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PULASKI, TENN., THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23. 1886.
Iffi. TALMAGE'S SERMON.
THE CHRISTIAN ON TRIAL THE
THEME OF HIS DISCOURSE.
The World, Conscience, mn Angel ami
the Holy Ghont Bear Witness Against
11 1 in, nut Christ Pleads Ills Case and
lie Is Saved.
Brooklyn, Dec 19. Tbo Rev. T. DeWitt
Talmage, D. D., preached to-day in the
Brooklyn Tabernacle on the subject: "On
Trial," taking for his text I Jjbn i, 2: "Wo
have an advocate with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous, he said:
Standing in a court room 3 on say to your
self: "At this bar crime has often been ar
raigned; at this witness stand the oath has
often been taken; at this jurois' bench the
veniiet hus Ix.-en rendered, at this judge's
desk sentence has been pronounced." But
have to teil you to-day of a Iri il higher than
c:iy oyerajid terminer, or circuit, or supreme,
or chancery. It is tho trial of every Chris
tian man for the Hfo of his souk This trial is
dili'erent from any other in the fact that it is
both civil and criminal. The issues at stake
are tronu ndous, and I shall in my sermon
show you, fin-t, whiit are the grounds of
complaint; then who are the witnesses in the
inn-;, und lastly, who are the advocates.
VV hen a trial i called on, tho first thing lj
50 rave tho liidntinciit I --ail. Stand up, then,
O Christian man, and I Jar the indictment of
t':o court of hiu he) .veil against thy soul I
It is an indictment ten counts, for thou
0:1-st directly or indirectly broken all the ten.
commandments. You know how it thun
dered on Sinai, and when Clod came down
bov the mountain rocked, and the smoke as
cended as from a smoldering furnace, and
tho darkness gathered thick, and the loud,
deep trumpet uttered tha words: "The soul
that xiiineth, it shall die!" Are you guilty or
jiot guilty ? Do not put in a negative plea too
quick, for I have to announce that "all have
sinned and como thort of the glory of God.
Ihero is none that doeth good; 110, not one.
Whosoever shall keep the whole law yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all." Do
tiot, therefore, be too hasty in pronouncing
yourself not guilty.
This lawsuit before us also charges you
with tho breaking of a solemn contract.
Mauy a time did we promise to bo the Lord's.
We got down on our knees ani said: "O
Lord, I am Thine now and fomver." Did
you keep the promise! Have you stood up to
the contract? I go back to your first com
munion. You remember it as well as if it
wero yesterday. You know how the vision
of the cross rose before you. You remember
how from the head, and the hands, and the
sidu, and tho feet, there came bhxling forth
these two words: "Rememlier me!" You
recall how tho cup of communion trembled
In your hand when you first took it; and as
in a sea shell you may hear, or think you
hear, the roaring of tho surf evan after the
shell has been taken from the beach, so you
lifted the cup of communion, and you heard
In it the surging of tho great ocean of a
Saviour's agony; and you came forth
from that communion servios with
face shining as though you had been
on the Mount of Transfiguration; and the
very air seemed tremulous with the lov of
Josus, and the woods, and the leaves, and the
gross, and the birds were brighter and
sweeter voiced than ever before, and you said
down in the very depths of your soul : "Lord,
Thou knowest all things; Thou knowest that
I love thee." Have you kept the bargain, O
Christian man? Have you not sometimes
faltered when you ought to have been true?
Have you not been proud when you ought to
have been humble? Have you not played
the coward when you ought to have been the
hero? I charge it upon you and I charge it
upon myself we have broken the contract.
Still further, this lawsuit claims damages
at your hands. The greatest slander on the
Christian religion is an inconsistent pro
fessor. The IUblo says religion is one thing;
we by our inconsistency say religion is some
other thing, anil what is more deplorable about
It is, that people can see faults in others while
they cannot see any in themselves. If you
shall at any time find some miserable old
gossip, with imperfections from the crown of
her head to tho sole of her foot, a perfect
blotch of sin herself, she will go tattling,
tattling, tattling all the years of her life,
about the inconsistencies of others, having no
idea that she is inconsistent herself. God
t vo tho world from the gossip, female and
inule! I think the males are the worst. Now
the chariot of Christ's salvation goes on
through the world, but it is our inconsisten
cies., my brethren, that block up the wheels,
while all along the line there ought to have
been cost nothing but palin branches, and
the shout should havo been lifted, "Hosannu,
to the son of David."
Kow you have heard the indictment read.
Are you ready to plead guilty or not guilty?
l'erhnps you are not ready yet to plead. Then
the trial will go on. Tho witnesses will be
called, and we shall have tho matter decided.
In the name of God I now make proclama
tion: "Oyoi! oyez! oyezl Whosoever hath
anything to offer in this trial, in which God
Is the fIaintu? and the Christian soul the de
fendant, let him now step forth and give tes
timony in this solemn trial. "
The first witness that I call upon the stand
In behalf of the prosecution is the World all
critical and observant of Christian character.
You know that there aro people around you
who jierpetually banquet on the frailties of
God's children. You may know, if you have
lived in the country, that a crow cares for
nothing so much as carrion. There are those
who imagine that out of tho faults of Chris
tians thoy can make a bridge of boats
across tho stream of death, and they
nro going to try it; but, alius,
for tho mistake! When thoy get amid
stream away will go tho bridge and down will
go their soul to perdition. O, World of the
greedy eye and tho hard heart, come on the
stand now and testify in behalf of tho prose
cution against this Christian soul on triul.
What do you know ubout this Christian man?
()h," say the World, "I know a great deal
about him. He talks about putting his
treasures in Heaven, but he is the sharpest
mun in a trade I ever knew. He seems to
want us to believe that he is a child of God,
but he is just full of imperfections. I do not
know but I am a great deal letter than he is
now. Oftentimes he is very earthly, and he
talks so Halo about Christ and so much about
himself, I am very glad to testify that this is
a la.l man."
HUp, O World with the greedy eye and tho
hnrd heart. I fear you aro too much in
terested in this trial to give Impartial evi
dence. Let all tlnae who hear tho testimony
of this witness know that there is an old
family quarrel between those two parties.
There ul ways has been a variance between
the World and the Church, and while tho
world on tho witness stand to-day has told a
gnat deal of truth about this Christian mun,
you must take it all with somo allowance,
remembering that they still keep the old
grudge good. O. World of the greedy eye and
tho hard heart, that will da You may sit
The second witness I call in this case is
Consilience. Who art thou, Oh Conscience!
What is your business? Where were yon
born? What are you doing here! "Oh 1" says
m m m
(i(hAf0jJMM& m fe Shi 1 1 t sa jiiipipii 1 s 1 f i if?
go to mAMPm stoii feill rS S 1 li I . ! I llaK I IM I 111
VCJ - - r7 Mrf U J) n r j H D ' : & S t S Upl gi , l .if
Conscience, "I was born in heaven. I cama
down to befriend this man. I have lived
with him. I have instructed him. I have
warned him. I showed him tho right and
the wrong, advising him to take the one and
eschew the other. I have kindled a great
light in his soul. With a whip of scorpions I
havo scourged his wickedness and
have tried to cheer him ' when doing right
and yet I am compelled to testify on the
stand to-day that he has sometimes rejected
my mission. Oh, how many cups of life
have I pressed to his lips that he dashed
down, and how often has he Etood with his
hard heel on the bleeding heart of tho Son of
God! It pains mo very much that I have to
testify against this Christian man, and yet
must, in behalf of Him who will in no wise
clear tho guilty, say tliat this Christian man
has done wrong. He has been worldly. He
has been neglectful. Ho has done a thousand
things he ought not to have done, nnd left
uudoue a thousand things he ought to havo
done." That will do, Conscience. You can
1 he third witness 1 call in the case, is en
Angel of God. Bright and shining one, what
doest thou here? What hast thou to say
against this man on trial? "Oh I" says tho
angel, "I have been a messenger to him.
have guarded him. I have watched him.
With this wing I havo defended him, and
oftentimes when he knew it not I led him
into the green pastures and beside the still
waters. I snatched from him the poisoned
chalices. hen bad spirit came upon him
to destroy him I fought them back with
infinite fierceness; and yet I have to
testify to-day i;hat he has rejected my mis
sion. He has not don as he ought to have
dono. Though I came from the sky he drove
mo back. Though wi'.h this wing I defended
hnn, and though with this voice I wooed
him, I have to announce his multiplied im
perfections. I dare not keep back the testi
mony, for then I should not dare to appear
again amongst the sinless ones before the
There is only one more witness to be called
on behalf of ths prosecution, and that is the
great, the holy, the august, the omnipotent
Spirit of God. We bow down before Him
Holy Spirit, knowest thou this man 1 "Oh,
yes," says the holy one, "I know him. I have
striven with him ten thousand times, and
though sometimes he did seem to repent, he
fell back again as often from his first estate.
Ten thousand times ten thousand has bo
grieved Me, although tho Bible warned him
saying: 'Grieve not the Holy Ghost. Quench
not the spirit.' Yes, he has driven Me back.
Though I am the third person of the Trinity
ho has trampled on my mission, and the bloortl
of the atonement that I brought with which
to cleanse his soul, he sometimes despised. I
came from the throne of God to convert, and
comfort, and sanctify, and yet look at that
man, and see what he is compared with what,
unresisted, I would have made him."
The evidence on the part of the prosecution
has closed. Now let the defense bring on the
rebuttal testimony. What have you, O
Christian soul, to bring in reply to this evi
dence of the World, of tho Conscience, of the
Angel and of the Holy Ghost? No evidence?
Are all these things true? "Yes, unclean, un
clean," says every Christian soul What?
Do you not begin to tremble at tho thought
We have come now to the most interesting
part of this great trial. The evidence all in,
the advocates speak. The profession of an
advocate is full of responsibility. In England
and the United States there have arisen men
who in this calling have been honored by
their race and thrown contempt upon those
who in the profession have been guilty of a
great many meannesses. That profession
will be honorable as long as it has
attached to it such names as Mansfield, and
Marshall, and Story, and Kent, and South
ard and William Wirt. The court room has
sometimes been the scene of very marvelous
and thrilling things. Some of you remember
the famous Girard will case, where one of
our advocates pleaded the cause of the Bible
and Christianity in masterly Anglo-Saxon,
every paragraph a thunderbolt
Some of you have read of the famous trial
in Westminster hall of Warren Hastings, the
despoiler of India. That great man had con
quered India by splendid talents, by courage,
by bribes, by gigantic dishonesty. The whole
world had rung with applause or condemna
tion. Gathered in Westminster hall was one
of the most famous audiences ever gathered.
Foreign ministers and princes sat there.
Peers marched in clad in ermine and gold.
Mighty men and women from all lands
looked down upon the scene. Amid all that
pomp and splendor, and amid an excitement
such as has seldom been seen in any
court room, Edmund Burke advanced,
in a speech which will last as long as
the English language, concluding with this
burning charge, which made., Warren Hast
ings cringe and cower: "I impeach him in
the name of tho Commons house of parlia
ment, whose trust he has betrayed. I im
peach him in tho name of tho Lnglish nation,
whose ancient honor he has sullied. I im-
peoce him in the name of the people of India,
whose rights ho has trampled on, and whoso
country he has turned into a desert And,
lastly, in the name of human nature, in the
name of both sexes, in the name of every age
and rank, I impeach him as the common ene
my and oppressor of all."
But I turn from the recital of these mem
orable occasions to a grander trial, and I
have to tell you that in this trial of the
Christian for the lite of his soul the advo
cates are mightier, wiser and more eloquent
The evidence all being in, Justice rises
on behalf of the prosecution to make his
plea. With the Bible open in his hand he
reads tho law, stem and inflexible, and the
ponalty: "The soul that sinnetb it shall die."
Then ho says: "O thou, judge and lawgiver,
this is thine own statute, and all the evi
dence in earth and heaven agrees in stating
that this man has sinned against all these en
aitinouts. Now let tho sword leap from its
acakbard. Shall a man go through the very
flames of Sinai unsinged? Let the law be
executed. Let judgment be pronounced.
Let him die. I demand that he die."
O Christian, does it not look very dark for
thee? Who will plead on thy sido in so for
lorn a cause? Sometimes a man will be
brought into a court of law, and ho will have
no friends and no money, and tho judge will
look over the bar and say: "Is thero any one
who will volunteer to tako this man's case
and defend him?" and some young man rises
up and says: "I will be his counsel," perhaps
starting on from that very point to a great
and brilliant career. Now, in this matter of
the soul, as you have nothing to pay for
counsel, do you think that any one will vol
unteer? Yes, yes; I seo ono rising. He is a
young nan, only 3 years of age. I seo His
countenance suffused with tears and covered
with blood, and all tho galleries of heaven
are thrilled with the spectacle. Thanks be
unto God! "Wo hove an advocate with tho
Father, Jesus Christ tho righteous."
O, Christian soul., ytmr case begins to loos
better. I think, perhaps, after all you may
not have to die. The best advocate in all tho
universe has taken your side. No one was
ever so qualified to defend a man as this ad
vocate is qualified to defend you. Ha knows
all the law, all its demands, all its penalties.
He is always ready. No new turn of the
case can surprise Him, and He will plead for
you for nothing as earnestly as though you
brought a world of treasures to His feet B I
idos that he ha3 undertaken the care ot
thousands wh- were as forlorn as you, and
Ho has never 1 t a case. Courage, O Chris
tian soul! I think thnt after all there may be
some chance for you, for the great advocate
rises to mako his plea. He says: "I admit
all that has been proved against my client I
admit all these sins, aye, more ; but look at
that wounded hand of mine, and look at that
other wounded hand, and at my right
foot and at my left foot But all
these wounds I plead for his clear
ance. Count all the drops of my
tears. Count all the drops of my blood. By
the humiliation of Bethlehem, by the sweat
of Gethsomsno, by tho suiTerings of the cross,
I demand that ho go free. On this arm he
hath leaned; to this heart ho hath flown; in
my tears ho hath washed; on my righteous
ness ho hath depended. Let him go free;
I am tho ransom. Let him escape the lash; I
took tho scourging. Let the cup pas-s from
him; I drank it to the dregs. Put on him the
crown of life, for I have worn the crown of
thorns. Over artinst my cross of shame set
his throne of triumph."
Well, the counsel on both sides have spoken,
and there is only ono more thing now remain
ing, and that is the awarding of the judg
ment. If you havo ever been in a court room
you know the silence, and tho solemnity,
when the verdict is about to be rendered or
tho judgment abov.t to be given. About this
soul on trial, shall it be saved or shall it be
lost? Attention? above, around, beneath.
All the universe cries, "Hear! Heart"
The judge rises and gives this decision,
never to be changed, never to be -revoked.
"There is, therefore, now no condemnation to
them who are in Christ Jesus."
"The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I uriil not, desert to His foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to
I'll never, no never, no never forsake."
But, my friends, there is coming a day of
trial in whic h not only the saint, but the
sinner must appear. That day of trial will
come very suddonly. The farmer will be at
the plow, the merchant will be in the counting
room, tho woodman will be ringing his ax
on the hickories, tho weaver will have his
foot on the treadle, the manufacturer will be
walking amid the buzz of looms and the clack
of flying machinery, the counsel may be stand
ing at tho bar pleading the law, the minister
may be in tho pulpit pleading the gospel, the
drunkard may be reeling amid his cups, and
the blasphemer with tho oath caught between
Lo! The sun hides. Night comes down at
niid-noon. A wave of darkness rolls over the
earth. The stars appear at noonday. The
earth shudders and throbs. There an earth
quake opens and a city sinks as a crocodile
would crunch a child. Mountains roll in
their sockets and send down their granite
cliffs in an avalanche of rock. Rivers pause
in their chase for the sea, and ocean, uprear
Ing, cries to flying Alps and Himalayas.
Beasts bellow and moan, and snuff up
tho darkness. Clouds fly like flocks of
swift eagles. Great thunders beat and boom
and burst Stars shoot and fall. The Al
mighty, rising on his throne, declares that
time shall be no longer, and the archangel's
trump repeats it till all tho living hear, and
the continents of dead spring to their feet,
crying: "Time shall be no longerl" Oh, on
that day, will you bo ready!
I havo shown you how well tho Chris tarn
will get off in his trial. Will you get oft as
well in your trial? Will Christ plead on your
side or will he plead against you? Oh, what
will you do in the last great assize, if your
conscience is against you, and the world is
against you, and the angels of heaven are
against you, and the Holy Spirit is against
you, and the Lord God Almighty is against
you? Better this day secure an advocate.
A Warm Place to Sleep.
Perhaps you never stopped to think that in
a city like Chicago live a good many people
of various sorts who are ablo to enjoy no
greater comfort, no more delicious luxury,
than a warm place to sleep. Thinking the
matter over you will doubtless perceive that
anything like happiness or contentment
without a snug, warm place to sleep o' nights
is impossible. Given fine raiment, rich food,
good health, wealth and all of the pleasures,
delicacies and luxuries which money can buy
or youth and vigor can enjoy all would be a
mockery without a warm place to sleep. The
prisoner in solitary confinement, the con
demned man in his cell, the pauper in a
charity bed, the hopeless invalid on a couch
that is never to be left save in death, is
favored by fortune compared with him who
possesses no warm retreat at nigho, who has
almost forgotten what it is to sleep without
an accompanying nightmare made up of
cramps, chilis and icy specters. If any living
mortal ci-serves the pity and charity of his
fellows it is the one whom night makes home
less, who has door after door shut in his face,
who is cast out from the habitations of man
to shift for himself like a wild beast All
this is what a policeman meant to say when
be thus chatted at the west end of Madison
"What are those chaps doing there on the
sidewalk next the flour mill? Gittin' warm.
Some cf em's tramps who hoint got no money,
somo's newsboys and bootblacks who'd rather
spend their money goin' to the theaytres than
for lodgin's, and some's fellers in tough luck.
No matter who they be an what brought 'em
hero, I haint got the heart to drive 'em away.
You see, there's big steam boilers right under
the sidewalk there, and those grates are reg'lar
hot air registers. Go stand over there an' see
how warm it is. Some of 'em sleeps there all
night, an' mighty glad of the chance, too.
Them cold nights we had 'em piled up there
two or three deep. When it's real cold a man
can't warm but one side o' hisself at a time
there, but the boys took turns nctin' as
watchman', the watchman's duty beiu' to
turn t'other fellers over every fifteen minutes,
eo'8 to warm the cold side." Chicago Herald.
New Method of Speech Kecordlng.
A promising method of recording and re
producing speech is that of M. Leon Esquille.
It consists m hrst speaking to a diaphragm
having a highly polished surface, from which
a'ray of light is reflected. The record of this
speech is obtained by simply photographing
the ray of light upon a traveling band of
sensitized paper. After having been devel
oped, the articulation may be reproduced by
projecting the image of the trace by means
of on electric arc or calcium light upon a
selenium receiver, tho well known apparatus
for transforming light impulses into sound
vibrations, and the speech is then heard
through tho telephone connected. This
method is more troublesome than Edison's
phonograph or Bell's graphahone, but seems
likely to give better results. Arkansaw Trav
A Valuable Find.
Two men, strangers to each other, sat side
by side in a west bound Wauash train. One
of them slept, and when he awoke found that
his seat mate had gone, taking his bag, but
leaving one in its place. The conductor was
consulted and it was decided to open the re
maining valise to identify its owner. It- was
opened and disclosed, as its only contents, an
with a piece of broken handle in it and
a package containing $1,200 in money. No
name or address could be found to lead to the
ownership, and the finder is holding it until
it can be claimed and be gets his own vause
lr exchange. New York Sun.
iEBT LME EE
THE GOOSE BONE'S PROPHECY.
A Farmer Says It Promises an Opea
Winter and a Good Wheat Year.
"You may depend upon It," said a Rock
land county farmer to a reporter last week,
"we will have an open winter and a good
wuaat year; the goose bone says so." The
goose bone is accepted by many Rockland
county people as better authority than Wig
gins, or their Hackensack friend, De Voo.
In many farm houses it will soon be found
banging in the hall, and upon its predictions
some men place the fullest reliance.
Th real prophetic bono, it is claimed, can
only be obtained from a goose that was
hatclied out in the spring, and the goose must
not bs killed until the Indian summer has
passed away. A bone taken from a goose
hatched in May last year has a row of dots
around the keel of it, indicating the tem
perature; and tho darker the spots the
colder the weather. It is claimed that
the marks dividing the bono in
dicate the throe winter months, De
cember beginning at the front Those
who have read this year's bone carefully say
it indicates moye regular weather than that
of last year, ond not so severe. There will
will not be many days during which running
water will freeze. The coldest weather will
occur during the first half of January, and
in that time there will be several days of
freezing. It wil be the severest part of the
whole season. Near the point of the bone the
discoloration is a little heavy, thus showing
that the first day of winter will give proof of
the season's change. This will be followed
by rising temperature and falling weather
for Christmas. .
January will be ushered in with cold and
the oold will strengthen as the days lengthen,
the coldest day of the winter being Jan. 8.
The severe weather will be brief, followed by
rising temperatures and heavy thaws, and
the last half of the month will see many rains
and snows. During February there will not
be any very cold weather, but it will be a
rather disagreeable month, with snows and
rain3. A few cold days will be all that Feb
ruary will contribute to winter. An early
and decided thaw is among the promises of
the bone. The February thaw will overflow
the mountain streams, and disastrous floods
may be looked for. New York Tribune.
PEOPLE OF NOTE.
Lewis IT. Stanton, the only surviving son of
the great war secretary, is visiting in Wash
ington for tho first time in several years. Mr.
Stanton lives at Morris, Minn., where he has
a large stock farm in the delightful park
region which extends over the western and
northern part of that state. He is a young
man, considerably less in stature than his
father, but resembling him very much in face
and mental characteristics. He lives a quiet,
uneventful life, shunning politics as be would
a prairie fire.
Mr. Heron-Allen, the palm reader, who is
now the object of fashionable adoration in
New York, is a great traveler. His bobby is
the orient and the eastern question. He is the
author of many of the "Queer Stories" that
appear in London Truth, and in addition to
bis literary acquirements is quite a linguist
Ha is a close personal friend of Capt Burton,
the African traveler, and is twice as hand
some as Oscar Wilde.
William Lock-port Hunter, the famous
Texan hero, who was one of the fourteen sur
vivors of the massacre of Goliad, died a few
days since at Austin, Tex. He was also one
of the three men who left the fated Alamo in
the hope of securing help for the gallant gar
rison. At the time of his death ha had
reached his 80th year.
Capt Billy Walsh, of the Salvation Army,
attracts considerable attention whenever he
takes his walks abroad, for on the front of
his red shirt are the words, "Jesus calls you,"
and on the back, "A burning hell awaits the
careless," and his belt is labeled, "Eternity."
The captain picks a banjo extremely well.
Mrs. Margaret Jerome, widow of Gen.
Jerome, the dashing Confederate officer, died
In a New York tenement house recently, hav
ing existed for several years past in abject
poverty. She persistently refused aid from
the charitable, and is said to have died of a
A cousin of Charles Dickens, who is said to
be living in New York under very straitened
circumstances, absolutely refuses to sell valu
able autograph letters of the great novelist,
though handsome prices have been offered by
Gerald Maxwell is the stage name of a son
of Miss Braddon, the novelist, who is a mem
ber of Wilson Barrett's company. He is
very clever, and promises to become a good
Richard H. Davis, who is coming to the
front as a writer of stories for children, is
said to inherit his literary talent from his
mother, Rebecca Harding Davis.
M. Gounod is being pushed by his friends
for a chair among tho Forty Immortals, but
he does not himself covet tho honor, and it is
even doubtful if ho would accept it
Postmaster General Vilas takes his noon
day lunch at a dairy restaurant, where he
gets a mug of milk and a piece of apple pie
for fifteen cents.
Gen. Neal Dow, who was on the bond of
his son-in-law, W. E. Gould, the defaulting
Portland cashier, has paid the $20,000 he was
It is said that ex-Queen Isabella still clings
to the hope that she will some day again be
seated on the throne of Spain.
Secretary Lamar considers James Russell
Lowell the best writer of pure English now
Ex-Senator Roscoe Conkling never put a
farthing upon a horse race, and does not
know how to gamble.
Mark Twain is now said to be worth some
thing like a million and a half.
Mrs. Theodore Til ton is in a Protestant
convent at Newark.
Levy is going to play his cornet around the
An Intelligent Dog.
Connecticut has just lost in the death of
Carlo, a dog of Farmer Tucker of Oxford,
one of her most intelligent residents. It is
said that it was common for Mrs. Tucker to
send dinner by Carlo to men at work about a
mile from the house. The workmen would
send him home with a pail for water and ho
would return with it Two of the men after
cutting wood 011 one side of the mountain
went over on to the other side. Carlo find
ing an ax, and thinking it left by mistake,
brought it home, a half mile or more. Ho
would lead a horse by the halter. H knew
different tools by their names. He knew a
few families by name. Mr. Tucker, one day,
holding a letter in his hand and saying, "I
wish Mrs. Chatfield could see this letter,"
Carlo, unbidden, advanced, took it in his
mouth and carried it past several houses to
the house of tho person named and presented
it to her. New York Sun.
Answered Every Purpose.
The Virginia Free Press was bound to illus
trate its report of the election returns, and as
it bad no rooster, flag, cannon or eagle cut it
used the remainder of a probably unpaid cir
cus bill in the shape of a fine Tirana,
C sA M W 12 sMMIJf M-Wsa I HSgTif.n vf r ' Il I" 3fcJ -.im - I E 2i a I OS'S I -
A boutonnierel A dainty thing -Were
I a poet I would sins
In flowing verse thy beauties rare,
O boutonuiere I
The steel clad kcig-ht wore on his crest
A ribbon from hij id i oreast;
The modem lover still doth wear
A bud from her corsage bouquet.
Some heliotrope in volute spray,
A tendril, too, of raaidi-n's hair
Ah boutenniera t
Those tendrils wind around my heart.
The rosebud's thorns have made me smart;
Would I could think thou wert no snare,
O boutounic-re !
A North East (Md.) citizen has had a coffin
made similar to the one in which Gen. Grant
was buried, and has requested his family to
inter him in it after his decease.
A party of New York Bohemians propose
to establish a large cigar factory at Sag
Harbor, which will give employment to
about 1,000 men and girls.
San Francisco boys stole the roof of the
new city hall, which is of lead, taking it
away piece by piece.
Iowa towns are loaded up with oleomar
garine sold by honest old Wisconsin farmers
as genuine dairy butter.
A vessel secured $4,500 worth of sponge
in one week's trip along the Florida coast
A statue of Guautimoc, now being -erected
at Paseo, Mexico, will cost the Mexicans
A Kansas baby has an eye in the back of
A ?oted French Writer.
Jean Ricbepin, who has just had a play
brought out at the Theatre Franeais, once bo
longed to a band of gypsies. The chiefs sis
ter fell in love with him and asked him to
marry her, the penalty for refusing being
death. He coyly asked for time to think the
matter over, and then fled from the camp and
went to Paris. There ho led the maddest
kind of a Bohemian existence, played on the
stage withjJSarah Bernhardt, whoso most
favored lover he was, and when he became
weary of her too demonstrative devotion ho
fled to the Sahara to escape her. Now he
seems in the way to become an altogether
proper and conventional member of society.
Want to Know the Time.
Ono of the features of a Thanksgiving
service in a Minneapolis church was a strik
ingly beautiful cornet solo. After the service
a reporter asked the organist the name of the
piece. "It is beautiful, as you say," said the
musician, cautiously, "but it is so particularly
secular that the good Presbyterians here
would be shocked if they knew what it was."
This answer was printed, and now all Minne
apolis is trying to find out just what that
cornet player played.
Gold Lands In Africa.
The St Louis Globe-Democrat, referring to
a contract recently made between a London
mining company and an American manu
facturing firm, says it is one of the most re
markable 011 record. The company proposes
to work extensive gold lands in Africa, and
needing a largo lot of machinery, inquired in
all the large cities of iairope and America,
and finally placed its order with an American
firm. There are to be six stamp mills, com
plete. Doctor and Lawyer.
St Louis has a physician who guarantees
to cure almost any disease for a good round
sum, which must always be paid in advance.
Of course he often fails, and then the patient
wants his money back. The doctor employs
a lawyer for just such emergencies, and pays
him $5,000 a year salary. The lawyer is so
skillful in pacifying angry patients and com
promising with implacable ones that the
doctor is able to moke about $8,000 a year
above all expenses. New York Sun.
Cnre for Snake Bite.
Ida Newman, of Quihl, Tex., was bitten
by a snake and died, and Maj. Henry Brown
writes thus to The Pearsall News: "I read in
your last issue of the death from snake bite of
little Ida Newman, of Quihl, and my heart j
almost bled for her parents, under the belief j
that if they had immediately applied a warm, !
wet poultice of tobacco the little innocent ;
would have survived. Two just such bites
wero overcome iu just that way near me ot
Belton in 1858."
An Odd Silver Dollar.
Milkman David Whitney is the possessor of
a silver dollar on which the head of the god
dess of liberty stands at right angles with the
"buzzard" on the other side, as if the old lady
had been knocked down and the bird was
about to commence a banquet upon her flesh.
At the Birmingham bank the specimen was
pronounced genuine, but entirely unique and
unexpUunable. Ansonia (Conn.) Sentinel.
Destitution in the Mountains.
There is said to be much destitution among
the whites in the mountain region of Giles
county, Va. Many people live in open
cabins, which afford less shelter in winter for
their occupants than do the barns and other
buildings in tho north used f r the shelter of
live stock. Iu winter the omen and chil
dren are without shoes end stockings, and
havo scarcely sufficient clothing to cover
them. Chicago Times.
Several years ago a young girl near Aiken,
S. C. , was in the act of placing a pitcher on a
fence post when she was struck dead by light
ning. Since then the pitcher has remained on
the post, safe by superstition from the touch
of negroes, who believe that the arm which
touches it will be paralyzed. Storms and cy
clones and earthquakes have not displaced it,
although the post which holds it is fast crum
bling with decay. y
If any readers havo received pottal cards
mailed at Atlanta, Ga., and written any time
between 1S83 and last week, they may here
read an explanation of the delay. The post
master the other day found over fifty postal
cards that had fallen under a board of tho
letter box. Somo of them were three years
old. Thero was nothing to do bu-j to mail
them, as it would be a violation of the law to
Died In Disgrace.
Several Russian engineers were recently
tried on a charge of having defrauded the
government Among those who were found
guilty was the chief of the department. Col.
Bernard. When he was put into the prison
suit and his decorations were removed from
his breast, ho was struck with apoplexy and
died on the spot
The Noted Confederate.
John S. Mosby is a slight, bent, blocdo man,
with a cold gray eye containing no more ex
pression than a boy's marble. He talks
slowly, never gets excited and dcts not know
what fear is. Detroit Free Press.
AMONG THE WARRING BIRDS.
Blue 'ays Who Acted, the Part of Peace
makers A Curious Story.
A side:it of Memphis erected on his
lawi a large bird house, intended as the sum
mer couso of a flock of martins. It was a
throe story affair, and three varieties of birds
inhabited it martins, bluebirds and spar
rows. Tho numbers were about equal. The
mixture of breeds did not appear to cause
discontent for a long time. Each bird nation
gathered sticks and straw and other material
for nests, arid harmony prevailed for weeks.
One day, however, tho gentleman's family
discovered that there was something wrong
with tho inhabitants of the airy house on tho
lawn. There was unusual commotion, a
squealing, pecking and fluttering which de
noted trouble in the hitherto happy family.
A close watch brought the further discovery
that the martins and bluebirds had joined
forces and were making a mighty effort to
drive the sparrows off the premises. Tho
sparrows battled pluckily for their home, but
were in tho end doomed to defeat and on ig
Opposed the lawn in a neighbor's yard
stood several large oaks. A small colony of
blucjays had pre-empted homes there. The
sparrows on being forced from homes and
nests took refuge in the oaks. Their advent
was followed by bird chatter, and chirp and
squall, participated in by both sparrows and
jays. Tho noise attracted the family, and
now two households were watching with in
terest the actions of the winged tribes.
Shortly the spaiTows, seemingly escorted
by & number of the jays, returned to tho
lawn and house. This was followed by a
convention of bird music, in which the jays
took the prominent part By and by the bed
lam of voices ceased, and the jays did the
talking or chirping. They soon returned to
the oaks, leaving quiet and peace on the
lawn. The three bird colonics worked all
summer without further jar or disagreement,
Did tho jays act tho part of peacemakers?
Keokuk Cor. Globe-Democrat
A White Negro.
Isaac Simonds, a negro, of Boston, Mass., is
turning white every day. He is over 60 years
old, and was once a slave. Nine years ago,
while visiting in Louisville, Ky., ho took
sick, and after a threo weeks' illness recov
ered. But ever since then his skin has been
gradually losing its ebony color, until now ho
would readily pass for a white man.
Hires a Substitute.
When a wealthy Chinaman is sentenced to
death he repays the judge with a bland smile
and a low bow, and then yawns and stretches
and goes home. Ho can in most cases hire a
substitute for $30 in American money to suf
fer in his stead, and is only troubled because
tho trial interferes with his routine daily life
Detroit Free Press.
A Wooden Legged Cow.
Soma eighteen months ago an English
farmer successfully amputated one of the
hind logs of a valuable and well bred short
horn cow, the object being to retain the cow
for breeding purposes, while a wooden leg
was affixed to the stump. The cow is now a
mother, and has a fine bull calf running by
Candidates' New Scheme.
During the last canvass in St Louis the
candidates instituted a new scheme. They
kept a record known as a "block book," in
which they wrote tho names of the "bleeders"
and "no goods," who tire in the habit of work
ing candidates at election time. New York
The Great Fronde Myth. "
In speaking of Professor Norton's recent
work on Carlyle The St James' Gazette
says: "The Carlyle fable the great Froude
myth of the dyspeptic literary monster and
the martyred wife was never thoroughly
believed in by a large number of persons."
In Chicago, of Course.
Bridget Ma'am, Oi've tuk the crape ofFn
the dure. Phat will Oi do with it?
Chicago Widow Put it away carefully,
Bridget It has already served on two cf
these melancholy occasions, and we cannot
tell what may happen. Rambler.
Went All the Way Down.
A negro well digger in Loesburg, Ga, was
alarmed at the disappearance of his crowbar,
which he wrjs using in the bottom of a well.
Investigation showed that a thin crust of
stone was between him and a pool of cold
water twenty feet in diameter,
- Justice Miller, of the United States supreme
bench, is tho John L. Sullivan of that learned
body. It is said that his skill with Indian
clubs and boxing gloves has won him as
much respect as his knowledge of musty
laws. Chicago Times,
Joe Demoncs, 15 years old, and black, went
down to the landing at Jeffersonville, Inil.,
to see a steamboat go out As he stood look
ing she blew her whistle viciously, and imme
diately the boy lost the power of speech and
hasn't spoken since.
A New Trick.
A New York sharper, who only had desk
room himself in an office, "rented" the rest of
the place to an Englishman for $500 a year.
The money was paid in advance, and tho
sharper is now some distance in advance of
Ai Expired Treaty.
The treaty with Mexico which permitfed
troops to cross from either country into the
other in pursuit of hostile Indians expired re
cently. United States troops now crossing
the line must go as citizens instead of as A
Locusts in Mexico.
Large swarms of locusts are again spread
ing devastation in various parts of Mexico.
The inhabitants are engaged in a combined
effort to extinguish the pest, and thousands
are killed daily. Chicago Times.
Wanted Moral Suasion.
A lad in South Boston having handed his
teacher a note reading, "Licking don't do this
boy no good; talk to him," provoked an in
quiry that led to the discovery that he had
himself written the note.
Wages In Germany.
" For a day of ten hours a woman in Ger
many working in the fields gets 15 to SO
cents, a man 20 to 50 cents, seamstresses 80 to
50 cents, machinists and carpenters 75 cents
to $1, and masons $1.
A Big Nugget. 'W7 fTX 33
" A gold nugget weighing thirty-five pounds
and valued at $6,000, is on exhibition in San
Francisco. It was found in the northeastern
part of the state, and is the largest and finest
one ever unearthed.
A Strange Disease.
John Snyder, the hoosier whose only relief
from the effects of a strange disease is in al
most continual walking, shaves as he vroi ks,
md takes his meals on the go.
PLEASURES OF THE STEERAGE.
Experiences of Two Tonne Men on an
Ocean SUsmer Stealing Food.
The rates for a tirst-clasa passage to
Europe and bock have fallen so low that
I would forego the pleasure of cross in
in the steerage again, said a friend to
reporter the other day.
Did you come as a steerage passen
ger asked the reporter.
"Yes, I was hard up last summer, and
I had to cither try the 6teerage or swim,
My friend Jim IL was with me. and w
are not likely to forget our experience.
"We boarded the ship at Havre with a
fine crowd of Italians, French, Germans,
bwiss, and representatives of every other
nation, under tho sun. Our bedroom
was below decks, fifty by twenty feet in
size, containing some 200 bunks in
double tiers, one above the other, and
separted bunk from bunk by a slat
few hours after leaving port, when we
began to think of our supper and to
wonder what the bill of fare might be, a
bell waa heard. We rushed down the
gangway in good spirits, but no 6igns of
the feast were visible. A bare pine table
was in the center of our bunk room.
Twenty-four of us surrounded it. The
The remaining 275 sat perched upon the
bunks like hungry vultures. The steward
now showed himself, with bell in hand,
and invited us to be seated. We finally
learned we would have to divide into
squads according to tiie location of our
bunks. To a squad were given two
tickets one for wino and coffee, the
other for meat and soupj each ticket
bearing the number of persons in the
party. We were also allowed two pans.
one deep and the other shallow, and
with these two of us were told to get
from the kitchen rations for tho squad.
Jim and I failed to grab a tin cup, iron
fork and spoon when we had a chance,
and as these articles were scarce were
compelled to eat with our pocket knives
and from a saucepan in common with a
fat German until we hooked these luxu
ries from our neighbors.
"The delegates sent to the kitchen for
our first meal, after waiting for an hour
were sent away rejoicing with a 6tew
composed of odds and ends of meats and
vegetables, immersed in a thick, brown,
uninviting gravy. xou can imagine
that the menu was not very appetizing
to a delicate stomach. I really enviod
the two comely girls at our table, for the
hrst mate took such a fancy to them that
not only their lodging places but their
food was very much improved. For the
next few days we were too wck to use
what we got After that Jim and I lost
considerable flesh, until a couple of Eng
lish rascals taught us to help ourselves
to the cook's or baker's supplies, when
we formed quite a successful confed
eracy. A way of loafing around the
kitchen resulted in numerous gains of
boiled potatoes. A large leg of mutton
was cne day s booty; a couple of broiled
lamb chops and mashed potatoes were
another s. ' Of course it was necessary to
make some very quick and stealthy
grabs. The pastry cook once lost three
large round cakes at three separate raidd
within half an hour. The last two days
were good for this sport, as the pastry
cook was then some distance from hia
room busy stirring ice cream. Just op
posite this pastry-room was the bread
cook's room, at the window of which
that official usually stood. In order to
divert his attention from the real game,
the rape of the cake apposite. Jim at one
time pretended to grab some bread while
another of our band carried off the prize
we were after. So much running around
after food and only getting half enough
then made us somewhat weak, and we
were glad to lie down upon any con
venient spot regardless of the dirt of the
"For six nights of our voyage I slept
on deck, as I objected to a bed already
filled with life.
"I must say a word about our compagu
ons de voyage. Werner, ruler of the
so-called 'Werner gang,' was in charge
of a party from the liorranich valleys
of Switzerland. His sui'i 'fs took his
lordly manner very meekly. At meal
time their ruler -presided over the gang's
meat and soup dish and dealt out the
portions according to his own pleasure.
Though he was rough and could swear
roundly at them, he was very just. He
was a particular favorite with the
women, old and young. Good looks
aided him here; a bright eye, a jolly
laugh, curly brown hair, rosy cheeks
and a powerful frame.
"Among the English gang were:
'Harry,' familiarity called the 'Bloody
Joker,' a younger son of a lord, likely
enough, but who had gone to the devil;
Pat,' a representative son of Ireland,
and 'Greenhorn Jack,' a fellow of 25
years, trying his luck in a foreign land,
who was the f unniest looking fellow I
ever saw. His eyes were mere peep
holes, his nose was tipped up so much
that the bridge was lost sight of, his
mouth constantly stretched with a rin,
displaying teeth of only half the ordin
ary length. A brown, stubby chin beard
did not increase his good looks, A hat
of a style several years back was a
target for the playful and rough wit of
his messmates. The poor fellow merely
grinned at the rough jokes played on
him. He waa rather quiet, probably
homesick, for lie had little money and
An Artist's Awful Realism.
Concerning the awful realism of
Titian's anatomical drawing and color
ing this story is told: When ho first
painted his "John the Baptist" the Turk
ish ambassador urged him to go to Con
stantinople to sell it He followed that
advice. The sultan admired his work,
and declared the nock of tho decapitated
apostle was not correctly represented.
"Now," said the sultan, "I will show
you." Calling a slave the royal despot
drew his own blade 'and severed the vas
sal's head from his body. Over his
ghastly femains the sultan argued the
justice of his criticism. Titian is said to
have profited by this Horrible experience
and thereafter depicted the drawn mus
cles and severed arteries with frightful
intensity in the copies of hia original
study. Chicago New,
A CARNIVAL BALL IN CUBA.
Scenes In the Casino Espanol A laby
rinth it Artificial Grottoes.
The orchestra has taken their seats on
a miniature stage built in the corner
wliich faced both of tho large rooms
stretching out at right angles to each
other, and whose floors of white marble
were covered with persons, most of
whom were in dominos or fancy costumes
and masked, promenading up and down.
The few men who were not masked
wore ordinary afternoon or business
suits, only one dress suit being visible,
and few of the ladies, even those not in
dominos, wore low-necked dresses.
After an introductory overture, the
orchestra at the Casino Espanol on the
night in question struck into tho first
dance of the evening in "Vals Tropical
The Cubans have two kinds of waltzes,
that just mentioned and the "Vals
Strauss," wliich last more nearly resem
bles our own American movement. The
"Vals Tropical" consists of one move
ment, a soft, melodious one of about two
hours in. length, played over and over
again. The time is very slow and the
air is languishing and enticing. Hardly
had the first notes sounded when the
room was filled with dancers, and in a
moment it seemed as if a human wave
rose and fell with the same voluptuous
measured cadence as the strains of the
orchestra. The step taken was the waltz,
but the movement was so slow that the
the dancers really only walked to and
fro in it. Without the exchange of a
word and with perfectly immovable
faces, a couple would eoe-saw back and
forth for fully ten minutes, then sud
denly stop, walk around or sit down,
and as suddenly go at it again.
A typical Cuban family were my near
neighbors. The father, a short and very
stout gentleman, who was evidently an
officer of the club from the deference
tliat was paid hin, was nearest me.
Then came two daughters, aged, respect
ively, about 17 and 20 years, and both
very pretty, with the blackest hair and
eyes, pearly teeth, and delicate complex
ion their faces for a wonder not covered
thickly with the white Cuscarilla powder
wliich disfigures tho majority of the
Cuban women; and then the mother, a
fine-looking, gray-haired woman of about
45. The daughters were dressed very
plainly in high-necked colored lawn
dresses. They wore gloves, but n
jewelry, and carried handsome fans ex
quisitely painted by hand. Tho mother
wore plain black silk and velvet, with
fine old lace trimmings, and her few
diamonds sparkled witli an unmistakable
luster. Every now and then the son, a
young man of about 24, would come up,
whisper a few words to his mother, and
go away again to join some companions.
The party watched tho dancing intently,
but did not converse much, the daugh
ters casting glances around from under
their long eyelashes once in a while that
would make the average American want
to leave at once unless he could know
the fair archers, but as quickly and de
murely dropping their eyes again if they
found themselves observed too closely.
As the lancers neared its conclusion and
tho "rumti-iddleum" of the grand chain
began, beans began to arrive, at first
singly, then by twos and threes. These
youths, all well dressed and well man
nered, invariably spoke nrst to the
father, then shook hands with the daugh
ters in turn, and then, after bowing to
the mothers, sat down and talked with
the latter. In a few minutes, conse
quently, the good lady was surrounded
with beaus, all talking and gesticulating,
while the fair daughters still sat alone.
This continued until the next dance, a
"Vals Tropical," began, when suddenly
two of tho youths left the mother and,
evidently by previous arrangement, of
fered their arms to the daughters, and
were soon with the latter treading tho
slow measures of the to us curious
After enjoying some delicious ices
brought in we decided lo leave this ball
for one at another club some blocks
away, liy this time it was nearly mid
night, and the waning moon only half lit
the streets still thronged with maskers
all shouting and laughing, but, btnmge
to say, hi every few instances intoxi
cated. As we walked along a tall, un
gainly negress, fantastically clad in sack
ing, strode by us muttering to herself
and with a crowd of gamins following
and hooting at her. The lady of our
party drew back in fright. "Only a
crazy woman, saia our Cuban com
panions. "They allow them to roam
about the street here." Coming to a
block where the sidewalk was under an
arcade we took the middle of the street,
and to my wondering query as to the
reason for this procedure I was told that
there had been several persons stabljed
of late under these dark archways, and
hence the precaution.
So through the narrow streets of the
city we pursued our way until a corner
turned, revealed a wider street filled
with peoplo in front of a low building
brilliantly illuminated and through
whose windows floated out again on the
warm air the strainsof a "Vals Tropical."
It was the club-house whither we wero
bound and where a second ball was in
progress. A delay of a tew moments at
the doorway while our invitations wero
carefully scrutinized ensued, and we
then entered the first of a labyrinth of
rooms made to resemble grottos, the
walls and ceilings being covered with
papiermache, corrugated and painte-d.
At irregular intervals there projected
from the walls huge serpents of papier-
mache holding in their mouths vari
colored lights. Tho orchestra was con
cealed, but to its strains the dancers,
here all masked, moved slowly round,
the lights falling on their rich costumes
and bright colored dominoes with wierd
effect. Threading our way through theso
rooms we descended some bteps through
what appeared a large cavern and found
ourselves in a large ball-room again filled
with dancers. Looking back, wo saw
that our entrance had been through tho
mouth of an immense demon's head,
whence streams of maskers continuully
issued, or through which they continu
ally disappeared. Cor. New York Times.
said to havo been
first reoorted in 1777.
THE BAKERS OP PARIS.
1 Quiet I.iro Severity or the Work'
Worn Out at tho Age of 50.
(rnrls Cor. Chicago Jnurnnl.J '
Parisian bakers excel all others la tho
quality of their broad and yet its pro
cess of making scorns to date Almost
from the time whoa Abraham com
manded Sarah, to knead flue meal, and
make cakes to give a morsel of bread to
hii threo angol visitors. Tho bakers
aro the most ino;Teuivo of citlens;
liko tho bulcliers, they will never bo
foun 1 to figure iu political riots or
revolutions. Tho baker's life passos
away iu silence; ho works by night and
sleeps by day. Ho is generally married,
and his numerous family shows how ho
ignores Ma! thus, lie leaves that philos
opher to recruit his ad'eptd auioug tho
Being only passing rich, on r francs a
day, he can not enjoy the liberality of
the now collego tari.l, which allows tho
parent having livo sous boarder
m the establishment, tbo fifth to pay
nothing. That resembles th assistance
tendered in early dars by the pawn
brokiug institutions which lent only to
the rich. Tho bakor is a living anatomy
pale, thin, prematurely old. a martyr
to rheumatism, and evar suffering from
a graveyard congli. lie works iu a cel
lar, from 7 in tho evening till 4 in tho
morning, almost nalcod and between a
current of air i!owiue from tho stroot
railings to the mouth of tho fiery fur
nace. The work is ko severe that no lad
is taken as an apprentice till butween 17
or I8; his lifo is worn out at SO years,
and I nover heard of any insuran'.'O
oilice accenting bakers' lives for any
l.uten lo tho sigh, find noto tho head
drop aa ho puddles at tbe dough. Each
thud is a prematuro beat in his funeral
march to tlio grave. .No wonder tliat in
early Homo, slaves, ayo, and in chains
too, wero condemned to the kneading
trough and fiour-niill as pfual punish
ment. In the fourth cent 'ry in Franec,
so di.i'icult was it to obtain men to make
bread, that tho master bakors estab
lished publio houses near thoir work
shops to entice men insido, and when
tho visitors woro muddled they wero
dro, pod through a trop-door and mado
captive for lifo. It wm a soldier who
escaped divulgod tliis Toar do 'es!o.
This may explain why th Kornans in
sisted that tlio soii3of bakora should bo
Tlio Moteorlo Sliowerof 183U.
Cor. H!a"k-ihetr C.cv) 0--rRian.l
It was a rain of fire, not etars. Tho
stars, or sparks, not only occurred at
tho end of tlio lins of dro. Imagine a
rain of molten iron piriking tho earth.
each drop bursting into sparks. Noth
ing elho will compare. 1 could not now
desoribo it, if experience with foun
dries and smith-shops had not afforded
tho comparison. Tbo fire fell in streams
liko the heaviest Cre rain I evor wit
nessed and swayod to and fro just as
tho water is by the motion of tho cloud
or wind. Tho ouly atars I saw woro
just such as ono seos when molten iron
is running into or from tho ladlo, or
when irou with a welding hoat is with
drawn froin tho forgo, or such as seen
when tho.liuuid motul drops upon earth.
or such as toea in tho wako of an ox-
lho strangest foaturo to me was no
sparks or stars appoarod oxeept at tho
end of tho Hue of nro rain, which
stopped about fivo fet from tho earth.
as near as I can judgo. The piazza had
throo steps from tho grouud. I 0011 Id
not havo been more than three feet
high, and tho lino of I'iro rain burst into
sparks on a level wilh my eye Nono
that 1 saw struck tho earth, but alter
sparkling on this lino disappeared, to bo
succeeded by others in quick nueeession.
I roeollect distinctly oiw rving tho scono
around the yard, aud the road led di
rectly Irom tlio sate. Rid wondering
why uono of tho liro or pparks roaohed
tho earth. It was not m light as day,
but a lurid light greater than I havo
evor seen since. Objects wero perfectly
discernible, though not to well aa by
Tlio I'irn 0- 4 Mnc-Io.
'( l.miiiiiall ('oi:iiii.niJ lrT.:tte.
Thero is perhaps 110 excitement to
which tho averaco Sew Yorker is moro
susceptillo than that which arises from
a burning building. He wul leave his
business, his dinner, or any other occu
pation which he may be engagod in at
tlia time, to run to a fire, anil whothor
ho has stopped to put on his hat or pick
up Ijh coat will bo with him un alter
consideration. A liro engine drawn by
a pair of infuriated bleeds, tearing
the arms out of tho sockets of tho hal-le-ss
driver, with its sparks Hying and
its gong beating, can draw iu its wako
a perfect army of small boys and turn
tho most peaceful neighborhood at any
hour of tho day or niht into a perfect
A liro can gather together a bigger
crowd in a shorter space of timo and
hold it longer than a political mooting,
a brass band, or Damurn's circus. Tho
moro whisper of tho word "nro" in a
crowded hall or thoatro will sullko to
bring an audience to its foet at onco,
and will causo women to shriek and
faint and men to turn white on thoif
own shirt-fronts. Tho wildest tempest
at soa could scarcely give moro alarm
to tho passengers of an ocean 6toamor
than tho information that tho ship
was on fire. However great may Ikj
the excitement consequent upon a
conflagration at tho timo, it soon
dies away aftor tho causo has boon re
moved, and it takes but a few hours for
tho matter to bo forgotten by all except
thoso who have sufiired the loss.
The Itaclllt of I.4iirov. 1
(Ilr-'i-vr kiln We:1:eclrifM
Paul (juttniann, in a careful etudy of
tho bacilli of lcprosj, observod in olo
vatod nodosities in a girl betwoon 13
and 13 years of ago, found the microbes
always colloctod in cells, afeatnro which
distinguishes them at ouco from tho
bacilli ot tuberculosis, while tho fact
that they stain more racily than tho lat
ter further distinguishes thorn. Tho
bacilli aro found iiecial!y in tbo skin,
but also in other organs tho Bout of tho
disease, and even iu tho blood. As a
rulo, the organisms are oxtromoly num
erous at tho seat of tho liyflons. Thwir
microscopic appearances aro tho same iu
every case, aud hence it is no longer
doubtful that they are tho cause of tho
leprosy, notwithstanding tho failuro of
attempts to inoculate animals. Theso
seem to be refactory to tbo disease, in
asmuch as in no case has it ever been
observed a rong them.
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