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The Columbia herald. (Columbia, Tenn.) 1850-1873, March 12, 1869, Image 1

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6 aweet ia tbeu buaat traM. '
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Of the loved one ona heiara.
. 0clcctci iHisccllan
a Ma. . '
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rauM(! '''" u.uei OOBBIJ, a(
. oisiy mrnae wt ww r har
in left bia bomt to riaU NashrUle. He
wm tolerblr well oil; had a beautiful young
wife whom lie had married a year prerioni
. to hii radkles and final diaappearance. and
whom he had ucoeaafuilj won from a
powerful, perUnacic?a an ranooroui
rlTL T he jonng coar! were deeply at
taehedaoeaeh oiher,arsnt their honer
mooa 'a Philadelphia, and retained titer
a mrjnth'a joyous trareL AX the time of
JoUj! departure from home he eoafeeaed
thtt he had a trann presentment of inv
pndin eril, and he passionately kissed
us infant boy the aaoraiag he was lear
lng, and erea shed tears. When he was
away about a week his Meads beoame
alarmed. Nothing had been heard from
him bo one had seen him on the Journey.
After a couple of days of intolerable sus
pense search wet instituted. No traos of
any sort could be found, -except that the
marks of feet, as if those oi strugrlist;
men, were found on the banks of the
Cumberland, about two miles from a
landing where it was expected Jolly was
to take a boat ta come down the. rrmr
Serenl small SAplini were either torn up
u uw rwta or aro&eu, WUS firing CT
denoe of a fierce combat Bare these
marks, nothing that could, ia any way,
throw any light on the nte of Jolly was
erer discorered. After remaining two
years on the mm, and whea her tws
little children were ia a condition to run
about, ahe became wearied of a scene the
contemplation of which afforded her
nothing but pain. It was a scene once
bright and happy turned suddenly into
deaolatioB and gloom, and the fair young
widow and - aorrowinr mother was
losing her health. She, by the adrke of
friends and physician, sold out and came
to NashrUle. In about three years after
wards she married the derer but eccen
tric Dr. Harper,, wbo died down South
during the war. She has since remained
a widow, possessed of considerable prop
erty and an interesting family of three
girls and a boy. These seemiagly irrele
raat particulars will hare a significance
when we tell the anxious reader that the
early but unsuccessful suitor to her hand
harifix nerer mtrried, engaged ia the
Southern cause alio, and was & the same
regiment in which Sr. Harper was medi
cal officer. - He got along on apparent
good terms with Dr. Harper, but was fre
quently heard to curse him bitterly in ptv
rate, and, in fiict, the day before his death,
bad a fierce alter!ion with him which
was OBiy preav&tad ti tway-w-fagW
officers. For a long time alter tae aeau ;
of Harper the manner of it was considered
rtranreVbut the thought of it finally died
oat of the minds of men. After the war
the fierce but baffled suitor of her young
dajscame to Hashrille ind renewed ac
quaintance wiih the twice widowed flame
of his youth. Very recently he was on
the point of swxeding; in fact some pre
liminary arrargianents were already made
for a wedding when a derangement oc
curred in the wtter pipe which supplied
the house of the widow Harper, in South
Ksshrflle. Plumbers were set to work on
tho pipe, but could make no improrement
on it. Finally the street was ripped up to
aucertain the cause of the water stoppage.
It was found. At the month of the pipe,
where it was attached to the main street
supply pipe, the skeleton of a hand was
found ; the fingers were closed up like a
knot, firmly jammed into the small
pipe. On being taken out a jack
knife was found clutched in the
fincers, coTered with rust, of course, but
sufficiently sound and perfect in shape to
show that it had been once the property
of the man to whom the widow was en
raged to be married. Upon one of the
fingers was found also a diamond nng
which her first husband wore when he left
their house, in DeKalb county, thirteen
years ago. When these particulars be
ra.mev known th intended bridegroom
tastily left town, and the good ldy be
came sick. An attempt was made to hash
up these fact, but they gradually leaked
out and came into our possession yester
The lalT has not ret recorered.
She has frequent spells of delirium, and
fears are entertained by her physicians
that her reason has been impaired by the
shock of the discorery. IfathviUe Prut
and Time, Feb. 13tA.
Missing People.
Any day in the year adrertisements can
h found in the dailr newsDaners to the ef
fect that Madame B , the serenth daugh
ter of a serenth daughter, causes speedy
marriages, gires lucky numbers, and tn
fertnaiinn of absent friend. These no
tices, duly paraded under the head of " As
trology," are the shadows gullible friends
clutch at Hero it happens that the
clairroyants derire a considerable income
from this false preiense. Ia about six
cases out of ten recourse is had to these
ohoata ami aatiafaction found in their pre
tended rerelatijna Like the oracles of
thm am anfflcientlr ambiguous in
their retJiea to suit all posssible con tin
-ammeai aia rircMmataaees. and so auatg
the fraud alire and remuneratire.
it the ahaenr has been of long continu
ance, it is the fashion to State that the miss-
; u AA takinar car) to STOld such de-
T time and nlane as WOUld lead to
detection of the swindle by inrestigstion.
t t nMMntinn ia hardly neccussrT,
for the seftrchers are so eager for some
thing 3Uire that they snap eagerly at
,. fni inteHifrence. and find rest ana
Peace in it The clairroyants kaow
thia and hare settled upwa the death s-
aa ihdr surest card. Of course
sometimes happens that the grara gires
up' the clairroyaBt-dead, who reappear
ih the bonMiolrcle, but ia the joy of their
ke franri ia fhrpotten. and the fal
libility of the medium rarely bruited
abroad. T', clairroyanta know this too,
and continue to play death ahead, only
guarding against immediate accident by
.m.niina the nrescribed fee in ad ranee.
a a the Alairroraats do not keep books
of accounts with their patrons it is impos
.;ki. t t eractlr how much they re
cti re, and from how many different per
sons, lor their prekeuuru. ic"amin wn
Mraiaa nid? oersona But if any one
of the greasy Madames caa be taken in
... 'niu nf her mandlin moments, ahe
will probabiy confess that the missing
v.h nf her art pars better than the
nuriin frand. and nearly as well
astha lucky number hoax. Without such
jl.t.' hnwerer. it is certain that
knarery makes a substantial banquet off
. 111 tf1 aiwk time
wrecaea Wi " .
I, the law-makers shU think it proper to
- nrotoct the guUibls, and consign thess fslae
Stets to thTcurtody of aJailor.-i-
vard Craptey, ia Marptr't Magaitu.
Tarn New York Tribute hs wtarticls
faJbWeVfSEcTtTdTtce; -Be acre of e-a ttlnai
"".".i. i!T. tn aelL there ar.. nacr people
waawiw 7 , JM..H.I ric
VZZlant iht tswBM JOW WTB PUaUie -Matt W
Z2?Jt2i adrartSaueal eo-eotacu.
BT AEBT SAGS
doirft ii f S,Ur room " old nd
stecX S M if g had paesed
cemnLE?ni5ereM brow inthe
Sfi flxed i their places, a
briS fcired wiLh "oundin a
K ,?TCr ft sat a
HLrf BuC!n,4ron' fiUed boiling
Uquor, which looked like moltea gold, on
l.w, 0,5 nd brim danced bluish,
tne; whits hairs, bent orer the csuldron.
.J! WV crooked and deformed with
age and continued stooping, and his hair
"d long sflrery beard were dry and
tt. I WklPLhe WOTked- ThU old man
Wi!?,r 'Vlhna, who was working
S l "2 dar' nd had workini
,S f-iK-tkat wenderfulvKqaor
ker.T001? f6 TontB 'mmortsl and
the body alway, Tigorous and
afBiaa ttl. ...
rZ?''? e old Alchemlstwss
1 the fire in
Kerer had
borne such
its sortace.
Peter watched it with the fierce glow
from the fire reflected in his eysa, At
lenrth he criod,
- "There is only one thing wanting
now. The Elixir is nearly perfect It
needs only a portion of life blood from
young reuea1
As he said this he looked wistfully at his
bared arms, but the sight of the flaccid
flesh and wasted reins made him shake
his head dacpondlngly. ' After a moment's
pause, he want to a staircase which ' as
cended from ens corner of the room, and
called in a shrill, tremulous roice, " If ade
laine! Maddainer
A tight foot was heard upon the stairs is
answer to hS call, and Peter Althausen's
youngest daughter, the only remaining
child of his old age, came slowly down into
the laboratory.
"Didst call dm, father f she asked
softly.
AS Peter Althausen's family wqra the
traces of subdued grief on their faces.
They had waited so long for the liquid
which was to gr them immortal youth
that their youth sad prime had wasted it
the slow ferer of anxious expectancy.
Their roiees were low and mournful, they
stepped slowly and Irresolutely, as if au
the freshness and buoyancy ofllfe were de
ferred for them, and they were waiting ia
a pattest quiet Oil it came.
Madeleine paused snd repeated, "Didst
thou call me, father t"
"Ay, my child," said the 'old man, look
ing up from his task of stirring the mix
ture in the cauldron; "the potent Honor
is aearly completed. It lacks only a little
lift blood from younger and fresher reins
than mine. Hast courage to bare thine
arm to me rTJtink. chUd, the Elixir that
is to make us all immortal"
The young girl smiled a little a sort of
sad. weary smile, and aaked, " Is it well
to lire always, father? - I feet aniuetlinea
tired so tirad ! Perhaps we might some
times be giad to dia"
Nonsense, child f said he, impatiently.
" I am fourscore snd fire years, and I am
most eager to lire. To the yon o g death is
far oft : they do not fear it But decide
quickly. See! the liquor foams higher
and higher.'
The girl bared her white, thin arm, and
Peter pierced a rein with a sharp lancet
The blood trickled in a tiny stream into a
silrer bowl which he held close to the
wound. When it was half fall he bound
her arm up hurriedlr, and did not notice
that she had fainted In the chair where she
1?rTTa aeneea""It "was prow- f
inr more and more brilliant, and the glow-
. 0 . ... 1 1 a 1 1
tng DUDOies rose wguer ana nigoer,
II ther orerflowed the cauldron s brim
and were deroured by the leaping flames
beneath. Peter emptied slowly, drop after
drop, the contents of the bawl in the boil-!
ing mass.
Then, from out the cauldron and en
circling it, a rapor began to rise : a rapor
which grew larger ana aener, tiu at
length it touched the ceiliDg like a flame
colored cloud. The cloud began gradually
to change in form and shape itself, till,
while the old man jooxeo, tne ciouay mass
put on the semblance of a gigantic human
form. Though it was like the figure of a
ma?, it was still the color of fire. The
streaming hair and beard were like lick
ing tongues of flame. The eyes were
glowing coals, ana tne rone woicn swept
about this wondrous image from the head.
and throa. and shoulders, to the cauldron's .
. i. e . H . rn t
Dnm wnereon iia ice cig ret, ica in
QUirering folds like sheets oi glittering, I
yellow flame. - " ' ;
reter cowerea oeiore mt presence, dui
did not speak. The spirit did not wait !
for him, but spoke in deep, muttering ) low chair by the fire, which burned bright
tones, like the distant roar of a fierce ! ly on the hearth, holding her youngest
fire: bsbr to her breast Her husband was
Peter Althausen, thy life-work is 1
finished. 'Inthe bottom of this cauldron 1
are some precious drops of the Elixir of
Lite enough to maxe tnee ana mine lm-,
mortal It is thine the reward of thy j
whole life's labor. Drink, if thou wishest ;
It; but pauweereit is at tbylipa Once I
aaring quaffed it, thy life is noJenger j
sub)ectto the laws which govern the liwi
of other men. a nou art iorever sunt out
from svmrjathv with them. Thou canst i
ii .t " vvV J r.
aawavaas aaawaalwa V-MW STtV tlTlrtawT amnHfTt far
if thou shouldst weep from any cause, j
trom lore, pity, or sympaiuy, me opeu s
broken, and thou art once snore a poor,
infirm oid man with only a few hours oi
life remaining. Count the cost, then, be
fore drinking the strange draught"
Peter Althausen neara as h ne were in
a dream. The human shape turned back
to cloud again, the cloud melted into thin
a nor. rolled awar from the cauldron, and
dissipated itself among the brown rafters
of the ceiling. Peter looked into the ves
seL At the bottom were a few drops, not
more ttan a small rial full, of a liquid aa
dear as crystal and yellow as molten gold.
He dlpjied Into h a small ldle of silver,
and etickly collected every drop into a
crystal drinking-giass which he had ready.
When he haa taxea up uie laa orop, ma
huge cwldron, with a, loud crash, fell to
pieces, and its broken fragments fed the
flames Wlltt "aa ao-iiahaa it-
Peter held up the glass and looked for a
moment at its tmgui convenvs. , ,
"I will drink a tew arops," ne ; , a
drop will suffice to make me immortal.
r . W til u .aa. aVavy4aaaa w av aawad
TUC reSV 1 Will sMa-wX-a Wui Mi-imLiv uu
her mother." ' . - - ,
Then be put tne Dnm or in vnj gsDiei
to his lipa As be tsst-d the nrst arop,
the mixture sosmed to circulate through
bis withered name cxe iiquia nre. ius
reins began to cxpano.. as u aTesn
blood swelled out the dried channels! his
nerves thrilled with the pain oi a suaaen
wakening to life; and the worn muscles
on his arms filled out into the firm, hard
roundness of youth. Still Peter held the
glass to his Hps The memory of nis wite
and daucfater faded bus his miad. He !
forgot that he was to share with them the I
mapc potion. When he turned the glass
orer on the table, on If one or two drops
trickled down us sides, and were lost ra
the thick dust which corered everything.
As he finished, a trembling fcot was
heard on the threshold, and looking' out,
Peter beheld his wife. She was a feeble,
white-haired woman, with a worn,
wrinkled face, yet not so old by many
years as her husband. A patient, loving
wife, in spite of many trials, had Dame
Althausen been all the dys of their wed-
ded life. . !
She paused at the door, but did not
oouie in.
" Is my husband not here, good youth T
she asked, somewhat wonderingly.
"An you mad, or an yoa growing old
so fast, Bertha V he said, Impatiently.
Do you not see it is I r
As bespoke he started la wonder. His
shrill, querulous voice had changed in a
mcment Into the deep, ringing tone of
manhood.
" It is true; I must be much changed,"
he said to himself. M She does not know
me. I hsve been at last successful. Ber
tha," he said aloud ; " the Elixir is mina
I have drank of it"
As he spoke the old dame saw Maue
laine. when she hsd sunk into the chair,
her head bowed forward on her breast,
soil unconscious.
" And you hare killed our child, Peter
Althausen : you hare giren her life aa the
price of your blind selfishness.' said the
i poor mother wildly. ;
She ran to Madeleine, and kneeling be
side her, tried to call her back to life. As
she chafed her hands and called upon her
by name, the girl siehed faintly and lifted
her head. Dame Althausen uttered a cry
of joy, and the mother and child were
clasped in each other's arma
Peter looked at them wlthovt emotion.
He was not eren conscious of any regret
that he had not reeerred a few drops of
the rare liquor for his wife and child. He
felt a desire to escape from a scene in
which he hadxoo-sympathy,- and turning
away he went into an adjoining room,
which was the poor little . sitting-room
where the dame and Madelalne were ac
customed to sit at their work. There
was an ant)qcb: mlrrfsr, with a quaintly
carrea irsme, tanging on the wslL He
went eagerly to look in it, and on behold
ing, recoiled in amazement
The figure which he saw wss tall and
ategsnt ; ths head was crowned with thick
curls of black hair, the eyes glowed with
youthful fire,' and the stela was un wrinkled
snd fair, rosy with the flush of youth. snd
health. i The face and flgurrXErcld
nika hsa iniah.U7 been
in.uiiU7 been cJtanrirea nrto a
a- . a
shapely, handsome youth of twenty sum
mers. - 7-'."
The contrast between this young man,
and the bowed, aged figure of the woman
whom .he could still hear weeping orer
aer child, filled him with repugnance. " I
will fly instantly," he said. "My knowl
edge of science will keep me from lacking
bread. I will go to some strange city and
take another name. That withered gran
dame shall nerer call ms husband."
And without glencjaf hack to where
the two women still remained, clasping
each other fast, without regret for those
wto had Veen the rictims of his selfish
derotion to his work, he went out and left
them forerer.
Twenty years had gone by since the
fire had died out in the Alchemist's fur
nace. , The old kaoee bad fallen Into decay
and had nearly all Vse peered. Rising out
of the portion of the ruins where the
laboratory had stood, was a newer house,
with fresh brick walls and bright little
pointed windows looking out into the
street The street itself was much bright
er and busier than of old. .Then wss
some sound of traffle in the shopa and
many noises which disturbed the stillness
and quiet which had pre Tailed when Peter
Althausen dwelt then.
In ha new house, which looked smiling
and homelike, lired Madelaina Althausen,
now a happy wife and mother. She was
no longer pale and thin, but had grown
plump and red-eheeked and comely. A
tall youth called her mother, and a goodly
array of girls and boj s filled up the Inter
ral between him and the toddling urchin
who cluDg to her ample skirts as she
mored stfrat her household. Her hus
band worked in a famous workshop,
where they made wonderful clocka He
was rery clerer, and could make all sorts
of time-pieces, with little birds flying ia
and out of them at all-hours of the dsy,
and clocks with little men and women
who come out to nng bells or play on jing
ling tambourines, every time the hands
went round. Every room in the house
bad such a strange time-keeper, and at
every hour there was such a singing, and
striklnr. and cuckooing." that with the
noise of them, and the shouts and laugh
ter of the children, one might almost lose
hi senses, t y I J I r T '
But Madelaine and her husband minded
it not They were happy and contented,
and the roses bloomed on the dame's
cheeks as they had never bloomed there
when she was a majdnay
hT,
been wandering ever the earth. Then
was a restless spirit in him which did not
permit him to remain quietly in one place.
He had great skill in medicine, and wher
ever he stopped for any length of time
was much esteemed as a youth or great
knowledge, but he could never stop to
gain either money or reputation. He
could make no ties to bind him, for his
heart seemed quite dead in his breast, and
he had no symflathy with the pursuits of
his fellow-beings.
After twenty T1-on toe anniversary
of the dsy on which he hsd drank the
youth-giring Elixir, he had returned to
his native town, led by a rsgue curiosity
which he could not understand, and
which wss more like human emotion than
anything he had felt in all these years.
He annirht out the house where -his
I daughter lived, and going softly up, he
honked in throueh the diamond paned
window which tutted out upon the street
w. . . 1 1 . i i-:l j
it was alter OUBK, anu au uic tuuujcu
were in bed. except the tall eldest who
sat at the table fashioning some wonderful
piece of mechanism out oi diis oi sieei,
and wire, and wood. 1 Madelaine sat in her
seated or her side, smoking his pipe and
curling dew wreaths of smoke up from
hie mouth, as he looked thoughtfully in
the fire. All this Feter .coma see as ne
looked through the window. By and by
Madelaine sppke, - He could hear her
yojee.
u j uat twenty years ego to-day,"
ariA an in -mnra'mT lawucx weu ana,.
never to be heard from any more; and
, i, srt trie flam dflV WAK
i w marnea, my uoiineo.
I . a Vi ..1!-t It
"Yea." said Gottlieb, rousing himself
from his reverie ss he commenced speak
ing, "and thou hast been a good wife all
these years, Madelaine."
"What became of my grandfather r
asked the ! youth,' looking up from his
work.
"I MTinot tell" answered his mother
sadly. " My poor mother, who died short
ly after he disappeared, said the Elixir of
Life he had so long worked, for, came at
last and that she saw him changed Into a
youth of twenty summeia But her wits
wandered, poor soul, from the day he went
away. I only know he was gone one day
and nerer returned again. I think he was
crazed because his cauldron went to pieces
and spilled the liquor for which he had
worked so long, and he went away and
died In his grief and madness." "
"How strange it would bo," said
her husband, " and how sad to
lire always; to see all our
friends dia and be left to lire alono. How
should I lire without thee, dearest?" he
added, taking her hand tenderly, while the
head of the matron leas.ed.orer and rested
on his shoulder.
"Ah, yes," she sighed, "what would
life be worth if one lived without sympa
thy and without lore? It pains me to
think of it" And 'two tears which had
stood ln her eyes, fell orer her cheeks
upon the shining head of the babe which
nestled in her fair, white bosom.
AU this Peter Althausen saw and heard.
A stnnge feeling stirred within him as he
looked on the peaceful group: a mingling
of emotions which Had slept -lor many
years, arose in his heart When the tears
fell on the golden, hair pf hs babe, theice
about his heart seemed suddenly to be
broken up. A flood of tears coursed orer
his cheeks, and falling forward, he smote
upon the window.
In a moment Gottlieb came out, follow
ed by his wife. Then lay Peter Althau
sen, fainting and speechless, upon the
oarement no Ion re r a routh with raven
curls, but an old man, wrinkled and white-
haired. The spirit had tola Aim truly.
At the touch of the tears upon his cheeks,
the power of the Elixir was forerer de
stroyed. They placed him in the arm-chair by
the fire, and he smiled faintly. He could
not speak, but placing one hand on the
head of his daughter, he pointed upward
with the other, and raised his eyes as if in
prayer. Then his head dropped forward,
and raising him, they saw that the last
spark of life was quite out
The eld Alchemut was dead. Bivertids
tfaeaniM for MurcK ,
A 8i!mm in Auburn recently drop
ped his wallet and several hundred dol
lars in the morning, while going' out of
his yard. His dog saw it drop in the
snow, and stayed by it all day, until the
masters retbra noma, when the faithful
animal attracted his attention, and nawed
1. D ,V. '
COLUMBIA, TENNESSEEJ
THI SI1SCE1TEB a5D HIS 5T0ST.
Ia the year 1838, a man, under the furm
ae gvem or John Thompsoa, was tnrel
ing through the United States exhibiting
nimesir ai a snake-eater, to ue astonish
ment of the na tires. He had a horse and
ran, carried his own tent from town to
town, and generally pitched it ia the
suburbs. The tent held about 1 SO persons
comfortably, aud when John Thompson,
who was his own door-keeper, found he
had a sufficient number within, he closed
the aperture, jumped upon a small plat
form, and tinkled a bell, upon which a cur
tain was raised, and the performer com
menced his duties. The man seemed to be
shout 38 years of age; his fitce was thin,
and a leaden wanness orenipread his fea
tunesr.bat his sunken eyes had that super-
aatllVaJ hr!frhaa mn Aftjia aaim In t K
fyes the consumptire. His roice.
though ihiat, was musical, but interrupted
by aa occasional ough; and as he re
moved his era rat and turned up his wrist
bands erer the eufls of his coat, hs pointed
to a box before him corered with glass,
and said, " If any one desires to satisfy
himself with regard to the reptile which
I Un now about to derour in the presence
"of you all, and to restore sgsia from my
throat alire, he will please draw near and
examine It
He then
turned the box on end dis-
playing the glass cover to the audience,
and disclosed to their sight a hideous rat
tiesnake. - It was colled, and. when dis
turbed, elerated its spiry head from its
circle, and while he forked tongue played
with a rapid motion, it darted against the
folate, la rala attempts to escape, while
ta rattles continued to quiver with a vio
lent and whizzing sound, accompanied by
that apparent flattening of the head which
denotes the highest pitch ot resentment
Its dilated eyes shot fire, and the ooarse
scales In Its contorted iorm grew rugged In
its anger. Tkere was no mistake about
its being a reritable snake.
After this the box was put ia its origi
nal poaition of glass uppermost A chilly
shudder ran through the audience at the
next performance. The snake-eater turned
his back to the company, and bent his face
for a moment over the edge of the box,
and a kind of chuckling sound was heard
before he drew forth the horrible reptile
in his hand. The snake now seemed lan
guid and passive, although the rattles con
tinued te sound. He then placed the head
f the venomous serpent to his Bps, and
opend his mouth, and the long coil began
to descend. It was aa appalling sight to
see ths huge reptile gradually going down
the throat of a human being. The cheeks
of the young man began to dilate, and his
complexion became a llrid purple. His
eyes setaned bursting from their sockets;
masses of foam gathered about his lips ;
and he looked aa if he was undergoing the
utmost mortal agony, and eren exhibited
the throes of death. On one occasion no
less than twelve of his audience wen
taken oat in fainting fits.
After apparently mumbling and crush
log the fearful meal, the snake-eater again
partially opened his lips, and the forked
tongue of the reptile was seen playing
like threads of bright red fin between
them. Presently it oegan to emerge. It
moved very slowly, si if held back by
other serpents who hsd preceded it in ILe
awful deglutition of its master. As the
long, loathioms folds hung from his lips,
and continued to extend, the features of
the snake eater assumed their wonted as
pect, and in a moment the reptile had
emerged, was replaced in the box, and the
feat wss accomplished.
Then, after seating himself for a few
seconds, to recover from the perilous exe
cution of his task, the snake -eater arose
and addressed the audience. He desired
them to believe that he had wished not to
appal but to surnriax them, There waa.
tSaianowJBoior an art In what' he had
done t but it was a mysterious and undis
covered one. "They call me mad," he
added, bitterly, "and a conjurer, but a
conjurer I am not and though I have
been mad, I am not now. Tet often do I
wish I were. You will denominate my
calling one of foolish hazard, and perhaps
of disgust ; but did you know all, you
would judge me better. I thank you
for your attendance ; and if I have suc
ceeded in surprising you, my aim has been
won."
TUB SNAKS EATER'S BIOORAPHT, AKD THK
WAV THI THICK WAS D01a.
One day John Thompson hsd performed
in the suburbs of a western city, when a
gentleman appeared among the audience
who hsd known the snake-eater under a
different name, snd in a different sphere
of life ; in fact, they had been college
chums, and the visitor this evening had
considered that the snake-eater's lot would
have been cast in quite a different mould.
The old fellow-collegians met Eight
years only had they parted, and yet
what changes hsd taken place ia that
perioO I
"Will you go back with me to Eng
land T" said Thompson's old companion.
"No," answered the snake-eater, "I
must die ln a land where all those I hold
sacred are buried. I will tell you my short
but melancholy history, and afterward
dont question me, but keep my secret
liCtme spin out the few years allotted to
me as John Thompson, and let me select
the spot where I must be buried.
" But to come to facts, my friend ; I am
not what you think I am. Though re
garded hereabouts ss one who hss deal
ings with familiar spirits and wizards, I
am only a broken hearted man, the child
ot sorrow, and almost without hope. I
do not speak this for your sympathy.
for humsn sympathy can but at best
awaken afresh the wells ot mournful
tenderness in my breast, without pouring
one ray of sunshine upon the troubled
fountains ; they must flow on in darkness
without a prospect of day ; yet listen to
my story.
Attout eight years ago, with the spirit
of adventure stirring within me. I came
from the walls of an English university
to the tar western States of America. I
wrote to my parents for money; in fact I
asked Tor my patrimony, and said l would
nerer expect any more from them. They
sent me a handsome sum, and I sought
with this capital in hand to make trade
with the Indians, and, therefore, took land
close on the frontiers. I bought furs from
the natives, and bartered generally with
them. Fnr all the country could produce I
gave meturactured articles; ana thus 1
went on prosperously. My capital
doubled, t-ebled, quadrupled in fact, in
all respects I was proeperoua Then fol
lowed a love an air, and it was pun love
with me, my friend. The iamilr of my
affianced thought I lived too much out of
dvillaied life, and would not consent to
our union ; and to we eloped, and a hat a
wife she made me I I speak not in rhap
sody, but she was the loveliest being that
ever inhabited this lower worio- .wone
could excel her in beauty, and she made
that beauty perfect by the graces of a
mind nun and klchlv cultivated, iter
roice was melody, her smile a burst of
pun anu living iigns auiu ww, mue
eyes wen the sweet expositors of a sin
less affection. To speak no more of her
perfections, suffice it to say that l loved
her with my whole soul She was my
idol ; her happiness wss the center of my
every wise, ana sus wm kjoo wi
every sspirstion.
" We wen married ; urne went on, ana
brought me a bud from the rose I had
established ia my green bower at home
We were indeed happy then. Aloof trom
society, though we missed a few of its
in unci. wB muHipu e
tions and demoralizing corruptions. On
ftandava n rnria manV mile throu A the
wilderness to attend a place of worship
established by the missionaries, and to
hear the worH nf God read and revealed.
" On the day that my dear little Sarah
had attained her second year, she was
a Beared naar tn nf eoMiuer, anu aw auimi
was standing by, when tnree uerce-iooaing
Indians catered the store. They had
evidently tnvsled a long way, for their
leggings wen torn and dirty, and their
feet wen almost ban. I recognised one
of them instantly as the Crouching Wolf,
a desperate being who hung alternately
arnniul the akirta of settlements, oeggins-
for rum, or getting it in barter for the furs
of wiii animal Jnst a year prerlous to
this he had -visited me for the purpose of
procuring the 'fire water'; i naa musea
mm.
land he left me with the row of future
geence.
' Hoogh P said he, as he reeled up with
vengeance.
FRIDAY,
his gruff-looking eon-pinions toward the
counter when my cms. was p laying ana
my wife stood, ' the (reaching Wolf said
he would eome back. Be wants the talk
ing-water; he wants tia, or revenge. He
will have one.'
"I tried to reason w.t him, but he was
deaf to reason. He sad tasted from the
flagon of one of his rt companions, and
the fumes wen in his kfain.
"'Come, medicine-ben,' said he, 'the
Wolf wants the flre-milk. When ia it?
He canot wait His spirit is up, and his
forehead is warm.' j
" I saw that he grew ieperate ; but my
resolution was taken. 1 1 sternly denied
him ; it was a fatal denial!
" During the colloquy my wife and child
had gone out on the green sward, and the
latter was picking wild Borers aud string
ing them. The Crouchinf Wolf left me,
growling some gutters! (lentences to his
companions; and, oht mrciful Heavens!
I saw them advance iowx my child. I
was motionless, and paralysed with terror.
As the Wolf approaches' mr little girl, he
dnw a tomahawk from his belt, and
flourished it on high. I sprang toward
him. but was poshed back by his com
panion. Ths dear, innocent, unaffrlghted
child smiled iaito.&oevtjhe QruchiBa
Wolf, and it seemed as" u the cheerful
purity of her look stayed his vengeful arm.
He paused, until a scream from the mother
aroused the terror of her little girl She
then shrunk back from the relentless
savage, while her mother, like myself, was
kept at bay, and the dear little innocent,
quivering with dismay, Isaid, in childish
simplicity, 'Naughty Indian! if he hurts
Sarah, ma will be angry. and punish him.'
" As she said this she burst into tears ;
her last for erer! j'
" In one Instant the trenchant weapon
of the infuriated Indian clove asunder the
head of my babe; In the next his excited
comrades, of whom now then were fire,
had murdered the wife st my bosom. I
hare an indistinct and horrid remem
brance of my burning store the red
fiends yelling orer the consuming roof
and walls and my escapt to the forest
The rest was but silence sad oblivion. I
was a madman 1
"Tea months after that I found myself
ia New Orleans. I had reached the city,
no one knew how had beet conveyed to
a hospital, kindly treated, and discharged
as cured, but an outcast and a beggar.
Misfortunes seldom come alote. I found
that during my seclusion from the world
my father had died, sad as I had already
received my than of his property, the
residue melted away amour several
brothers and sis ten. My iaherltance
on this side of the Atlas tic being destroyed
by Indians, I was without a noma or a
friend.
" Ho ir I subsisted I scarcely know. At
last, as I was one day walking moodily
along, I saw a group collected around an
Indian who was performing tricks from a
box with a rattlesnake. The Indian was
the Crouching Wolt ;
"'The murderer of my wife and child I'
I exclaimed, as I penetrated through the
ring, and with one fierce blow felled the
rile monster to the earth. I seized him
by the throat I placed my knee upon
his breast. In a few moments he wss
a distorted and ghastly corpse beneath my
feet
" My award of retribution was consid
ered just, and no effort wss made to arrest
ma Availing myself of the box belong
ing to the Crouching Wolf, which I con
tended was mine as a debt, I soon learned
the mystery ot his art, as u by intuitioa
An upper drawer of ths box contained the
real rattlesnake ; an under drawer merely
the skin of bne, which could be inflated
by the breath at will The motion of the
tongue, which was dried, and had wires
withiav was produced by load-atone; the
.MwoaeMnva-oa eatveeeacw 1 a&BeHvnTXwttBBV
Pilled from the IubKh could readily ba
taken into the mouth and compressed into
a very small compass, and while n pass
ing outward, inflated again. I bought a
new snske from the museum, which I
killed and prepared according to the
model before me. I could not endure the
thought of eren using the same instru
ments employed by the destroyer of all
that I most loved on earth, and I turned
from his trickery with a feeling of almost
positive loathing; yet in the end I did
not see why I should not make capital
out of it
"A little practice made me an adept in
the mystery of snake-eating, and I have
since wandered in loneliness from town to
town, attempting this curious enterprise.
My, pecuniary success hss been sufficient
for my comfort and convenience, and the
danger ot the feat is only in appearance.
With a slight exertion I can turn my face
into the colors and contortions von wit
ness this evening, and which heighten the
interest of the spectacle.' But these things
can only temporarily divert my thoughts,
for I carry within my heart an aching
fever, which no prosperity can allay or re
move. The objects which bare cheered
me can cheer me no more. I stand alone
in this wilderness world, a mourner and a
pilgrim. My rislons an of my wife and
child ; my day-dreams sn of them t but
I must suffer, as you see, until I meet them
is that better country where the sun de
scends not,a snd darkness is unknown ;
' where the' wicked cease from troubling,
and where the weary are at rest.' 1 can
forget my child, for her existence seems
to me like a misty trance, in the fond as
turancethat the sparkling dewdfop has
exhaled ln heaven ; but for the cherished
rose that sustained it I cease not to grieve
Alas for the wife of my bosom!"
With the last words the snake-eater's
roice failed, his body wss convulsed, until
a flood of tears relieved him. lie would
hear no sympathetic words front his
friend, but parted with hint fins:
"You alone hare my secret In a few
months mon my body must be consigned
be consigned to the earth on the sacred
spot where my wife and child wen mur
dered. Ton shall be one" of the executors
of my will, and I beseech you faithfully to
carry uui uij uuhuhhvihi
The snake-e&tef Was right ; a few !
mouths after this interview hedied ; and j
now, ia the very centre of a populous .
town, on the banks of the Mississippi, may '
ne seen a HmuwuiK rouuuwg tue ctciiw.
which occurred on that spot, an Me hope
of the departed husband that he should
meet his wife and chUdhearen j
A Jagglcr's Trick.
Rev. Norm as Macleod, in an account
of a visit to Bombay, gives an account of
a juggling feat, known as the "bamboo
trick.'' Bessys:
" While the tom-tom was beating, and
the pipe playing, the juggler, singing all
the time in low accents, smoothed a place
on the gravel, three or four yards before
us. Having thus prepared a bed for the
plant to grow in, he took a basket and
placed it orer the prepard place, covering
it with a thin blankeffhe man himself
did not wear a thread of clothing, ex
cept a strip around the loina The time
seemed to hare eome for the detective's
eye! So just as he wss. becoming mora
earnest in his song, and while the torn -
torn beat and the pipe shrilled more loud
ly, I stepped forward with becoming dig
nity, and begged him to bring tne basket
and its cover to me. The Juggler cheer
fully complied. I examined the basket
It was made of open wicker-work. I
then examined the covering. It was thin,
almost transparent, and certainly then
was nothing concealed ln it I then fixed
my eyes on his strip of clothing with
such tntentness that it was not possiDie it
could have been touched without dia
covery, and bade him go on. I felt per
fectly sure that the trick could not succeed.
Sitting down, ha stretched his naked anas
under the basket singing Md smiling aa
he did so ; he then lilted the oaaaeton tne
ground, and behold a green plant about a
foot high! BatUfled with our applause he
went on with his incantationa ' After hav
ing sat a little, to give his plant time to
grow, he again lifted the basket, and the
plant was bow two feet high. . He asked
us to wait a little longer that we might
tests the fruit I But on being assured by
those who had seen the trick performed
before, that this result would be obtained,
I confessed myself "done" without the
slightest notion of how. I examined the
ground, and found it was smooth and up
turned. Apparently delighted with my
ear prise, the Juggler stood up, laughing.
1 Ons of his companions just then chucked
MARCH 12, 18G9.
a pebble to him, which he put into his
mouth. Immediately the sams companion,
walkinr backward, drew forth a cord of
silk, twentv vsrds or so in length. ButJ
this was not all the discharge, for the jug
gler, with his hands behind his back,
threw forth from his mouth two decanter
stoppers, two shells, a spinning top, a stone
and sereral other things, followed by a
long Jet of flret"
Falling Eyes.
PxBsom suffering from dyspesia, or any
other malady, must take can of their eyea
Any dlnosns impairs the strength, and the
nervous system is depressed; and when
laboring under this form of depression the
ere is particularly liable to become weak.
The reason of this is, that of the ten nerves
which go off from the brain, six ate dis
tributed wholly, and the other four par
tially, to the eye. Through the great
sympathetic nerve, the disturbed stomach,
or liver, or inteatiner, communicate with
telegraphic speed with the brain, and
so with the eye. The first advice to be
given with reference to the comfortable
use of the eyes undoubtedly is to keep the
intestines and liver and stomach In a
healthy condition ; ta ether words, 8o
everything to confirm the general health.
If this be Impaired, do not read, and, espe
cially do not write long, without giving
the eye rest The great remedy for an
eye whose disease depends upon the nerve,
and not the muscle, is rest! rest! rest!
Montpdier ( ft) Journal.
Beauty oa Skates.
A putty girl on skates, if any girl can
be otherwise than pretty, clad ia one of
those jaunty, fur-trimmed pditet that
Cupid himself must hare fashioned, the
little form bending to and fro ia undulous
and rhythmic motion, the glowing cheeks
and radiant eyes kissed by kindly win
ter Into tenfold beauty, is such a sight as
the holiest and hardest of anchorites
might be pardoned for falling ia lore
with.
And if she be, en the contrary, a poor
skater, the charm is, if anything, hlghtea
ed, at least to her cavalier. Then is such
an irresistible fascination ia her absolute
dependence oa his protecting arm ; then
ia such a charm ia her pretty terrors, her
delicious helplesmess, her graceful tum
bles ; such a music in her little shrieks of
dread and her self aocuslog laughter; and
then it Is so delightful to pkk her up
after each comical upset, and ahe is
throughout so good-natured, and so grate- j
ful, and to prorokiagly pretty, that sua is, ,
if anything, mora adorable than if she
skated like a champion ess.
An ice-pond, too, on a bright, still night,
with the moon and stars all ia their places
to smile an encouraging approval, is no
bad place to make love in. When . the
most adored of her sex asks you, for ex
ample, aa you go gliding like the wind
over the glassy surface, "Ifthisisnt
heavenly," and says " she could go on so
forerer, what ia easier or more nat
ural than to press a little tighter the tiny
hand that nestles ta your own, and sug
gest that it is heavenly, and that it will be
her fault if y 1 don't go on forever.
Bound Ta&U.
A Winter Funeral.
To scut a friend ia winter is a kind of
trial that connects strange inward emo
tions or feelings which it is dimcuii to mas
ter. We have cleared away the snow, and
hewn a passage down through the solid
pavement of the frost, and then in that
inhospitable place we come to bury our
departed; be it child, or wife, or mother,
or much-loved friend, our heart shudders
la convulsive chill at the forlorn last
. ?1 JlL w l?.Lthin handsome. The to
- kmm ta peffcarea ..WliV-a a. a e.u aaurfattwae
is protesUng, too solemnity, . wortv . v
es on, and Wort wo have W ..v .
- . .v.. aMkni. r I Ox the 5th of Jaonai
offlaae we. are
fxir leehce is
so-called. oea
gotten our own consent the "tribute of
respect" is ended. The froztn chips of
earth, loosened sgsin by blows, an piled
on the loved one's rest, and we turn to
go. "Will it storm to-night The wind,
alas ! is howling even now in the trees,
snd the sleeting hss already begun. O
God, it shall not be! We were going to
be fools, we see, but now the spell is
broken. Our departed is not in that grave
and we scorn to sar our farewell over it
Let the snows fall heavy, if they will, and
the winds rage pitiless and wild above,
oun It shall be to thank thee. Father, Lord
of the warmer clime, that our dead one
lives with thee." Practically, almost
nothing will more surely compel a faith tn
immortality, even if one chances to be
unbelieving, than to bury a friend in wio-tc-r.
And, as a matter of fact it is not in
the fresh, unbnrsting life of the spring, or
in any other softer season of the year,
that we thibk of immortality with half the
tension that we do at winter funerals. We
ask it instinctively, ae we do a fire for
the cold. Dr. Buihndt.
Quite Romantic
The following story, as wss told to us,
happened near Lake city, Ind., where
there lired, at the breaking out of the war,
a wealthy farmer whom we will call Blank
This man kept a large number of servant;
among them was a good and religious
young girl, possessing unusual personal
attractions. She was courted by aa offi
cer of some rak in the Federal army,
while at home recruiting for his regiment,
When the dsy of his departure came, he
made know to the servant girl how deep
ly she had interested him, and begged to
know if there was any hope. She con
fessed that his attachment was recipro
cated, and they were at once affianced.
"Should Mr. Blank," said Jennie,
" come to know of this, I should st once
be discharged. He believes that it wss
his daughter for whom your visits were
intended."
"Should this be so," returned the fond
lover, " onl wril aad let me know, and
you shall net suffer."
With an affectionate kiss, snd s promise
that both would be punctual ln their let
ter writing, they, separated, he to join
his regiment among the boys of the Poto
mac.
He watted long and anxiously for tid
ings of his loved one, but not one word
was received to ease his troubled mind.
Finally, his own letters were returned.
What oould It all mean t Wss Jennie
false t He could not believe it
After the soldier's departure, Mr. Blank
took Jennie into a room, fastened the door,
and, with a rawhide in his hsad, com
manded her to tell him if she was betroth
ed to Colonel . When the poor girl
had told him all he had her blindfolded.
taken to the great city of Chicago, and
there left, without friends or money.
He reported that she had died of chol
era, and, to make the deception complete,
built a false grave. , , ,
When the war was orer. and Colonel
. retnraed home he made his way at
once to the old graveyard, nd sought out
that of his lost Jennie ajter Daimng un
iirtia mnniul with tears, he made his way
t the hnnee of Mr. Blank to team the
nartieniara While he was then the
1 guilty man ordered the tombstones for the
false grave m una uoia mtj
were placed at the supposed grave with
aM Awarffreena and flowera
Col bad been a mourner from
tarn wears befon the WST Closed Until
rw.h.r IMS. when business called him
to Chicago. There, in a street car, with a
bundle or soiled clothes which she was
taking home to be washed, he found his
buried Jennie. He flew across the car,
takinv her in his srmf and almost scream
ing with Joy. He could scarcely believe
his eyes, but it was Jennie, and no mistake.
He had found her at last Kaa City
(Jfa) Journal of Oommercm.
Rates ef TrareL
In a sinxle second a scaD travels one
fire-thousandth of a foot ; a fly, Ave feet
a pedestrian, at ordinary gait, fire and
three tenths feet : a camel, six feet ; an or
dinary breeze, tea feet ; a running stream,
twelve feet : a trotting horse, twelve feet;
a whale, twelve and three-tenths feet ; a
fust sailing ship, fourteen met ; a reindeer
with sledgo, twenty eve leet ; a steam en
rfne twenty-nine feet: a skater, thirtr-
tix feet ; an English race-horse, orty-one
feet; a tempest, mty leet; aseiiuy-turown
stone, flftr faet : an eagle ninety- five feet ;
a flarrfrr-niffbon. four hundred and eleven
feet; a mnekct ball, one thousand fire
hundred and ninety-five feet; a twenty
five pound cannon ball, two thousand two
hundred and ninety-nine jte ; a point of
earth on the equator, two thousand four
hundred and fifty-oae feet ; the center of
the earth around the sun, four miles; a ray
of sunlight, forty-one thousand feet E
change.
sIISCELLlSEOUS ITEMS.
A r&rrncuaT of Meriden, Ct, makes his
professional visits oa a velocipede.
Tn Raleigh Sentinel claims the tele
graph aa a North Carolina invention.
Ax Alexandria (Ya) shoemaker broke
the knee cap of a customer whose tight
boot he was removing.
A wna. recently prored in the Probate
Court of Middlesex county, Mssa, was
signed Michael J. O'Connor, deeeattd.
A GXjrTLXaTAw, on taking a volume to
be bound, was asked if he would have it
bound In Russia. "Oh, no," he replied,
"Russia Is too far off. I will bare it done
here." ,
Thu meanest man yet heard frem lives
lu Philadelphia He was rescued from
drowning, the other dar, by a policeman,
and aaseued the maa for damage to his
coat collar, ia drawiag aim oat
Not having heard from the debating so
cieties in relation to the conundrum,
" Why do hens always lay eggs in the day
timet" a co temporary answers, " Because
at night they an roostera "
" Whxtiu was Bishop Latimer buried
to death f" asked a teacher ia a command
ing voice. " Joshuay knows," said a lit
tle girl at the bottom of the class. "Well,"
said the teacher, "If Joshuay knows, he
mawtell" "lathe fire," replied Joshuay,
looking rery grave and wise.
Thx late James T. Brady was the au
thor of " Pat Manor," ta the Irish Xmi-
Sint" - Meeting Burner Williams one
y, he composed H, aad Barney has snug
it many times ; but, says the Philadelphia
Pre, " when he came to sisgthe reneon
Friday evening, he thought of the day
when his friend wrote it, laughing as he
did so, upon aa old scrap of paper upon
the top of his hat He could not go on,
but apologized to the audience, and the
play proceeded without the song."
A Totnre gentleman, in a certain busi
ness house, having tarried much longer at
his boarding-house than was thought ne
cessary for the morning meal, wa. asked,
on his return, la a joking war, what he
had for breakfast? Ha replied candidly:
"A cup of coffee, a mutton chon, and
some mystery." "Mystery!" said the
employer. "What's that?" not having
been thoronghlr enlightened ln all the
" mrsteries" or boarainc-house rare.
"Whr." answered the other, "that's
hash."
A ranrr incident happened to the cler
gyman who preaches in the Ohio State
Penhoatiary. He uet a female inmate
who Ij said to be rery crazy, who shsrply
asked t " Well, chaplain, how do you like
to preach to us r" "Very well, indeed,"
was his reply. "Ton behave well sn
quiet and attentive. I like preaching to
you rery well indeed." "In that case,
chaplain," replied the girl, with a sigh.
" go ahead. Preach aa yoa hare a mind
ta I nppofOH art tM tut w earn afford
not!"
A Totnro scapegrace in Cincinnati called
at each of the newspaper offices the other
night leaving a notice of the suicide of
himself which was to come off that night
Reporters wen sent to his father's resi
dence to learn the sad particulars, but the
" Governor" expressed his opinion to the
effect that his hopeful had taken this par
ticular war to scan the old gentleman.
thinking he would eome down with some-
outk did not sui,
tvu, onoir aval
the 5th of January. 1791. several
young pupils from the Xoole Militaire
wen skating on the deep moat that run
along by the Fort of Auxdnne. As it
struck five, one of the party proceeded te
take off his skates. " Dont go one mon
round r cried his companions. "2fo.no;
1 hsve had enough of it ; besides, I am
hungry, and want my dinner." After the
departure of their comrade, the rest con
tinued to skate, when suddenly the ice
broke, and all fell into the water and
perished. The young man who so mirac
ulously escaped by goingoff a few minutes
befnra was no other than Napoleon Bona
parte. - Kcbtbolpt, who witnessed several earth
quakes, said that no one ever gets used to
them, but, on the contrary, his feelings of
dread are intensified at each successive
one which he experiences. All beasts and
birds partake of man's fear, and seem
panic-stricken. Humboldt accounts for
man's Inability to become accustomod to,
and consequently not to dread, earthquakes
by saying that whatever we hare at any
time or under any circumstances consid
ered shaky, the earth has always stood
firm, and when we find that tossing be
neath our feet it seems as though the rery
bottom of things had been knocked out
Every time the shock is repeated, the un
reliability of our only support is forced
upon our attention with augmented force.
Cure for flydrephobla.
Postx ASTsa Thomas, of Cincinnati, has
received the following letter :
jAaarrrows Tort Omci, I
MoatgAaery Coaaty, Pens., f
To the Poetaiarter of Clacinaati i
"Respected Faiaao: I see by the
papers that you are having an announce
ment of hydrophobia ia your city. As I
can rive a sun remedy for this awful dis
ease, I feel it my duty to do so. I hope
thee will have this receipt made as public
as possible through your papers. I had
occasion to use it on my son and myself
thirteen rears ago, and could name many
others who have used it with succesa
" Dr. Noble, of Philadelphia, hss known
it to be ased upward ot forty years, on
man and beast, without fail This is
kaowa as the God man remedy :
" Receipt for Hydrophobia Take ot the
root of elecampane (green or dry) one and
half ounce : bruise it well, add one pint
of new milk, and mix and boil until re
duced one-half. Take this at one dose, in
the morning, fasting until 4 o'clock ln the
afuraooa. jr. .tleait, take but a light diet
at noon. Miss one sotakf "neat i
as before, except teas two ounOTTi the
w M i.a the fnnrth nnrnlnr and re-
root Miss the fourth morning, and re
peat oa the fifth, as before This is the
last
" After this, no one need fear the bite of
a rabid dog. Very truly, thy friend.
- ItlCHAXD U. BHOEXAKKH.
Chinese KeveL Hwa Ttlea
The Flowery Scroll.
HI-
Iv a people an to be indeed by their
literature, we cannot be far wrong in styl
ing the Chinese pedantic, pompous, affect
ed and inane. It would be easy to prove
this from the books they regard as their
class! ca But let us take the novel before
us. which, no doubt, is a tolerable reflex
of Chinese genteel life. .The plot, .to be-
u1"'- m v Jfjane, "f ?D1!'
with aa sstounding end"
It resembles a squib tnetflzzes dlsagreea -
uij "
with a bang that makes the ear acha A
youth named Liang is sent with some
birthday gifts to his aunt Yao, and falls ia!
D. . k.. .
lore with ms cousin, sues I somen, is-
stead of proposing for or to her at once, he : "" " " "ft -wl Vhe the flood
paaae. montilAlubbering in secret and rainy Saturday ' nh when ,the flood
wiping his eyes with his long sleevea The ! sates of the heavens seemed I
ToSngTady kirquaDy given to these prorok-1 been torn away and
Lg-VaiirworVandreo
tear In a way which would have exaspe-
perated Mr. Sam Weller to madness. B.
hot content with this silliness, the lovers
Indulee in long rhapsodies about the moon,
Tfinn AiwiiBmimin. nia neana.tr me
forth. Notwithstanding hit despair, the
broken-hearted uang is careful "to ar
range his garments " every time he gets
up or site down during his lamentationa
In the meantime his father, in Ignorance
of what is going on, engages him to an
other young lady, one Mies Ya Khing.
When Liang hears this au; uL-k awaklag
news, he falls down like a aupse, and is
brought to his senses only by the severe,
but rather homely, expedien of admin
istering to him a powerful dose of pilla
The administration of the cathartic puts
an end to the cold water system on which
the lovers have been living, and introduces
the flaring hyperbole with which the story
VOL. XIV. NO. 30:
eoncludea Miss Yso 8len's felher, who is
old Mandarin oa the frontier, is
suddenly attacked by 100,000- "ac
cursed rebels." As soon as this
news ia brought Liang, who by
the effect of the wonderful puis before
spoken of has been sufficiently Invigor
ated to pass a successful examinstion, is
made a duke by the Emperor, and sent off
with 100,000 true men to decapitate the
100,000 rebela Unfortunately, his valiant
soldiers are seized with a panic, and then
not Doing a sufficient supply of plus to tn
rigorate such a numerous host, they run
away or an slain by the rebels, save a few,
who with Liang an shut up in a moun
tain. On this, Miss Tu attempts tedrowa
herself, but contrary to rule in China, is
picked up by some boatmen. Reinforce
ments an now sent to Lianr. whe makes
a sortie, and kills half a million out of
the 100,000 rebels (this feat is a trifle ln a
Chinese novel) returns to the Emperor,
and is wedded by imperial decree, first to
Miss Yao, and then to Miss Yu ; after
which, to show his good will to both, he
takes the two handmaids of each as eon
eubinea The moral of the tale is not
mentioned.
So much for the story, which is fiuuoas
enough to please the worst taste. In jus
tice to the Chinese, however, it is only
fair to say that the national character is
redeemed from the Imputation of itliotcy,
which writings such ss these would natur
ally fasten oa H, by traits of cunning and
cruelty not to be equalled by perhaps any
other race. Some instances of theee
stronger parts of the Chinese mind may
be found in the notes to this bookv Sir J.
Bo wring tells us that the Governor of
Kiang Su offered to him to behead six in
nocent men, who were on their knees
ready for execution, to make up for the
rudeness of quite a different party. In '
another place he says : " I remember one
of our servants quietly reporting that his
wife had hanged herself that morning;
he said it waaVery Improper, for she had
chosen a day-when he was particularly
busy. To make up for this barbarous in
difference regarding those who ought to
be dearest to them, the Chinese have a
number of polite phrases, with which
they an ready on all occaVns to load
strangers. Of the juniors of their own
family they speak in the nw-t contemptu
ous terms Thus, a man calls his own wife
"the mean one inside," or "the family
foolish one ;" snd if he have but one son,
he will say, "Mine is a niggardly fate; I
have only one little bug t" I As London
Atheneum. -
Cheaters aecvuat Book.
A good story used to be told of Choate
by Mr. Minns, who was a student in his
office. One day the former came into the
office, and seated himself before the fire,
began scratching his head with unusual
violence. By-and-by he said in his most
dramatic tones :
"I wonder what becomes of all my
money, Mr. Minns T "
Minns stopped his writing and looked
up at him. His face looked comical
enough. Finally, he ventured to make a
suggestion.
"Why dont yom buy a small book,
Mr. Choate, and enter in it what you
receive and what you pay out? and
then you will know where your money
goes.
" Capital idea. Mr. Minna, capital idea
j Won't yoa be good enough to go out and
ouy me one r
Minns bought him the book, and Choate
sat down and made two or three entries
in it
A few months afterward Minns had the
enrioaitv seeing the honk lvins nmn
Mr. Choate's desk to look into it to see I
io w he got ioowUh hU toMuja;
made on the day of his purchase, ana all
the rest was blank.
Mr. Choate might have been a rich man
if he had had any method ia the keeping
of his accounts. After his association with
his son in-law, Major Bell lately deceased,
his affairs werejmucn improved. Harper'
A Remedy for Snake Bites.
A MiTBOcaxB (Australia) newspaper
says that Professor Halford has discorered
ammonia to be a perfect antidote for the
bite of poisonous snakes, and that several
cures have been wrought with it One of
these is described. A railway laborer
was bitten by a brown snake. He toon
become drowsy and laid down. His com
rades becoming alarmed sent for medical
assistance, but by the time it arrived the
man was comatose, and his lower extrem
ities paralyzed. Galvanism and other
uual remedies were applied, but without
effect the poison having obtained too
strong a hold on the system to yield to
any treatment employed. In this extrem
ity the medical maa first called in caused
Professor Halford to be telegraphed for.
The Professor immediately repaired to the
place and made an operation as follows :
An incision was made through the skin,
exposing the superficial radial vein, and the
point of the syringe being introduced into
the vein, the injection (of smmonia) was
completed. The beneficial effect wss mar
velous and Immediate. From an almost
pulseless state, and from a stupor verging
on death, the patient speedily become con
scious. He has been steadily recovering
since, and, at the date of the letter, was
reported to be nearly well Medical men
are said to be enthusiastic believers in the
new remedy.
The History or a Dee; That Has Saved
Four Lives.
Gkorok Ana is the owner of a large
white, black spotted dog spotted a la
coach-dog weighing somewhere in the
neighborhood of a big Newfoundland or
St Bernard. He ia about 13 years old,
and answers to the cognomen of Carlo.
Carlo has performed deeds oi heroism that
even you, dear reader, might be proud of.
Who would not deem it an honorable dis
tinction to have it said of him that he had
saved four valuable lives t Carlo has
done this, and mon to make him worth
honorable mention. Do you recollect
about three rears axo. the papers itemized
a dog that rescued a small boy from the
" V i "iTTa' ? The
V1 earriedhim to a place of saiety i me
. .. . . . .
, -V-oveers o. Mr. Ade
-nearly two yera agis - . a
very spirited colt ia nis bwdib, anu, uj
accident one day the stable door was left
open. A little son of his, scarce two
years of age, seeing the door ajar, crept
into the stable, and had scarcely entered
before the colt had him under his feet
pawing him. Carlo, hearing the child's
cry, rushed into the stable, caught and
dragged the boy into the stabler ard for
safety, while the mother, attracted by the
alarm, met him. Carlo, by this act, came
near falling into disgrace, for the mother's
first thoughts wen wa ne was eauug up
the child, and met him with reproofs ao-
I rrl
. Vr .v. mrtn freshet of '66 two
t .t(.A.?. it ..in the bank of
"Vt. VpnaGTand somehow, in their play,
i feu overboard. Carlo was nigh at hand,
and. seeing their predicament he rushed
! d, flrit rescued one, and then
other, and thus cut snort a nwunuui
"rr'
BfTO' . ..,.,. r.,w, aaracitv
Another faistance of Carlos sagacity
i linn a.
au- r." .",,,. 1U on a dark.
wsgon.
i Vln eaXsheof
I was wading tn UM water n," J
I the bona rJ " "Io theVvs-
nua, o . . , .
lock and attempted to stop mm. PPf
dating something must be done, Mr. Ade
.topped the horse, got out and started tor
i ..v. a ragonaoliaeTice. As he
Jl-ped passed tne horse, Carto caught
Uakirt ofhls coat aad tried to prevent
!iin Ha made the doe let go
!r, hold, and in a moment afterwards die
eerwdUe whole trouble. Three or four
r. -t. (mat of him was the strean roar-
me snd pouring ia a wild frsnsy f plen
S In the dark, nothing but the actual
.rh could hare told that it wta bank
n and that the bridge that crossed
it
" . T .
It vii thia that Carlo
wairwcp away,
dlsTXJVered with, the' keener riaiont and it
was irom, perhaps, a iatai piungs h was
bound to an his master.
Baring said our say of Carlo, do yoa
wonder the- the marshals give him the
freedom of the city in the dog days, ex
empt him trom the muzzle, and forbid his
being shot or destroyed J Dubuqu, Lma)
Times.
. FACTS AID FIGURES.
Tax ages of the Freshmen at Yale range
from 3d to li. . .. -'
CHaina-ia haa three church organiza
tions and two church buildings. -
A mm of Theodore, of Abyssinia, ft
traveling with a menagerie in England.
Last year the American Bible Society
printed 1,200,000 copies of the Scriptures.
Dronra January. Pennsylvania ridded
a daily average of 10,193 barrels of petro
leum. -
- -Tax nrst piano 'sent to Japan was re
cently shipped thither by a New Havea
manufacturer, . . ,
It is supposed that the annual losses by
cattle diseases in this country amount to
$50,000,000. -
A BcDpmrr monastery in Thibet, 15,
117 feet above the sea, is the highest
known human habitation.
Ojrn New York car-driver is worth
$125,000. He lately sold Central Park
property that Drought him $40,000.
A 'New Havsx merchant has insured
his life for $5,000 for the benefit of the
New Haven Orphan Asylum.
Yah has graduated SO Colleee Presi
dents, 10 Cabinet Ministers, 40 Senators,
30 Governors, and mora than 100 Judges.
Ohx-thtkd of the 60,000 women and
girls who have to earn their own living
m New York, do not average over $5 a
week.
Ma. BuKLnreaxx's credentials to the
French court wen five feet long and cov
ered all over with five-clawed dragona,
A- ifTTB-wya of yrrapg women la a Kaaae
ehusetts manufacturing establishment re
cently kept silent, on a wager, tor srxty
long minutea
r A exxoo of wheat from ' CXHJamla,
which recenUT arrived at Boston and was -
sold, returns a net loss to the parties in
ters ted of orer $30,000.
Nxw Yoxa is mora densely populated
than any other city. In one portion 193,
000 persons reside within a square mile.
London cannot furnish a parallel.
TTii.r a mile in 2:50 carried off a silver
cup for the fastest of nine relocipedists in ' -Nashua,
N. IL, tie other day, the victor
being Walter Harriman, nephew of the
Governor.
Ott of 109,187,381 passengers eon-
reyed on Massachusetts railroads, in isoa,
seventy-fire lost their lives. During the
same period 153 rsilroad;employes wen
killed. . -
On the east side of the highway leaamg
from Buckland, Ma, to the congrega
tional Churcn in Sumner, every tree ia
rock maple, and on the west sine every
tree ia beech.
It is a curious fact that although the
rain keeps thousands away from church
on Sunday, it does not deter a single man
from attending to his business en week
days.
PaoBABTT the oldest tree on record Is a
cypress at Semma, in Lombardy, that was
known to be steading wnen jhuob
Uvea, 1,900 rears ago. It is lOo ftst high
and 20 feet in circumference.
The largest man on record in modern
times was Miles Darden, a native of North
Carolina, born in 1708. He was seven feet
and six inche ' Igh. At his death, in 1S57,
he weighed a little over one thousand
pounds. ....
HossZono contains 135,000 inhabl-'
tents, of whom '25,000 are Europeans and
Americana Its annual export and im
port trade is valued at $200,000,000. The
Chinese exdusively occupy a portion oi
the city. . ,T .
Tan Maxwell House, erected ia Nash
rille, Tena, on a lot that wss h,0ntJSf
$11, in 1830, is nearly competed at a cost
of $400,000. It will be one of the largest
hotels in America. During the war It was
used as a hospital
It seems that a reritaWe black diamond
was found by a Federal soldier back of
Atlanta, G. I i seren-eighths of an
inch long, two and a halt inches in cir-
I cumterence, weighs two ounces, anu i
I worth, several thousand dollara
Ths number of newspapers in uio
43 ; Florida, 33 ; Georgia, 96 ; North Car
olina, 63 ; South Carolina, 67 ; Kentucky,
79 ; Mississippi, 76 ; Tennessee, 92.
A lady in New Hampshire recently
determined to exchange for currency a su
rer dollar which she had carefully kept
for thirty-fire years. The money changer
astounded her with the information that it
was counterfeit
A snAXEXAn in Eastern Pennslyvania,
who leaped from some eare that had be
come uncoupled, and which ran back in
to a paaseoger train, can ng the loss of
several lives, has been senienced to thir
teen months' hard labor t,r neglect of
duty.
Ladix of New Orleans const net their
panniers of old newspapers ; whij was
demonstrated the other day by a jolite
South, who endeavored to remove a Lai,
lg incumbrance from a lady's skirt a4
brought down the whole edifice.
Cbbax Pie. One pint of good sweet
cream, one egg, one tablespoon even full
of flmr, one pinch of salt, flavor with
lemcn and sweeten to teste. Beat the erg
light, then add the flour and stir into the
cream. The above is for one pie in a
baking dish, or what suits yon better, and
bake like pumpkin or potato pie with
only an undercrust Put the lemon on
the ragar
Dntnto the twelve months ending Oct
1, 1867, 78,451 Crimea were cosnmltted In
New York. Of these 73 were murders,
7,721 assaults, and the remainder rob
beries and thefts. The police force num
bers 2,200 men ; there are eight police jus
tices, with 17 aldermen and 21 clerks to
assist them daily ; one district attorney,
with 18 assistants; a recorder, city judge,
and a judge of oyer and terminer. Be
aidea. there an 36 officials of the Court
of General Sessions and 5 officers of Spe
cial Session, besides 4 coroners, and 40
jails, station houses, Jkc., which require
41 keepers. The expense of the city for
this rumber of officials is $3,212,600 per
annum, or over $8,900 a day.
Care of Orchards.
As sn amateur orchardist, I hare noticed
an eril which is extremely common ia the
orchards of this locality, and I presume
of others also. I refer to the manner in
which the trunk of the tr divides itself
into branchea This division ia often at
so snap an angle that the bark in the an
gleamiihedirtlodgicgthere are cans; at be
tween the two branchea as they grow, so
that, isstead of a solid, woody unkm in
the etgle where the branchea seem to
unite, a crack is formed, holding the bark
which has been pinched la. and deepea-
fia the erowth of the tree. Thus,
ftouethe low ex w th. iWt.Udrn.ly
bonne, to the tree, by its fiber fux i4
and lecoming a part of the trunk, the
upper side is cut off by a cleft filled with
dirt and rubbish across which no fibers
pass, thouxh it may seem to the careless
eye a perfect union. The weight of its
load of fruit or the violence ot atones, ia
sure in time to split off such a limb, often
to the utter ruin of the tree.
The remedy is, first and best, allow no
division of the young tree with such an
gles to take place. But if you have old
trees ia Which the evil alrerdy exists, pick
out from the crotch all the loose bark, and.
with a sharp knife, pare the bars when it
would be likely to pimi, till you come to
the green bark, but by no means reach the
inner bark, or separate it from the wood.
ven If a cleft aas already been formed.
yen can, if it is still shallow, clean it out.
andv n smoota. The angle will then
fill U(T with a woody growth that will bind
the branchea aotidiy together. 8uch
branches an safj; they will generatly
break before they will split apart
Once or twice each year, every tree
should be visited, the divisions ot all its
large branches carefully examined, and
everything removed from the ancle which
can by any possibility become pinched in
as tne orancnes grow. Jy wis means tne
ruinous breaking and splitting of trees.
now so common, may be almost
rholly
prevented. Cor. Wtr RtiruL
The French papers tell of an English
mother who had just lost a little boy.
Some one cams to comfort her, and re
minded her that he was then happy with
the saints in blisa M Oh. yes,' cried the
afflicted mother, " he is ia Heaven ; but
Tommy always was a shy boy, and he's
now among perfect at rang ia."
' As enterprising storekeeper at Martha's
VBard,ataaa,aaBaaeaetetkaadTnwUaiBgaalBBae
of U Caawli. ansaa yaa aco. the antral mt aw
Ooktaa Saw with a twi aapnlj of giooBHea, wblea
aarwrtaiBBaat Baa aaaaarwt ta aaca paper wttaoat
amsaa aBSMa slaML aalXhwrnmarm the OnLlaai Caaa ku I
aiaet loss Is the sottoas.
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