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VOL. V.-NO. 20. EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1870. WHOLE NO. 228.
WHILE I MAY.
BY HIRAM RICH.
"Pafa, shut the book, please; let ns play to-
Patty Wotton In hr gown o' gray,
amma '11 be a lady buying all my berries
And yon will pay In .flyer papa, wbatyon say?"
Pane of the poet, open at your sweetest.
Ton will be tomorrow what yon are to-day;
Bnt the aanny eye. here. If I now deny them.
When I fain would meet them may have turned
nging blrda are songful only In the spring time.
Blossoms will be bloMoma only for a day.
Golden hair Is golden bnt a little longer.
So I'll make yonr heart light, darling, while I
Ever-willing Fancy, charm away the present.
Summon all thy magic, honor Right, in play.
Let my little maiden in her seventh summer.
Be a wrinkled woman in a gown o' gray.
Out and New) for June.
SEEDS OF KINDNESS.
Asa we sowing seeds of kindness f
They shall blossom bright ere long ;
Are we sowing seeds of discord ?
They shall ripen into wrong.
Are we sowing seeds of honor?
They shall bring forth golden grain ;
Are we sowing seeds or falsehood I
We shall yet reap bitter pain.
Whatsoe'er onr sowing be.
Reaping, we Its fruits shall see.
We can never be too careful
What the seed onr hands shall row ;
Love from love is sure to ripen.
Hate from hate Is sure to grow.
Seeds of good or ill we scatter
needlessly along onr way :
Bat a glad or arlevons
Walts ns at the harvest da:
Whatsoe'er our sowing be.
Reaping, we Its fruits must see.
A NIGHT ATTACK.
I was still a young man, scarcely more
than a boy, in fact, when I left England
to become the partner of my old school
mate, Dick Merton, who had settled down
as a sheep-farmer in South America. Our
joint and rather modest capital was in
vested in a league of land near Santa Fe,
on the Parana, bought "for a song," on ac
count of some defect in the title ; also in
a few sheep, having the lathy appearance,
and almost the speed, of greyhounds ; and
lastly, in the materials of our house, of
which, as we had ourselves been the ar
chitects, builders, and clerks of the work.
we were not a little proud. It was built
of sun-baked bricks, and consisted of one
tolerably large room, with a flat roof and
parapet, accessible from the inside by
means of a ladder. Around it at about
thirty yards distance, we had dug a deep
dry ditch, crossed by a drawbridge, and
intended as a protection against surprise
by our enterprising .neighbors, the Indi
ans. The latter dusky gentlemen had
hitherto behaved themselves very much as
such, and had confined their throat-cut
ting nrooensities to certain stray sheen.
instead of gratifying them at the expense
of the owners. But ugly tales were still
told of their doings round about us of
white men taken while riding in sight of
home, and tortured ; of cattle driven off,
and sheep speared in very wantonness of
mischief which were not reassuring, and
which caused us to keep a particularly
sharp look-out, especially when, as now,
the Indian moon (their favorite time of at
tack) gave light enough to point the way
to plunder, but not to guide the aim of
Dick Merton, changed indeed since the
days when his word was law among a se
lect circle of Pall Mall dandies, lounged
up to where I was standing. His cos
tume was simple in the extreme, and con
sisted merely of a sufficiently aged pair
of leather unmentionables and a red nn
nel shirt the whole being surmounted
and relieved by a very long black beard,
and a very short but equally black pipe ;
but through rough attire and surround
ings, the indefinable je ne sais quoi of gen
tility was as clearly recognizable as when
ho was sowing his rather extensive crop
of wild oats, lipon home soil, and before
that memorable Derby which induced
him, after settling with duns of every
description, to embark himself and the
leavings of Ms property, and dwell among
sheep and savages, until he could return
with fresh grist to carry on the civilized
" Can you see anything stirring in the
camp?" said he, as he came up. " Those
norses are making a confounded row in
the corral. I saw Johnson the Yankee
this morning, and he said that Indians
had crossed the river and he guessed we'd
better keep our wits well iled, that the
dusky varmin didn't look in when we
warn't readv for visitors."
Now, horses were our surest safeguard
against surprise. Dogs we had too, but
they routed us up so trequently by barn.
ing at nothing more formidable than a
stray deer or fox that reminded of the
gentleman whose amusement it was to
cry, " Wolf 1" we lost all faith In them
but our little half wild Pampa horses had
a truer instinct, and their warnings, given
by stamping upon the ground, were not
to be disregarded w ith safety.
u I can make out some objects moving
about half a mile to the southward," said
l, atter a long look out on the plains.
"They are mounted men by Jove 1" ex
claimed my companion; "and riding hard
this way, too. Stand here with your rifle,
Alfred, while I slip cartridges Into the
others. At that pace they will be here
And so they were. Almost before Dick
had reached my side again, two " Gua
chos," their usually swarthy faces livid
with fear, sprung from their horses, which,
covered with blood, sweat, and foam,
showed how sharp had been the ride, and
rushed over the draw-bridge. They told
us as soon as terror would allow them,
that three hundred Indians were in not pur
suit, and would soon be on the spot, and
besought us, for the rove of the Virgin, to
give them shelter, as to ride out again
into the camp upon their foundered
horses would be certain death.
Dick, rather to my surprise for I did
not then know what distinguished liars
the natives as a rule are calmly lit his
pipe, and then ordered our visitors, in
a somewhat doubtful Spanish idiom, to
" make themselves scarce."
" Unless," he said, politely, " you can
tell a plain tale, senores, without lies,
vamos and adios."
Upon this we learned, after much cross
questioning, that they had been to buy
horses (" To steal them, more likely," inter
jected Dick) at the station of a rich
Spaniard, Don Ramon Garcia, who lived
about four leagues from us; and that
when they reached the top dl a gentle
rise in the ground, and had a view ot the
house, they had seen, to their horror and
dismay, a large body of the dreaded In
dians who were attacking for they heard
shots Don Ramon's estancia.
" Whereupon." said the spo
with teeth chattering, "we rode hard to
toot abode, well knowing that the brave
Englishmen wouid not deliver as np. Bat
let us mount yonr fleetest horses, senores,
and ride for life. Soon they will be here,
and who can withstand thejnerce bravo t
" If this be true," said Dick, turning to
me" and I believe it is, for these coward
ly scoundrels' faces are proof that they
have seen something the sooner we pre
pare to tight the better. Of course they
were not attacking Ramon's place ; he has
a fort strong; enoueh to resist a thousand
of them, and plenty of men and arms as
well. Most likely they made a dash to
carry off any one who might be strolling
at a distance from the house, or to drive
off the horses ; and it's equally likely that
we shall have them here soon, where
there's a better chance for a night attack.
In any event, we must be prepared for
them. Naturally, we can't run away, and
leave all we have in the world to be de
stroyed, as those valiant gentlemen
Trie natives Dotn tne
.. . .,
late arrivals and
our own two men, who had often boasted
of what they meant to do and Had already
done in the way of fighting Indians sud
denly disappeared. We afterward learned
that they took refuge in a corn-field in
the rear of the house, where they lay con
cealed until the fight was over.
.Our preparations were very simple a
box of cartridges was open (for we were
provided with those inestimable peace
and life preservers, breech-loading rifles)
and placed ready to hand, together with a
bottle of whisky and a jar ot water ; the
door and window, our weakest points,
were secured as strongly as possible ; and
then, shading our bodies behind the para
pet, we peered cautiously over, and
strained our eyes to get the first glimpse
of an enemy.
Nothing is so daunting as suspense to
a young campaigner, and I felt my heart
thumping against my ribs with excite
ment, and a sort of nervous dread that I
should not play a man's part in the strug
gle we expected. But Dick's voice, calm,
low, and with a slight drawl in it, reas
"Now look here, Alfred, my boy," he
said ; " if we have to fight, keep cool, and
do as I tell you. Reach your hand over
here that's right ; I like to feel you gripe
like that. Now remember to aim steadily,
as though you were winning a cup in the
rifle corps at home, and don't show your
self more than yon can help ; for, though
these beggars have only a few muskets
and pistols in the shape of firearms, they
can shoot pretty straight if you stand still
enough for a long sight. Their great
point will be to ferce the door ; but we
can soon stop that if you are steady with
your shots ; and they can't fire the bricks.
Do you see anything"
" There's something dark on the ground
near the corral," I answered ; " it seems
nearer than it was."
" An Indian, sure enough, and the ball's
foing to commence. As ne said tnis,
lick s rifle rung out in the silence ot the
night, and I saw a splinter fly white in
the moonlight, about a foot above the
dark object, which thereupon started up
with a cry, and fled. Then we heard the
alloping ot horses, ana arjout one nun
red Indians rode into view, and, break
ing into twos and threes, circled round us
within shot waving spears and shouting
as though the whole company of fallen
angels had met to lament their change of
"Don t shoot I This is ail a Hint.
And my superior's warning came just in
time ; lor a dusky cloud of men sprung
out from the ditch, and rushed, lance in
hand, against the door. Well for us that
its fastenings were secure, and that we
bad not Deen temptea to tnrow away snots
bv the first demonstration. Bang, bang I
went our rifles, and I saw with a feeling
of pleasure that the man I had covered
fell back with a hoarse yell.
" Don't hnnv. but in with your car
tridees." I heard next; and both fired
again together. This was too much for
them : thev halted, wavered one moment,
and then disappeared as if by magic our
rapid system of firing having completely
"Down with you 1" and I felt myself
pulled suddenly under the parapet, in time
to hear the bullets from the caValry out
side the ditch sing over our heads. " So
far so good." was Dick's comment. " Take
a droD of whisky. -and watch the next
The moon was now nearly over ; but
that was not so much against us, the night
being clear and starlight enough to see
man at ten paces. We could hear the
tramoline of horses' feet, and guttural
sounds of tajKbig, and guessed that
council of wr waibeing-held. Suddenly
a spark trppeaied about two hundred
yards from the hTtuse for they had fired
our haystack and grew rapidly into
flame. Brighter and brighter it btcame.
and lit up the scene which was one of
those men do not easily forget as witu
the glare of the noonday sun.
Grouped round the flame, and out of
range, were our foes their swarthy skins
and snaky hair glistened in the nre-light
and they brandished lances, and screamed
with delight at the destruction they had
Dogs were barking, and horses in the
corral neighing shrilly and roaring with
terror some fighting desperately to es
cape. I looked at my companion's face ;
was very pale, and the expression de
"Look!" he said, hoarsely; "Here
comes an embassador. Good heaven!
I turned with astonishment; but the
sickening sight I saw fully accounted for
Dick's excitement and rage.
A nearly naked Indian was boldly ad
vancing toward s, and- bearing before
mm a burden, which eseciuaiiy securea,
as he meant it to do, his immunity from
A beautifnl white girl of about seven
teen was lying helpless in his arms. Her
hands were bound behind her back, and
masses of coal-black hair encircled a face
showing deadly terror and horror
every feature, and drooped nearly to the
ground over the savage's arm. Her
dress, torn from one white shoulder,
showed how hard had been the first inef
fectual struggle against her captors.
As the Indian crossed the ditch (they
had cut the rope which held up the draw
bridge in the-first attack) with his burden,
Dick, with a deep groan, recognized her.'
"If is Rosita, Don Ramon's daughter
he broke out. "I love her, Alfred, and
will save her or die with her. Listen
he continued, hurriedly. "This rascal has
come to make some proposal to us. Keep
your eye on him ; and the moment you
get a fair chance, fire at him. If you kill
her, it is the better fate. When I bear
shot I will throw orjen the window (which
I can do more easily than the door), and
try for a rescue. But, for heaven' lake,
don't leave the roof. Our only hope is in
your being able to keep off the others,
who will rush from the ditch. Good by."
And he was down the ladder before I
could speak, leaving his hat cunningly ad-
i usted above the parapet. Poor Dick I all
lis coolness and sangfroid had vanished
now. I myself was not in a pleasant pre
dicament. To carry out his half mad
scheme involved my running a terrible
risk of shooting my friend's sweet-heart,
which at any other time would have ap
peared Impossible; but when I read the
agony and loathing in the poor girl's eyes
I braced my nerves, set my teeth, laid my
rifle ready, and inwardly swore that no
trembling of my hand should mar her de
liverance. And now the savage, a truculent-looking
brute, raised his voice, and demanded, in
broken Spanish, a surrender. He threat
ened us with all the tortures his ingenious
fraternity are so justly proud of having
invented, in case of obstinacy, and-bid us
look upon his captive, for that she, too,
should suffer for us. As he said this he
grasped the girl's hair brutally, and raised
her head. With a sudden spring oi nam
and fright she threw herself out of his
arms, and fell to the ground. His time
and mine had come. As he stooped my
bullet laid him dead by the side of his in
tended victim. Dick made his rush from
the window, and the Indians theirs from
the ditch, as he had predicted ; but, as
Rosita was rather nearer to the house
than the ditch, he managed to reach her
first, and was retreating with her In- his
arms. And now all depended upon me.
My first shot, aimed at the foremost of the
assailants, missed bim clean ; and betore X
could seize the other rifle he had made a
vicious thrust at Dick, who, encumbered
as he was. was quite helpless. The lance
ed ttiroueh Ko arias dress, luckily
without "Hi JuTy to the wearer; and as thej
savage drew back Ior cooler and surer
thrust, I had the inexpressible pleasure of
lodging a bullet in his body, which ef
fectually prevented any further - lance ex
ercise from him
Then I heard a heavy fall in the room
below. Dick had thrown his burden
clean through the open window, at the
risk of breaking a limb, and turning,
found himself engaged hand to hand with
a dozen Indians. He set his back against
the wall, and drew his revolver with his
right hand, receiving as he did so a spear
thrust through his left arm ; but his and
my revolver, fortunately reserved until
now, played among the attacking party,
and a man was dropped at every shot ; so
they drew off. Dick managed, with a
great effort, to drag himself through the
window, and then tainted away from loss
of blood and exhaustion ; and when I ran
down the ladder to make fast the window
again, I lound him comfortably reclining
with'his head in Rosita's lap, the latter
haying been stunned by her unceremo
nious entry. Bnt I could not stay to help
here ; my poet was on the roof. I hur
ried np the ladder, noticing for the first
time that I had myself suffered in the
scrimmage to the extent of a slight flesh
wound trom a bullet. The nght was over.
Tbjniwii nnJ JJl" remainder of the night
the Indians fingered atfodt,1M stole most
of the horses and some sheep, but they
had not pluck again., tea encounter the
deadly breech-loaders.' Seldom indeed,
had such a severe lesson been taught
them; and when the glorious sun rose
(never sight more welcome) we saw them
ride beaten off the field, bearing with
them five of the slain ; six other corpses
were lying in front of the window, where
tne nercest struggle nau Deen, ana two
more were afterwards found, who had
crawled inte the ditch like wild animals
t ) die.
We learned from the pretty Rosita,
whose gratitude was most touching, that
she had been captured while walking in
the orange garden near her latner s nouse,
a short time before we were attacked.
"You, noble caballeros," she said, "have
preserved me from death, and from what
is far worse. God will reward you, for I
I think Dick, however, was of a differ
ent opinion ; at all events he has always
seemed remarkably satisfied with the re
ward he persuaded her to make him.
Some years have passed since that
eventful night. Dick and Rosita are liv
ing at Don Ramon's estancia, that worthy
old gentleman haying departed this life
shortly after their marriage. I, too, am
with them as a partner in the land, flocks,
and herds, of which we nave a goodly
quantity; and whenever the increasing
stock of little Dicks and Rositas ask me,
as they invariably do of an evening, to
tell them a story. I know that nothing less
will content them than a full, true, and
particular account of the night attack.
BY THE "FAT CONTRIBUTOR."
The buffaloes live on the plains, and
thev die there, too, as a general thing.
They didn't always live on the plains.
They once lived in a city which they built
with their own earnings at the foot of
Lake Erie, and which they called it Bui
falo. But David Gray and Jo. Larnard
came there and drove them away, the
whole drove of them, and now they are
compelled to roam No one would Rome
or even Utlca unless he was com
Trie Dunaio is iona oi piam iooa, wmcn
accounts for his being on the plains so
much. He is migratory in his nanus,
usually travelling in a herd. On a clear
day he can be heard traveling a great dis
lance, nis principal muusiry u uuc uiuu
ufketure of buffalo robes, of which busi
ness he enioyB a monopoly subject Only to
tne revevje cejggcior ana me uonsuiu
tion of the United States. He occasion
ally embarks in the show business, and is
led around the ring with a ring in his
nose ; and as he struts and bellows (as
though some of nature's journeymen had
made bunaioes ana not maae tnem wen;
he sends everybody away with a ring in
the ear. It is an opera bufla-low enough
for any one.
The buffalo isn't a'good thing to pas
ture. Put him into a pasture and he will
pasture in every other pasture rather than
the pasture you want him to pasture in.
When Dr. Kerz's menagerie got reduced
down to one comparatively mild and in
offensive buffalo he put that buffalo out to
board with a farmer in the country, stipu
latin g that he should have all the ad van
tages of a home, as he had been reared
tenderly. The buffalo would break into
the neighbors' lots, and the Doctor had to
stand a lawsuit with every farmer for
miles around. He says it wouldn't have
cost him any more to pasture an entire
herd than it did that one buffalo. They
tried everything to stop his breaking out
uut even ine Kenovator, which cures ai
most every other breaking out, wouldn'
cure that. The Doctor becoming exas
perated, at length sold bim to aside-show
man, and he is now traveling around the
country running a " case " when he might
have lived in luxurious ease if he had only
behaved himself. But buffaloes dan t
know when they are well off any more
than other folks.
People used to hunt the buffalo in the
vicinity of Cincinnati. They hunted the
buffalo for the last time about twenty
years ago, lust across the river. Mr.
Wood, of Wood's Theatre, did the wood
work for that hunt. He imported, at
great expense, a buffalo from the plains
just west of Lawrenceburg. He was a
venerable buffalo the first white buffalo,
we believe, born south of Marietta. He
had voted for all the Presidents from
Washington down, and remembered
when the Ohio was only a little creek.
Although heavy in years, he was very
light in flesh, and so weak that Col. Wood
had to carry him into the ring in his
arms. He was paralyzed in all his legs, and
had fourteen different kinds of rheumatism.
The hunters, several hundred in number,
some mounted and some on foot, and all
armed to the teeth with bows and arrows,
tomahawks, scalping knives and Winches
ter repeating rifles, were drawn up on one
side of the ring, impatient for the hunt to
But the buffalo refused to budge. He
was deaf alike to entreaty or remon
strance. Col. Wood kicked him with a
pair of heavy solid boots until he was out
of breath, then jabbed him with a pitch
fork, and burned him with a red-hot
poker. The buffalo seemed to take a mel
ancholy pleasure in the latter practice ; it
reminded him of the burning of Buffalo
bv the British, an occurrence which he
distinctly remembered. They worried the
life out of the old fellow where he lay,
and it was the judgment oi the Coroner's
jury that sat on his body that the treat
ment he received to make a Queen City
holiday shortened his days and detracted
considerably from his nights. It is a re
markable fact that although some thirty
thousand Cincinnatians participated in
that famous hunt, not one of them can
now be found. How soon we are forgot
ten when we are dead.
And how soon we forgot we ever went
to the buffalo hunt Cincinnati Times.
Curiosities of Breathing.
The taller men are, other things being
equal, the more lungs they have, and the
greater number of cubic inches of air they
can take in or deliver at a single breath.
It is generally thought that a man'slungs
are sound and well developed, in propor
tion to his girth around his chest ; yet ob
servations show that slim men as a rule
will run faster, and farther, with less fa
tigue, having " more wind " than stout
men. I' two persons are taken, in all re
spects aiike, except that one measures
twelve inches more around the chest than
the other, the one having the excess will
not deliver more air at one' full breath,
by mathematical measurement, than the
The more air a man receives into his
lungs in ordinary breathing, the more
healthy he is likely to be ; because an im
portant object in breathing is to remove
impurities from the blood. Each breath
is drawn pure into the lungs; on its out
going, the next instant, it is so impure, so
perfectly destitute of nourishment, that if
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re-Dreatneu wuuuut any ouuiuuic ui a
rjurer atmosphere, the man would die
Hence, one ot the conditions necessary to
secure a high state ot health is, that tne
rooms in which we sleep should be con
stantly receiving new supplies ot fresh
air through open doors, windovs, or flre-
If a person's lungs are not well de
veloped, the health will be imperfect, but
the development may be increased several
inches in a lew montns, oy uauy out
door runnings with the moutb closed, be
ginning with twenty yards and back, at a
time, increasing ten yaras very weex,
until a hundred are gone ovir, thrice
dav. A substitute for ladies ind persons
in cities, is running up stairs with the
mouth closed, which compels very deep
insDirations. in a natural way, at tne ena
of the iournev.
As consumptive people aie declining,
each week is witness to their inability to
deliver as much air at a single out-breath-
ing as the weekrietore ; heice the best
wav to keen thafell disease tt bay is to
maintain lung development.
It is Known that in larae towns, ten
thousand feet above the level of the see
the deaths) by consumption are ten times
less than In places nearly on a level with
the sea. TwenlV-nve Persons me ot con
sumption in the city of Nev York, where
only two die of that disease in the city of
Mexico. All know that eoisumption does
not greatly prevail on billy countries and
in high situations. One reason of this is,
because there is more ascending exercise
increasing deep breathin; ; besides, tne
air being more rarefied, larger quantities
are instinctively taken intj the lungs to
answer the requirements of the system.
thus at every breath keeping up a high
develonment. Hence the hill should be
sought by consumptives, and not low, flat
situations. nau neaun tracts.
Thk New Orleans Timet rives an ac
count of " one of the mast remarkable
events in the history of the telegraph.
which recently occurred in the mam
office of the Western Unbn Company, in
that citv. It has long been a mooted
question among experts o: tne teiegrapnic
profession wnetner or not it were possioie
to transmit signals through a circuit of a
length exceeding 2,000 miles, and using
more than two or three repeaters, with
any degree of safety to tie commercial
business. But a week o two ago a com
bination circuit was foraed, varying in
length from three to five thousand miles
through which messages were sent with
great ease and rapidity. The first circuit
formed was from New Orleans, via New
York, to Plaister Cove, JTova Scotia, the
terminus of the Atlantic cable, a distance
of 3,000 miles. The operators, thus widely
separated, chatted together with perfect
ease, the signals coming rapidly and with
preat distinctness. Another circuit of
still greater length was made up, which
is regarded as the longest land circuit
through which intelligible signals were
ever sent. Nine repeaters were used
The message was returned, to New
Orleans almost as clearly as it left the
office, having passed though eighteen
States and over 4,800 miles of wire.
A negro of Wilmington, N. C, named
John Cowan, was taken rick some time
since he says he was " njured " and
when he emerged irom tru sick room, a
few days ago. he had changed his color,
his face haying become afaiost perfectly
white, whereas previously it was oi
very dark hue. The transformation was
so great that even his most intimate
friends did not recognise him. His hair
had also changed from a ight to a dark
FACTS AND FIGURES.
Boston has eight postoffices within
Thrrb are seven American lady sculp
tors at Rome.
There is a French " Society lor the
Protection of Children."
Dakota contains 150,000 square miles
of territory, 94,000 more than Illinois.
Jacksonville is now the largest city
in Florida, having about U,WU inhabitants.
The Boston Custom House employs a
hundred and fifty soldiers and sailors.
There are 5.433 works of art in the
resent Paris exhibition in the Palace ol
It keeps 1,000 cows busy supplying the
milk for a single Vermont cheese factor.
A "lady at Paris advertises for employ
ment as " ornamental guest at dinner and
A mounted letter-carrier, who an
nounces his approach by blowing a horn,
is the latest novelty in .Newark, m. J.
A bot only fourteen years of age has
been sentenced at the Police Court of
Lowell, Mass., for being a common drunk
It is estimated that there are five hun
dred millions of dollars deposited in the
savings banks of this country.
Eighty young ladies, trained in the
Queen's institute, Dublin, are now em
ployed in the various English telegraphic
Mr. Stephen Fbeelovk, of Pall
River, has an apple tree, 25 years old,
which bears truit every year, out n
A German chemist has found a test so
delicate that one part of arsenic in one
million parts of solution may be detected.
Naughty boys at New Orleans cut the
tails off of cows in the suburbs of that
city, and sell them to the chignon-makers.
During the past year 183,' men, 52
women, and 38 children were killed by
tigers in Java, 158 persons by crocodiles,
and a by snakes.
Wedding cards are no longer printed
with a monogram. The latest style is the
letter Only of the bride's name, printed
large and plain.
"As usual," writes a French critic ot LiO-
thair, "Mr. Disraeli allows no one to
figure in his novel who has less than
50,000 a year."
A London chimney-sweep has been
fined forty shillings for stoning some peo
ple " who prevented him from roasting
two thrushes alive."
Mb. Hukbkbt, the Swiss Minister at
Yeddo, Japan, says that every woman
throughout the Empire is able to read,
write and cipher.
There are In the vicinity of ot. Joe,
Mich., 409,049 fruit-trees, covering 3,710
acres. In lotsu the iruit traae Drougni
the growers the handsome sum of
A gentleman writes to the London
Dailv Newt to comnlaln that two of his
servants have given him notice that they
shall leave unless ne gives tnem nve meais
a day, instead of four.
The Concord Patriot reports that one
NeW Hampshire boy of fifteen years is
now six feet five and a half inches tall,
but it does not brag about him yet, as he
has not got his growth.
It is said that within a circuit of one
hundred and twentv-flve miles around
the White Sulphur Springs of West Vir
ginia, there is more iron ore than in the
whole ot ureal nritain.
The number of eggs imported into
Great Britain during the year 1869
amounted to no less than four hundred
and forty-two million one hundred and
sixty-rive thousana ana eignty.
A one eyed man in Paris gets his liv
ing by exhibiting the lost eye, which he
has preserved in spirits of wine. He lost
it when a child by an unsuccessful at
tempt of his father to play William Tell.
The Rev. Joseph W. Allen claims to
be the oldest Baptist Minister of the
State of Rhode Island, having been in
the ministry nearly fifty years, and pastor
of Quidnisville church thirty-nine years.
Thbrb are, in New York city, 240 Pro
testant churches, with a membership or
72,000. There are also 140 Protestant
missions, with Sabath schools, etc. There
are 40 Roman Catholic churches.
The Alaska Indians hold Coroner's in
quests over suicides, not to decide how,
but why, they kiuea tnemseives, ana n
any other party be to blame he has to pay
a fine to the friends of the deceased.
A rich American died a few weeks
;o in Paris, of the effects of the abuse
ot tobacco. He is saia to nave irequemiy
consumed as many as forty cigars a day.
By his will he leaves his children millions,
ana stnctiy pronmiis tnem irom smosing.
Am asa Goodyear, of Nan gatuck, Conn.,
father of "India rubber" Goodyear,
claimed as the first button-maker in
America. He made pewter buttons about
1800. and afterward patented a brass or
copper eye to them.
The editor of the New Orleans Jfxc-
avune was recently shown a very remark
able phenomenon in the shape of three
roses Growing on one stem, two oi wnicn
were red and one perfectly white. The
white rose occupied the central position.
The American Deaf-Mute Asylum
Hartford. Conn., had 282 pupils last year,
with an average attendance or 246. Its
fund of $322,684 nets the institution over
$20,000. The six New England States paid
39.558 last year for the support of their
The surface of society is much smaller,
even in a city like New York, than
generally supposed. It is said that you
cannot nut any two people together but
thev will be sure to find some acquaint
ances in common before the end of half
Thb Young Men's Christian Association
in many of the cities of the United States
send daily to the post-office and pay the
requisite amount on all letters not proper
ly prepaid to insure ; their transmission
and keep them from the dead letter office
The following are a few examples
the large fees received by prominent law
yers: David Dudley Field receives $300,
000 from the Erie Railroad ; William
Stewart was paid $25,000 cash by the
GouldrCurry silver mine, and so many feet
of the ore, which, altogether, netted him
$200,000; Jeremiah 8. Black received
$60,000 from the New Alexander mine,
and, a few months ago, he sued them
$75,000 in addition, and received Judg
ment; William M. Evarts has been paid
$25,000 for defending Andrew Johnson,
and his annual Income ia $125,009.
recently charged $5,000 for one speech
which occupied eighty minutes.
THE BOY WITH STRONG NERVES.
When Jack Bolbv first came to New
ton school he found all the boys in such a
state ot excitement, that his arrival as a
new scholar was hardly noticed. Jack had
never been to boarding school before, and
of course, did not see anything strange in
the fact that the other boys left him to
himself ; nor would he have found out it
was unusual, if Tom Finch had not told
him so, the evening after his arrival. Tom
was Jack's cousin, and as soon as he CDuld
get away from his classes he came to give
Jack welcome, and help him arrange his
"What I this?"'
This was the exclamation uttered by
Tom, as he crossed the threshold of Jack s
chamber and looked around with conster
nation on his face.
" What's the matter, Tom ?" asked Jack,
" Matter?" cried Tom. " Do you mean
to say this is the room they have given
" Whe-e e e-e-e-e e ew !"
" What in the world's the matter f
What are vou whistling about ?"
" O nothing ! it's nothing only I
was thinking that they'd give you an
other one. somewhere else."
Tom stammered and hesitated while
saving this, but Jack did not remark it,
" Well, it's not a bad room," said he
" I'm glad I have so good a one.
Tom had to leave pretty early, and
promised, as he left the loom, to be back
the following evening.
On the next evening, as they sat at
supper, Tom suddenly changed the con
" O, Jack, I forgot to ask you how you
slept last night."
f Sound as a top," said Jack.
" Hem I Didu c you hear any any dis
" No noises ?"
" My dear Tom, I was so far away in
the land of Nod, that no sounds from this
world could reach me."
" And you like the room still ?"
" The room f Like it ? Of course I do.
It's a first-rat e room. But explain what all
this means. You have a peculiar look
whenever you speak about that room.
What's the matter with it? Has any one.
died there of the small-pox?"
" Well, what's the matter with it?"
" O, never mind."
" But I want to know."
" I'll tell you some time."
' Why not now ?"
" There's no necessity. I'd rather not.
I'll tell you in a week or so if you wish ;
but you won't need me to tell you. You
will find out soon enough yourself."
Several hours passed, and Tom was in
Jack's room, telling a ridiculous story
about one of the boys, when suddenly he
stopped short, and stared at J ack, with
his face ghastly white."
" Why, Tom," cried Jack, " what in the
world is the matter with yon? You
" Didn't you hear it ?" gasped Tom, in a
scarcely audible voice."
" Hear it?"
" Yes the the there it is again. O,
l can t stand it !
" Are you craey ? " cried Jack, starting
up, ana going over to nis cousin.
"You're as pala as death. What's the
" It is there t" He shuddered.
" Now, I'll be Mowed if I can make apn
out at alL What do you mean ?" cried
As he spoke, there came a doll, low
sound, like a footfall overhead, rather In
distinct, but regular, like some one walk
ing with a muffled tread, over jack's
room was a large unfinished garret, ex
tending the whole length of the building,
and Jack at once thought that some of
the boys were up there.
Tom's condition now was reany alarm
ing. " There, there that Is it that is it I"
he cried ; ana, wnue nespoKe, a iow sign
came to Jack's ears.
"What I that?" cried Jack. "Do you
mean to say that you're afraid of that ?
you are crazy. It is only some one
walking in the garret in his slippers, or
in his stocking feet. I hear the wind,
too, blowing about the place. Are you
such a fool, Tom, as to oe airaia oi
"O, you don't know you don't
know," said Tom.
"Well, I will know, precious soon,"
said Jack; and, seizing the lamp, he
strode toward the door. "Come along,
But Tom didn't move.
" Will you come and see for yourself,"
" I wouldn't go up there for the world ;
nor would any of the boys, Jack; there's
horror up there. None of the boys dare
stay in this room. I wouldn't. You stay
here because you don't know ; bnt you'll
leave It soon enough. There Is something
up there ; we have often heard it ; and it
is In this room that it sounds the worst.
It's a mysterious walk of something. Von
hear a footfall, and a sigh, as of one in
pain. On wild, stormy nights it is horri
ble. Dr. Pendergrast cannot make it out
at all. None ot them teachers can.
They've tried to reason us out of fear, but
thev are afraid themselves. The last boy
that was put in this room rushed out of
it at midnight almost frightened to death.
You were put In here because you were a
new boy. Dr. Pendergrast wouldn't sleep
here himselt, 1 Know.
All this Tom poured forth in a slightly
incoherent manner, and concluded by en
treating Jack to leave the room at once,
and pass the night, with him. Jack heard
him through, with look of wonder.
" Well, I declare !" he exclaimed.
"What a set! 'Pon my word, I -never
would have believed all this of you if you
hadn't told me with your own lips. xou
talk like a school girl op six. And you
seem to take me for a baby- A ghost
Ha t ha I ha I What rot and rubbish
And then to find a whole school going
mad after it ! O. Tom ! Tom ! Tom !
wouldn't have thought this of you. Come,
man ! Shake yourself, and be a man.
Come up with me, now."
Tom shook his head.
" Well," said Jack, " I'll have to go alone,
and you must feel ashamed of yourself
" No !" said Tom, with a downcast look.
"O, Tom! Have you no pride? Will
you let me stand here, and dare you to fol
" Jack, it's madness."
"Pooh!" said Jack; and without an
other word, he left the room and walked
along the hall to where the stairway ran
np tne garret. Tom looked after bim,
finfi uamml t m. a llm. Mtorln nn hiS
courage to follow. He even took one step
rorward ; but at that moment there came
from above a heavier sound, like a heavier,
firmer footfall, and a long, shrill sigh re
sounded through the whole hall. It froze
the very blood In his veins. He shrank
back ; and, instead of following Jack, he
ran down stairs in terror.
But no sooner had he reached the lower
floor than he felt a pang or intolerable
shame. He had deserted his friend and
left him alone to encounter the mysterious
fate. Yet what could he do? ne aarea
not go back. But something must be
done. Bo he went to some friends and
told them what Jack was doing.
The tidings created an immense sensa
tion. It spread from one to tne ouier,
till, finally the whole school had learned
that the new boy had gone alone in the
garret to face the ghost
At lirst they gathered in tne lower nam,
There was no sound.
Then some of the bolder ones ventured
into the second story. The presence of
the whole school stimulated them to this
unparalleled feat of hardihood.
Still there was no sound.
They waited sometime, and at last Tom
found courage enough to venture up to
the top of the stairs leading to the third
story, in company with three or four oth
ers, while all the rest crowded into the
stairway, listening and watching.
At first they heard nothing; but, at last,
amid a deathly stillness, they heard a slid
ing sound, of a mysterious character, then
a long, low sigh, which grew louder and
louder until it seemed to come close to
them, and die away in a sharp wail. Then,
immediately, there came that muffled
tread tramp tramp tramp ; measured,
solemn, awful 1 and their hearts- -stopped
beating, while all shrank back.
But suddenly there came another
It was another footfall.
Tramp tramp tramp ft sounded, and
the step was firm, and solid, and loud ;
and it seemed as though the footfalls went
side by side, as though two were walking
there where only one had walked before.
What was it? Who Was it? What had
become of Jac ? As that second sound
arose, a rush of superstitious terror came
over them ; they shrank back, down the
stairway, back into the lower hall, gather
ing into a pale crowd, and listening to
the awful sounds.
But there suddenly came a loud cry.
"Tom! Hallo-o-o-o-o o 1 Tom Finch!
To-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-om ! Hallo-o-o-o-o o-o-o-o-o-o
It was not the voice of a ghost. It was
not the cry of fear. It was the strong,
healthy, cheery vofee of Jack Bolby Wan
self. Instantly the crowd gave a start, after
which they made a wild rush forward,
and up the stairs into the third story,
and up another stairway into the garret.
Tom was the first up, but a crowd was
following closely at his heeu.
They saw Jack in the middle oi tne
garret, with a lamp In his nana, s taring
at them. As he looked, a smile came over
his face, which ended in a merry peai oi
laughter. . . .v
Now. at thai very moment, iuo
took away all fear ; and that which a mo
ment before might have made them al
most die with horror, now began to as
sume the character of a thing that might
"What I you're all here," said Jack.
"That's right. I've found the ghost.
Come here," said he, and he led the way
to the window at the end of the garret,
which he had opened. " N o,,?
There, do you hear it ? The footfall Is the
rap, rap, rip. of the lines against theflag
sUff, fastened at the end of the house, just
overhead ; and I confess it sounds exactly
like some one walking. As to the sigh,
it is only the wind in this long garret.
All was plain. The "ghost was laid,
and Jack gained no end of renown.
How Noted Men Became Rich by
Many years ago a young Scotch emi
grant arrived in New York, penniless.
He was a mechanic, and labored at his
trade without getting more than a living.
One day he aaw a man seuing .u
the market, and being passionately fond
of them, he bought a pot wr a inns uu
trudged home with it A gentleman who
met him was attracted by the beauty of
the flower and asked Its price, i ne me
chanic named a small advance, and the
gentleman at once purchased it. lhis
trifling Incident led the mechanic to the
flower trade, and he became a florist and
founded a sjed and gardening estaDiisn
ment, which has been kept up tor sixty
years. Those who are acquainted witu
i history will recognize in tne numDie
llvidual referred to no toss a personage
than Grant Thar born. These instances
are not confined to New York. Fair
banks, when keeping a country store, waa
obliged to tinker his scales in order to get
a correct balance, and this led to making
a new one of his own invention, r rom
this beginning has grown up the great es
tablishment of St. Johnsbury, which now
furnishes a large part of the country with
To come Daca to mis city, joon jswu
Astor was led in a similar way to that
specialty which made him rich. He was
selling toys, when he met a man who had
some very fine furs. His attention was
arrested by this article, and he learned
that they could be purchased of the Indi
ans at a low rate. He knew their value
in London, and soon commenced dealing
in furs, which he continued until he con
trolled the market on both sides of the
ocean. Had John Jacob Astor followed
the predilections of moat of his country
men he would have opened a corner grocery
and sold sugar and soap. Troy
A somewhat curious circumstance
lately took place in a small parish church
in Scotland. The precentor, after pro
claiming the banns of matrimony be
tween a young couple, concluded,
as usual, by saying : " If there be
any objections, they can now be stated."
A rather simple looking youth, an old
admirer of the bride, noticing the eyes of
a portion of the congregation fixed upon
him, rose up, and exclaimed : " I have no
objection, I am sure I" to the astonish
ment of all about him, and resumed his
seat as if he had done a mere formal piece
DuniNO the past twelve years, nearly a
quarter of a million dollars has been paid
to contestants of seats in the National
House of Representatives.