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frROFESSlO MAL CARDS?
Jj C. ALDERSON,
, Attorney-at-L aw,
? Tazewkll, C.n., Va.
Wilt practico in the.- cruvti of Tnrowell
lrounly,"aii'l the Court ;>f Appeals nt Wythe
?viile. Oiler-tin* a FreslalErV. Lands for
ksule and land titles examined.
[j II. STUART,
S???.ll p<-miiflco 111 tbo courts of Taziwell,
?B80U u0^"Slercor- ?iul McDowell counties,
) M. n. COULI.NO, - j
I Attorn ey-at-Law & Collector
'Grabau, Tazbwkll county, Va.
kr.nctVo in nil the Courts of Tnzowoll
imly. Vn., aiH Mercer County, W. V.t.
S. W*. Williams. "A C. DAvirso.v.
Bland C. II , Va. Princeton, W. Va.
^yiLUAMSa; DAVIDSON, .
A. ttor>riu yK-at-tiHW,
Practica in o.\\ ibo Courts of Tit?:'wol
a u-itv, Virginia, and Mercer county, West
J. & B. I). MAY,
TAZBWELL C. n., VIIiGIKIA,
Practico in ths Courts of TaaeweTl county,
nnri in the Crurt of Appeals at Wythevill I
Va: Particular nt.'pntinn paid to the col?
lection of claim?. Ofll :o opposite now Courd
jphy*- '< Cfivl i?. nsxil<p-A*r?jyfoon,
TA.ZEWi.LL C. U, VIIiOINIA.
t-"?f"OFFicn Cour.t House Square.
Rooms in resilience east end of town.
Ofllco West front Room, Strns building,
CRAVING AND HAIR CUTTING.
T. 13. WABBBK
Tazewell, C. II.. Va.
Baloon Es?t front room. Btias building,
upstair*. Elegant Chairs, Plate Glasi Mir?
ror?, and all the modern conver fences.
0. R SURFACE. JESSE P. WniTE
ISURFACE St WHITE, Phop'b.
CrjT"Honso entirely Rofurnised.
A well-snpplied Tab!o, a complete Bar
and good Stables.
TAZETCELL; C. H. VA
L. R. DODD
ThiH large Hotel is entirely refurnished
and fitted np to suit modern require
Special arrangements for commeroinl
Table always supplied with the best.
The Bar supplied with tho finest nnd
purest Liquors, Cigars, &o.
Good StableH, Sheds, &c
Doxr. at Tnn -
CHncli Valh>y INovm
Every Kind of Woik nil! hs done)
._ f Neatly and Q rculy.
VALLEY MUTUAL LIFE
D. B. BALDWIN
pwELii, o. ij., Virginia,
J. P. & J. H. Kelly, Publi
Ax c:chnngo says: Until recently
sugar cane was looked upou as prac?
tically worthless also, and was por
mittuil to go to wasto by tho. thousands
of tons. In i ursuing rouio investiga?
tions a short tiuiu ago for tho purpose
of discovering, if possible, whether the
fiber of tbo cnue could not bo used in
tho inanufcolnro of bagging, a gentlo
man found proportion which convinced
him (hat paper could bo made of the
stalk if suitable macbinory could bo de?
vised for reducing it to a pulp. After
ninny diueouragoments tho task was
accomplished,"and- of ilio first batch ol
pulp manufactured, a Northern paper
mill recently mado enough sugar cane
p-po.- to pr'nt ono edition of tho Now
Orleans Picayune. A coj>y of tho pa?
per now in hand is substantial and
tough, with fair color and smooth sur?
faces. It is claimed for it that it will
bo specially desirable for uso on fast
pri iting presses, and that its manufac?
ture, which is now rogardod as a per?
manent enterprise, will odd largely to
the wealth of Louisiana, as well as tend
still further to simplify tho problom.of
A BTHAKOB phenomenon occurrod
during a storm 0:1 a recent evening in
tho vicinity of tlu Hoard of Trade
tower-light, in Chicago. It was none
other, than a shower of birds. The
next, morning when tho watchman made
his rounds nt daylight he found the
sidewalks and stroots in front of the
tower fairly covered with doad birds of
all sort-". A littlp later tho electrician
came down, and when he saw tho great
pile of birds ho said fiat it was the
electric lifjht at the top of tho tower.
When ho went up to tho lantern with
several members of tho Hoard of Trado,
tho roof was found to bo covered with
dead I irda, ami each of tho lamps in
tho big circle of light was filled with
them; ono ?lobo had eight birds in it,
two being still nl'vc. 'i heso birds wore
of overy known variety, and many un?
known, or rather unfamiliar, species
we 10 among tho lot. AH shades and
colors were there, scarlot, b'.uo, pink,
red, canary, mottled black nnd white;
nnd there wore sonic suipo and plover
among them. Tho thoory is that thoy
wero migratory Hocks, going from
south to north, nnd v; _0 attracted by
the great light," which the moment they
? couched killed them. Tho birds were
all of the Mnall species, tho s. ipo be?
ing tho largest, und this kind usually
lly lower than ducks and geeso, about
300 feet high. The great light is jusi
at that height, nnd accounts for tho
destruction of tho birds. Thoro were
j millions of them, enough to trim all
1 the ladies' hats in Illinois.
j TllE magnificent Castlo of Windsor
was built by Edward III. (1827-1877),
; and his method of conducting tho work
I may servo as a specimen of tho condition
J of tho pcoplo in that age. Instead of
j engaging men by contracts and wages
i ho assessed every county in l'nglaiid to
I send him a certain number of masons,
tilers, ami carpenter*, as if ho had been
lowing tho army.
AYomi x f.vmerh- had a pocket in the
foro part of thoir stays in which, ac?
cording t.i Stevens, they carried not
only love lottern and lovo tokens, but
even their mouey nnd materials for
The Crown Piin o of Germany he*
event r-t w?i decoration*.
In time. Kidney diseases rany be prevented
by purifying, renewing, nnd Invigorating
the blood with Aycr's Snrsaparillii. "When,
through debility, the action of the kidneys
Is perverted, these organs rob the blood of
its needed constituent, albumen, which Is
passed oft" in the urine, while worn out
matter, which they should carry oft" from
the blood, is allowed to remain. P.y the
use of Ayer's Snrsaparilln, the kidneys
lire restored to proi>cr action, and Albu
i Bright's Disease
is prevented. Ayer's Sarsaparilla nlso
prevents inflammation of the kidneys, and
other disorders of these orgnns. Ufrs. Jns.
TvYWckl, Forest Hilt st., Jamaica riain,
jMnss., writes: "I have had a complica?
tion of diseases, but my greatest trouble
has been with my kidneys. Four bottles
of Ayer's Sarsnpnrilla made ino feel liko
a new person; as well and strong as
ever." \V. 31. 3IcDonald, iC, Summer tt.,
Boston, Mass., had been troubled for years
with Kidney Complaint. Ily the use of
Ayer's Sarsaparilla, ho not only
the dlscaso from assuming a fatal form,
but was restored to perfect health. John
McLclInn, cor. Bridge and Third sts.,
Lowell, 3lnss., writes: "For several years
I suffered from Dyspepsia and Kidney
Complaint, the latter being so severe at
limes that I could scarcely attend to my
work. My nppctlto was poor, und I was
much emaciated; but by using
my appetite and digestion Improved, nnd
my health has been perfectly restored."
Sold by nil Druggists.
Trlco $1; Six bottles, $5.
Prepared by Dr. J. C. Aycr .t Co., Lowell,
ilass., U- S. A.
Push on, brave heart, nor yet despair.
Though dark and dreary seem Iho way,
Thy sun will shlno from skies as fair
As evor graced tho coming day.
And over keep bofore th;no eyes
The heroes of the mighty past;
Think how they struggled for the prize,
And thou shalt surely win at last
Push on, as sonn bravo swimmers do,
Ovor storm-capped waves of lifo,
Btriko out against the undortow,
And coino oft victor in tho strife.
Push on, and win a lasting namo
Tho nations of tho earth among,
Nor stoop to uso as stops to famo
-Thy fcllow-mon who round you throng.
Pmh on, and when thou gain'st tho day,
Remember tho.? bravo words of mine;
Bear up beneath ea :h darkenod ray,
Thy sun is waiting but to shine
With tenfold glory from above.
That hour is darkest next tho dawn,
Success is certain. Do not fear.
But let tho watehward be?^Push on.
?Jack Gardiner in Detroit Free /><??.
THE SQUIRE'3 APPLES.
"Such pretty apples!'' cried Linnet
Dessuir, ecstatically. "With red cheeks,
just as if a fairy pencil had painted them,
and delicious, bloomy streaks hero and
there 1 I should like to copy them on n
plaque or a panel or something, if only
jno could be sure of reproducing thoso
dclicatj tints of rose and white!"
"Wei', I declare!'1 said Hose Hebron,
the country cousin, whom she was vis't
ing, laughing with a merry, thrush-like
laugh, as the two girls sat on n moss
manieled boulder under tho boughs of
the lady-apple-tree, with here and there
\ yellow leaf fluttering drcamly down at
their fc.-t. "Who would dream of such
v poetical description applying to the ap?
ples that grow in Squire Sandford's or?
"Wasn't it good of him to allow us to
;athcr them?" said Linnet, trimming tho
ide leaflet* oil a lovely branch of yellow
'?1 shidl'not believe that they arc nb
loUiteiy tinirs though," declared Rose,
'until I'sce them in the old apple-bin at
,J j"Why not?"
,,. '"O'.i, Squire Cedric is eccentric I" Hose
"Cedric} Is that his name?"
"Yes. Isn't it an odd relic of the
Saxon times?" lau ;hcd Itose.
"It's a very .romantic name," remarked
Manet, wrinkling her brows in pretty
consideration of the epithet.
"Ih isn't romantic," observed Rose.
"Isn't he? Hut why not?"
"lie's so old! Thirty, at least!" Rose
responded, with an emphatic nod of the
"Horrid ogre!" said Linnet, who was
in her seventeenth year. "Come, Rosey,
let's go home. I'm as hungry as a canni?
bal ! Gathering apples is tuch hard work 1"
She skipped ahead, with her yellow
trcss2s floating behind, like stray strands
? f sunshine, and her white dress rus:ling
'>ver the drifts of perfumed lcav.s that
carpeted tho path.
Rose fol'owcd, with affectionate eyes
"What is the difference between me
and Linnet?" she asked herself. "My
dress is white also; my hair is as golden
as hers. Why is it thnt sho is like a
dancing sprite?I, n plodding human be?
Poor little Rosy! She did not realize
that Linnet Dessoir had grown up in an
altogether different atmosphere; that Lin?
net had unconsciously modeled her dress
from the graceful robes which her father,
tho artist, kept to drape his lay-figures;
that her eye bad been trained, her tasto
cultured, in every possible point.
"He's only n poor struggling artist!"
Farmer Hebron hud been wont contcmp
tously to observe, when lie saw his broth?
er-in-law's name among the lists special?
ly honored by the Academy of Design.
"He's a good follow enough," Eugene
Dessoir airily remarked, when his agricul?
tural connection happ/ncd to be men?
tioned. "But he hasn't nn idea be
youd his own fat cattle! Ilcdon't live;
he only vegetates!"
Linnet, however, tho bright, mother
lass young beauty, was a great favorite of
the kind-hearted Hebrons; and when she
had so enthusiastically admired the beau?
tiful pink-and-white lady-apples on Squire
Sandford's tree, Mr. Hebron had gone so
far out of his way to ask the squire for a
"Just to please the little girl," said he.
"Sho thinks a deal of pretty things."
"Sho is quito 'welcome," said Squire
Sandford, with formal politeness. "If
you will send a barrel to the tree to-mor?
row, Mr. Hebron, it shall be filled for
And when the squire said this he pict?
ured in his mind's eye tho aforesaid nicc0
as a romp of eleven or twelve, with
shingled liair, freckles and prctcrnatural
ly long arms.
All night long Linnet Dessoir dreamed
of the lady-apples, and when the sun
rose, n sphere of rubied fire, nbovc the
eastern hills, she jumped out of bed nnd
dressed herself with hosto.
"I can't sleep another minute," said
she. "It's just the very sort of morning
to walk out across tho woods nnd look at
the lady-applc-trcc, with the little spring
gushing out so close to its roots, and the
blu; asters, and thickets of golden-rod,
by the stone fence. I won't wake Rosy.
Rosy was up lato last night, putting la
azewell c. h., va.
bels on the quince jolly. I'll lot her
sleep, nud go by myself!"
But Miss Hebron was no more of a lng
ganl in the morning than was her city
cousin. At seven precisely she knocked
at Linnet's door, but the bird had flown.
"How provoking!" said Hose. "But
I'll follow her. 81ie must have gone to
try to niuke that sketch of the old mossy
rock close to the l:dy-npplc tree I I won"
der if sho knows that my father has pas?
tured Ajax in the adjoining field?''
"Ajax" w s a savage, beautiful bull,
who was at once the prido and torment
of Farmer Hebron, and a thrill of terror
came int > Kosc's heart as she made all
speed to follow the dewy truck of Lin?
net's footsteps over tho grass.
As she reached tho bolt of woods close
to tho apple-orchard, sho paused In dis?
may at the sound of a sweet, high pitched
It's Linnet!" she involuntarily ex?
claimed. "And she's scolding some?
body. D.or me, whom can it be? Sure?
ly not Ajax!"
"You nro a thief!" sho could henr Lin?
net exclaim?"a robber! Let that bar?
rel of apples alone, I say. I don't caro
whether you arc Sipiire Band ford or not.
That barrel of apples is mittel"
And as Rose drew near, sho could scu
this dimpled young Amazon resolutely
defending tho barrul of apples, with her
single Strength, against Squire Sund ford
nud his stoutest farm laborer.
She stood there, with one slight hand
on tho red-checked fruit, which was
brimming over the barrel-hoops, nnd be?
fore her the tall squire nnd his herculenn
aid-de-camp were helpless.
"If you will allow mo to explain?"
pacifically began the squire.
"I will allow nothing 1" declared Lin?
net. "I repeat, these apples arc mine!
Touch them, nt your peril!"
Thus far the youeg heroine was a con?
queror. But alnst in that very moment
of victory Nemesis was at hand. There
was the dull sound of trampling hoofs,
then n sullen bellow, and Ajax himself,
bursting through n weak spot' in tho
fence, was upon tilt;:'..
Linnet Dessoir collapsed, so k) r.|?c.ak,
at once. Bhc forgot her heroism, her
dignity?everything but her danger, nnd
flew, for rescue, to Squire S.ndford,
"Save me! savo mcl"
Tho farm-hand dogged behind the
wagon; but Squire Band ford never
quailed, but held her resolutely in his
"Do not bt afraid," he said, almost ns
if he ha 1 been speaking to a frightened
child. "Nothing shall harm you, little
For an instant, things look very black;
then Squire Sandford spoke gently once
"Do not hold my arm so tightly," said
he, "Let me get nt my revolver. I must
shoot the brute! No, don't be so terri?
fied. Do not you hear me say that noth'
ing should harm youV
And then tho problem resolved itself,
ns problems often do. Ajax, butting his
huge head against the barrel of lady-ap?
ples, scut them rolling in all directions,
nnd caught his horns in the barrel itself,
effectually blinding him. He set off at a
wild gallop down the hill, bellowing ns
he went, and there he met his fnte in the
shape of two or three men with a run?
ning noose of rope nnd a good stout
"Hello, pet I" shouted Farmer Heb?
ron's voice. "Whnt's the matter? She
hasn't fainted, has she, squire?"
And Linnet, realizing thnt she was safe,
blushingly withdrew fro.nMr. Sand ford's
sheltering arms, nnd ran to her uncle.
"I am so much obliged to you, sir,"
she whispered. "And please?please
don't mind what I said nbout the apples.
You arc guitc welcome to them."
"Hey? Apples I" said Mr. IKSrotli
"Why, Linnet didn't you know that I
carted the barrel Tif apples that the
squire gave you home lust night."
Linnet grew crimson all over, nnd fled
to Hose's faithful breast for consolation.
I?I shall never dnrc to look that man
in the face again," she bewailed-herself,
"Oh, dear?oh, dear, what mutt ho have
thought of ine I"
But of course Mr. Sandford considered
it only righ nnd proper to call that eve?
ning, and inquire how Miss Dessoir
found herself; and really the meeting
was not hnlf as embarrassing as Linnet
had fancied it would be.
They had a good laugh about Ajnx
and tho apples; and Linnet confessed
how dreadfully frightened she hnd been.
"And with reason," said Squire Sand
ford. "There was a second or two in
which wc were in very serious danger."
"But you will forgive mo nbout tho
apples?" said Linnet, with pretty, coax?
"Oh, yes, I will forgive you about the
apples!" Squiro Sand ford laughingly
And in thnt moment Linnet thought
what n very pretty color his eyes were,
decided thnt he couldn't possibly be
thirty years old.
"Isn't it strange ' ?nid Rose Hebron,
"thnt wc have lived neighbor to Squire
Sandford all these years, nnd he has nev?
er been more than ordinarily polite to
me? And here come* Li..net, and quar?
rels with him at five minutes' nctice, and
(?Iis hin) all ?orto q[ names, and now
they nro engaged to be married, und 1
am to be tho bridesmaid."
"Not at all strange I" said Miss Dessoir.
"To mo it seems 51 nice and natural as
possible. But you are mistaken about
his age, llosy. He is only twenty-nine.
And if he were a hundred nnd twenty
nine, I should love him nil the same."
"Of course," said Itose; that is what
all engaged girls say."?Helen Forest
Turkish Public Amusements.
The public amusements of the Turks
consist of mcyd n- y 01100, kura-y\iv, nn 1
tho meddnh. Muydan-oyoonoo is a sort
of low burlesque, acted by men only nnd
without a stage, the changing of cos?
tumes being effected behind a tempora?
ry screen. The knni-g'coT! is tho Turk?
ish ''Punch and Judy," rendered in
shadows, a white sheet being stretched
across one of the angles of the room di?
agonally, forming the base of a triangle,
behind which the performer takes his
stand, and by the force of a strong light
casts the "shadows of coming events" on
the sheet, And the meddah is tho fa?
mous story-teller of the East. The ab?
sence of works of fiction, and the general
ignorance of tho people, who do not
even know how to read, make tho narra?
tives of the meddahs quite acceptable to
tho public, who (lock to hear them for
pastime, for the love of tho marvellous is
too powerful in the warm and imagina?
tive nature of the p.'oplo of that sunny
cliiuo to remain without some develop?
ment. Hence their popularity. Then,
again, these meddahs are not destitute of
dramatic power, entrancing their niton- '
tive audiences by the magnetism of high- '
ly wrought Hction, exaggerated descrip- '
tion, and effective tniuiicry. Indeed, '
some of them have acquired a renown for 1
their specially. Kiz-Akincd, or Lady
Ahmed, is so named on account of his
successful ability in "taking oil" tho la?
dies, and I'idjemin is noted for tho "pa?
thetic." They exercise certain eoup <le
theatre ol their own, and are by tho ex?
cited fancies of tho people invested with
a genii-like power, as they condense into
n passing hour tho scenes of an eventful
life, or detail the enchantments of fniry
dom. In 'PiCt, t1>ofio meddah* occupy
the Orientali?etlirts SeR hni on f?tivc
occasions provide a most wtltC^0l)nrl (,f
the entertainment. Their tales, geTlCD1'"
ly vulgar, to suit public taste, are often
not devoid of some good moral, nnd
their COintcalitias hold up some popular
vice tp public derision.?Harper's Utuar.
Ill nn African Forest.
At this juncture tho nntivc guides ar?
rived, having followed in our footsteps,
anxious to sec the result of our self-guid?
ance. Wishing to transfer my response
bility to other shoulders 1 offered them a
present of cloth if they would lead us
through the trackless forests to the pre?
cincts of Itornho; whence I knew we
could find our way unaided to Taveita.
They consented nnd once more wo entered
the dusky woods, following a zigzag
course by means of the rough paths
which elephants lind just rn de. Often
the long-stemmed flowers, nnd crushed
stained grass would be slowly rising erect
ngain from the prostrate position into
which they had been trampled by the
feet of the clumsy proboscidians, thoOd
lords of the forest who hud just preceded
list Indeed, from lime to lime they'
would make their presence known by
sonorous trumpeting, but as they were
quite nwarc of our proximity they took
good care to conceal their huge bodies.
The undergrowth was so dense that you
might have touched nn elephant In your
gropings before you saw him; but above
thiR dense tangle of six or seven feet In
height rose the straight smooth trunks ol
superb trees; indeed, the limber I saw
hero Was exceptionally fine. The giddlii
of the forest was intensified by the enor?
mous masses of orchilla-weed which grew
thickly on the upper brandies of the
trees, in such n manner as to suggest n
gray, green cloth-being thrown over the
foliage. The density of the woodland
growth was almost appalling; wo felt like
insects creeping nnd twining through the
Interstices of the mighty trunks. As we
prefer red to go whither the elephants had
forced a way, our course was naturally
an erratic one, and several times tho men
Iny down in despair to pant nnd rest.?
II. H. Johnston.
An Exoeniivo Session.
She was the daughter of a Senator and
her sweetheart had been to see her every
night for some time. Her father became
somewhat alarmed, and this morning he
called her into his study.
"Well, papa," she said sweetly, "you
sent for me. What is it?"
"My dear daughter," ho replied, "I
believe Mr. Blank has been to sec you
every nig'it for some time past?"
"And ho was here last night?"
"Well, daughter, I want to know
whnt occurred between you during your
protracted interview in the parlor. I ask
it, my child, because I hnve especial rea?
sons for wishing to know."
"Denr papa," replied the girl with
tears in her eyes, "I do not doubt youi
right to ask whnt occurred there; but,
pnpn, it wns nn executive session; and.
papa, you would not have me divulge tin
secrets of such a meeting, would you?"
Tho (dd rnrin never said. t\ wgrd in re
Price, $1.60 Per Year.
Something About tho Work
of Special Examiners.
How tho Investigation of Olaims to ?on
sions is O-mstruotod.
A special examiner of the United State*
pension oflieo says in n letter to the De?
troit Tribun?'. Tho duty of theso 105
special examiners is tho preparation of
cases sent to them from tho pension of
(1? for flnnl adjudication, by tho person?
al examination of witnesses, examination
of records, etc. This is nt times n very
delicate and important work, and it often
requires not a little detective skill, al?
though it is not at all a distinctively do
detcctivo branch of tho government ser?
vice. Probably no more perfect system
of cheeks ami guards has ever been du
vised in the transaction of tho business
of a vast government bureau than that in
force in the United States pension ollice.
Every claim passes through many hands
in many different branches of the estab?
lishment and in a force so Inrgo it is al?
most an impossibility for collusion in the
ofllco to exist and it is next to impossible
to pass :i claim through tho office by tho
fraud of tho office. Still the number of
fraudulent claims passed through overy
year is simply astounding. This condi?
tion of things arises from tho fact that
tho most experienced and most honest
clerk may bo duped by fnlso testimony
submitted in the support of falso and
fraudulent claims. This is comparatively
easy where tho testimony is M parte.
These alii lltvita are ingeniously manufac?
tured by the persons interested, o.'by un?
scrupulous attorneys whoso income do?
pend? upon tho number of cases which
I they are able to get through during tho
I yenr. As an illustration of this I mny rc
. call the fact that in the eleven months of
I 1881 forty-seven persons were convicted
, nnd sent to prison by tho United States
I court in Detroit, from tho city of Detroit
alone, for fraudulent practices in connec?
tion with pension cases,and one man act?
ed as the attorney in nearly all of these
' enses, although it was impossible to
prove that he had any personal connec?
tion with these frauds. At ibis time
. nearly, if not all, of tho dishonest claim
agencies havo been rooted out, and tho
bu*sii;'.'.H; ',:w ?f IjKt? years become system?
atized, and "iV 'so UioYSngc!!^ regulated
( that no claim agent may now oven send
out n circular to the soldiers without
first submitting to tho commissioner of
pensions a copy of the circular or circular
. letter for his approval.
As an illustration of tho absolut? hon?
esty of some of the old-timers I may bo
pardoned for referring to n case which
came tinder my official observation. I
was ordered to investigate a caso in
southern New York where tho similarity
in the signatures in a ense bad attracted
Ihn attention of tho department. Reach?
ing tho little town I called upon tho
agent, who with great unction assured
ino that ho was as "straight as a string,"
and I was inclined to believe him until I
discovered that of thirteen witnesses
eleven reposed quietly in the village cem?
etery, that of the other two one had
hover read tho aflldavit but had simply
signed it nt the. request of the agent, and
the other was bis wife. Under SUflll cir?
cumstances 1 Wils forced to change my
mind. This conviction (Vits somewhat
tlrongthencd when I called on the appli?
cant, who of course hud no idea what my
business was, nnd who assured mo that
he was "quite well, I thank, you," ond
nble to "hoc his row" with the best man
on his magnificent farm of 200 acres. I
mil UWafe that there is a natural feeling
Bf resentment flglllllst the special agents
oil account of their peculiarly inquiring
((It'll of mind, but I think I can speak of
the matter dispassionately from the fact
that I have not been connected with (lie
' pension bllrcall in several years, and I
i believe them to be useful, ill fact almost
indispensable, under tho existing laws'.
I There is one grave error popularly enter
i tnined relative to them, nud thnt is to
I die effcet'thnt they are the enemies of
(he soldier. Tnis is not true. Many of
them nrc nld soldiers, and in nil cases
wher: an agent or examiner finds n cose
which he believes to be nil right his busi?
ness is to complete the claim. Let us
suppose a case: John Smith has applied
for p nslon; lie has exhausted his resour?
ces both as to finances and witnesses; he
can produco no" mprc proofs as to his
claim; the case is too good to be rejected,
and not good enough to be allowed; a
special examiner is in his immediate
neighborhood; all papers arc referred to
him, and with nn cduca'cd nnd keen
mind he sees nt n glance the weak points,
initiates inquiries, finds a clew, follows
it, nnd probably fflrcver establishes tho
:asc. Another case in point: A soldier's
widow is a pensioner; it is asserted thnt
die has rcmnrried, but thcro is no record
evidence of it nnd she continues to dra^r
icr pension; a complaint is made; an
(gent is put in possession of nil the pa?
pers in the case which have been filed in
ho pension office; ho visits tho locality,
\nenij perhaps, and if ho docs not suc
?ccd in reaching the facts it will be an
?xccptionnl case. These special cxami
tations are prolific of much that affords
object for subsequent reflection, for
mnsomcnt nnd for sympathy; Tho
pcfilal agent bKOrnet futn'.linr with the
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ulghborhood dillcronccs and with fand*
ly broils, He is entirely disinterested;
lie stands between the government and
tho soldier. His record depends not up
Dii the number of eases ho "kills," but
upon the industry, fidelity, and skill ho
displays in ascertaining tho exact facts.
Of course at times bis work is of tho
most delicate nature, requiring skilful
cross-examination nnd the ability to fol?
low to a logical conclusion suggestion*
furnished by very slight elews, or ho may
run across a enso where from somo cause
it is impossible to obtain testimony. Ho
mny become familiar with the facts, mny
bo morally certain of them, but unless ho
can establish tllein by sworn testimony
bo will have failed, and no matter how
thoroughly he may bo convinced of what.
justice demands, tho department will not
net upon simple statements, oven when
made by its own most trusted agent.
A Dramatic Spectacle.
D?ring a sojourn in New York of the
writer when n youth in his teens, a very
tragical event occurred which was as
melodramatic in its inception as in its
ending. This was tho terrible murder in
1813 of Adams, by Colt, in n building
which yet stands on Chambers street and
Broadway. Colt, who was a brother 01
near relative of Bamuel Colt, tho invent?
or of revolving pistols, was nn impecuni?
ous individual who lend a desultory lifo.
He induced Mr. Adams to call on htm at
his room in the third story of the Cham?
bers street section of tho buiidlng.
Adam's body emerged only as a fright?
fully-mutilated corpse in a dry goods
packing box. He was killed and stowed
away after the manner in which Dr.
Purkumu was disposed of by Dr. Web
stor. The box containing Adams' re
iiini 11 s was directed to KOUte person out of
the city nnd sent to a railroad stntiouj
Colt was, through a chain of circumstan?
tial evidence, convicted and sentenced
to bo hung November 10 of that yenr.
Through the wealth and Influence of his
relatives great efforts were made to snve
him, but to no effect. The hour for hi*
execution in the yard of the City Tombs
was 4 o'clock a. m. It was n dark,
gloomy dny.'atfftUbc atmosphere was ]>c
culinily chilling, yet such was the excite?
ment pervading tho entire city that nil
the streets in tho vicinity of the prison
were puck's;! v^lJU. curiomi crowds. That
portion of L.notiai'd (.(Veeftlifi J?.?uses ol
which ovorl^fcjj&the prison vjV
Kvcry wit)d$yV and balcony was tilled,
and the roof? of the houses were d nsclj
covered with Spectators, A few minutes
before 4 o^MOoKTV dense smoke was *ccn
to issue from the prison yard and the
alarm was given: "Tho Tombs is on fire!"
The excitement was terrific and it wnB
not lessened by the announcement that
Colt had killed himself by stabbing.
The statement was almost incredible, nnd
when his body was borne out nnd deliv?
ered to his friends, thousands believed
that it was a sham suicide, and that the
criminal escaped through the power ol
money nnd bribery of ofllccrs. It was
even subsequently stated thnt ho had
been seen in Europe.? Union BwlfftL
Filial Fidelity In the flee.
A writer in tho American litt Journal
relates the following incident in tho in?
troduction of queens, which shows tho
filial Instincts iu this wonderful little in?
sect: "Last fall, while putting my colo?
nies in order for wintering, they wer?
carried, one by one, n few yards from the
summer stands, nnd tho frames removed,
boxes cleaned, etc.; tho be.es-adhering to
one hive were poured on tho ground with
the scrapings from tho hive, nnd the
queen with lhem. Shortly nftcr the col?
ony had been replaced upon its stand
robbing began, thus indicating some?
thing wrong with the queen. Her hive
was closed until sundown nnd viutcd
early tho next morning?a light fr?3t
having fallen?when ft of cured to ino
th t the queen might be found
where the bees had been poured out the
morning before?about twenty-four hours
previous; nnd there to my amiuemcnt,
was a cone-shaped cluster of becs as Inresa,
as a tea-cup. nnd in the center . >
was the queen, cold nnd stiff. It j
taking her to a fire, in a few minutes sho
was restored to activity; and, on lifting
tho cushion over the bees and presenting
her, tho first thing even before she left
the fingers, a bee "gave her to cat"; nnd
thereupon, almost instnntly, a joyful
hum passed thiough the hive; and,
quicker than it cm be told, dead bees
were carried out, nnd defensive warfare
against robbers bjgan.
Tho fidelity exhibited iu protecting
their mother on that frosty night, nnd
the joy manifested on her snfo return
home, are worthy of our imitation.
A Foreign Laugnage.
Wife (putting down a novel)?"I wish
that I could speak some foreign language;
[ I wouldn't muchenro which one."
Husband?"I find it to be an advan?
"Husbhnd?"Speaking a foreign lan
gunge, of course."
Wife?"You speak a foreign?"
"Wife?"I didn't kmw it before.
"Husband-?English, England is a f?r
cign country. What's the matter Vith,