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VOLUME VI, NUMBER 19.
0SKAL00SA, KANSAS, DECEMBER 30, 1865.
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WHOLE NUMBER. 171.
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For the Indep endcnU
Fellow-trareten on the highway
Leading to lh borne abore,
If on earth von would be trappy,
Erer chcriih human lore.
Fame' high court may be alluring,
lint no parl.nd tune ere wove
flat power to aoothe the aching head
Like the touch of human lore.
Pleasure, wealth, and pride may call as,
In their jil Jed bow'ri to rare;
But in virtueV humbler pathways.
Bloom the sweetest flow'n of lore.
Ti not when Mcf t Sth health and gladness
That Its priceless worth we prore;
But in homes of pain and sadness,
Blessings flow (rout human lore.
Brothers, sisters, with me passing
From this home to one above,
If on earth we would be happy,
We must cherish human lore.
"Though the mills of God grind rluwir,
Vet they grind exceeding small ;
Though with patience (Ic stands waiting,
With exactness grinds He all.
From tte Gt-naa.
FROM THE DIART OF A DETECTIVE.
-During-lhe year of 1847 ilie West
was flooded with a counterfeit coin. It
was so well manufactured that it passed
readily. The evil al last became so
great that the United States authorities
requested that a skillful detective might
be sent to ferret out the nesUof coiners
I was fixed upon to perforin that duty.
. I had nothing to guide rue. The
fact, however, that Chicago was the
city where ihe counterfeit coin was most
abundant, led me to suspect tnnt me
manufactory was somewhere within its
limits. It was. therefore, to the capital
of the West that I proceeded. I spent
five weeks in the city without gaining
the slightest clew to the counterfeiters.
I began to grow discouraged, and
really thought I should bo obliged to
return home without hating achieved
any result. One day I received a letter
fiom my wife requesting me to send
some money, as she was out of funds.
I went to the bank and asked for a draft,
at the same time handing a sum tif mon
ey to pay for it.in which there were sev
eral half dollars. The cletk pushed
three of them back tome,saying, "Coun
terfeit." What !' said 1, 'you do n't mean to
tell me those half dollars are counter
feit?' 1 do.'
Are you certain V
Perfectly certain. They are remark
ably execuied.bul are deficient in weight.
-See for yourself.'
Ami h nhtced one in the balance
agiinst a genuine half dollar, and the
latter brought up the former.
This w the bost counterfeit coin I
ever saw in my life, I exclaimed, ex-
amininn them closely. I" all the coun-
terfarit, money in circalation here of the
suae character as this?'
O, dear, no,' the clerk replied, 'it is
not nearly so well done. These are the
work of the famous New York counter
feiter. Ned"Wi.Ielt. I know themwell.
for I have handled a great many in my
time. Here is some of the money that
is circulating here," he additl, taking
"lialf dollars from a drawer. 'You see
that the milling is not so well don? as
Ned Willelt's, although this is pretty
goodtoo.'u . ,
I compared the two and found that
.lie was right. 1 supplied the place of
the three counterfeits with good soin.
aha'returned the former to my pocket.
A few days after this I received in
formation which caused soe to take a
journey to a 'small village about thirty
miles from Chicago. I arrived there at
nigh'l and took up j quarters at the
orilyv'tavern in lite place. It was a
wretched dwelling, and kept by an old
nan and woman, the surliest couple, I
think, it has ever been my Jot lo meet.
In answer as to whether I could have a
lodging there that night, I noticed-the
host gave a particular look at his wife,
and after some whispering. I was inform
ed in the most ungracious manner pos
sible that I couhi have a bed.
, I have Jrcquenilyjin the course of my
life been-obliircd toffiui. un with wretch
ed accommoaatioas, eo I djd notallow
my equanimity cf temper to be destroy
ed by the miserable sleeping apartments
into which I was ushered after I bad fin
ished my repast.
The chamber was of small size, and
certainly well ventilated, for I could see
the stars through the toof. The bed
was simply a bag of straw thrown into
one corner of the room, without sheet
or covering of any kind. This last fact,
however, was not of much consequence,
as it was Summer and oppressively hot.
I stood for more than an hour gazing,
out of the opening which served for a
window. Before me was an immense
prairie, the limits of which I could not
see. The tavern in which 1 had taken
up my abode appeared to be isolated
from all other dwellings, and save the
croak of the tree - tot. d and the hum o
the locust, not a sound reached my ear.
It was a beautiful niooulight night, so
bright that I could see to read the small
At last I began to grow weary, and
throwing myself on my pallet I was soon
plunged in deep slumber. How long 1
slept I know not, but I was awakened
by a dull sound, which resembled some
one hammering in the distance. I sup
pose it was the peculiarity of the sound
which awoke me, fur it was by no means
leud, but conveyed to me the idea of
some one striking iron with a muffled
hammer. 1 rose from my bed and went
to the window. The moon was now iu
the western horizon, by ;which fact I
knew that it must be near morning. The
sound I have before referred to reached
me more distinctly than when in the
back part of the chamber. It appeared
to come from some outhouses uhich
were situated a hundred yards from the
Now I am naturally of nn inquiring
mind, and this sound, occuring as it did
in the middle of the night, piqued my
cunosity.-anu l ieu an iTrepresiuie ue-
fire to go out and discover the cause of
it. This desire.as the sound continued,
grew upon me with such intensity thai
I resolved lo gratify it at any price.
I put on my boots, the only article
of attire I had discarded, and cautiously
opened the door of my chamber and
noiselessly descended the rickety stair
case. A few steps brought me into the
"lower apartment, which I found entirely
deserted. I crept quietly to tho win
dow, and unfastening it without making
the slightest noise, was soon in the
Not a soul was visible, but the sound
I have mentioned grew much more dis
tinct as J approached the place from
whence it proceeded. At last I found
m self before a long. low buildinj. thro'
the crevices of which I could perceive
a lurid glare issuing. I stooped down
and peeped through the key-hole, and
to my extreme surprise I saw half a
dozen men, with their coats off and
c1avo no. nerformintr a variety of
strange occupation. Some were work
ing at a forge, others were superintend
ing the casting of molds,and some were
engaged "in the process of mining coin.
In a moment the whole truth burst up
on me. Here was the gang of coun
terfeiters I was in search of, and the
landlord and his wife evidently belonged
to the same band, for in one corner I
perceived them employed, the man pol
ishing offome half-dollar pieces, and
the woman was packing the finished
coin into rolls.
I had seen enough and was about to
return to my apartment, when I sud
denly fella heavy band placed on my
shoulder, and turning my head around,
to my horror found myself in the grasp
of as illlooking.a scoundrel as ever es
caped the gallows.
WJiat are joudoing here, myfgood
fello'w'?' he exclaimed; -giving-me a
shake. , , a "".!. iUta.
Taking a stroll by moonlight,' I re-
plied, endeavoring to retain my com
posure. .-Well,. perhaps jou wlllust take a
stroll inside, will jou? returned the
ruffian, pushing open the door.and drag
ging mo in after him. (
All tleJniiateB of the barn immedi
ately" stopped work and rushed toward
usjwlien'lhoy saw use. ; v-
Why. what's all this?' they ex
'A loafer I found peepin outside,
said my captor. w -
He's a traveler thatijaaie to the tav
ern last night and askwUor lodging; tho
last I saw of him he was safe in bed
U the .landlord,
The men withdrew to a corner of the
apartment, leaving one to keep guard
over me. I soon saw they wore in earn
est consultation, and were evidently de
bating some important question. The
man keeping guard over me said noth
ing, but scowled fiercely. 1 had not
said a single word during all the time I
had been in tho barn. I was aware
that whatever;I Bight say would, in all
probably, do more harm than good, and
it has always been a maxim of mine to
hold my tongue when in doubt. At
last the discussion seemed to be ended,
for the blackest of the whole came for
ward, and without any introduction,
'I say, stranger, look here, you must
I did not move a muscle or utter a
'You have found, out our secret, and
dead men tell no tales.'
I was silent,
We will give you ten minutes to say
your prayers, and also allow OU tho
privilege of being shot or hutig.'
Suddenly an idea struck me. I re
membered something that might save
my life. I burst into a violent Gt of
laughter, in fact it was hysterical, but
they did not know it. Tliey looked at
one another in amazement.
W ell, he takes it mighty cool, nny
how,' said one.
'Supposo he do n't think we arc in
earnest,' said another.
Come, stranger, you had better say
your prayers,' said the man who had
first spoken, 'lime flies.'
My only reply was a fit of laughter
more violent than the first.
'The rain's mail,' they excltimed.
'Or drunk, said some.
Well, hots,' cried I, speaking for the
first time, 'this is the best joke 1 have
ever seen, n hat, lianir a nil .'
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1 ain't nothin' else, was ny elegant
What is your name V
Did you ever hear of Ned Wiilett ?
'You may be certain of that. Ain't
he the head of our profession ?'
Well, then, I'm Ned.'
You Ned Willelt ?' they all exclaim
'You may bet jour life on that,' 1
returned, swaggering up to the corner
where I had seen the old woman count
ing and packing the counterfeit half
Fortune favored me. Nono of tho
men present had ever seen Ned Wiilett,
although his reputation was well known
lo them, and my swaggering, insolent
manner had somewhat thrown them oil
their guard, yet I could plainly see that
their doubts were not all removed.
And vou call these things well done,
do you V I asked, taking up the roll of
money. 'Well, all I have to say is, that
if you cau't do belter than this, you
had better shut up shop, that's all.'
Can vou 6how us any better?' asked
one of the men.
I rather think I can. If I could n i
I'd hang myself.'
Let's see it,' they all ciied.
This was my last coup, and one on
which my life depended.
'Look here, gentlemen,' 1 exclaimed,
taking one of the counterfeit half dol
lars that had been rejected at the bank,
here is my last job, what do you think
of it?' '
It was .handed hand to-hand, some
saying it was no counterfeit at all, and
some saying it was.
How will you prove it is a counter
feit V asked one.
By weghijigJitFwthra!g!nu''nu on0-
"This -plan was immediately adopted
aud its character proved.
Perhaps he got this by accident;" 1
heard a man w.hisper to another.
Try these,' I said, taking tho other
tmn out of mv pocket.
Al tbemd&kU'now vauiirhed.
Beautiful,' exclaimed some. 'Very
splendid,' said others.
When they had xajnined than to
their satisfaction they cordially tdbk'mo
by the hand, j.every particle of doubt
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having vanished irom meir ukuuo.
carried on my part well. Some ques
tions were occasionally asked mo involv
ing some technicalities of the' business;
these, however, I avoided, by slating
that I was on a jouraoy, and would
...ilifir take a class of whisky lhan an
swer questions ThoVhisly was" pro -
duced and wc made a night of it. It
was not till morning dawned that we
The next day I returned to Chicago
and brought down the necessary assist
ance, and captured the whole gang of
counterfeiters in the very .act. Tho den
was broken up forever,and most of them
were condemned to serve a term in the
State Prison. . ,
I have those half dollars still in my
possession, and never intend to part
with them, for they were certainly the
means of saving my life.
DANIEL BRYAN'S OATH.
Daniel Bryan hnd "been a lawyer of
eminence, but had fallen thro intoxica
tion lo beggary and a dying condition.
Bryan hnd married, in better days, the
sister of Moses Felton. At length all
hopes 'were given up. Week after week
would tho fallen man lie drunk on the
floor, and not a day of real sobriety
marked his course. I doubt if such an
other case was known. He wn too low
for conviviality ; for those with whom
he would have associated would not
drink with him. All alone in his office
and chamber, he still continued lo drink,
and even his very life seemed the off
spring of his jug.
In early spring Moees Felton hail a
call to go to Ohio. Before he set out
he visited his sister, and offered to take
her with him, but she would not go,
'But why stay here ?' he urged. 'You
are fading away and disease is upon you.
Why do you live with such a brute ?'
flush, Moe, speak nol' answered
the w ife, keeping knek her lears I will
not leave him now.but he will soon Icavo
me. lie cannot lite much longer.'
At thai moment Daniel entered the
apartment. He looked likoa wanderer
from the tomb, lie hau hiSi' -
his iuir in his hand. 'Ah.lMoStfa,
sneak nfatnlv."" "
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Tho usiior looked at him for n few
women's in rilence ; then.as his features
assumed a cold and stern expression,
lie said in a sirongiy-einpnasiau iuuc y
'Daniel Bryan, I have been your best
friend but one. My sister is an angel,
though she is matched with a demon,
1 hafe loved you, Daniel, as I never
lot ed man before; you are generous,
noble and kind ; but I hate you now,
for you are a devil incarnate. Look at
thai waman, She is my sister. She
inWil now live with me in comfort, on
ly she will nol do il while you are alive;
when you die she will come to inc. I
pray that God will soon give her joys to
my keeping. Now, Daniel, I do sin
cerely hope (he first intelligence that
reaches me irom my native putue mwv
arriving at my now home, may bo that
you aro dead.'
'Stop, Moses, I can reform yet.'
You can not ; it is beyond your pow
er. You have had inducements enough
to reform half the sinners of creation,
and you are lower than everWore. Go
and die. sir, as soon as you can, for the
moment that sees you thus, shall not
find me among tho mourners.'
Bryan's eyes flashed, and he drew
himself proudly up, as ho said in his
old tone of sarcasm :
Go to Ohio, and I'll sond you news.
Go, sir, and watch tho post ; 1 will yel
make you lake back your words.'
Never, Daniel Bryan, never.'
You shall I 1 swear it 1'
With these words Daniel Bryan hurl
ed his jug into the fireplace, and while
yet a thousand frgments were flying ov
er the floor, he strode from the house.
M try sank fainting on tho floor. Mo
ses bore her to the bed, and having call
ed in a neighbor, he hurried uway, for
the stage was waiijng.
For a month Daniel hovered over tlfe
brink of the urave, but ho din not die.
One gill of brandy will savo you,
said the doctor, who saw that tho ab
rupt removal of the stimulants from a
system that for long years had almost
subsisted on nothing else, was nearly
suro to prove fatal. r 'You can surely
lake a gill and not take any more.'
'Ay,' gasped tho poor man, tako ai
gill aud brake my oath ? Moses felton
shall neVer hearhai brandjr and rum
killed me 1 If the waul of i kills lsnc.(
then let ma die. But i won't die ; I'll
live till Hoses Felton shall eat his worth.;
He did live. An iron will conquered.
For a month he could nol walk without
help. But he hnd help joyful help,
Miry helped him.
A year passed away, and Moses Fel
um returned to Verm6i;t. He entered
the court house at Burlington, and Dan
iel Bryan was on the floor pleading (or
a young man who had been indicted for
forgery. Felton started with surprise,
Never before had such torrents of elo
quence poured from his lips. The caso
was given to tho jury, and the youth
was ttcquitted. The successful counsel
turned from the court room and mot
Moscs'FeJton, Tuoy shook bauds bul
dill not speak. When they reached a
Vpbt'whero none others could heir them,
Bryan stopped, and said .
S-W-jf-r r rr- -w -w If IVtT W V r-r TfiT
'Moses, do you remember the words
you spoke to me a year ago V
I do, Daniel.'
'Will you now take them back un
say them now and forever ?'
'Yes, with all my heart.'
. 'Then I am, in part, repaid.'
'And what must be the remainder of
the payment ?' asked Moses.
I must die an upright, honset, un
purjured man. The oath that has bound
me thus far was made for life"
That evening Mary Bryan was among
the happiest of the happy.
An Ingenious Boot-Black.
The street boot-blacks are one of the
'institutions' of New York, as well as
some other large cities. You see them
on the sidewalks, in and around the
hotels, and frequently on tho ferrv-
boats. Thev carry a box containing
iheir 'kit of implements,' the brushes,
blacking-boxes, etc. This is suspend
ed by a strap over tho shoulders, and
when a customer nods assent to their
generally polite imitation, 'Black yer
boots?' or 'Shine up, sii?' they quickly
set down their box for your feet to rest
on, drop upon their knees on the pave
ment, and woik as rapidly as possible,
so as not to detain their pttrons. They
first turn up the pants, to keep them
from being soiled, then with one brush
they clean ihe boots, with another ap
plying the blacking, and with two oth
ers, one in each hand, polish away.
They return a 'thank ye for the half
dime, or dime, given them for their la
bor. These bovs are senerallv so oolite
and so industrious that we rather like
them, and sometimes lake a 'shine up
just to see them work,and to chat with
the smart little fellows Here is a case
iliustri ting their ingenuity:
A wull-drcsed man standing at a ho
tel door, nol long since, was hailed by
one of them with the usual question:
'Slune up. sir?"
What do you chargo for blacking
boot!?' asked ihe man, who was some
nhnt noted for stinginess.
'Five cents,' was the reply.
'loo much, too much; III git e you
'liree cents,' said the man
ai tfnVweni'wiftt iftTgni ana" main, ana
very soon had one ooot sinning like a
mirror; but instead of commencing on
tho other, he began to pack up his
You haen'l finished!' exclaimed the
'Never mind,' replied the boot-black,
with a twinkle of his eye, 4I won't cbargo
you for anything I've done; theie comes
a customer who pays.
The man glanced at the shining boot,
and then at the other, which was rusty
and besprinkled jwith mud, thought of
the reuiculous figure he wouiu mase
with one Dolished boot, and amid the
laughter of the bvstanders agreed lo
give the shaip boy ten cents-to finish
ihe job, which-1 he did in double-quick
time and wub great pleasure.
Memort is a Biao. Last wiuter.du-
rinir the frost that succeeded the new
year, a little robin red-breast regularly
attended the quarrymen who raised
stones for Langmde lime" kiln. when they
were rating their dinner piece, and pick
ed up the crumbs that happened to (all
from them. It soon became so tamo as
to pick from the hand. This il contin
ued lo do till the nesting season, when
it went off, and no more was seen of it
till about a month ago, whn, as one of
the men happened to be raeadtng a gale
near tho quarry, little red-brenst lighted
on a piece of wood he had in his hand,
and turning up its eye confidently .show
ed unmistakably that it knew its old
friend. The man produced some crumbs
from his pocket, a motion red-breast ap
peared to understand by hopping on to
his hand and picking them. Since then
il may bo seen daily taking food from
the hand at a distance near the quarry.
another and a stronger one, having-tak-
en possession of the quarry, and show
ing fight to its tame brother whenever
he ntiemnts lo come near, li this bo
not memory, itn Something vory
it. Ayr Advertiser.
Luther asd Hts DnNo Child. He
anDroached thebedaiid jsaul to her,
Mv little daughter, my beloved Marga
ret, vou would .willintjly remain with
your earthly parents; out u uou cans
you, you will also go to yourIeavonly
Father.1 She replied. 'Yost dear falh-
- s . ft n . 1 !!..
er?irisns Godpleases' '
Pear little mrl'.' :hd Vxattimed, '0,
how I Jove her! the spirit is willing,
but the flesh is weak.' He-then-look
the Bible and road to her the passage.
Thy dead men shall live, together with
my dead body shall they-arise. 'Awake
and sing, ye (that c?wJl trTtK0 'ust ur
thy dew is asHhe dew' of herbs, and the
earth shall cksJWtitheu,eadl?
lie then said," 'My daughter, enter
thou into thy resting-place in "peace.
f" She turned her eyes toward him and
said, with touching simplicity, 'ics.
A young lady was heard to declare
that sho could n't go lofightfor the
country, but she -was williug to, allow
the men togoand die an old maid,
which she thought was as, "real a sac
rifice as anybody could U called upon
Ihe Choice of Martina.
Long years ago, in the early times of
the Christian Church, a Christian sold
ier named Martins served in the Roman
army. 1 his was no uncommon circura
sdnce then, for il was not a time of vio
lent persecution; and as tho faithful ser
vants of Jesus were doubtless found al
so the most faithful to an earthly mas
ter, the laws against them w re not
Marlius was'young, of a good and
wealthy family, and much respected in
his profession. The office of centurion
becoming vacant, he was chosen as a
suitable person to hold it. But another
soldier, of.a jealous and ambitious dis
position, came forward and declared that
Marlius, being Christian, was legally
unfit for the post; and that he himself,
being ncx; in rank, ought to be pre
ferred. Marlius, being questioned, al once
confessed his religion. But the Gover
nor, knowing the terrible consequences
which must follow if the point wer to
be seriously taken up. said he might
have three horns for consideration .after
hioh the question would be repeated.
Theolecnes, Bishop of Cxsarea. heard
what was going on. He came to th.
tribunal, and, taking the arm of Marti
ns, led him into the nearest church.-
Then, taking a soldier's sword, he laid
it down beside a New Testament. 'And
now,' he said, 'choose my son, between
Marlius did nol hesitate; he laid hold
at once of the Word of God.
'You have done, well, my son;'H
the faithful pastor. Hold fast by him
whom jou have chosen, and. you shall
oon enjoy him forever. He will
strengthen you for all that remains, and
ou shall depart in peace.'
The remaining lime was spent, we
may believe, in earnest prayer and ex
hortation. When the three hours were
past, he was again summoned to the
bar. He boldly confessed his faitb in
Christ, was condemned and beheaded,
His name will ever br remembered with
honor as one of "the' noble army of mar
t)s' who sealed their testimony with
fcj S0 B,n.A .! If "L . snlAa
Kwe.one, too. 'For what shall it profit
a man, if he gain the whole world and
lose his own soul?'
Dear young readers, thank God ilm
you live not in days like those of Mar
lius, and thnt such a choice as his is
nol likely literally lo bo set before you.
But,his,.apV& must be yours, if you
would be found among those faithful
souls whom the Lord Jesus shall con
fess before men and angels as his own,
at the judgment-day. To you, to eve
ry one who hears the Gospel message,
that solemn word is addressed, 'Choose
ye this day whom ye will serve.' ' And,
in the history of each one who lives
long on earth, there are p trticular times
when a decision must be made when
the claims of ihe two masters Christ
and tho world become fairly opposed,
and ono or the other must be openly
preferred. 01 seek grace beforehand
to enable you in thai hour nol to hesi
tate. Pray for such faith in Jesus, such
love to him, as will make you willing lo
pari with any thing, or to suffer any
thing at his command. English Uhil
Rules for Winter.
Never go to bed with cold, damp feet.
In going into h colder air, keep tbe
mouth resolutely closed, that byvcom
pelliuir the air to pass circui'.ously thro'
the aose and head.it may beconio warm
ed before il reaches tho lungs, and thus
prevent thoso shocks and sudden chilis
which frequently end in pleurisy.pneu-
monit, and other seriou tortus ot dis
ease. Never sleep with the head in the draft
of an open door or window.
Lei moio cover be on the lower limbs
than on the body. Have an extra cov
ering within easy reach in case of a
sudden and great change of weather
during the night.
Never stand still a moment out. of
doors, especially ai street corners, af;er
having walked "even a' .short distanc..
Nwver.ride uear the open window of
a vehicle for a single half minute, espe
cially Ifit has been preceded by a walk:
valuable lives- have thus been lost, or
uood health permanently destioyed.
Never put ri.a new boot or shoe iu
.beumnini a, tourney.- , j ,. ,.,
iffcver wear India, rubber JocoIihjJry
If comnelled 'to face" a bitter cold
wind, throw a'sllk1 'ha'ndkercliiet over
ihe, face; iu agency is.vonderfuLin mod
ifying the cold v j. - i
Those who are easijyjchilleii on going
out of doors should, .havo some cotmn
Batting -attached 10 me vest or owicr
garment, atfs 16 protect tho space be
tween the shoulder blades' .bebindrthe
lungs being.attached.to the body5at that
point; a utile, menu worm nve iira:
the amount ovirthe'chest in front. .
Never sit:fbrmord than five minutes
ai a time with the back against the fire
or slQve a , i K
Avoid sitting against cushions, iu the
bacUs of p'ews in churches; if the jU8
covered boarii'frtlS'cold, sit ere'ctwith
out touching it. " ' C" J
Never begin a journey until bicak
fast has been ea.tcn.
There is an entertaining wor, wttk
wbicb we bay all been miliar ia ear
younger days, whereia a certain tatter
expatiates to bis pupils am the valM of
eyes. 'Eyes antr Ko Eyes,' the story
is' called, and it is In the tolasse 'flaw
ford and Jfertoa The balsaee of
the matter is that one yowtb No Ejrea
goes gaping about the world, aad
nothing but that which he stuablespy.-,
er, while the other Eyes--f adSsowr-
thing -novel, sonethiBf pleasing aad
useful, on every baad. . -
the work! of mecbaaics. jof scMMe,
ofnrt, is full of trifles, or matters that
seera to be, yet few take note of thesa.
Wise above many is be who does.
We read, in a' recent exchange, that
Tower's patent pin is bei manufac-
tured in large quantities and is highly
popular 'What ia a patent pia?' asks
No Eyes; 'a pin is a pin, if it has a
point, but what is their patentable abeai
that? By the law! a thing that has hee
iu common use for years caa not be pro
tected!' That is true;.but, as it hap
pens, Mr. Towers did not patent the
What then? Two litte nicks in it
near the point. 'And what's the use
of two little nicks near the point, I"
should like to know?' pursues ; No
Simply to prevent it from being drawn
out by accident, so thai' it holds better.
does its woik more eficiently a a
word, is improved a hundredfold; aad
Mr. Towers will very likely "reap a hand
some reward for his idea. Thus. . 'No
Eyes' is nlenced, and walks awaywhh
his hand on.LS beard aad Be w ideas is
his head. He begins (o ihtak that, if
there is commercial value ia two akks
near a pin's point, there must be other
wrinkles worth discovering,-and he is
the mau to find them.
Most frequently we ere called apes
to notice ihe organization of new com
panies to work patents on what are seed
times called trifles. They are trifles;
but they exercise a most important ia
fluence oa the world's coasfort aad ecoa-
omy; otherwise capitalists would act
,Ti . 1 .ii - -;
crease in a bobbin to hold .tbe ffrst aU
of the yarn; a little matter to auaVe aa
indention in the rim of a tobacco box,
to serve as a catch; yet each and all of
these trifles, we are told, return their
lucky owneis handsome revenues. Ia
making cut nails a .great" diffcalty has
been lo feed tbe sheet to the sheen prop
erly, so as to cut the metal without
waste, and many complicated device
have been invented' for the purpose.
Recently some wide-awake person dis
covered that, by cutting the aaua with
a punch, and skipping one at every
stroke the sheet might be fed straight
through, saving an immense aasoaat of
labor, this has been lately patented.
All these inventions are ataply the
practical illustration of the asoral con
veyed fa tbe storv asentioaed at the bead
of this article. It is 'Eyes andNo Eyes
over, agaia. -ilea without; ateans go
through the world crying oat against
their fellows for being rich when the;
are poor, and declaring that wealth it
unequally divided, when some comrade,
equally poor iu point of worldly goods,
but with intelligence, energy, persever
ance, and determination tosacceed, pats
forth his hand aad seises a prize.
In this country there are abundant
sources of wealth for thoso who wish i'
but Without eyes how can we see with
out '.be will to succeed how can we hope
Sme mm. having burned th. ir fing
ers wiii a ii n , shake their heada ear
gcim.'l : they wag il.e:r beard. -saying,
'Catch me in thai huMiiess ag-iini'
This isa. if nl.ip recked sailor sho'd
forever swear the main beoaufe of mis
fortune. Perpetual-ir.oiion penpIV, wa-ter-w.heels
that pump their own, water,
windmills that mmuf.iciure h-ir
wind because these are wortiiles sj
are all and sundry machines, akin Jo
them; but good invention, which seive
some purpose, even if it be only to cut
a slice of bread straight, are salable audr
valuable. 'He who runs ai.i read,
says the proverbrbut he who kep his
eyes open "wilt see many thiegs. i$ci"
entifie Anerietm. I - ,e
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As Editor1 oaSHttrTau'vafo'Iffa
retutnedsljosa'eoa Thursday.-; says an
editor, after a trip ,08X1 sajadrtaMace
in about three andl half days.baviag ia
that time passed over lour States, asae
?snruadi, ! foar'bxta'aad'.: bireache:
Aay persea w.her has deae awre ia iliac
iaw,irill please forward his addTess.Sad
tliBjsmall balBe,.he owes as., , RB
Scoffing. To a joung infidel who.
scoffed at Christianity on account of tho
misconduct of sosao of its professors.
Dr. Mason sai'df 'Did yon. e'ver'aaow
ia' uproar made became WinSdl wen
.astray jroet the path of morality T Tim
ittlidol admitted be bad not. j'.Tuear,
said the Doctor.ypnadmitliat Luris
llanity is a holy ,religiou'f by expecting
Us pfofessoisrto be holy ; and thus, by
est complement in your powerl!" .
SSZ" i ti. 'rd ,
It is riot wliaf he wakes, LutwhatJlO
saves '1; t makes a man rich. r A