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VOL. V.-NO. U. EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1870. WHOLE NO. 222.
BY AN UNDECIDED BARD.
I lots the Spring its tender greens
(Not cabhageB, bat colors) please ;
The vernal flowers that clothe its scenes
Are lovely, each In their degrees.
But then, upon the other hand,
lis sonnets makes one overbold,
And how, one cannot nnderstand
Afflicts one with a cough and cold.
No. Summer Is the time for me.
When earth its beauty bright discloses.
When elnga the bird and hnma the bee,
And all the scene Is rich in roses,
Yet, still. It may be urged again.
That fever, by its warmth begot,
B talks gaunt through hamlet, town and plain :
And often it's uncommon hot I
So give me Autumn 1 Calm and cool.
With woodland russet, gold, and brown;
Whin every evening, as a rule.
The sun more early settles down.
8ttl, that it has no drawbacks, too,
dare not, I admit. Insist,
While pangs rheumatic wield the rcrew
' On foot and ankle, am and wrist.
Therefore shall Winter be my choice I
When silent lies the landscape white.
Save for Dan Robin's cheery voice.
Who sings from morning until night.
But then in Winter chilblains come.
And we're with fronts and chills oppressed-;
Tfle blood grows cold, the Angers numb,
It's hard to say which season's best I
A TALE FOUNDED ON FACTS.
A fbiknd of mine who had traveled
through Germany about ten years ago, re
lated to me the following strange bat true
story, which I now lay before the readers
ot the Uoiaen JCra :
While 1 was riding in the mail-coach
which runs from Dresden to the Bavarian
frontier, I became acquainted with an
.Englishman by the name of Baron Dale,
who was traveling through Europe Ibr
the pleasures of sight-eeeing. He was
well acquainted with the manners and
customs of the inhabitants of different
countries; and as he had been in San
Jfrancisco, he often spoke to me about the
prospects of California, for I had told him
that 1 had resided in that city since 1849
. Only one thing was remarkable In his
fluent conversation he never mentioned
the habits, dresses, etc of the women
who inhabit the drherent countries
through which he had traveled. Every
I t - . : i , , mi . ..
uic a uiemiojueu niu wora laaies or
" wives " he broke off and fell into a deep
and gloomy silence.
It was late on summer's evening when
the coach stopped at the Red Lion's Inn,
the principal hotel of Bru&kenau, a small
but picturesque city of Bavaria,
During supper te Englishman spoke
about the beautiful scenery surrounding
the town, an.i offered to conduct me on
the tollo-vying afternoon to an old Roman
tower 'nat stands upon a high hill near
by toe river that divides the city into two
I thankfully accepted his invitation.
Had I known what an awful scene I had
to pass through, I would never have ac
"Well, to make my story short, the
ron ana l ascended the hill, in ear the
wer we found a waiter of the Red
on's Inn. who had a basket in his hand.
a1" Lunch? very well; you may go,"
said the Englishman, taking the basket.
The waiter was about to leave, when
the Baron cried out :
"Stop; here is your trinkgeld (fee).
Have you put my telescope in the bas
The waiter said "yes," and with a smil
ing face left ub. The Baron, who was
very rich, had given him a louls.
" Come, mine Her r, let us enter; the
sun ic too hot close to these ancient
walls I" said the Baron .in excellent Ger
man. I followed him into a large hall, in
which I found traces of Roman sculpture
and part of a massive floor.
"What bad taste !" cried I' as my eyes
became more accustomed to the semi
darkness. I saw a wide modern staircase,
with broad steps and highly polished
rails, leading up to the second story of the
"That's what the citizens of Bruck
enau said, and they added that Baron
Dale was an eccentric fool I" replied the
Englishman in a sarcastic tone.
" Did you f "
He interrupted my question. " Yes, I
caused it to be built. This tower belongs
to me ; I bought it of the city corporation
far a mere trifle. There was a spiral stair
case in the place of this one, and it' was
too mnch like' ascending the wheel of a
treadmill ; so I had it torn down. Please
take this telescope and ascend to the top
of the tower. Your ascent of over two
hundred steps will be amply repaid by
the beautiful prospect that opens before
your gaze as soon as yon reach the battle
After a pause he continued :
" Do not ivait for me. On your return
gaze: r arjwniw me whs mic
ancient town of Bruckenau. With its walls
and terraces, its churches and jjublic
buildings, while surrounding it was a
double belt of tall poplar and bushy
chestnut trees, that looked like a green
frame in contrast with the tall gabled
houses and dingy-looking churches. Be
yond the town were patches of woodland,
from the depths of which I heard the bells
of cattle, while nearer and clearer came
to my ears the song of a shepherd. "Now
let us thank the Lord I"
The vesper bells of a neighboring con
vent seemed to join with the song, and in
voluntarily I joined in the simple but
impressive song of the poor shepherd.
Lower and lower sank the sun. The
mountain toD8 reflected its red beams,
and masses of clouds above them became.
edged with bright golden hues, which
deepened into purple, then leaden gray
became predominant and the veil of in
creasing darkness began to envelop the
This was a warning to ma. to hasten
down. There were three sections of the
stairway. When I reached the top of the
' ' '
last section I saw a light. At the same
time a voice cried, " Stop, or you are a
I looked down. About fifty feet below
me stood the Baron, with a candle in one
hand and a double-barrelled pistol in the
"Why, my dear sir, you are crazy!
Please put up your pistol ; I do not like
such practical jokes!" cried I, with a
"Practical joke, ha! ha! ha! It's not
a practical joke, but stern reality. I've
got you in a trap, sir !" answered he, fas
tening the candle to the railing.
I quickly passed my hand into my coat
pocket. A cry of terror escaped my lips
my bowie-knife and revolver were gone.
The Englishman Derceived mv motions.
" I made sure of that," cried he, in a tri
umphant tone; "I took your weapons
whue you looked through my telescope.
It was my only means of preventing you
from killing yourself. We have to fly,
fly yes, fly, my man !"
What did he mean by the word " fly " f
I knew that I had to deal with a madman,
and the best way to deceive snch people
was by humoring them. So I said, as
calmly as I was able :
Haron, you promised to relate to me a
" xes, l have not forgotten it ! cried
he loudly ; " but first I will prepare our
With these words he took a glass box
front the basket and placed it in a niche
close to the foot of the stairs; then he
took out a hammer, which he laid beside
it. With.hisleft hand he kept hold of his
pistol. Now is my time, thought I, as he
was bending down. 1 jumped down
three stepr at the time, but ere I could
reach him he had risen and fired.
The bullet grazed my temple, rendering
When I awoke I was lying upon the
third step, near the top of the nrst stair
" Ah, you have slept !" were the first
Words that struck noon mv ear.
I looked down. Part of the lower steps
were gone, showing only a black chasm,
into which the feeble rays of the candle
could not penetrate.
Near by the aperture stood the Baron,
with fiendish delight depicted upon his
" Look at this candle, sir ! Do yon see
anything unusual r
1 nodded mv head ur and down mv
tongue seemed to refuse to utter the word!
I distinctly saw three black rings around
the transparent wax -candle. Thev were
at cnual distance from each other. "This
candle will go ont at the expiration of
torty-nve minutes, lach ring represents
fifteen minutes. I have plenty of time
leit to relate to you the tale ot a iaitnrui
woman. Will you promise to listen ?"
What else could I do ? I promised.
Perhaps some one might be attracted by
the light and release me from my perilous
position. Besides, I had a hope that when
the candle went out I could And some
means to elude his vigilance.
Alter I have related my true story, we
will fly, yes, fly !" continued he with a
Again he mentioned the word " fly.
What could he mean?
Bat first I have to get a seat I feel
tired." muttered he. Yet the tones of his
voice came distinctly to my ears.
He DUt his hands into the chasm and
drew from it a black, oblong ' box, that
looked like a coffin, upon which he seated
himself. The pistol was within his reach,
for I saw the glitter f the polished steel
He looked straight at me, and the light
of the candle shone full upon his distorted
face as he began his narrative.
" About two years ago I attended a
grand reception in the king's palace in
Munich. There I became;acquainted with
Eleanor, the daughter of a General It
is not necessary to describe her beauty,
foryou know her welL"
" Impossible ! I never was at Munich,
and I don't know -a lady by the name
" Silence !" interrupted he ; "do not
mention her name. You know her well ;
that's sufficient for the present. Now
listen, I became her slave ; I followed
her everywhere; I asked her to marry
me. She scorned my offer she loved an
other. Hell and furies ! that other was a
poor miserable student. You know his
He papsed and clenched his hands. I
dared not to contradict him ; I Only shook
my head in the negative,
"-Yes,. you know him well. I sent one
of my agents to him with the offer of a
large sum ofmoney if he would leave Bava
ria and never write to her except what I
would dictate to him. He scornfully re
fused my offer, and threw my agent out
of the window. I caused the arrest of the
student money can do almost every
thing. . The student was tried and sen
tp'need to ten yens in the penitentiary.
He boldly refused to give anv reason why
he .had thrown the agent out of the
window. He said that he only resented
" A few days before the time appointed
to remove the prisoner to the penitentia
ry I sent another well-paid agent of mine
to Visit the convict. Prison diet and
close confinement had tamed the fiery
temper ot the student, lie promised to
write a letter to the General's daughter,
releasing her from her promise to be
come his wife. Next day I had the letter
in my hand, and on the following evening
the student was free and on his way to
parts unknown. My money had
triumphed over prison bars; gold had
melted the convict's iron fetters.
" I caused the letter to be sent to her.
' Five days after I called . and again
asked her to become my wife. She looked
pale, she trembled, yet she gave) her con
sent. The General had not the least ob
jection to our union, for I was a Baron,
was rich, and consequently able and
willing to pay his debts, in which (to use
a common expression) he was stuck over
head and ears.
" We were married. During our wed
ding tour she scarcely spoke a word. I
asked her the reason ef her silence.
" My body- belongs to you. My actions
are under your control, but my thoughts
are free !' 'These were her very words.
"One day we arrived at Bruckenau.
The landlord of the Red Lion's Inn told
me about a Roman tower. I am very fond
of relics of the past. Therefore I made
up my. mind to visit the tower. My wife
remained at the hotel. She said she had
"The view from the tower justified
the praise of the landlord ; it was mag
nificent. . " On my return I found my wife with a
bryht color and smiling face, the first I
4pT seen since our marriage. She over
whelmed me with questions about the
Roman tower. After I had told her what
I saw, she expressed a wish to visit the
ancient structure. On the following day
I and my wife went up the narrow wind
ing staircase leading to the battlements.
It was near sunset, and the view from our
elevated position was grand beyond de
scription. I raised my telescope and gazed
through it upon a hunting scene. My
wife stood by my side. 1 gave her a rapid
description of the flying stag, the pursu
ing hounds, the mounted hunters, and
when they all had disappeared in the
depths of the forest I laid down my tel
escope. " This was a grand spectacle, Eleanor !"
cried I, turning to my right. My wife
was gone. ' Perhaps she had tired of
hearing my silly talk, and gone down to
look at the inscription upon the walls in
the lower chambers,' thought I, descend
ing. I found the first and second story
Vacant 1 shouted, ' Eleanora I Eleanora !'
The clang of an iron door was the oniy
sound I heard. Frantically I rushed d jwn
the last flight of the spiral staircase. My
body came in violent contact with a closed
iron door, which defied my utmost en
deavors to open it. 1 Perhaps she has
concealed herself behind some of the bat
tlements, and only tried to frighten me,'
were my thoughts as I again ascended to
the highest platform. I searched every
nook and corner, but did not find her. I
climbed up one of the high blocks of stone
composing the top wall, and looked down
a depth ot two hundred feet. Oh, I wish
I had sprung down that height ! Many a
sleepless night, full of agony, would have
been spared to me. Far, far below me, I
perceived a carriage ;. and walking to
wards it, arm in arm, were my wife and a
stranger. Oh ! furies ! my wife and a
man, and a stranger, too! I cast my eyes
about me for a stone, a weapon in fact,
for something heavy to hurl down upon
their heads. But nothing met my gaze ;
even my telescope had disappeared. Proba
bly it. had been blown over by the high
winds that swept the top of the tower. I
tore off my coat and cast it down. It fell
close to the carriage. The couple looked
up. I shall never forget the face of the
man. He was young, had a cluster of
curls, a fair, fresh complexion, and a light
brown beard. .Every lineament ot his
features was indelibly Impressed upon my
mind's eye. He mockingly bowed to me.
My wife kissed her hands at me, and both
sprang into the carriage. The postillion
lashed the horses, and the carriage rattled
away. Two days passed before I was re
leased, by a party of tourists who came to
visit the tower. This is the first part of
He paused, and wiped the perspiration
from his brow ! then he pointed to the
candle and muttered. " Thirty minutes
more, and then we fly."
Agam the word "fly." " Bah I" thought
I ; "Its only a word, nothing else. It
comes from the brain or a half craz
man." '. "1 -. r . .
As If he had divined my thoughts, he
" I know you think me mad. No, sir, I
am not mad. I have read all the books
relating to lunacy, and I found that mani
acs have no control oyer their actions.
But Ihave control over my thoughts and
actions, and J have a set purpose to accom
plish. Mow to continue my story.
" On my return to the hotel I found it
was the student who had procured the
carnage. I followed the tugitives. use
year they eluded my search. At last a re
turned Ualitornian miner tola me m new
York that he knew a woman living in
San Francisco who answered my descrip
tion of Eleanora. I hastened to that city
of the Golden Sands. I found her, sick.
Door, and deserted by the villain. Do you
think I took her to my bosom again ? No,
thousand times no ! 1 found means to
make her stonehlihd. Gold, my gold,
purchased men, tools, who performed the
feat very neatly.
" t hree weeks atter, sue aiea raving
mad. Look, here she lies ; I had her body
With these words he rose and removed
the lid from the eblong box.
A white, ghastly face, surrounded by
pale golden locks like the holy sheen of a
madonna, seemed to start from the black-
lined coffin. Two hands, upon the fingers
of which glistened diamonds, were crossed
over her half exposed bosom.
The aspect ot the lace was serene, as n
she was only sleeping. From the coffin
my eye fell upon the candle.
The last strip ot Diacn was close to the
Another fifteen minutes had passed
away, r llteen more and we are in dark
ness. Then a vague hope crept through
my excited brain that 1 had a chance to
The voice ot the Englishman roused me
from mv thoughts.
i looked down. Me was leaning against
the railing of the staircase ; his watch he
held in one hand, while the other was
grasping a hammer.
Again L heard the wora r ny.
" Yes, fly !" repeated he in a sharp tone.
Then looking intently at the watch, he
continued his narrative :
I took this box with me in my travels,
fqr now my only end and aim was to fol
low the student, who had left San Fran
cisco for the gold mines. There I found
that he had started across the plains to
the Eastern States. Money procured me
an outfit and an escort of twenty men. I
followed him from Placerville to Carson,
and from there through the Mormon city
to Fort Kearney. I still followed, finding
fresh traces of him in every city ana ham
let 1 passed through until I arrived in
mew York, where 1 learn ea that he had
embarked on a steamer bound to Bremen
and Southampton. I left New York on
the next steamer. On my arrival in Bre
men I described his personal appearance
the Chief ol the Harbor Police, and
promised a large sum of gold if he should
be found. Three days after, I learned
that a man, answering my description,
had left for Prussia. I followed, and first
saw him face to face in Dresden."
He stopped and looked at me with eyes
full of hatred. A cold shudder ran through
my frame; I wanted to speak, but my
tongue refused to utter a word, and my
throat felt as if a vicelike grip was com
pressing it the madman had distinctly
described the routefl took from the shores
California to the frontiers of Bavaria.
The following words which the English
man uttered confirmed what I had
" Yes, he and I traveled in one coach,
ate at the same table, drank good health
each other, went together to this tower.
His name is Herman Galler, and you,
thrice damned' villain, are the man !"
I sprang to my feet.
" It's a lie ; I never saw your wife ; I
never saw nor heard of you before I met
you at Dresden. My name is Herman
Galler ; I look like the student you de
scribed ; but I swear to you by the eternal
God above us that I am not the man you
slw at the fjot of this tower at the time
your-wife left you !"
A terrible laugh came from his ashy
lips as he swung the hammer around his
" Very plausible, indeed, but I believe
not a word of it. Thou, fiend, art in my
power. It is just five minutes more, and
this candle dies. Then we, too, will die.
But no, not die we will fly into eternity
with the noise of thunder and with the
flash of lightning !
"What do you mean by the word 'fly?' "
shouted 1 with impotent rage.
" Ha, ha, ha, thou stupid fool. Cast thy
false eye towards that glass box. It con
tains twenty pounds of percussion powder.
One stroke with this hammer, and we,
together witn tnis lower, will ny into the
air. lla, na, na, it win astonish the na
Uvea of Bruckenau ; it will arouse them
from sleep. The falling stones will crush
in their dull skulls. I rejoice at this, for
thou wert born in that accursed town !
Ha ! only three minutes more !" cried he.
looking at his watch, which he held close
to the flickering light of the expiring
Three minutes more, and I am in eter
nity ! Good God I what a fearful thought.
I, who felt so happy, so full of life and
health. 1, who came to Uermany with
the certainty ot marrying the girl I loved
in my youtnrui days; the maiden who had
waited ten long years for my return, be
cause she believed me true to my vows.
And I have to perish ! Was there no
means of escape ? I looked down. A
bHck chasm yawned at my feet, for the
mad man had removed part of the
stairs. I knew I was not able to leap
across that gull it would oe suicide to
T vo minutes," came like a death-knell
to my ears. The Englishman was still
leaning against the railing and shading
the candle with his hands in order to pro
long its life. Where was now my hope of
escaping him in the darkness ?
My entire former life passed with light
ning flash through my throbbing brain.
I remembered the joyous scenes of my boy
hood, my first love, my departure for the,
to me, unknown lands beyond the ocean.
I thought I again heard the words of my
dear mother as she gave me her blessing.
" Be a good boy, Herman, fear God, and
do no one a wrong," were her last words
as she pressed me to her bosom. Then I
departed. The voyage to the United
States, my straggle with poverty, my
adventures in the far West, my success
in the gold mines- of California, my joy
ful return to my fatherland all, all,
rushed and surged through my mind.
" One more minute I Pray to Ood for thy
iniquity " came from below. But I could
not pray, though I felt calmer, as the last
moments were approaching.
What was that ! Something vague and
undetinablc, which gjoxai osegmea aha
came QUlCKiy lb niy miners eye. I saw
the sports of my boyhood. Providence,
allwise and unerring, had shown me the
means of escape. Often I had sat, like
one upon a horse, on the top of railings
and slid with great velocity down its
smooth surface. "There was a railing before
The Englishman still leaned against it.
Quick, Herman, ere it is too late !
The next moment I was on the railing.
I felt the air whiz past me. I felt that my
extended feet struck something which
yielded to the impetus. I heard a dull
crash ; a terrible cry followed then-1 re
membered no more.
When I awoke I realized that I was ly
ing upon something soft. I stretched out
my hands a cry of terror escaped my
mouth. I had touched the face of the
dead Eleanora. I had fallen into the
A ?ain I lost mv senses.
When I awoke I -found, myself in bed ;
my father, mother, and my affianced bride
were standing by my bedside. They told
me that in the morning a shepherd had
found the door ol the tower closed He
looked through the keyhole and saw a
dead man. He returned to the town,
telling every one he met on the way the
tearful sight he saw. The door was
broken open. I was found insensible.
The Baron Dale was dead. A broken rib
had penetrated his heart. In his memo
randum book was found a detailed ac
count of his life, and with a pencil he had
written his intention ol destroying him
self and me, whom he supposed to be the
betrayer ot his wife. The glass box did
contain a white detonating powder, such
as is used In tilling percussion caps.
My true narrative is soon ended.
Six months passed away ere I could
leave my bed, and months elapsed ere I
regained my full health. I married and
returned to San Francisco. I am not
quite positive if the Englishman was
mad, for he had laid his plans well.
Mine was a singular escape from a sud
den death. , Those dreadful forty -fine min
utes, during which I was at the mercy of
a fiend, are indelibly impressed upon my
memory. uoiacn tsra.
" Many a shaft at random sent" hits
something or other which "the archer
little meant" to touch. We have heard
an anecdote illustrative 01 this truth,
which has probably not appeared in print
before, and which has been told us as a
genuine history. It happened in a large
city never mind what city. There were
two pretty sisters who had married, one
an eminent lawyer, the other a distin
guished literary man. Literary man dies,
and leaves younger sister a widow. Some
years roll away, and the widow lays aaide
her weeds. Now, then, it happens that a
certain author and critic has occasion, on
broiling day in summer, to call on the
eminent lawyer, husband of the elder
Bister. He finds the lawyer pleading and
sweltering in a crowded court, sees that
the lawyer is suffering dreadfully from the
heat, pities him, rejoices that he himself
not a lawyer, and goes for a cool saunter
under the sheltering trees of a fashionable
park and garden. Among the ice-eating
fanning crowd there, he meets the
younger of the two sisters, and for a mo
ment thinks he is speaking to the elder.
"Oh Mr. , answered the lady, "how
dreadfully hot it is here." " Yes, Madame,"
replies our luckless critic, " is not nere,
but I can assure vou the heat of this place
isn't a circumstance when compared with
the heat of the place where your poor
dear husband is suffering to-day." A hor
ror Etrick en expression comes over the
face of the lady ; she rises from her chair
and flounces indignantly away. "Ah, 8J3
miserable.," soyjguiseTS our wretched
critic, " I have been mistaking the one
sister for the other, and she thinks I meant
say that her husband is not in
heaven." The Galaxy.
What roof covers the most
tenant The roof of the mouth.
BY JOSH BILLINGS.
I would jist like tew kno who the man
wuz who fust invented tite boots.
He must have bin a narrow and kon
If he still lives,' i hope he haz repented
ov hiz sin, or iz enjoying grate agony ov
I have been In a grate menny tite spots
In my life, but generally could manage to
make them average ; but thare iz no such
thing as making a pair of tite boots aver
age. Yu kan't git an average on the pinch ov
a tite boot, enny more than yo kan on the
bite of a lobster.
Enny man who kan wear a pair ov tite
oots, and be humble, and penitent, and
not indulge in profane literature, will
make a good husband.
He will do more than that, he will d)to
divide up into several fust klass husbands,
and be made to answer for a whole naber
hood. Oh I for the pen ov departed Wm.
Shakspear, to write an anethema against
tite boots, that would make anshunt Rome
wake up and howl agin, az she did once
before on a previous ockashun.
Oh ! for the strength ov Herkules, to
tare into shu strings all the tite boots of
creashun, and skatter them to the 8 winds
Oh ! for the buty of Venus to make a
bigg foot look hansum without a tite boot
on it. -
Oh! for the payshunce ov Job, the
Apostle, to nuss a lite boot and bless it,
and even pra for one a size smaller and
Oh ! for a pair ov boots bigg enuff for
the foot ov a mountain.
I hav bin led to the above assortment ov
" Oh's" from having in mi posseshun at
this moment, a pair ov number nine boots,
with a pair ov number eleven leet in
Mi feet are az a dog's noze the fust time
he wears a muzzle.
I think mi feet will eventually choke
the boots to deth.
I liv in hopes they will.
I suDDOzed I had lived long enuff not
to be phooled agin in this way, but I hav
found that an ounce of vanity weighs
more than a pound ov reazon, eapeshily
when a man mistakes a bigg loot tor a
Avoid tite boots, mi friend, az you
would the grip ot the devil, for many a
man has caught lor me a lust-rate naoit
for swearing by encouraging hiz feet to
hurt hiz boots.
I hav promised mi two feet, at least a
dozen ov times during mi checkurd life,
that they never should be strangled agin,
but 1 find them to-day az rail ov pane az
from sudden attak
ake, a ov
tite boots.. 7
But this iz solemnly the last pair ov tite
boots i will ever wear ; 1 wiH hereafter
wear boots az bigg az my feet, if i have
to go barefoot to do it.
I am too old and too respectable to be a
Eazy boots iz one ov the luxuries ov
life, bat i forget what the other luxury is,
but i don't know az i care, provided i can
get rid ov this pair ov tite boots.
Enny man ken have them for seven dol
lars, just half what they kost, and if they
don't make his feet acne wuss than' an
angle worm in hot' ashes, he needn't pay
Methuseles iz the only man that i kan
kali to mind now who could have afforded
to have wore tite boots, and enjoyed them ;
he had a grate deal of waste time to be
miserable in, but life bow days iz too
short, and too . full ov aktual Dizziness
to phool away enny ov it on tite boots.
Tite boots is an insult to enny man's
He who wears tite boots will have to
acknowledge the corn.
Tite boots have no bowels of mercy
thair insides are wrath and promisklous
Beware of tite boots. New York
The Latest Snake Story from India.
Thb following is an extract from a let
ter of an officer of engineers now serving
The last time I was in camp with E.
was when I was on my first tour or in
spection, and we were all jolly. On that
occasion a fearful accident befel me,
which has formed the sublect of everlast
ing chaff unto this day. We were halting
a small inspection building, it was
dusk, and I went into my bath-room to
have my tub. In the bath-room was
erected a masonry bath, with high walls;
but I preferred my tub. It was, as I said,
before dusk, and a pretty strong wind was
blowing through the open door. I took
off my clothes and put them on a chair,
and was standing on the wet floor of the
bath-room, just stepping Into my tub,
when a great, long, black, cold, slimy
snake coiled around my legs, and rushed
between taaaam, I gave a tremendous
howl, and leaped into the tub, when I
gave three more dismal howls, and shud
dered continuously from head to foot, as I
saw that the brute had taken up his sta
tion between me and the door, barring all
escape. I was afraid to take the chance
dashing wateriover him, because It was
just possible that he might spring at me,
I hoisted myselt up on the edge oi the
tub standing against the corner of the
wall the farthest I could get from him
and uttered another melancholy howl of
holplessness, and stood looking at htm,
and he at me. Thereupon the following
conversation ensued between K., in the
next room, and me :
K. What is up ?
Myself Oh, a snake a great, big,
black snake, and he won't budge, and I
can't get out.
iv. Hold hard till i come with a light,
and a stick, and some negroes.
Myself. For Heaven s sake, don t stir.
you'll drive him at mo. Don't come, I
don't come don't you come.
is. Ail rignt, then, l won t.
So the snake and I continued to stare
each other, and I revolved plans of es
cape. I thought a jump from the edge ot
unstable tub over the masonry bath-
wall, about 'five feet off, into the bath,
might save me, it it even broke my leg.
was mv onlv chatiee of escape, and 1
should probably have to take it, although
didn t know, for the ale oi me, what
might be in the bath, and it was getting
dark as pitch. I shivered away on the
of the tub ; at last a gleam hope
crossed my mind.
" I say, K.
K Well, shall I bring the light?
Myself-'-Yes, bring ft graduallf and
careluuy, and not a negro, ana aon tcome
beyond th? corner, or you may come in
Ha a taint gleam spread it sell oyer the
floor, which only magnified the terrors of
the situation, suddenly, rwith a des
perate resolve, I stooped and sent a whole
souse of wp.ter over the snake, who didn't
budge an inch, but I was savagely mad
now, and I made at him and clutched him
by the collar, and lo, and behold I it was
my black neck-tie, which had been blown
in by the wind, got wetted on the floor
and blown about my legs, and pnt me in
the worst funk I ever was in. Fancy a
man shying at his own neck -tie !
Classification of Flowers.
Thi flowers usually grown from seeds
are Herbaceous, Perennials, Biennials,
Hardy bulbs, like tulips, crocuses and hy
acinths, should be planted in the autumn
Tender or summer bulbs, like the gladio
lus, tuberose, and tiger flower, must be
set out in the spring.
Herbaceous Perennials are plants which
die down to the ground every autumn,
but the roots continue to live, and new
branches and flower-stems are thrown up
for many years. Some continue indefi
nitely, but others die after three or four
years, like the S woet William ; but if the
roots are divided every year, they will
continue to live and increase. These are
called imperfect perennials.
Biennials flower the second and often
the third year, and then die, like the holly
hock ; but these may be preserved by di
viding the roots.
Annuals flower the first season, perfect
their seed, and then die. Some varieties
that are grown as annuals in a northern
climate, are either perennials or biennials
in their southern home, where there are
no severe winter frosts. This is true of
the verbena, marvel of Pern, etc As an
nuals flower in a few weeks or months at
most, after being planted, and cam always
be depended upon for a brilliant show,
they have always been deservedly popular.
With a proper arrangement, a continuous
bloom may be kept up from early in July
Annuals are classed as hardy, half
hardy, and tender. Hardy annuals are
those that, like the larkspur, candy-tuft,
etc , may be sown in the autumn or very
early in the spring, in open ground. The
half-hardy varieties will' not endure frost,
and should not be sown in the open ground
until danger from frost is over. The ten
der annuals generally require starting in a
hot-bed to bring them to perfection, and
should not be set in the open ground until
the weather is quite warm. The cypress
vine and the sensitive plant belong to this
class; but, fortunately, very few of our
fine Annuals. Some of them do tolerably
well if sown In the open ground the lat
ter part of May, but very great success is
not to be expected in this way. Vick's
Picking the Ears.
Dr. Hail says "picking the ears" is a
most mischievous practice ! in attempting
to do this with hard substances, an un
lucky motion has many a time pierced the
drum ; nothing sharper nor harder than
the end of the little finger, with the nail
pared, ought ever to be introduced into
the ear, unless by a physician.
Persons are often seen endeavoring to
remove the " wax " of the ear with the
head of a pin ; this ought never to be
done ; first, because it not .only endangers
the rapture of the ear by being pushed to
far in, but if not so fur, ft may grate
against the drum, excite inflammation and
an ulcer which will finally eat all the parti
away, especially of a scrofulous constitu
tion ; second, hard substances have often
slipped in and -caused the necessity ot
painful operations to fish or cut out ; third.
the wax is manufactured by nature to
guard the nlraace from dust, insects,
and unmodified cold air, -and when it has
subserved its purpose it becomes dry,
scary, light, and in this condition is easily
pushed outside by new formation or wax
Occasionally wax may harden and may
interfere with the hearing; "but when
this is the case, it is the part of wisdom
to consult a physician and let him decide
what is the remedy; if one cannot be
had, the only sate, plan is to let fall into
the ear three or four drops of tepid watrr,
night and morning; the saliva is better
still, for it is softer and more penetrating,
but glycerine is far preferable to either ;
it is one of the blandest fluids in Nature,
and very rapidly penetrates the hardened
wax, cools the parts, and restores them to
healthful condition. If in. a week there
not a decided improvement in the hear
ing, medical advice ought ' to be had at
once, as next to the eye, the ear is the
most delicate organ of the body.
Hoe Your Own Row.
Thbbb is no better way to ruin a young
man than to give him to understand in
early life that his future success will not
depend upon his own individual efforts.
There are cases in which young men.who
have had such teachings, have overcome
their prenicious effects, but as compared
with the whole, these are exceptions and
not the rule. The parent, who thorough
ly impresses upon the mind cat his hoy the
idea that he will be dependent upon his
own exertions that the responsibility of
his success or failure rests with himself
will find that a good work has been
wrought, the effects of which will -be seen
only when the boy enters upon the grand
struggle which is to result in triumphant
victory or lamentable defeat. A boy thus
taught feels that he has a duty to perform
that , while he may have the support and
influence of a parent to assist, still, upon
his own energies and efforts ' will depend
his success. He recognizes, therefore,
that he is a power within himself, and
this knowledge puts a restraint upon im
moral tendencies, and prompts to namis
active industry and prudent economy.
Who that has been the architect of his
own fortune cannot recall the pride of the
moment when he found himself the pos
sessor of the first thousand, or the pro
prietor of the workshop, factory, store or
office In which the foundation of his
wealth was laid. There may have been
hannier moments of his life, but none that
carried with them more genuine and per
fect satisfaction. Barents, teach your boys
rely upon themselves. Teach them
(.tnnd alone in earlv life. Imnlant in
them a feeling of confidence in their own
ability and their own powers, coupled
with a feeling of personal responsibility,
which will steady them when they incline
vacillate or waver, and inspire them
with that spirit of self dependence which
rarely ever tails to win a triumph. Western
A chap who bought a gas meter at
Akron wanted to know " how long such
a box full would last."
Thb number of taxable real estate acres
in Vermont Is 5,008,080.
FACTS AND FIGURES.
TnE ready-made clothing business of
Boston amounts to upward of $10,000,000
Thb New England Female Medical Col
lege of Boston was opened in 1848, and
since then has graduated 74 women.
Acashioirb shawl, which Incessantly
occupied 300 weavers for three years, has
been sent by the Maharajah of Cash
mere to Queen Victoria.
Trk total number of fires in Philadel
phia in I860 was 632. Total loss, $5'067,
125 ; insurance. $4,172,804 ; clear loss, over
It is said that $9 was the amount in
volved in a case which occupied the Su
preme Court at Exeter, N. H, a day and
a half recently, and cost the parties to it
The catalogue f the "Philadelphia
School of Design for women " shows that
72 young women enjoyed its advantages
from January, 1869, to February, 1870,
and there are 54 women attending there
as students at this time.'
Thb New York Herald Is claimed to be
worth $3,000,000, the Tribune $1,250,000,
the lini'ji $1,000,000, the Jfurntil of Com
merce $800,000, the JmenUtff Poet $700,000.
the Bun $600,000, the World $400,000 and
the JBaening Express $300,000.
Thjs Door old blinl king of Hanover
lives just outside of Vienna, in a quiet
mansion, and may now and'tben be seen
groping his way in the streets of Vienna'a
aristocratic quarter, leaning on an attend
ant's arm and followed by a shabby and
Am obelisk stands in Johnson square.
Savannah, dedicated, thongh without any
explanatory inscription. to General Greene.
Lafayette, many years ago, laid the corner
stone of it. An effort is now making to
add to it a bronze medallion of Greene,
with fe suitable inscription.
A Bostoit paper says : " A widow, who
h is followed successively three husbands
to the crave, entered a well-known jewel
ry establishment in this city last Saturday.
and producing ' the three sHver plates
which had erst adorned the coffins of the
dear departed, desired the .proprietor to
have thm made over into a butter knife!"
Sihitjb was described as fiery red star
by the ancients ; some yew ago it wad a
pure white, vhile it is now becoming of a
decided green color. Oapella was also
called a red star by the ancients; it was af
terward described as a yellow star, and is
now bluTsh. Many other instances or
change of color have been detected.
Thb rise of sap in trees and plants has
been explained on the principle of capil
lary attraction, but M. Becquerel considers
that electricity is an acting eauae. A ca-
pillary tube that wul not allow water vo
pass through it, doea so at ones on being
electrified, and be considers , that electro
capillarity la the efficient cause of aap
traveling in vegetable life.
At a recent dinner party, given by a
young gentleman at DeJmonico'i in
fork, a rose was piaceet trr me
each guest, end on tounfiinx a small spring
underneath, made to represent a thorn,
the top oi the rose flew back, disclosing a
very elaborate bill of fare, printed In gilt
letters on white satin ribbon-.
A LivBBPOoii gentleman made a very
strange egress from a draper's shop, re
cently. One of theehowwfadows, which
was nearly even with the floor, happened
to be empty for the nurnose'of redrawing.
and, before the astonished salesman could
Interfere, the nnlucky visitor made his
way into the street through the large and
very thick plate glass tpiadow. His only
injury was a slight cut on the left cheek.
WlLIJAat B. AhToU is declared by those
who ought. to know to represent $50,000,
000; A T. Stewart, $40,000,000; Cor
nelius Vanderbflt, $8,000j000 ; Daniel
Drew, $6,000,000 j George. Law, $6,000,
000; August Belmont, $5000,000 ; 8am
tel N. Pike, $7,000,000 ; James Flak, Jr.,
$6,000,000 ; James Lennox, $5,000,000;
Wm. M. Tweed, $5,000,000, and two or
three hundred others, whose fortunes are
variously estimated at from two to five
Trinity Cntrucn, in Newark, N. J.,
was built in 1748. During the Revolu
tionary war hundreds of soldiers wor
shiped in it, holding a musket in one hand
and a prayer-book in the other; and
Washington, Robert Morris, Robert Liv
ingston, General Lord Sterling, Colonel
Schuyler, and other illustrious men, par
took of the holy sacrament, and many of
the sick and wounded soldiers of the Rev
olutionary struggle were nursed and re
ceived medical attention in the venerable
A tophi lady clerk employed in the
Treasury Department at Washington was
frightened nearly out of her wits the other
day while at work, by finding a mouse
snugly ensconced in her chignon. It
must have gone to roost thare the night
before, and had kept quietAhrougb fright
or some other cause; bt When it did be
gin to kick, the numerous companions of
the female clerk were made aware of the
fact by her screams. The addenda to the
young lady's caput was blatantly re
moved, and the mouse scampered away.
Dubiko service at 8C VmVa Episcopal
Church, at Pittsburgh, on a recent Bun
day, the walls began to ei4ck, and on
looking in the direction from which
the noise proceeded, the congregation saw
daylight streaming through large open
ing between the wall and tbfroof, and a
crack extending down the wall several
feet. The rector succeeded in allaying
the excitement, after which he quietly
but hurriedly dismissed the congregation,
having them pass through the vestry in
rear of the building. Everybody wu
frightened and nobody was hurt.
Thb shipwrecks of 1869, according to
the books of the French Llovds, involved
the total loss nf 5,612 vessels of whi- h
2,458 were sailing nasals and 159 steam
era. In the above figures are included 169
sailing vessels ana ' akfetfners never
beard from. The nationalities of the ahip
wrecked vessels wereaa f nowa : EngliHh,
LX7 ; French. 270; German,a01 ; United
State, 199 ; Norweghu, 105 ; Dutch, 101 ;
Italian, 90; Swedish, 52; PanUb, 48;
Spanish, 86; Russian, 80; Austrian, 28;
Greek, 18; Portuguese, 11 ; minor nations,
28 ; unknown, 214.
Thb present conpimptlon of wood in
the United States is enormoBav One hun
dred and fifty thousand acre of the beat
timber is cut every year to supply the de
mand for railway sleepers alone. For
railroad buildings, repairs and cra, the
annual expenditure in woed 1 $38 500,-
v ! , ..... I. ...,. .,;. In
fhe United States consume $50,000,000
worth of wood. There are in the wnoie
country more than 400,000 arliaans in
wood ; and If the value of their labor la
$1,000 a year each, the wood industry of
the country represents an amount of near
ly $500,000,000 per annum.