
A New York art dealer has in
vented a novel picture frame. It is of
broad oak, with real bars half an inch
thick, colored to, look like iron, set
across it from side to side. Imitation
hinges on one side and a very real
looking padlock on the other increases
the resemblance to the barred door of
a cage. With the picture of the head
of a lion or other beast behind it tho
effect is very startling, if not strictly
It would be a mistake to suppose
that meteorological eccentricity is pe
culiar to this day and generation. Tito
weather was just as erratic long before
the Signal Service wtis dreamed of. In
the Buffalo Weekly Republican of Juno
24, 1841, appears this paragraph: "The
night before last we stood by a good
fire and it was comfortable. Yesterday
we stood by a good thermometer and it
was decidedly uncomfortable, being at
98." Buffalo Courier.
A Berlin merchant who advertised
for a wife lately received 277 answers.
Of these. 87 were widows varying in
age from twenty-five to fifty-two; 42 of
them had no children, and 21 possessed
fortunes entirely under their own con
trol of from$o00 to $20,000. Four ladies
who had been separated from their
husbands also wrote to express a desire
to try their luck at marriage for a
second time one of them for a third
time. Of the remaining 18G only 2
gave their age as over thirty; 18 of
them professed to bo just turned six
teen. Seventy-one photographs were
inclosed, and 31 of them are said to
represent remarkably pretty girls.
MAN'S TRUE CHARACTER.
ft Is Frequently Called Forth Onlj- bj
Moment ou Enierjtencles.
Great emergencies call forth tho
great soul. War in the twinkling of
an eye turns village drunkards and
pettifogging lawyers into Generals and
statesmen. Love transforms Cymon
from a brute into a man. Necessity
makes Shakespeare a dramatist; acci
dent reveals to Scott his true powers.
The most commonplace men and women
have passed through the fool's para
dise of love, when they were divine be
ings worshiping divinity, and in that
fool's paradise, they for a brief moment
found their true selves, saw deep into
the soul of their consort. That flitting
dream was in truth an awakening, the
brief opening of the spiritual eye.
When the world of facts has p:issed
awav, our dreams may remain. The
man of common sense asks for
realities, the poet knows that only
illusions are true. Look you, tho man
whom you hate are there not women
who worship him, children who look
up to him? Who sees the true man
you who hate him, or they who love
him? Love is a divine delight; it
reaches out over and around its object
into the illimitable: it is a part of the
Over-Soul, of the Infinite, of God.
Hatred is painful. It strains and racks
the bodv. it blinds the vision, it makes
man conscious of his mortal limitations.
Love sees the virtues' that are of the
soul: hatred only the diseases ol the
skin.1 All men have their faults,
and stealing was Bill's, ' said a weeping
widow over the corpse of a desperado,
shot in attempted burglary. And
m-otesnue. ludicrous as the expression
may seem, she was right. She knew
that not in the robber, the law-breaker,
the outca-t. did the real man shine
forth, but in those rarer moods of kind
liness and generosity when he was the
true friend and husband. Perhaps
when two enemies, who have refused
to see any good in each other on this
earth, meet hereafter in another world
free from the muddy vesture of decaj
which clogs their vision here, the first
thought of each will bo: "Is this the
beautiful soul that 1 -maligned and
hated?" LfypincolCa Magazine.
The ABILENE IMPROVEMENT CO. "offers
8(00,000 IN BONUSES
to reliable mannfactiiriiig concerns who will
locate in Abilene. Abilene is the largest as
well as the most prosperous city in Central
Kansas. It will soon have
THREE NEW TRUNK LINES OF RAILROADS,
making FOUR lines, which will insure un-
equaled shipping facilities.
THE ABILENE NATIONAL BANK
CAPITAL, - $150,000.
CLARK H. BARKER, President.
W. P. RICE, Yice-Pi-csident.
E. D. HUMPHREY, Cashier.
A. K. PERRY, Assistant Cashier.
TRANSACTS A GENERAL BAKXBTG- BUSINESS.
Business of Merchants, Farmers and Individuals generally
solicited. Uuequalcd facilities for tho transaction of all
business intrusted to us.
J. C. BOYER, Attorney and Notary. C. G. BESSEY.
FRY, BOYER CO.,
Loans on farms and city property. Real Estate honght and sold.
Insurance contracts at current rates. Notary business promptly attended
to. Special bargains In city and suburban property.
Citizens' Bank Building,
33STABriISi4 HIP 1870.
Done in all its branches. MORTGAGES negotiated on Fsiru
Property at G, 7 and 8 per cent., with reasonable commission
Also, money on Farms without commission.
At all times : for sale at lowest rates.
Furnished on all the principal cities of the world.
BOJSTDS BOUGHT AJSTD SOLD.
Special attention given to business of Farmers and Stockmen.
Personal liability not limited, as is the case with
We are siring special attention to tkls department; carry the largest
anapaest liae ef UNDERTAKERS' SUPPLIES in the city, and are pre
pared to attend to this business in al! its branches.
Comer Fourth and Broadway.
a H. LEBOLD, J- 1L nSTTKTt, 3. E. nEKBST,
E. A- Heubst, Cashier.
Oor individual liability is not limited, as is tho
case tritb stockholders of incorporated banks.
LEBOLD, FISHER & CO., Barter,
& CO., Proprietors,
mire ml Cnt I
Xo one should purchase real estate until
they know thJ title ia perfect.
W. T. DAVIDSON
has the most complete set of Abstracts
ia tho County. 14 years- experience.
Office over Post-office,
ABILEISTE, z. KANSAS.