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l-Kff DARKENED NURSES T. I
Tiiwuft room faongfr hi Uw fcnnety now. v .-
. Twm crowded little bafora
Far wbea the crib ill the comer flat
neraekei cam doe Utbe -door;
Bat the light wh swaet, and the air wu toft,
Aad the room nt filled with cheer,
For we all wen chained to the little snot
By UToioaC the badjdear. .,, .
Wherata the omhtse Where ta the sotee t . -
Where are the piaythial fane ? ;' i
What ahall I do with my empty anna . i ,
- Sitting alone, alone f
What ahali I do with the empty crib f , -
Where ahall I act hi chair f , ?J.
Ha the darling Httto ne'a clothe come do t
Oh, let me tear them here I !': i ; I .
Nay, fold them p aofily and put them by,
Lire U holier through tbia paia , . .
lay ap the crrUs check the deep Wh, I
Take ap life'e dntfea apafn ' . ,, . -Tarn
the feet-folly toward Hear" aad fcod J -.-
Ifce-ewoetpeeeeahall kaep ta" t : -
Bow lew heforoHia, kiwia: 4 '
, Aadanranr, hww-"Jaal : a God wflL .;.
"JlimW TOMAXB YONSYSr
fThe following etarrlUewhnyof the late
eUitinriiihed t, ftta-Oroen JUrtocky ta now
pabUdtad of UKTflrst time -Utarth and Horn.
I will ten yoa'a iTia Tot jalntnj wealth.
Better thto bairfbojt. tradmg, or leaie :
Take a babk-note and fold It up.
And then yoa will tod yoar wealth incrtate.
Tnl woadarful plan withont danger or low .
. eep vwar caak in yoar handa and with nothing
to trouble It,
Aid every time that yon fold It acraaa, 1 f
TU plain at the light of the dty that yoa doHble
ic t. i 1 - i-'Y
1UE BLIND MAN'S FIRESIDE.
TalktekM,ohyee1oqaeMtllaB, 't ':
boaaipeaud oonuadea Due i
"i Nobody know me. poor and blind, - ,. ,
'" That alt in yonr merry ahlne. '
Nobody knowa me but my dog
A friend Tre never teen,
Bnt that cornea to my call, aad kwea me j ,
For the aympathiea between.
Tin pleanant to hear, ta the cold, dark ntjrht
Moontina higher and higher, ,
The cracklm?. chMterlmr, spattering, spattering
-- Ktaam hatha wintry tm. , ;.
Half asleep in the eorner, .
1 bear yoa prattle and map, j
And talk to me and Tiny , t , . ! )
That doze in my lap. ,
Toa langh with the merriest barter :
You dance, you jeM, you alnp.
And aomrcMtiii the wintry midnight
The joy of the coming "pring.
j Sot vea the lark on the fnnpe of the rlost, 5
' ' Nor the thruxh on the hawthorn bough,
Blnirath a aon more pleaaant to hear I ' '
Than the eoug you're ainging now. ' : ' ' .
: TourToleeaareorgladneM;''1 ' "! 11
TCrer they aeem to my, .!;.!; .'
, r.- h. ..,i.,fl '
After the nirht the davf
Artr.r UittaMd bltiDtoaaa,' I f IK
A bcarenly rMoa clear.
The sonl can eee when the eye are dark ;
Awake I let the light appear I
All tkt Yiar Kotuxi. t i
. Bam BtlL .
" AH classes 6f community get up base
; clubs ; the little boys engage in the
prune with ardor and enthusiasm, and
even the, babies, it,scema to us, never
pare such specimens ot base bawling as
Old men hare caught the infection.
We hcad of a party of old gents in this
;4 vicinity, not long ago, who cot up a club
of picked nine several of them picked
out of the asylum for paralytics. The
"pitcher" was too infirm to pitch (eorpt
to pitch on his nose), so he, shot the tall
out of a gun, touching the gun off with a
slow mateh. It was the slowest " match "
ever played. The . " batter " hadn't raised
a club in a long time, unless it was a club
he raised for the WeJdy"Timnt. He gave
some very good specimens of cotton bat
ting, however, being nearly encased in
that material for acute rheumatism. The
ball had about as much show for being
struck by lightning as by him. ,
The catcher didn't catch the ball once,
; he' only caught cold. The runs were
'.' mostly made in carriages, though some of
i the more vigorous were able to get around
on a pair of crutches and two canes.
- One old man said he would like to make
one base before ! he' died hadn't made
anything in forty yoans.! They didn't get
" home ,r any of them until they were car
ried home on stretchers. , They call them
selves.." Olympics" every man of them
1 ' having a limp. Their common title, hov
cycr, is " Bam Ball llmdt."
A "Blind Men's Base Ball Club" has
born running for some time in the interior
of the State. They don't confine them
selves to the rules, " going it blind " for
the most part The pitcher sends his ball
by the Hand Express. The batter can
only touch the ball, going by the sense of
touch altogether.. It is altogether Tery
The catcher catch ed the ball in his hat,
having acquired great dexterity in the use
'of the article by catching pennies in it on
the street corners. They are led around
to the bases by a little dog afW a string.
Although blind, they never bark their
Fhins,thc little dog doing all the barking.
If a " foul " is called, they all sing out with
one accord, " Cant Bee it ! " The fielders
can only fetCd their way, and the umpire
, cives18iroifiion by letter raised letter.-
The tndb Is familiarly known as the " Eye
Openers," from a fond hope they enter
tain that the exercise will restore their
sight ' - . i
"The " Deaf, and. Dumb Men's Base Ball
Club" came to a speedy end. The author
ities jntcrCcred and broke up their game,
. clniming'it Was cruelty to dumb animals.
Wc have wondered they didn't get up a
" Policemen's Base Ball Club," thev are so
htmly with thfclr clubs. The trouble would
Sbt, though, thcywould never be on the
ground when wanted, - The way to induce
one ot mem to make a rapid " home run
would be to have disturbance break out
in tome other locality. They would draw,
inougn salaries, regularly; and not inter
fere with the game U they were "in With
: UTecttag Incidents.
A correspondent of the Springfield lie-
yubliea gives a picture of Minnesota, and
in the course of his narrative tells the
" It was only the other day that a chub
by-Cjood Swede made himself ridiculously
prominent at the eastern depot, by telling
every man, woman and child present that
ins wuc ana toy were coming on the next
train, all the way frotrf Sweden. The
poor fellow bad been in Minnesota for two
years, and by the dint ot hard work and
living on a quarter a day, had scraped to
gether enough to get him a little home and
to enable him to send for his family and
now they were coming on the next train,
and i the. months 'of anxious expectancy
were almost over. The train dashed into
the depot, the emigrants began to file out,
and presently appeared a sad, weary-looking
woman with something in her arms.
The man rushed forward and asked for his
lwy, and the woman burst into tears. The
boy was a corpse in her arms had sick
cnftl on the journey and died on the train,
and the poor men's heart seemed broken.
The depot employes made a rude box for
tne Douy, ana aadJy enough theysrent
away. ..-. '. .1,1. ;;'.!. ;
" A somewhat similar, but more sad
event occurred the other day. Every day
for about a week a young but careworn
Vwomanrame to the end of the bridge, half
' a hour before train time, and waited pa
tiently till theiast passenger and the last
wagon had come over, when she would
turn disappointed away, sometimes with
tears that she could not entirely conceal
At last a wagon came across, and in that
wagon a trunk, which she no sooner saw
than she darted forward with a wild cry,
louLed into the wagon, and saw, the body
of her husband, partially covered with a
blanket, and dropped to the ground. Sym
pathizing strangers crowded round ; oners
of assistance were freely made, but all too
late ; from that time to this she has been a
raving maniac The explanation of all
this is briefly as follows: She and her
husband had started for St Paul, he in ad
vanced - consumption, with just enough
money to get them here, in the vain hope
that he might get some light employment
which would enable them to subsist ; but
' he had grown rapidly worse on the Jour
ney; finally, he had been left at a point
some seventy miles below St. Paul, unable
to travel furth. r, while the lady, probably
forced to rcalire the fact that money here,
as elsewhere, l the one thing needful, had
come on to thi t city and obtained work as
a seamstress, and he after a while had at
tempted to follow, and had died on the
Locat, Knowledgk. "I Bhayt my
mn," hiccupped an elevated civic digni
tary of Edinburgh, as he emerged from
the head of the Fleshmarket . Close, and
observing the illuminated dial of the Tron
Church, addressed a sour milkman, who
had just dismounted from his cart: "I
shay, can you tell me if that is the sun or
the moon?" "A couldna say, sir," was
the simple reply, "I dinna belong to this
part. . : ,
m m m "1
A hundred years ago it was settled that
the shortening or the tap-root of a tree
was ni injury, nd at the present day
some of the most practical of our pear
growers cut the Up root so as to induce
the tree to throw out lateral roots, and
thus save the trees from being swayed so
much by high winds.
THE WIFE'S SECRET.
If I pride myself upon any mental en
dowment whatever, it is upon that hum
ble one of Common-Sense. I live what is
called by the intellectual people a con yen
tional life, I have my pew in the neitrh
boring church, and sit in it twice every
bunaay. i Know one captain in the arm
lust such a oerson as he should be no,
tsncd, and yet ferocious, ercntle to ladies,
but rather insolent to civilian males, boast
ful of his clubs, and giving all his leisure
time, which is considerable, to the cultiva
tion of his mustaches: but otherwise
am ignorant of the fashionable world and
U its tray doings, -x nave maae no en
deavor to break through the gilded pali
that separates it from tne steady-going
middle class to which I belong. I do not
understand the feeling which prompts my
superiors vo oe asuameu i ocing seen in
an omnibus. Once every day I return from
the city in one ; and if it is wet I use the
same conveyance in the mornin? to reach
. , , , i
-my offlee.V I pay my tradesmen weekly.
Aly best sherry is 48. a dozen ; and when
the captain talks of vintage wines (as he
win do by the hour at my table), I often
wonder what he thinks he is drinking.
However, with true good-breeding, he lni
bibes it in great quantities, as though it
were the best 1 do not keep a man-ser
vant Our cook cannot compass an ome
lette tovniee. My wile trims her own bon
nets. We have eight children, who all
know the Church Catechism by heart, ex
cent the baby and the last but one. In
short, a more respectable and unfashion
able family than our own docs not exist in
. Under these circumstances, it may be
easily imagined that we are as free from
the vices of the great as we are without
their privileges; and this was, I honestly
believe, the case until within a very recent
period. When I used to read in the
papers that the Lady Day Coltay (of Nor
man ancestry and bluest blood) had left
her husband's roof, and fled with Major
1! lutterby of the Life Guards; or that it
was rumored among well-informed circles
that the gentleman of the long robe would
soon nna employment in the domestic af
fairs of his Grace the Duke of Belirravia.
I used to give a prolonged whistle, and re
mark: : " Here they are again, in general
reference to the habits of the hard ion. I
knew that our hereditary aristocracy were
given to tliese escapades, which in my own
ranK oi me would certamlv be crimes, and
I perused such details aa thevpress could
iurnisn with an avidity unalloyed, 1 am
afraid, without much reprobation. I seem
ed to ba reading of a class of persons
whose way of life ' was too far removed
from my own to affect me, except as
spectator : lust as when I went to the Dlav
I found myself in an atmosphere of in
trigue, and misunderstanding, and jealousy,
altogether unreal, and with which I had
not the ghost of an experience in common.
Jealousy! Wh', t had been married
sixteen years without entertaining that
passic-n, so that it was not very likely,
nowever wen acted, that that passion
should entertain ine. Misunderstanding 1
The thing was impossible, for whenever
there promised to be "a row in the pan
try " and every married man will under
stand me when 1 make use or that mcta
phorical expression I brought it to t
head, and had it out, and off we started
again (speaking for self and Mrs. li
on the smooth current of our lives, with
the little lracas buried forever in its
depths. As for the mother of eight fall
ing in love with another msn it is all
very well in a stage-play, and particularly
wnere tne nnsrjana is a black; man, and, as
l have saia, bentting enough among per
sons of quality; but upon the Notting
ti iu siae oi uayswater any such mis
chance would. I felt, be out of place and
ridiculous a social presumption, as well
as a grave domestic crime. Imagine,
therefore, my astonishment when ray op
posite neighbor, Peabody, who also calls
himself my friend, did me the honor to
call upon me a few weeks ago, to speak, in
confidence, of the alarming conduct of my
wife. Ilaving demanded and obtained a
private interview, this scandalous old per
son, who was once an indigo-mcrchant,
and yet retains the trace of his calling upon
his nose, set before me in detail a number
of curious circumstances connected with
the " goings on," as he was pleased to call
them, of my wife, which he was not, in
deed, prepared to say, " might not possibly
be only coincidences, after all," but which
he felt it is his duty as a fellow-creature,
and one who had been a husband in his
time here his lips made a dumb motion
of gratitude to let me know. Even as a
neighbor, and an inhabitant of a common
Crescent, hitherto remarkable for its re
spectability, and which, as I doubtless re
membered, had declined to permit Mrs.
Jones to put up Apartments in her win
dow, lest wc should be confounded with
the lodging-house localities ; nay, which,
by the mere force of its public opinion,
had prevented No. 434 from being let to a
playactor even in this character, said
PcAlxxiy, he would have felt it his duty to
make me aware of what was leing said,
though doubtless falsely, respecting the be
havior of Mrs. R . Ilere I should have
locked the door, and informed Peabody
that his last hour was certainly arrived,
and that he had better make his peace
with Providence before I cut his throat;
but from ignorance of the proper conduct
to be adopted in such exceptional circum
stances, and perhaps from the knowledge
that there was nothing but a paper-knife
in the room with which to cflect this
righteous punishment I only burst out
laughing, and called him a meddling and
impertinent old fooL
; " Very true," returned he, for he always
makes use of that form of words " very
true; but still the facts are worth investi
gating, even from their singularity. Do
you know, for ' instance, that at eleven
o'clock, three days a week, your wife goes
out in a cab by herself?"
"No," said I, "I do not; though,
if she does, it is surely better than if she
had any ineligible companion. As a mat
ter of fact, however, she does not do so,
for I have offered to go shopping with lur
twice this week, and she has declined to
accompany me on the ground of having
a sore throat"
" Upon what days did she give this - ex
cuse T" inquired Peabody, taking out his
" Last Monday and last Thursday," re
" Well, here's a memorandum : Monday,
Ath. Saw Mr. R Mart, a usual, at;
lhurday, 7th, ditto, ditto. She could not
be going to a morning concert, because
she had no white gloves on.
" I will grant that much," quoth I, sar
donically, and yet not by any means un
moved oy this unexpected intelligence.
My wife docs not go to morning con
" Very true," observed Peabody. " Then
the question arises, where does she go to?
Now, as an inhabitant of the Crescent"
" Peabody," interrupted I, severely, " I
acknowledge the right of no man no, not
of the man in the moon himself to "nod
dle in my affairs upon that groun" J am
obliged to you for the interest you have
taken in this matter, but the simple fact Ls
that it has been entirely misplaced. I
have been perfectly well aware of my
wife's movements, and they have had my
fullest permission and approbation. I
only wanted to see to what lengths your
impertinence and love of interference
would carry you. That is your hat, I be
lieve; your umbrella is the alpaca one; I
wish you a very good morning."
I ushered my visitor out, and then sat
down in my private parlor with my elbows
upon the table, and both my hands thrust
into mv hair. I had temporarily extin
guished rcabody, but I was on fire with
Jealous apprehensions myself. What eotdd
Ilr Ml Ultra U I A Ul Dl.-" J v . U ,j
had never taken any excursion unless in
my company, upoa which, she had always
given me to understand, she doted ; and
yet after refusing to go out with me upon
Monday and Thursday last, on t he plea of
sore throat, she had Ftarted, the instant
that my back was turned, in a Hansom
or even supposing it was a four-wheeler
in a cab, without white gloves on, and
Confound it here vu a row in the pantry,
and one which my peace of mind de
manded to have cleared up at once. " An
na Jlaria," cried I, huskily, from the bot
tom of the stairs "Anna Maria, I wish,
to Fpeak with you immediately."
" Lor' bless me," answered my wife from
the top story, "it isn't one of the child
ren, is it, John ? Pray tell me the worst
"No, Madam, it is I," replied I, stiffly.
J" Then it'i the kitchen chimatir," ex
claimed she. in a dogmatic' tone. "And
didn't I tell Mary to have it swept a week
ago; and now the fire-engines will spoil
everything, even if we are not burnt out
of house and home." : ?
Was it possible that this woman could
have deceived me, as Peabody had said,
and yet talk w simply of ber children, and
of house and home 7 By the time Anna
Maria had got down to the drawing-room
flight I began to be rather ashamed of my
self. When the mother of eight reached
my sitting-room door, with her honest face
earnest about the soot, I did not dare to
mention what I had in my mind. ,
"I caHed you down, dear, to say that
was going to give myself a holiday to-day,
auu to ass you to come wun me to Ham
stead Heath, and dine at Jack Straw's Cas
tle this afternoon, it being such a beauti
ful day." . : .
A ray of joy passed for an Instant over
her features, and then, as if recollecting
herself, she began to stammer that she was
very, very sorry, but really she had so
much to do about the house just then ; if
i wouia only wait till rrlday week, which
was my birthday, then we would go some
where, and she should enjoy it above all
measure. This afternoon, however, the
thin" was impossible. ,
" well," said I, gravely, " we have not
many holidays together, and 1 am sorrv,
You had a sore throat on Monday and on
Thursday, when I offered you a similar
"Oh yes," answered she, shaking her
little head, which is very prettily could
it be too prettily? set upon her shoul
ders ; " it was quite impossible that I could
go with that throat"
"Here." thought I. for she could not
have gone out vUliout her throat, " is some
dreadful falsehood ; but Peabody may have
told it, and not she. Perhaps she never
went out at alL Should I not rather
believe the wife of my bosom than that
scandalous old retired indigo-merchant ?
Was it not base even to suspect Anna
Maria of deception? Doubtless it was;
but yet I thought I would lust satisfy my
self with my own eyes."
" V ery well," observed 1, quietly ; " since
you cannot come with me to-day, I shall
go to tne city, as usual, i don t care lor a
holiday by myself."
" Poor, dear fellow, said Anna Maria,
coaxingly, as she helped me on with my
great-coat, "lam quite grieved todisap-
Eoint you. Good-by, John. Mind you
ave a good luncheon ; it's Tery bad for
you eating those buns and rubbish.
Ah, what a tangled web we weave.
says somebody, "when first we practice
to deceive," though after but little trying,
there's nothing easier than lying. I pro
test I felt like a pick-pocket, as I dodged
and lurked about our Crescent watching
in the distance my own door to see wheth
er Mrs. It would cross the threshold.
I suppose I have none of the attributes
necessary to the profession of a detective ;
lor whenever a passer-by cast his eyes on
me I felt myself blushing all over: and
hanging my head on one side, as a dog
nangs nis tan. i uarcu not, oi course,
stop in the Crescent, but loitered at the
corner of a street which commanded it.
now trying to dig up the tops of the coal-
cellars by inserting the nozzle of my um
brella in their circular holes, and now
eliciting mournful music by dragging it
against the area railings. Exhausted with
these exercises, I had been leaning against
a lamp-post for about ten minutes, when
the door of a house opposite opened sud
denly, and a widow lady of vast propor
tions came swiftly out upon me, with her
cap-strings streaming in the wind. ,,.
"JNow just you go away, my gentle
man,' said she, in a menacing voice, be
fore the police makes you. know who
you're a-looking for, and I can tell you
she ain't a-coming, for I've got her locked
up in the coal-cellar. know you, al
though you have not got your red coat on
to-day ; and mind if yon get another slice
of meat in my house, I'll prosecute you as
sure as my name's Mivins."
" Gracious Heavens, Madam 1" cried I,
"do you take me for a common soldier?"
" No, Sir," answered she, maliciously :
"but for a tuppenny-ha'penny Life-
Guardsman, who never saw a shot fired in
his life ; and if ever you come after my
Jemima again " ' .
I turned and fled into the very arms of
the abominable Peabody. " Make haste !"
exclaimed he ; " there is not a moment to
be lost No ; the cab is coming this way ;
you may see for yourself whether I am not
lght this time."
And sure enough, who should drive by.
at a rapid rate, but Anna Maria, in a four-
wheeled cab, and without her bonnet, and
with a flower in her hair I This blow, com
ing so closely upon the attack of the widow
lady, was almost more than I could bear.
Where can she be going to ?" gasped I,
half unconsciously. "It's the most extra
ordinary thing I ever heard of."
" I have heard of similar things, re-
turned Peabody, quietly, "although I
never experienced anything of the sort
myself. Of course, I don't know where
she is going to ; but the direction she has
taken is toward St John's Wood."
I hastened back to my own house, and
with the air of a man who has forgotten
something, began to search in the pockets
t a great-coat hanging up in the ball.
By-the-by," said I, as the servant who
had let me in was disappearing, " I think
your mistress must have got it after alL
Just run up, and tell her I want to see hex
for a minute."
Emily Jane, who has been in our service
ever since we were married, turned as scar
let as her cap-ribbons. " Sir," said she,
bolder than brass, " missis has just step
ped out ; she has taken two of the little
girls for a morning walk."
" Which two ?" inquired I, looking this
abandoned young person full in the face.
Her subtle spirit was cowed by this course
of procedure ; she replied that she did not
know she didn't recollect she hadn't
paid particular attention, but she rather
thought that it was the two youngest all
in a breath.
" In that case," rejoined I, pointing with
withering scorn to the perambulator, "how
comes this here ? No, Emily Jane ; your
mistress must have taken out with her to
day the same two children that she took
on Monday and on Thursday, when her
sore throat was so bad that she could not
go out with me "
les, buy replied she; "it was the
Emily Jane," said L solemnly, "always
tell the truth. , I know olL . Where is your
mistress gone to all by herself to-day, with
her hair so neatly arranged, and a flower
stuck in the left-hand side of her head ?
and that after telling me she was too busy
to move out Concealment is worse than
useless. Where is she?" '
" Wild horses shouldn't do it" returned
the domestic, resolutely. " I told her I
would keep it dark, and I won't betray
no confidence as has been reposed in me.
You must find it out all of your own head,
Sir. Oh dear, oh dear !"
Here, to my confusion, Emily Jane cast
her apron,; by a sudden and dextrous
movement over her features, and in that
blinded condition rushed down the kitchen
stairs like a bull stung by bees.
At that moment the front-door bell rang
with a violence such as none oi our
visitors, except the captain; ever dare to
use. My wretcnea nean seemed to expe
rience a little throb of joy. He at least,
then and I confess my suspicions had
been turned in his direction, for was it
not his profession to guard us from foreign
foes, and to destroy our domestic peace
be at least, I say, vnleti there was more than
one I dared not trust myself to finish
the reflection, but opened the front-door
with my own hands.
It was somebody in uniform, but not
the captain. " TclcswpA for Mrs. R ,"
squeaked the boy, in his shrill thin voice ;
" please to sign on the right 'and side."
Then dancing a double shuffle upon the
door step, in order to keep himself warm,
he broke forth into ballad, "There's
somebody in the house with Dinah, there's
somebody in the house I know; there's
sometKtdy in the house with Dinah "
1 didn't like his impudence, and I didn't
like his song, but there was nothing for it
bnt to submit What could Anna Maria
b doing with telegraphs? From Rupert
Merrington, O'jndon VSiat, St. John't
i . , M
Wood. Pray, be punctual thit time.' I am
enaaacd after twdte. I trust
.wuann pour oesi, not jmt at o Mo,
"There's somebody in ;ibV house' with
Dinah, there's somebody in the house I
knoion I rushed out with the receipt in
my hand, and the - boy snatched it and
took to night, for he saw that I was danger
ous. .What, covid this dreadful message
mean? or rather what meaning' could it
have but one? -Rupert Merringtonl not
at all a steady -sounding name, to begin
with; the sender, too, was evidently no
business-man, or he would not have ex
ceeded his twenty words so foolishly. It
had a military smack all over (and I didn't
11 xe mat notion a military smack!).
Merrington was of course an assumed
name. The handwriting was good, and so
far unlike the captain's; but then people
can t write there own telegraph messages.
I leit that some immediate action was
necessary, or that I should be suffocated.
In a couple of minutes I was in a Hansom
bound for. Cupidon "Villas, in a state of
mi id easier imagined than described ; and
yet I had often read descriptions of it in
novels which professed to describe aristo
cratic life, and often had seen upon the
stage (although principally in iarces) the
husband racked by jealous pangs... ,( .
What had there been to laugh at in that,
I wondered now 1 Why should . the
tenderest emotions of the human heart be
made the subject of buffon But what
a wicked-looking set of houses were these
which l was now passing! If bricks and
mortar and especially stucco can look
vicious, certainly St John's Wood pos
sesses a patent ior i : . s
W hat number, Sir ? " shouted my
i u .u ' .... . r
-n?l LcdSSS mt v?
"I am sorry to hear it" groaned I, pass-
ing my pocket-handkerchief over my brow.
Don't mind ine. my good man u (for his
countenance evinced much dismay at my
voice and manner) ; " I know it is not your
lauit that .1 am miserable. Please to pull
nr. at "NT R
UJ7 u H V. . V . '
Of all the wicked-looking houses in Cu:
piuoa i errace, sso. o was, it seemea to me,
the wickedest The round eye which
formed its staircase winked viciously in the
sunlight, and in the garden door was a lit
r l nj , t v . .
tle grating, as though for the purpose of
rcconnoissance before admittance, which
was not a little grating to me. The draw
ing-room shutUvs were closed. , This lat
ter circumstance gave me some satisfaction,
since it might signify that Mr. Merrington
was dead, but a glance at the gay attire of
tne servant-girl who answered my sum
mons cut away this ground ot consolation.
" Is Mrs. R- within ?" inquired L with
a tone of assumed indifference. " i.
Well yes. Sir but you can't see her
just at present. ' Mr. Merrington has a
great objection to"
"Confound Mr. Merringtonl" cried I,
pushing my way in. "I want to see mv
Oh, your wife is it. Sir?" replied the
maid, with a giggle. " Then of course you
can go up, if vou please, although it's as
iuutu aa my piace is worm, l ou wui nna
them in the drawing-room."
" What 1 there T" exclaimed I. passion
ately, pointing to the closed windows.
" Yes, of course. Sir ! That's the r
they always sit in.":
They alieayn Bit in ! Then this sort of
thing must have been going on for years !
I cleared the two little flights of Stairs
in a counie oi bounds, and hurled open the
drawing-room door like a catapult
I found myself in a large apartment,
darkened, indeed, upon one side, but' well
lit by a huge window (invisible from "the
front of the house) at its northern end.
Iri the centre of. the room was a raised
structure, hung with purple, and rather
resembling a scaffold decorated for the
execution of royalty, and upon the scaf
fold Sat mv wife in an imivmifnrtahln nt..
titudc, and With an expression of coun
tenance mat she only wears upon those
ceremonious occasions which demand what
are called " company manners." Between
ncr and the' window stood a gentleman
with mustaches, and in a velvet coat at
an easel, and evidently painting her por
trait. ue eievatea ms eyebrows at my
peculiar modelof entering the room.
and looked toward my wife, as if for an
explanation of the phenomenon.
" It is only my husband, Mr.' MerriEg-
ton," returned sne. . "Uh, John, l am so
sorry that yon found me out, for I had
meant my picture to be a pleasant surprise
to you upon your birthday next week.
This was to be my last sitting but one
and nobody knows the trouble I have
taken to keep yon ignorant of my coming
here. That stupid Emily Jane must have
let it out ' ' - '. -
" No, my dear,"said I ; " I discovered the
fact for myself through the telegraph ; and
really I I couldn't help coming down to
see how the - picture was getting on. It
was so very kind of you.. And, dear me,
Mr. Merrington, what a charming like
ness! ' ,.....
well, it s not m a very good light you
see." reioined he- ' denreeatinclv. "Not
having a room with a sky-light I'm obliged
to block up those windows, and manage
how I can. It makes the house dark, and,
I'm afraid, caused you to stumble at the
drawing-room door.? ;
" Yes," said I, " that was just it; I very
nearly came m head first' 1 1 only
thought I'd look in on my way to the
city.- 1 won't interrupt you another mo
ment ; and, indeed, I have myself no time
to lose."' '
I gave the maid fiVe shillings, and
thinking it would be more likely to insure
her silence -a r chuck ( under, the chin.
! Then I wrote. JoPeabody from Bunhill
ltow (where my place oi business is situ
ated), to tell kip thalkl would not make a
fool of him any longer ; but the fact was
that, during the last few weeks, I had
been making my wife sit for her picture,
which he was to come and pass hi judg
ment on . as soon as it was finished : there
was a question as to whether the flower in
her hair was an improvement or not
But I knew that Emily Jane would tell
Anna Maria all about it ' However,
nothing was said until my birthday ar
rived, and with it 4he portrait, for which
the dear creature had saved up her pin
money, and put herself to the greatest in
convenience. . I . declare my heart smote
me for my base suspicions when I looked
upon that honest face, which had never
worn paint before. Upon that day she
said : By-the-by, John, when that tele
graph arrived for me .from Mr. Merring
ton, it didn't make yoa jealous at all, did
" Oh dear no, my darling! Jealous of
you? Impossible! Not, of course, that
you are not beautiful enough to make all
the world fall in love with you; but I
never dreamed of such a thing." ,
" That's all right, John," said she, kiss
ing me; but there wis a wicked twinkle
in her kind eyes as she added, dryly : " I
am glad to hear you say that, for, do you
know, my dear, I almost thought yoa were
just a little jealous." '.-. .:
The Milkman's Donkey.
Soxb forty years ago my husband spent
some months in Spain, and what he wit
nessed and heard there quite revolution
ized "his opinion of doTrtreys-wWhen
habitually overloaded, beaten and half
starred, they undoubtedly become ricious,
obstinate and stupid ; just as human beings
do under similar treatment But with
the peasantry of. Spain the jackaes is a
petted favorite, almost an inmate of the
household. The women and children .of
the family feed him from their bands, and
talk caressingly to him. He knows them
all, and lores them alL He will follow
his master, and come and go at his bid
ding, like a faithful dog. He delights to
hare the baby placed on his back, and to
walk round with him gently on the green
sward. His intellect expands in the 6un
shine of affection, and he that is quoted as
the stupidest of animals becomes sagacious.
Ther told Mr. Child of a peasant in the
neighborhood, who had for many years
carried milk into the market oi jviaarid to
supply a set of customers. ETery morn
ing he ana nis aonxey, wun panniers weii
loaded, trudged their accustomed round.
One morning, when he was attacked br
sudden illness, and had no one to send with
his milk, his wife advised him to trust the
faithful animal to go br himself since he
always knew just where to stop. The
panniers were accordinglr filled with can
isters of milk, and the priest of the village
wrote a request to cusVuners to measure
TENNESSEE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1869.
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their own milk and send back the empty
vessel T The donkey was instructed, and
set off ith jlus load. The door-bells in
spam have a rope nanging outside tne
house to which is appended a wooden
handle, or the lioof of some animal. The
donkey stopped before the house of every
customer, and, after waiting what he
deemed a sufficient time, he pulled the
rope with his month. When he had gone
the entire round, he trotted home with the
empty canisters. He continued to do this
for several days, and never missed a cua
tomer.: Zydia Marin ChUd. ;?..
The Hornet. . ,
BY JOSII BILLINGS.
TeA hornet is a inflamible bugger, sud
den in his impreshuns and hasty in his
conclusion, or end.
- His natral disposishenJz a warm cross
between red ' pepper in the pod and fusil
oil, and hiz moral bias iz, "git out oy mi
way." ' - '
They hav a long, black boddy, divided
in the middle by a waist spot, but their
phisikal importance lays at the terminus
of their suburb, in the shape of a javelin.
This javelin iz alwuz loaded, and stands
reddy to unload at a minuit's warning, and
enters a man az still az thought, az spry az
litening, and az full or melankolly az the
toothake. . .
Hornets never argy a case ; they settle
awl ov their differences ovopinyun by let
ting their javelin fly, and are az certain to
hit as a mule iz.
This testy kritter lives in congregations
numbering about one hundred souis, out
whether they are male or icmaie, or con
matched in bonds ov wed
lock, or whether .they are Mormons, and
good many or them kling together and
eep oue nusDanu vo save CApcuoc, a uuu
kno nor don't kare.
t t . . T -J.
I i never hav examined their habits
much. I never konsidered it healthy.
Hornets bud their nest wherever tney
take a noshun to, and seldom are dis
turbed, for what would it profit a man to
kill 99 hornets and bar the one hundredth
one hit him with hiz iavelm?
lhey bild then: nests or paper, without
enny windows to them or back doors.
They har but one place or admission, and
the nest iz the shape or an overgrown
pineapple, and iz cut up into just as menny
bedrooms as their iz hornets.
It iz very simple to make a hornet's nest
if vou kan. bnt i will wacrcr ennv man 300
dollars be kant bild one that he could sen
to a hornet for half price.
Hornets are az bizzy as their second
couzzins, the bee, but what they are about
the Lord only knows ; they don't .ay up
enny honey, nor enny money ; they seem
to be bizzy only jist for the sake ov work
ing all the tune ; they are alwus in az
much ov a hurry az tho they waz going
for a dokter.
I suppose this uncasv world would grind
around on its axle-tree onst in Z4 hours,
even ef there want enny hornets, but hor
nets must be good for sumthing. but I can't
think now what it iz. :
.... -X . . .
lhare hain t been a bug made yet in
rain, nor one that want a good job, thare
iz erer lots or human men loafing around
blacksmith shops, and cider mills, all orer
the country, that don't seem to be neces
sary for anything but to beg plug tobacco
and swear, and steal water-melons, but
yu let the cholera break out . once, and
then yu will see the wisdom of having
jist sicu men laying around; they help
Nex tew the cockroach, who stands tew
the head, the hornet haz got the most
waste stummuk, in reference tew the rest
or his body, than enny or the msec popu
lashun, and here iz another mystery;
what on 'arth dux a hornet want so mutch
reserved corps for ?
l nave list thought tew carry hiz fare-
lin in ; thus yu see, the more we diskorcr
about things the more we are apt to know.
it iz always a good purchase tew oav
out our last surviving dollar for wisdum,
and wisdum is like the misterious hen s
egg, it ain't laid in yure hand, but iz laid
away under the barn, and yu hare got tew
sarcn tor it
i he hornet iz an unshoshai kuss, he iz
more haughty than he iz proud, he iz a
thoroughbred bug, but his breeding and
refinement has made him like sum other
folk I kno or, dissatisfied with himself and
erery boddy else, too much good breeding
ackts this way sometimes.
Hornets are long-lived I kant state jist
how long their lires are. but I know from
iastinkt and obserrashun that enny kritter,
be he bug or be he devil, who iz mad all
the time and stings every good chance he
&an git, generally outlives all his nabcrs.
I he only good way to git at the exact
fiteing weight or the hornet is tew tutch
him, let him hit you once with his jarelin,
and you will be wiping to testify in i court
that sumbody rutta onc-tined pitchfork into
yer ; and az ior grit, i will state for the in
lormasnun or thoze who ham t had a
chance tew lay in their vermin wisdum az
treely az l hav, that one single hornet, who
leeis well, . will brake up a large camp
What the hornets do lor amusement is
another question i'cant answer, but sum
or the best read, and hearyest thinkers
amung the naturalists say they har target
excursions, and heave their jurelins at a
mark, but l don t imbibe this assershun
raw, for i nerer kna enny body, so bitter
at heart az the hornets are. to waste a
Thare iz one thing that a hornet dnz
that i will gir him credit for on mi books
he alwuz attends tew his own bizzmess.
and wont allow any boddy else tew attend
tew it and what he duz iz alwuz a good
job, yon nerer see them altering enny
thing, it they make enny mistakes it iz
after dark, and aint seen.
If the hornets made naff az many blun
ders az the men do, eren with their jave
lins, ereryboddy would laff at them.
Hornets are clear In another way, they
har found out, bi trieing, that all they kan
git in this world, and brag on, iz their vit
tles and clothes, and yu never see one,
standing at the corner or a street with a
twenty-six inch face on, bekause sum
banker had run opn, and took their money
In ending oph this essa, I will cum tew
a stop, by concluding, that if hornets was
a little more pensive, and not so darned per
emptory with their javelins, they might be
guilty of less wisdum, but more charity.
liut yu kant alter bug natur, without
spileing it for ennything else, enny more
than you kan an elephant's egg. New
A Generous Husband.'
Pebhaf8 15 or 17 years ago, in a very
good State, I saw a woman with a pleas
ant Quaker face, under a simple Quaker
bonnet I rather liked it and her Quaker
husband sitting by her with his broad
brimmed hat on. They had spent many
years together, yoa could see by their
faces. lie was just bidding her good-by
as the train was starting, ana I heard her
ask him for a little money. -1 did not at
all wish to hear what they said, but I
heard that he had bought her ticket, and
saw that he had taken her satchel politely
on his arm. one natea to ask him ior
the money; a good many other women
have hated to ask for it, too. She began
to say, "I wish I had a little" , she
did not want to finish, thinking that he
would think of it and give it to her; but
he did not' Go out it came all at once.
May be I'll want a little money while I
am gone. ihe good, honest Quaker
turned his face toward her with surprise,
and said, " What hast thou done with the
quarter I gave thee last week?" Laughter
and applause. From Lucy Stone's Clduigt
Speech. ' - -'' i ' '
There is a straight-forward, broad-
shouldered, honest drayman standing
every day with his team at the corner of
Third avenue and Twenty-third street,
who once lived where Mr. Field now re
sides in Gram mercy Park, and whose
father owned all of what is now Union
Square, and much of the neigboring land.
He bears his downward turn of fortune
quite bravely. New Jerk Mail.
In one of his plays, Addison makes an
undertaker thus upbraid a mute who had
laughed at a funeral: "Yoa rascal, you,
1 have been raising your wages lor the
List two years, on condition that you ap
pear more sorrowful, and the higher wages
you receive the happier yoa look."
Safety in Thunder-Storms.
Edward E. Quimby writes, in Hearth and
Home: " The safest place in a thunder
storm is the interior of an iron building,
or a house well provided with lightning
rods. As to what meets the latter condi
tion, it is sufficient to say that the applica
tion of lightning rods is a matter demand
ing the exercise of expert knowledge and
judgment, and intelligent apprehension of
the law of electricity. Experience has
shown that it is not safe to trust to an ig
norant person the decision as to the quan
tity and location or arrangement of light
ning rods for any building whatever.
"Under ordinary circumstances, in a
house without any rods, or with rods im
properly adjusted, the safest position is a
horizontal one, in the middle of a room,
upon a feather bed, elevated above the
, " An iron bedstead, however, furnishes
a perfectly safe position, and a wooden
bedstead may be a safe place of refuge by
attaching metallic wires to the corner
posts, and running from one to the other
around the bed. In these circumstances
a discharge of lightning is provided with
an easy path in any direction, cither rer-
tical or horizontal, and no injury can
ensue to a .person lying upon such a bed
stead. "Number nine annealed iron wire, or
a smaller copper or brass wire, may be
conveniently and effectually used in this
way, or strips of sheet-metal may be tack
"Nails, bell-wire, ' store funnels and
other metals in buildings present an in
terrupted path for lightning. It is espe
cially dangerous, therefore, to assume a
position between two detached lines of
masses of conducting matter. For ex
m pie, a person has been killed by light
ning while seated in a chair with his head
leaning against a bell-knob; in another
instance, a man was killled by a discharge
of lightning, , which passed from a so-
called lightning-rod on the outside of the
wall to the quicksilver on the back of a
mirror, in front of which he was stand
ing ; thence through him to the floor, and
to a store-pipe in the next lower story.
Positions near windows, doors and fire
places are to be avoided as particularly
" Out of doors, the safest position is flat
upon the ground, away from any tree or
other elevated object Thoroughly wet
clothing is a partial conductor, and gives
increased security to the wearer.
"An umbrella with an iron or steal
shaft, haring attached to the handle a
metallic chain or flexible wire cord long
enough to trail upon the ground, would
protect the person carrying it
" Farmers might easily arm their wagons
with wires in a manner similar to that
already suggested for a bed-stead, or they
can fasten a wire on a long-handled pitch
fork or rake, then hold it vertically, with
one end in the ground, and secure protec
tion. The interior of a barn containing new
hay or grain is a very dangerous place in
a thunderstorm, and such buildings need
lightning rods of the most complete and
The following description of the ap
pearance of Alexander von Humboldt is
from the pen of Bayard Taylor, who saw
him in November, 1856, three years before
his death. It was at this interview, it is
said, that Humboldt remarked that Mr.
Taylor had traveled farther and seen less
than any man he ever met :
" As I looked at the majestic old man.
the line of Tennyson, describing Welling
ton, came into my mind: ' Oh, good gray
head, which all men knew.' The first im
pression made by llumboiuts lace was
that of a broad and genial humanity. His
massive brow, heavy with the gathered
wisdom of nearly a century, bent forward
and overhung his breast like a ripe car of
corn ; but when you looked below it a pair
of clear eyes, almost as bright and steady
as a child s, met your own. In these eyes
you read that trust in man, that immortal
youth of the heart, which made the snows
of eighty -seven winters lie so lightly upon
his head. You trusted him utterly at the
first glance, and you felt that he would
trust you, if you were worthy of it I
had approached him with a natural feel
ing of reverence, but in hve minutes l
found that I loved him, and could talk
with him as freely as with a friend of my
own age. His nose, mouth and chin had
the heavy Teutonic character, whose gen
uine type always expresses an honest sim
plicity and directness. His wrinkles were
few and small, and his skin had a smooth
ness and delicacy rarely seen in old men.
His hair, although snow-white, was still
abundant, his step slow but firm, and his
manner active almost to restlessness. I
could not perceive that his memory, the
first mental faculty to show decay, was at
all impaired. He talked rapidly, and with
the greatest apparent ease, never hesitating
for a word, whether in English or Ger
man, and, in fact, appeared to be uncon
scious which language he was using, as he
changed five or six times in the course of
You have traveled much and seen
many ruins, said mimDoiut as ne gave
me his hand; 'now yoa hare seen one
more.' Not a ruin,' I could not help re
plying, 4 but a pyramid.' For I pressed
the hand which had touched those of
Frederick the Great of Foster, the cham-
Eion of Captain Cook, of Klopstock and
chiller, of Pitt, Napoleon, Josephine,
the Marshals of the Empire, of Jefferson,
Hamilton, Wieland, Herder, Erettie, Cu
rier, La Place, Guy Lussac, Beethoren,
Walter Scott in short of erery great man
whom Europe has produced in three-quarters
of a century."
A Boy on His Travels to the Land of
. Jiig fears.
On Wednesday, a bright looking lad of
ten years of age called at our office and
asked the privilege of looking orer the ex
changes. We gare him permission, when
he drew a chair up to tne taDic, put nis
feet on it. took out a badly charred briar-
root pipe, fumbled down into the bottom
f his pocket for smoking tobacco, bor
rowed from us a match, and went to work
scanning the papers with the zeal, motions
and grace of a reteran editor, smoking
fiercely all the while. Laying down the
papers, he inquired at what time the next
train left for the West remarking that he
would be much obliged by the information.
We answered his question, and then asked
him one. In reply he said he was bound
for San Francisco. That he was from
Scranton, Pa., where he had last year
driven trade as a newsboy and boot black,
and conceired the idea of going farther
west He started last June, traveling on
foot and dead-heading by rail until he
reached Northern Illinois, about harvest
time, where he remained for nearly a month
with a farmer, helping to get off his crop
by driving a machine. He was flush again.
and started on his tramp, striking across
Iowa, partly by raiL but mostly on foot,
until he reached this place. The little fel
low does not belong to the impertinent
young America, though he has some of its
characteristics. There is no insolence in
his behavior at all, though he sometimes
puts on the airs of older, persons in ex
hibiting some of their most prominent
vices. He has slept in all manner of places,
sometimes in a cow-shed, on depot plat
forms, in lanes, in farm houses, and
wherever be could get shelter. He speaks
very highly of the hospitality of Iowa
farmers and Iowa landlords, but says that
heoccasionly meets with a curmudgeon
who denies him shelter, but he has nothing
to complain of, for it is his business to get
tne place w aieei, nuu wiixuci w
to him. He says that he has, once or
twice, been kicked out of railroad offices,
and several times been put off trains, but
they were only temporary inconveniences.
He hopes oy nooi or crooa vo reacn Cali
fornia before winter sets in. He is as live
ly as a cricket Neither drinks nor swears,
and at the end of his journey will be a
hero. Council Bluffs Nonpareil. "iV,
' ' ' - . - TV
A coHKisPOKDurT oi the journal or jHT
rieuUure says he has been taught, by mis
haps from the opposite course, not to cut
more hay in the morning than he can rea
sonably expect to haul in the afternoon. If
a shower should then come the damage-
would be' -small, as but a small quantity
would be exposed.
" And now abideth Faith, Hope, Char
ity, these three ; but the greatest of these
is Charity." ' '
It is a hopeful sign in a young man
when his meditations on heavenly virtues
are so deep and earnest as to cause hun,
almost unconsciously, to repeat aloud to
himself passages of Holy Writ, as did Dr.
Norton, riding slowly home in his suuey,
one clear June afternoon, the aliore quoted
rerse. But when we confide to you that
he had just come from well-to-do Farmer
Abbott's, whose three blooming daughters
were severally named aith, llope, ana
Charity, it may reasonably be doubted
whether the handsome young doctor's
meditations were as much on heavenly
virtues aa on earthly.
' It was rather a pretty tableau that he
interrupted when he stepped into the
Abbott s cozy sitting-room that afternoon
and somehow its memory haunted him
stUL The wheels of .his light sulky made
no noise as they rolled over the grassy
lawn in front of the house, and with all
the freedom of an intimate acquaintance
he sprang lightly to the steps, then in
through the open door without knocking,
and was ui their midst betore tney anew
him to be anywhere near. Now Charity,
the youngest of the sisterly trio, had that
Tery day purchased a pair of new gaiter
boots, and at the rery moment when he
darkened the doorway, was - exhibiting
them for the opinion of her mother ana
sisters. So she stood in the middle of the
room, her dress raised ttb t far enough to
show the trim boots, a little strip of snowy
stocking, and, above all, the faintest suspi
cion of dimity ruffling. Down went the
dress, however, when she suddenly saw
her trio of spectators changed to a quar
tette, and up, up to the rery rerge of her
brown hair, mounted the rosy blushes ;
but the burst of laughter from her mother
and sisters at her discomfiture, restored
her composure. ' . e. .
"I'd like to know your opinion of my
new boots. Dr. N orton ? saia tne nine
puss, saucily, walking up to him, deter
mined to face it bravely out, and thrusting
forward one dainty toot
"Hum. well." said the doctor, with as
much gravity as though he were pronounc
ing on a case of malignant typhus, "let
us see.. Cloth, but that's no objection if
you always remember your rubbers in the
damp. Heel rather too high; if I were a
cobbler I'd take a half inch off that ; but
perhaps you'll stand it if you're been used
to that sort of thing. Don't pinch any
where do they? Consumption soled ? No,
as I live, good, honest, half inch soles ! I
think they'll do. Miss Charity."
" What is your consultation fee ? ; said
Charity, gravely, pulling out a neat port-
" Five dollars in so important a case as
this," replied the doctor, subsiding into a
cosy rocking chair, " but don't pay me the
money ; I'll take this chair for a few mo
ments, and a glass of water, and call it
even;" so Charity went for the water.
When she came in with it he was just
making known his errand.
" I've been to see old Mrs. Wells. She
Is vprv low. won't last much longer : but
the family are all worn out, and I agreed
to send a watch for to-night So I called
to see if one of you ladies wouldn't go."
" I can't I'm sure," said Mrs. Abbott,
promptly. " I haven't been able to watch
tor years; but one of the girls could go."
" I shouldn't like to go into such a place,"
said Faith, " they are so poor, and every
thing seems so disagreeable there ; " and
her handsome face expressed such lofty
disdain that for a moment Dr. Norton felt
quite ashamed that he had ever made such
a suggestion to one so gracefully fastidious.
"I should be really afraid to go," and
Hope raised her soft blue eyes timidly to
him. " What if the poor creature should
die in the night?" Hope Abbott looked
just what she was, a gentle, confiding girl,
and we must pardon our young hero if the
thought did pass through his head, what a
pleasure it would be to cherish and protect
one so lovelr all his life.
" I'll go." said CharitT. Quietly, " Tm not
afraid, and if the place is disagreeable I
can endure it for one night Even if the
poor creature should die, I can call the
"Yes.crtainly." said the outer Dr.
Norton, while the inner man was com
mcnting: "Most sensible of the three
sisters ! Behold true Charity !' " I'm rery
glad to have found a suitable watcher for
the night and also much obliged to you.
Miss Charity," said he, as he took his leave
a few moments after. "The family will
tell you all about the medicines and drinks,
and I shall be orer myself in the morning
unless I hear of her death previously,
Keep up good courage, and take good care
of yourself. Good-day." And with a
ware of his hand to the whole family he
whirled away in a cloud of dust the noble.
prepossessing young doctor, whom half
tne gins were Dreamng meir uearts .r,
but who, as. they indignantly averred,
seemed to have not the least bit of a heart
to give anybody except his patients, to
whom he made himseii very dear, no mat
tcr who they were, or how old and repnl
sive. His breakneck pace, however, sub
sided into a slow walk as he rode up the
hill beyond, and it was then that his re
flection gave rise to the senptured quota
tion which heads this story.
That evening, just at sunset, Charity
Abbott went leisurely down the meadow
path across lots from her pretty home to
the humble cottage ot the Wells tamuy.
The grass waved and surged around in
the evening breeze, a sea of billowy green,
gemmed with tall, nodding buttercups.
The delicious breath from the crimson
clover on the hillside came wafted to her
like purest incense, and a little further on,
a faint delicate odor trom the lowianos,
told of strawberries ripening to luscious
sweetness down among the rank grass and
weeds. The bobe links nodded their saucy
black caps at her as they followed along in
friendly proximitr: trilling forth, mean
while, their unintelligible jargon, rich
and clear in its silrery sweetness; and
thus attended she traversed slowly the
long meadow path, ' drinking in at erery
step the beauties of earth and sky and
cloud. Down the little hill which hid
her home from ricw, then through a huge
gate which opened a little way with its
form, then around the corner of a field of
rye, already standing stout and talk and
she entered a little pine grore. The
breeze was whispering and sighing in the
waving branches, making a sweet, pensive
music which chimed pleasantly with her
thoughts, so attuned to nature's harmony,
and she lingered in the charming grove a
little, pleased with everything, even the
soft, brown carpet which the fallen leaves
made under her feet. Regarding it then,
and not till then, she noticed that she had
on her .new gaiters. Proroking! The
morning dew would nearly spoil their
beauty, but it was not worth while to go
clear back again ran, resolving to- make
the best of it, she passed on out of the
bars and down a little piece of dusty road
to the brown little house which was her
The soft, clear summer night ' passed
slowly away, the patient watcher moving
quietly about, doing all that sympathy
could prompt for the poor old woman now
so nearly beyond the reach of her gentle
ministrations. With a touch as though
the invalid was a dear friend, she chafed
the aged limbs, smoothed back the snowy
hair from tha wrinkled face, and bathed
the aching head. Unwearied were her at
tentions, and much were they needed by
the worn sufferer, until toward morning
they took effect and she sank away into a
quiet, peaceful sleep. Still Charity sat by
the bedside, driving away with her fan
the villainous mosquitoes that persisted in
annoying her charge, and at the same time
creating with it fresh currents of air for
the comfort of the sufferer, whose lungs
were well nigh wasted away.
At sunrise the family was up, and Chari
ty was released from her post, glad to go
forth in the fresh morning air, after her
The fresh rays of the morning sun shone
full in Dr. Norton's face, rousing him from
a night of unusually quiet and undisturbed
sleep. To visit oldMrs. Wells was his first
thought, and he made a hasty toilet and
started out A sudden determination
seized him to go across the fields on foot,
instead of taking his horse to go around by
the road, which was twice as far. The
morning was so invigorating that he tit as
! VOL. XV. -NO. 8.
if the walk would be a decided benefit
he struck into the path across the pasture,
which, at the rye field, came into the path
Charity traversed the night before, and
walked briskly on. '
Mindful of the well being of her new
gaiters, Charity- picked her way carefully
along the road, wetting them m the dewy
grass when she tried to avoid the dust,
and covering them with dirt when she
tried to avoid the dew by taking the mid-
die oi the road. - Once in the shadow or
the pines, she paused to look at them in
disgust when , a brilliant' thought struck
her. Why not doff shoes and go bare
foot? I It ws so warm and pleasant, and
the path smooth and soft There was no
danger of meeting any one, and she could
slip in tonobserred 'by the back door at
home, so that eren: her watchful mother
need not know it. lo plan was to execute
with this active voun? lad v. and sentinff
herself on a fallen tree trunk by the path,
she quickly bared - her feet, rolled the
snowy stockings into a snug ball which
she put into her pocket, light knotted to
gether the strings to her gaiters so she
might hang them over her arnv then
rose and went bravely onward, congratu
lating herself on her brilliant idea. Alas
for the frailty of human calculations! Out
of the pine wood, along by the edge of
the thrifty rye, and there was Dr. Norton,
himself, just coming around, the, corner,
within ten yards of meeting her, palpably
and undisguisedly barefoot as she was,
with her skirts caught up to avoid the
dew, and her new gaiters carefully strung
across her arm.. ...
It was a trying moment for Charity Ab
bott and all sorts of wild thoughts ca
reered through her ralhd at once, though
she still kept on her way, since it was
too late for . : concealment Yesterday's
blushes, when he caught her showing her
new gaiters, were as white as roses to
peonies compared with the burniag red
which sun used her cheeks and forehead,
and eren crimsoned . her shell-like ears.
That he should think her so careful and
penurious as to sare her new gaiters at
the expense of her feet her confusion
overwhelmed her. : .Wba thoughts passed
thrortgh his mind. We will not pretend to
say, but it is certain he then and there dis
covered that he was fully in love with the
girl before him, whom hitherto he had
thought he only hair loved, bo careiuL
and so modest a girl as her blushes be
tokened her to be, could but make her a
prudent faithful . wife. The impluse of
the moment came over him, and he yield
ed to it so that when at last they met, and
he took her hand to say "good morning,"
he looked frankly into her clear eyes and
said instead, in a quiet way, tnarity Ab
bott will you be my wile ?
Charity s answer is. not on record, but
we are told that not' many months after
she bought for herself a pair of snowy
satin slippers, and that her feet were shod
with them as she stood dressed in pure
white by Dr. Norton's side in her father's
large parlor, while tne gray-hairea minis
ter said to them some very solemn words
from all of which we infer that her an
swer at that embarrassing moment wa
not especially discouraging. : -
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FACTS AND FIGURES.
Brigham Yoxtno weighs two hundred
and forty pounds avoirunpois.
IT is said that operatic singers eat an
early breakfast on the day they are going
to sing. . , .
Th late nenry Keep left four million
dollars, which will be a fine keep-sake for
Professor JuDArt Dana, of Rutland,
Vt., has a copy of Virgil printed orer
three hundred years ago.
The first newspaper published in Vir
ginia, a weekly issue, in 173U, was Sou a
Harrt Schmidt, a newsboy on the
Kentucky Central Railroad, has fallen heir
to a fortune in Uermany of f l-if ,(AKl.
It costs eight hundred dollars a year to
clothe the hand of the Empress Eugenie
with appropriate giores.
At aroint wedding reception in Brook
lyn, therMvas present a gentleman .who
wore a S Jo.OUU soltaire diamond pin.
A Frkxcb lady was detected, the other
day, in trying to smuggle through the JN ew
York Custom House six . poodles, stowed
in her pockets. " .
A btort is told of a belle at White
Sulphur Springs who, according to a row,
accepted the one hundredth man who pro
posed to her. 4
Tns largest tannery in the world is at
Kane, Pa. It is not yet finished, but has
600 rats in operation, and consumes 15,000
tons of hemlock bark per year.
' Rxr. James Dcrborow, an Episcopal
clergyman in Philadelphia, recently sol
emnized his 1,000th marriage ceremony
during a fourteen years' pastorate.
Some one has sent to Postmaster-General
Creswell 500 for the widow and
children of Secretary Rawlins, with the
request that his name shall not be men
tioned in connection with the matter.
' Titerk is a letter in the PostofSce at
Richmond, postmarked Savannah, G;t, di
rected as follows?'' "To Mr. Porter, a
Lyonng man in Richmond, Vs., whose first
name i hare lorgotten.;
Thus Brooklyn . Mercantile library is a
rigorous and flourishing institution. '. It
has on its list 23,000 books. ' The member
ship is about 2,000. Thirteen thousand dol
lars are to be expended annually in the
purchase of new rolumes.
A gloomt octogenarian was complain
ing to Auberofthe hard necessity or grow
ing old. V Hard as it is,": replied the ret
eran composer, " it seems to me the only
means yet discovered of enjoying long
Thb largest manufactory of gas fixtures
in the world is in Philadelphia. They
have built the largest chandelier in the
world for the Philadelphia Academy of
music 10 feet in diameter, 25 feet long,
with zoo burners." t
A married couple in the Palatinate were
about to make a journey by cars from
Germersheim to Durkheim, and missed the
train ; the man began to abuse his wife ;
she returned his abuse with interest which
exasperated him so mncU that he pulled
out a pocket pistol and shot his wife and
The Young Men's Christian Association
of this country has- a membership of t,
000, having property to the ralue of $3,
3.V),000. Nearly 3,500 eorirentions are at
tributable to their efforts. There are 7,-
000,000 of young men in our land, and
oniy zju,uuv proiess to oe turisiians.
The full strength of-our nary actually
on duty, in ships and guns, is stated to be
as follows i North Atlantic squadron, 10
ships, 68 guns; South Atlantic, 4 ships, 43
guns; European neet, o snips, w guns;
Pacific; 11 ships, 77 guns ; Asiatic, 9 ships,
55 guns ; on special duty, 3 ships, 36 guns.
This force could be trebled at short no
tice. " r - t
John Corrcr. of Chichester, N. H- re
cently seized by the tail a black snake
which had taken refuge under a rock.
Coffin held on at one end and the snake
at the other, and' the result was that the
snake parted, breaking open in the mid
dle. ' The two pieces, when pot together,
mearured six lee in length.
'A French Canadian girl, aged nineteen
years, was killed a few days ago, at the
St Alexandre Station, near Riviere du
Loup, in attempting to cross in front of
an engine. : tier mother remonstrated,
and said the train was too near, but the
father said. Go. yoa can do ft, if you re
smart' . The girl was crushed beneath
the engine wheels. ' ' u,i
The entire cost of the Suez CanaL to
be opened next December, has been about
$81,000,000.'. But. to include improre
ments. which will be applied as experience'
'V10 l1 toPFve-land only three men got drank!
writ! Ka fcvwsIiAs? ATTwunonto'l w . v
may suggest, we may safely set the sum at
f so,uoo,ow. It is estimated by some au
thorities that the annual business of the
canal will amount to 10,000,000 tons, and
that its gross receipts will be $30,000,000.
' The Hottentots Urine in Cape Colony,
South Africa, number in all 79,Gtt. Many
of them are rising in the scale of educa
tion, civilization and religion. In one of
their towns, having a popnlation of oyer
1,000, they 1 have lately built a unnsuan
chapel which will accommodate about
600 hearers, and it is generally crowded
with sober and attentive worshipers.
NoTHTwa la loat " Tho drop of dew ; 7
That tmnbleaaa the leaf or flower 4'3 i
Ia rammer' thunder ahowerr - ?
Perchance to shin within the bow .M1 ' ' -
That fronta the mm at fall of day ;
Pwehafire to roarkle in the flow . ;
' fountain Car sway. ;;?J;J
They save their power scarce uaentoeeV '
Then let aa nae oar better will ' ' -!
To make them rife wtth good f ' '
like arete on a lake they n, - "' ft
King within ring, and never stay; '-- :
- Ob I that oar deeds were nwhtoned to
-. That they might oleaealway. s
m m m " -
. Fishing with n . Beardless Hoot?
Soxb months ago, business led m to an
out-of-the-way place, where, near by a fall
of water, there lived two boys, one eight
and the other ten. They were, bright
eyed, inquisitive little chaps, but generally
without either hat or shoes, and often with.
pants and jacket sadly rent
. Busied as I was in the repairs of an old
mill, these boys were handy to send ou
errands, bring tools, look after my horse
turned out to bait in the road, and do
numberless little things to sare the steps
of those who. were older.
One day, on reaching the mill, I saw the
oldest boy standing upon a rock, partly
hidden by the foliage of the surrounding
trees, fishing, and as often as he felt a
nibble he would jerk his line as spitefully
out of the water as though he bore the
little fish some terrible grudge, and wanted
to nav it br twitching their heads off. I
asked him why he did so, and explained
as well as I was able the best modes of
taking such fish as made the little brook
After hearing me patiently and respect
fully, he said .- "Mister, you fish with a
hook that has got a beard on it, and when
yon hook one he stays. . Mr hook ha n t
got any beard. It's an oid broken one
that Liger Green gave me. I ha'n't got
any money to buy a new one.' Mother
wants the pennies you gave me. 1 ue to
fish, like to catch 'em for mother, and I
have to twitch 'cm when they bite, or they
will wiggle off, and I shall kwe 'em. '
1 liked the talk or that boy. 110 aia not
grumble about his old hook, but did the
best he could with, what he had to do with;
and day after day, as 1 saw him doing it.
and taking to his mother the reward of
his toil which Wl cost him so much care
and thought and skill, 1 knew that he was
laying with that alder rod in his hands the
foundations of a grand character.
That is the way Horace ureeiey began.
ne fished awhile with a beardless hook.
His father was very poor, and he had
scarcely any books, and what he - bad ho
was obliged to read by the dim light of
pine-knots which his own forethought had
gathered ; but he is now one of the ablest
writers, as well aa one of the most influ
ential men in America.
And so with John Jacob Astor. He had
no, money, or comparatireiy none, wnen
he' came to this country, but he wanted to
trade, and so he carried his little bundle of
goods around under his arm or in his
hands, lie fished with a beardless nook.
Afterward he bought furs, and carried
them on his back hundreds of miles to
market &nd when he died he had grown
from absolute poverty to be the richest
man in the country.
1 here is scarcely a great man or a goou
man on this side of the Atlantic that did
not have a tough time in his boyhood did
not fish awhile with a beardless hook ; and
of all the boys now in the country, those
only will arrive at eminence who do the
best they can with what they hare to do
with ; nerer complain, but push chesrful
ly and resolutely on in the path that leads
upward to a noble and good and grand
manhood. Dearth and Hume. .
The Little Slate.
"There, I did mean to sew these but
tons on Fred, s jacket before night I
have thought of it just in time, for he
must hare it early in the morning. I do
forget so many things I have to do," said
.Lucia Warren to good Aunt ratience,
who was visiting her for a day r two.
"Yoa can wait a few minutes for me,
can't yoa. aunty ? I will not be long;"
and Lucia went to get heT work, taking
off her gloves, and throwing back her
veiL It was troublesome to stop jbst as
she was going out but the work must be
done. Indeed, it was nothing so very
unusual, as Lucia seemed always forget
ting things, as she said. ;
' 1 will tell you an excellent plan 1 hare
followed for years," said Aunt Patitnce.
It is that of keeping a little slate with a
pencil attached, hung up in some con-
renient place, and noting down on it all
the things I wish to u. If yoa like,
we will buy such a slate while we are out.
and I will get yoa started in the same
Lucia entered into the scheme: wun
great enthusiasm, and that night saw one
side or her little slate well covered wun
items she wished to remember. ' She did
not attempt to classify them, but noted
them down in just the order she happened
to think of them. Aunt Patience
aid not wish her to undertake
too much at once. "The classifica
tion would come afterwards. The other
side of the slate had been reserved for to
morrow's duties. A regular plan was not
laid down for the whole day, with the
hours set to them ; for aunty knew that
no house-mother could bring all the rest of
her household to time in such matters,
even if she could herself By undertak
ing too much, young housekeepers are
often discouraged, and give up all efforts
at systematizing. , It was the ground-plan
only of her work which was laid down,
but it helped her wonderfully all throigh
the day. It was such a saiufactio!! to
draw a line through anything which had
been completed ; and then, by glanring
her eye down the list she was sure not to
forget just the thing she ought most to re
In time, the little slate came to be re
garded as one of the most useful articles of
furniture about the house. It saved hours
of time and dollars of waste, besides add
ing fully a third to the family comfort and
convenience, if yoa are sceptical, nang
up one in your own home, and eonsult it
as Lucia did. and I do not doubt but yoa
will arrive at a similar conclusion. .,
If the vouthful reader will begin early
the practice of making a memorandum of
the duties to be performed each day, and
discharge 'those duties in their proper
season, a habit will be formed which will
prove of incalculable benefit in after years.
At Jamaica, LL few day ago, Lewis
Carter, a colored man, descended into a
well to take out the tube of an iron pump.
At half-past 3 the earth and stones fell
upon him, and he remained mirty-seven
feet below the surface until extricated the
following night at half past U. Ha was
interred thirtv-two hours. Heavr stones
lodged on his shoulders and pressed against
his sides, and he was unable to more, ue
was entirely without light but air reached
him through crannies between the stones.
He experienced no bodily pain, and his
mental sensations were not distressing, in
asmuch as the sounds above gare him as
surance of rescue. After working the
whole of the first night, the laborers were
gratified at daybreak to hear the man a
voice, nis head was uncovered in the
afternoon, and brandy was administered to
him, but it required six hours more to re
lease his body. When drawn up he was
weak from bruises, but perfectly able to
walk to his home, leaning on the arm of
a friend. Beyond being stiff, and sore
from the contusions received, he was in no
way injured. .
The latest story of progress in Hindo-
stan has a certain grim picturesqueness
which is almost humor. The great festival
of Juggernaut was held at Scramnore in
July. We all know what this used to bo
for is it not in ail the missionary story
books and pictorial geographies? the
priests upon the platforms of the hugo
cars dancing and shouting, hundreds of
worshippers palling at the ropes, and
crazy devotees Hinging tlwemselves beneath
the wheels. This year the crowd attracted
by the spectacle was small. The cars were
dragged a short distance, by hired men,
and then left half in a muddy ditch, with
the idols still in them and the nags uying.
When the priests urged the people to pull.
the irreverent populace cried ' out " by
don't yoa come down and pull yourselves?"
Vnhrtl v W a mnahiwl fmlifulv WllM hurt.
' Some excitement hae been created at
Corambna. Misa'br the appearance there
of four immense insects, supposed to be
Egyptian locusts. They were three times
as large as the common locust, with large .
black eyes, legs of great strength, feathered
like a- shanghai chicken; UiU similarly
adorned, and a hard shell covering. '-The
like of them was never seen Delore by the
oldest inhabitant :'
'-The clerk of a Portland hotel threw a
man down stairs and killed him for Insult
ing the head waiter girt. : i o