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VOL. V -NO. 22. EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, JULY 7, 1870. WHOLE NO. 230. .
THE OLD CRADLE.
BY FREDERICK LOCKER.
A this wu your cradle? Why, sorely, my
Bosh slender dimensions xo clearly to show
Ton were an exceedingly small plcanlnny
Borne nineteen or twenty short summers ago.
Your baby-days Sowed In a mnch-tronbled chan
I Be yon as then in yonr impotent strife,
A tlffht little bundle of waillnir and flannel.
Perplexed with that newly found fardel called
To hint at an Infantine frailty s a scandal;
Letbyarones be brtrones. and somebody knows
It was bliss snch a Baby to dance and to dandle,
i our i sum were so Torres, so rosy your toes.
Ay, here Is your Cradle; and Hope, at times
With Love now is watching beside it, I know.
They guard the small nest yon inherited only
Some nineteen or twenty short summers ago.
It la Hope gilds the future, Lots welcomes It
Thus wage the old world, therefore stay not to
My future bids fair, is mv future hecnllinir "
U masked, still it pleases then raise not the
Is Life a poor coil some would gladly be doff
haarf He la riding post-haste who their wrongs will
For at most 'tie a footstep from cr. die to coffin
jrrom a spooniuu 01 pap to a moutnini or dust.
Then tmlle as yonr futnre Is smiling, my Jenny t
I see yon, except for those infantine woes.
Little changed since yon were hot a small pic-
I Tpor chee
eks were so Tel ret, so rosy your
Ay, here la yonr Cradle 1 much, much to my
Tnojigh'ninetoen or twenty long winters hare
Hal Talk I as rat talking there's aix o'clock
It ia time Jenny's baby should be to its bed.
THE ROMANCE OF A COUNTINGHOUSE.
THE ROMANCE OF A COUNTINGHOUSE. I.
It came about in this way. I had mar
ried and was going to make my fortune,
and therefore (having that laudable end
in view) left a good situation in Yorkshire
to settle down in Liverpool as a merchant
i " on my own account," and commence to
make it without delay. I had not much
capital, and so resolved to economize at
first In course of time I imagined the
tidy brougham and the country house
across the Mersey would certainly come ;
and one serene September evening, many
years ago, I was walking np and down
St George's landing-stage building castles
in the air, wondering whether rents were
high at New Brighton, and whether Kate
" would prefer a pony phaeton to a brooer
ham. I am not sorry to add that I still
reside in a modest house np Edge Hill
way, and that I come to business as Caesar
went to Rome, according to Joe Miller,
" gumma diligentia," on the top of an om
nibus. I was waiting for Mr. Moss Moses
to return to his office in a street hard by,
call it Mersey Street and for the reason
that Mr. Moss Moses had a furnished
place to let which his advertisement called
"two spacious counting-rooms," gouti
ness knows I never counted much there
in the shape of coin ; and I did not like
the situation ; nor the narrow, dark stair
case ; nor the look of the boy of Hebrew
extraction who bawled " Cub id," when I
knocked, and told me. " Mr. Boses would
be id at eight o'clock;" bat twenty-five
pounds a year was very cheap, so I told
Thy young friend I would call at that time,
and look at the "counting-rooms."
How well I remember that night ! The
ferry-boats from the Cheshire 'shore glid
ing along with their lights twinkling like
glow-worms, the vast hull of the Great
Eastern just visible in the Sloyne, the
squared yards, and all a tout look of a
seventy-four of the old school, showing
black and distinct against the daffodil
sky, and the lap of the swell against the
under timbers of the stage I was in
clined to be sentimental ; but Mr. Moss
Moses claimed my attention, and once
more I entered his office and found him
awaiting me. He was a little, fat good
tempered Jew, who spoke decent Eng
lish ; and who, I afterward found out was
constantly affirming in season, and out of
season, that he was no descendant of
"Hlilo, Brtmton!" he cried, lumping
from his chair. " My lad told me you'd
been; where have yon been these two
months and more ? Look here, old fellow,
I've advertised yonr place ; but you can
have it on the old terms."
" Some mistake, sir, I believe " ; and I
handed him a card bearing the inscription
" Charles Harker."
He took it and held it to the gaslight,
looked at the back, considered it endways,
and pondered over it upside down. Then
taking the candle his clerk had brought
held ft close to my face.
"If you are not disposed to proceed to
business, I will bid you good night," said
I, greatly annoyed at his manner.
" It's him, and it ain't him," he said,
aloud ; " Carl never could look a man in
the face as this one does. And yet I don't
see my way through the features."
"There is no necessity for yon to
trouble yourself about my features 1" I
exclaimed, opening the door "good
h ,8toP 8toP mv S000 ,ir! don't be
offended. It was a mistake. All Isaac's
mistake, upon my honor."
" Ail a bistake," echoed young Isaac
Mv curiosity was excited, and, besides.
I really wanted the offices ; and I there
fore allowed myself to be persuaded into
mounting the narrow staircase, until we
faced a door bearing the name of Brunton
on it in white letters, and having the two
upper panels glazed, more, I should
imagine, to supply light to the staircase
than for admission of light to the office.
Mr. Moss produced a key and turning to
me with, a good-natured smile, said, "I'd
have sworn you were Brunton five minutes
ago, but I am sure now that I was wrong.
Carl always swore as he came up stairs,
and you haven't It's Brunton's face all
bnt the eyes, and I'd swear to the eyes any
where. That is, to the twinkle of 'em,
And he unlocked the door and invited
Walking to a table on which he had
placed the light I took a chair, and pro
duced my pocket-book.
" Before we go further, Mr. Moss, let us
quite understand each other. I have no
wish to derive any benefit from any vir
. tnes Mr. Brunton may possess, and I am
going to convince you that I am what I
represent myself to be. Be good enough
to read that letter."
It was one from a merchant in the
n rth. oclv received that morning, and
mentioned circumstances which were suffi
cient to settle any doubts as to my iden
tity. Mr. Moss read it, folded it up briskly,
ana presented it to me witn a Dow.
" Sir, I apologize. I confess that up to
this moment I .fancied it was Carl ; but
what puzzled me was, that ouch a surly
fellow should take to larking and playing
the fooL Ton are very much like my last
tun.nt .Uat 1. all
KUWll DLL , UJ.I lO " 1 1
" Very well ; now that matter is settled,
let us look at the rooms."
The lighted gas showed me a large one
and very barely furnished. There was a
large leather-covered table with a desk
on it four chairs, an inkstand, and a par
tially filled waste-paper basket, and that
" Rather meagre, Mr. Moss."
" Now, my dear sir, what more could
you want? Would you like a safe? I've
got one to spare down stairs and you shall
have it, and a new mat for your feet,
there now, I hate haggling.
" Let me see the other room, please."
It was one which a person sitting at the
table would have right opposite to him,
and it had no door. " It was a clerk's
office," Mr. Moss said, " and you wanted
your eye on such chaps." I suggested
that the principal might sometimes want
privacy, whereupon he said " he had the
door down stairs and it should be hung
at once if I wished it" Bat having no
intention of engaging a clerk at present I
told him it was of no consequence.
The room was about half the size of the
outer one, and contained a desk and stool.
There was a large closet for coals and such
like matters, and a good allowance of dust
and cobwebs, all over.
" 111 have it cleaned up to-morrow,"
said Mr. Moss. " It looks beautiful when
clean, and you'll find the desk to be real
rney would suit me well enougn, and l
told Mr. Moss so; paid him a quarter's
rent in advance, and rose to depart.
"O, by the way. Mr. Moss," 1 exclaimed.
a sudden thought striking me; " I will
end a man to paint my name on the door,
and on the wall down stairs."
" "Very good, sir ; I would do it at once
if I wen you. Cars was a loose fish, and
if you delayed it until you got here you
might de annoyed."
"How so? What was ner '
"Take a cigar first, Mr. Harker, you'll
find no better in Liverpool. Lord ! how
like him you do look when I don't see
"And yet I nave not Deen inougni to re
semble a loose fish before, Mr. Moss."
" I didn't mesa that Have you never
seen an ugly person resemble a very hand
some one ? I have many a time. Well,
about Carl; he was here about two years,
and call me a Jew if I could reckon him
up. He used to come here about noon,
and work up to eight or nine o'clock at
night .- but what business he worked at I
could never find out, I know ha had a
big ledger, and two or three such books ;
but a big ledger wdn't make a business
any more than a big carpet-bag will, and
he always carried one. He would come
and smoke a cigar with me now and then;
but I never came up here during all that
time, and he kept this door locked. He
always seemed expecting a blow, did poor
Carl, more like a rat in a corner than any
thing else, poor beggar t Well, sir, one
morning I found the key on my mat and
tound tne place just as you see it, ana
have neves seen Carl since. One or two
queer-looking men have inquired about
him, and asked if he was coming back,
and I said most likely he would, and likely
enough he will."
" Not at all an interesting story," I
thought and I felt inclined to yawn in
Mr. Moss's face ; but I thanked him for
his information, and promised to take pos
session in three days, which I spent . in
presenting my letters of introduction, and
making other arrangements for the prose
cution of my plans.
At length the eventful day arrived, and
I stood in my own office, with my name
emblazoned on the door and passage wall.
I was waiting for a friend to call on me
(who, by the way, had . promised to put
me in the way or doing. me business that
very day), and felt impatient for his ar
rival in consequence.
The office was clean and tidy, and .the
floors had been well scrubbed.
Why hadn't they emptied the waste
paper basket of all that lumber ?
The office-keeper had lighted a fire, and
I took up the basket to perform the opera
tion myself ; but from some cause or other
I placed it on the table and began idly to
burn the scraps, one by one.
I had nearly disposed of them all when
a scrap attracted my attention and I read
it It was torn so as to leave a few words
intact, and it ran thus :
" Louise has given your description, and
you may rely on our finding you. For
waid the plates at once, or "
Then another piece of mysterious
paper, apparently a plan of some place or
What did this mean?
But I had no time to consider, for my
friend entered, and putting the two pieces
of paper in my drawer, I emptied the bas
ket in the fire, and went out with him to
do a good day's work.
Returning late in the evening, I relit
the fire, and addressed myself to the writ
ing of two important letters to be posted
by 11:80 that night, in order to be in time
for the Cunard liner, which sailed early
in the morning ; and then it was that the
black darkness of the doorless room op
posite to me began to trouble me most
Jt had troubled me before, but on this
night it troubled me tenfold. From child
hood I have been imaginative, and know
ing this, I stirred the Are, called myseii
an ass, and went on with my letter. But
not lor long. My eyes wandered to tne
black darkness of the doorway, and I
bgan to ransack my memory for statistics
of men who could tell by some occult
power if any one were hidden in the
room they entered ; and I laughed aloud
when I remembered that I had read of
one sensitive gentleman, who by this
same occult sense had found that a sur
geon's skeleton was in a closet behind
I own I dislike being in the dark, but I
will do myself the justice to say that I
have resolution enough to overcome the
Therefore I proposed to myself to very
quietly walk into the dark room which
troubled me (and without a light), look
out of the windows, and slowly return.
I went, the very first step beyond the
threshold dispelled my fears. I could see
the glimmer of the stars through the
glass, hear the rattle of the cabs outside.
Why, it was quite a cheerful place, after
Ha I there was a shuffling noise there
by the closet and tL n my fears returned
and overpowered me. I strove to walk
out like a tragedy hero ; but my pace
quickened as I neared the door, and heard
tne shuffling noise close to me, and the
next moment a powerful hand was at my
throat and helpless on the floor with the
cold muzzle of a pistol pressed to my head,
I was bound and dragged into the outer
office, thrust into my chair and confronted
by two quiet-looking men, one of whom
laid his revolver on the table, saying at
the same time with an ugly sneer, " So,
Brunton, we have caught at last"
The speaker wasa mild, intelligent-looking
man of about thirty-five. In a proper
dress he would have looked like a High
Church clergyman. His companion was
evidently a foreigner, and I imagine a
German. He was about fifty years of age,
and wore spectacles, and a profusion of
beard and whiskers covered: more than
half his face. But he had a winning smile
and good teeth, which he often took an
opportunity of showing.
" We have found you at last."
I am thankful to say that I am not ner
vous when I see a danger, and I boldly re
plied " My name is Harker and not Brunton ;
Mr. Moss, the landlord of these premises,
has noticed my resemblance to his late
tenant and is satisfied that I am not the
same. Depend upon it that I shall make
you repent this outrage."
I tried to rise to call for help from the
street, but the pistol was cocked and
pointed at me, and there was that in the
man's face which cautioned me against
rashness in my helpless position.
" I will sit down," I replied, " and hear
what you have to say ; but if I choose to
do it I shall do my best to raise an alarm
in spite of your revolver."
" Veil spoke, Carl," said the foreigner ;
" Louise always say he was a plucky one."
"Now then, Brunton," whispered the
other, "let us have no nonsense. We
have not met before, it is true, but Louise
has so well described you, that putting
another name on your door was simply
idiotic. Besides, one of ours has watched
for your return, and we communicated
with him directly we landed. Go free if
you like, but tee will have the plates."
" Dat's the matter vid us," echoed the
German ; " ve vill have the plates."
I know nothing or any plates, I cried,
" nor of Louise, nor of you. All I know
is, that yon will see the inside of a prison
"And you think you can throw us,
throw me over in this way ! Do you think
you deal with children ?"
" 1 think l deal witn a burglar. Most
certainly with a rascal of some sort or
Here my two friends held a whispered
conference. Then he of the revolver
turned sharply towards me.
" Will you marry Louise? Will you
give up the plates, and marry my sister ?"
" Bne loie you lixe oia doois, aaaea tne
German : and from which I opine that he
prided himself on a knowledge of En-
1 ifltx- lOtlOHS.
In snite of my serious position I was
Setting thoroughly amused. The dark
oorwav held unknown terrors to my ex
cited imagination ; but two commonplace
fellows who had made a mistake only
caused a feeling of merriment, even in
spite of the revolver.
" I am sorry I cannot oblige you," I re
plied. " I am flattered by the lady's pref
erence ; but having one wife already, I
fear I must decline taking a second ; and
as for the plates, please explain what you
The answer to this flippant speech was
a blow on the face, which Bent the blood
streaming on the floor.
" Vou'B remember insulting the sister
of Louis Orloff I Here, Baron, let us gag
him, and search; he will be raising an
They thrust a piece of rope between
my teeth, compressing my windpipe to
make me open my mouth ; and there I
sat helpless, whilst they turned out the
contents of my desk and drawers, not for
getting my cash-box, which was opened
with a key taken from my waistcoat
pocket, and the contents appropriated.
Knowing that the two scraps of paper I
had found in the waste-paper basket, and
placed in my drawer, must have reference
to their visit I watched very anxiously
when they opened it But they escaped
notice, and I felt that I had got some clew
to the mystery, even if these men es
caped ; and I had quite determined that
they should not escape, for I was inse
curely bound, and had been working hard
to get my right hand free, and, thanks to
having a very narrow one, I now found
myself able to slip it through the loop
which encircled my wrist ; but I " bided
my time," for I saw that a false move
might bring a bullet through my head.
" De plates is in ze oder room, Carl
Brunton, mon ami," said the Baron, smil
ing, and patting my shoulder. " Vy not
say ? Vy shoot wa you ? Vou do dem so
well, we no get any like dem. And you
use dem yourself, and den, Ach Gott ! you
upset de cart of de apple."
" Yes," I thought ; " and it's odd to me
if I don't upset your cart of de apple- be
" In dare ; in back room ?" asked the
Baron, with another amiable smile.
I said " Yes," with my eyes.
" See now, my Louis, you were too
rough. You into him pitch like dam. So
see him amiable." Then to me
" And you vill marry Louise, who lofe
you like old boots ? "
My other hand was free now. I tried
to speak, and implored with my eyes for
the gag to be removed.
The Baron removed it and while doing
so I resolved on a plan of operation s.J
" You will marry Louise and give us
the plates ?"
" I will give you every satisfaction."
" That is business," said Louis Orloff,
coming forward. First the plates. Then
you return with us to New York, and
keep your promise to Louise. Why give
us this trouble ? I tell you frankly that
the expense will be deducted from your
share, and that you will be strictly watch
ed in future. I should have cut your
throat but for my promise to Louise.
Now, where are the plates?"
" Look in the closet in the next room ;
rake out the coals, and take what you
" Good. Come, Baron."
And they left me to operate on the
coals. Springing up, I seized the revolv
er, darted to the door and in a moment
had locked them in. But my triumph
was of short duration ; for Orloff was on
the other side like lightning, the rotten
woodwork tore out under his vigorous
wrench, and his hand was on my throat
before I could grope my way to the
Then I knew that life depended on the
struggle, and I fought like one possessed
for the revolver. The Baron came to his
friend's help ; but I found time and op
portunity to send him reeling to the
ground Orloff was the weaker man, but
e outdid me in skill ; and a dexterous
feint threw me off my guard, leaving the
revolver in his hands.
Purple with passion, he fired instantly,
and I felt a sharp sting in my left shoul
der; and then all earthly things seemed
to be fading away, and a world beyond
opening to view. ,
When I recovered, I found myself laid
on a mattress on the office table, and my
wife tearfully bending over me. There
was a calm-faced surgeon, too, who show
ed me the ball he had extracted, and told
me to cheer up, for I should be better in a
few days, for no damage was done. Mr.
Moss was there too, and came to my bed
I mean my table-side and whispered
how he had been called up by the police,
who, hearing a pistol-shot, had come up
stairs and arrested Orloff and the Baron,
and, finding me on the ground bleeding,
had sent for a surgeon and my wife, hay
ing found my private address from a let
ter in my pocket
I was only faint from loss of blood ; the
bullet did little damage, and I preferred
getting up, and then gave an account of
the evening's adventure, not noticing at
the time that a tall inspector of police was
in the room.
"Will you kindly show me those pieces
of paper ?" he said, advancing. " I have
the men in Mr. Moss's office ; but beyond
the assault on you I have no evidence
against them ; but I know them well." '
I produced them, and the inspector fas
tened on the one which seemed to be a
plan, then looking around, said :
" This is a plan of your office."
" Call me a Jew if it ain't !" exclaimed
Mr. Moss, taking it
" Yes, it is certainly a plan of your of
fice. See, here is the doorway, and there
comes the other room. Then there is a
cross against the fireplace in this room,
on what I judge from the lines to mean
the fourth board from the hearthstone,
and another cross against the sixth from
the hearthstone in the other room. Get a
crowbar, Mr. Moss."
" There's one down stairs."
I do believe that if you'd asked for a
crocodile he would have got one " down
Crowbar and a policeman to wield it
were soon produced, and then the mystery
Close to where I sat were unearthed
several copper plates for the forging of
liussian rouble notes oi various amounts ;
and in the back room, under the flooring
were found several hundred of well-executed
forgeries carefully soldered up in a
tin case, together with correspondence
implicating Orloff and the Baron. It ap
peared that Brunton was engaged by a
New York gang to engrave, the plates,
and that he had never seen his employers,
the agent between them being the Louise
before mentioned, whose fair hand I had
been compelled to decline. Brunton had
evidently become frightened, and had fled,
tie was no traitor, or ho wtld have de
camped with the plates. Perhaps the
dread of haying to espouse Louise may
have had to do with his flight She was
a very handsome woman, if I may judge
from a photograph of her found in the
tin case, but looked like one accustomed
to rule, and who would not hesitate to ad
minister wholesome correction to her
Assisted into a carriage which was wait
ing, I had the satisfaction of seeing the
Baron and Orloff brought down in hand
cuffs, the Baron regarding me with a
sweet smile, and Orloff scowling on me
like a fiend. I did not prosecute, for they
were so well known to the police as
forgers, that there was evidence enough
for the Russian Embassy to procure a
conviction and a sentence of ten years'
penal servitude ; and in due time I re
covered, and dismissed the matter from
But I had not heard the last of it About
twelve months after the trial and condem
nation of the Baron and his friend there
came one night a timid knock at my office
door, and my clerk (for I had such a luxu
ry then) ushered in what at first sight,
seemed to be a moving bundle of rags.
Strictly speaking, the bundle of rags in
sisted on seeing me, and ushered itself in,
spite of all remonstrances.
It came and stood before me, and re
solved itself into the resemblance of a
man a man lean, haggard, sunken-eyed,
ragged, and dirty, but with a face some
thing like my own ; and without putting
a question. I knew that I stood face to
face with Carl Brunton, and I addressed
the rags by that name.
" I took that name," the poor, shivering
thing replied, " but my name is but no
matter. May I speak to you ?"
" Yes, go on."
" Will you give me some drink first ? I
have had none to-day, and I feel delirium
tremens coming on. O, how cold it is,
and how I shiver I"
I sent the clerk for some brandy, which
he took raw, and with snaking hand held
oat the glass for more.
" I imagine it is Mr. Moss you want to
see, is it not ? If so, you will find him to
morrow, at ten o'clock."
" No, no, you, you J want I I am
very poor, very poor. Will you give me
I gave him half a crown.
" Now what can I do for you ?"
" I I left some property here when I
went away. You won't refuse to give it
up ? I seem poor, but I am rich ah ! so
rich ! and I will pay you well"
" You mean the forged rouble-notes and
the plate you engraved them from ?"
"Ah! Who told you that? Then you
have found them, and used them ? I ran
away from them, and wished to lead a
better life, but they drew me back ; and
now you have robbed me, toad I shall
I explained to the poor wretch what
had become of his possessions, and how
they were found, and inquired if he had
not heard of his accomplices.
"No; I have been wandering about
the country, living in hospitals and work
houses, because they hast me down from
place to place. They will kill me as they
killed the Posen Jew and the engraver at
Stockholm, all because they demand a
fair share. They are dogging me to-night
one of them is outside now. Let me see,
what did I come here for? O, sixpence.
Lend me sixpence ; I'll give you a hundred
pounds for it to morrow."
I made a further donation, and, as the
man was evidently in a state of delirium,
I told my clerk to fetch a medical man.
But before he could execute the order, the
bundle of rags crept down the narrow
stairs, sitting on each step, and wriggling
by aid of his hands to the next below,
whilst we, unable to pass him, looked on,
wondering how it would all end.
The street gained, he stood upright and,
casting a terrified glance around, fled
away into the darkness, and we, following
in the direction he had taken, learned
shortly afterwards that a beggar had
thrown himself into the Mersey from St.
George's landing-stage, and had sunk to
rise no more.
His body was never found, and I, hay
ing had enough of Mersey Street, moved
my quarters, much to the regret of Mr.
Moss, for, quoth he, " Two or 'em are at
Portland, and another at the bottom of the
river ; so you may call me a Jew if any
one troubles you again."
But I went ; and the office is still with
out a tenant, and I shudder when I pass
through the street at night, and, looking
up, see the two black shining windows,
like two great eyes watching me, and fancy
I can see a shadowy form In rags, press
ing its face to the glass, and gibbering and
mowing at the busy stream of human life
which surges to and fro forever. London
A Brave Girl.
Our heroine lived in Bartlett New
Hampshire, and was a descendant of the
old Crawfords. Her father was a Craw
fori, and followed the profession of a
guide among the mountains. Her name
was Bessie, and she was the only daugh
ter remaining at home a dark-eyed,
brown-haired girl, ot alight but compact
frame, just entering her nineteenth year.
Her mother had been dead several years,
and upon her devolved the whole care of
One day, late in summer, Mr. Craw
ford went with a party of travelers, away
to the head waters of one of the many
mountain streams that empty into Saco,
and Bessie was left alone. Even the dogs
bad all gone with the pleasure-seekers.
Near the middle of the afternoon, while
the girl was sitting by an open window in
the front room, engaged in sewing, a man
came up from the road and asked her if
she would give him a drink of water.
Bessie had seen this man before, and had
not liked his looks. He was a stout
broad-shouldered, ill-favored fellow, and
the bits of moss and spikes of the pine
upon his clothes indicated that he had
slept in the woods. '
But Bessie did not hesitate. She laid
aside her work and went to get the water.
When she came back, the man had enter
ed the room. She did not like this, for
she WM sure he had come in by the win
dow ; but she handed him the tin dipper
without remark. The man drank, and
then set the dipper down upon the table.
Then he turned upon the girl, and drewja
broad-bladed knife from his pocket,
" Look ye, my young lady, he said, " I
know there is money in this house; and I
know that you are alone. Show me where
the money is) If you don't I shall kid
you, and then hunt it up myself r I'm in
earnest, and there ia no time to waste.
Don't make a fuss, for if you do, you'll
feel this knife quick !"
Bessie shrank back, and looked into the
man's face, and she could see that he meant
ytmX wiat ha said. ;
" If I show you where the money is, will
you promise not to do me harm?
" Show me, honest, and I won't harm
"Then come with me. But you will
take only the money you won't take my
" Only the money, girl."
Bessie led the way to a small bedroom
on the ground floor, where there was an
old mahogany bureau, the upper drawer
of which she unlocked. The man, when be
saw this, thinking doubtless that Crawford's
gold was within his grasp, shut up his
kffife and put it into his pocket. The girl
opened the drawer, and, quick as thought
drew forth a large navy revolver one
with which she herself had killed a trapped
bear and cocked it.
" Villain !" she exclaimed, planting her
back against the wall, and aiming the
weapon at his bosom, " many a wild beast
have I shot with this good pistol, and I'll
now shoot you if you do not instantly
leave this house! I will give not even a
second ! Start, or I fire !"
The ruffian could read human looks as
well as could the maiden, and he could
read very plainly in the firm-set lips and
in tike flash'Tig eye but more clearly, in
the steady hand which held the pistol
that she would not only fire as she had
promised, but her aim would be a sure
and fatal one.
And he backed out from the bed-room
backed into the . sitting-room then
leaped from the open window and disap
peared. Bessie kept her pistol by her side until
her father and his guests came home; and
when she had told her story, search was
made for the ruffian. But he was not
found. Our heroine had so thoroughly
frightened him that he never came that
A gentleman ordered a suit of clothes
from a tailor, and specially enjoined him
that they must be made by the next Tues
day, and must be made in the finest style,
and that unless the tailor could have them
ready to a certainty beyond a parad ven
ture to the day, that he must not under
take them ; but Snip promised faithfully
that they would be finished. Tuesday
came and no clothes; the enraged man
flew to the cabbage man's house and said i
" What's the reason my clothes are not
ready as you promised? Here you have
kept me in the city at a loss of time and
business only to disappoint me ; now, if
we had you in our part of the country, I
tell you what they would call you : they
would say you were a perfect squirt."
The humble knight of the goose ex
plained that the only competent workman
that he had, capable of making the suit
had a wife lying at death's door, and he
could not possibly leave her. The out
ragedlgentleman was not able to smother
his disappointment and berated the tailor
pretty soundly for failing in his positive
gromise. The ninth fraction of the "genus
omo " could not stand this, and plainly
told his customer to go to the caloric re
gions of Pandemonium.
The customer, red with rage, rushed
across the street to a lawyer, and in an
excited and hurried manner, said :
" Do you know Snip, the tailor, across
" Yes, I know him," answered Brief.
" Well, now, I want your advice," said
the gentleman : " I want to know what
you would do in such a case. That old
stitch louse has kept me here in the city on
expense, to the great detriment of my
business, and disappointed me in a suit of
clothes ; but when I went to remonstrate
with the fellow about it, what do you
suppose he said to me ? He told me to go
With these words he laid down a ten
dollar bill on the desk, and said, " Now,
sir, what would you do ?"
"Do you mean this for a retainer?"
" I do," was the reply.
" Then," eald Brief, quietly folding up
the ten and putting it into his pocket, "he
told you to go to . Well, my opinion
and advice to you is, don't do it. There
is, moreover, no statute or local law that
can compel you to a specific pel formance.
I say, don't you dp it."
People who have been born and bred
in the city know nothing of bird-song,
except as they hear canaries or other
feathered prisoners sing from cages, who
sing for a living. This, indeed, is not to
be despised, but it is not the singing of
the free wild birds.
Even those who live in the country sel
dom hear birds sing at their best People
are in bed when the great concert comes
off. During May and June, birds wake
about half-past 8 to 4 o'clock in the morn
ing. Even if one goes to sleep again it is
worth his while to be awakened to hear
this wonderful outburst There is noth
ing else in all the comrflon phenomena of
nature that seems so admirable and so in
creasingly interesting as this.
Birds do not sing alike at all hours of
the day. An attentive ear will notice
not only very different strains, but a very
different spirit. The mid-day singing is
casual, not prolonged, a mere interjection
bere and there. They sing, as it were, to
while away a little time. At evening,
birds sing next in duration and effect to
the morning song, but more tender, leas
tumultuous. It is in the morning that one
must hear them, who would know the
It is very still. The dew lies heavy on
all things. In the east the light is com
ing fast and twilight every moment gains
new radiance. Not a sound gives warn
ing of any coming song. Far off one
hears the hoarse hawk of a goose, or
the bark of a dog disturbed try some
early traveler. Then one hears a
single call-note, as if the chorister were
calling attention and giving out the
pitch. It is answered in an inquiring
way by another bird, as much as to say,
"We are all ready; shall we begin ?" Then
one launches out but has not uttered two
syllables before a score of birds strike In,
and then, from the fields, the forest edges,
from orchards 'Said gardens, from the
ground, the fences and the air, there comes
such a Babel of sweet sounds, running
into each other, clashing, overlaying and
surging together, that one cannot dis
tinguish any single songster note, but
only a wild mingling of hundreds of birds,
all singing at the very top of their power,
as if fired by an ecstacy of gladness.
This great gush of song lasts from twenty
minutes to hal'. an hour, and then cesses
almost as simultaneously as it began. The
birds seem then to occupy themselves
with their toilet and breakfast. After
which, but in a far less general way, they
sing again off and on for an hour or two.
Then they scatter and pursue the regular
busTness or tne day, sluglng TjuT little
until toward evening, unless the day be
clouded. If the morning is overcast birds
do not have their grand song But if on
such days the noon be clear or tending to
clear up, birds become quite vocal. Sun
light has much to do with their disposi
tion to sing. The electrical condition of
the atmosphere, it is probable, has much
to do with inspiration of song.
While it is true that all song-birds have
their greatest impulse of song at morning
and evening, there is a great difference
among birds as to intermediate, hours.
The meadow lark, the bobolink, the field
sparrow, song-sparrow, linnets and finch
es, sing far more frequently during the
day than do many others.
The minor and domestic notes of birds
are full as noticeable, though perhaps not
as pleasureable as their true song. If one
will wander into the fields and hide him
self on the verge of an open forest,, or
along walls well fringed with shrubs
and vines, or in garden or orchard where
birds resort he will have an opportunity
of hearing many conversations which, if
he could interpret them, would show
what is going on in birds' minds. There
are low notes of various kinds that are to
birds what conversation is to men. They
are expressions of fondness, of caution,
and of alarm.
There are call-notes, notes of curiosity,
coaxing notes, notes of aversion, of fear,
and of displeasure. There is no reason to
suppose that birds communicate con
nected ideas as men do, but that their
feelings and wishes are communicated by
sounds, there can be no doubt. It is an
inarticulate and interjectional language,
and not at all to be confounded with song.
The tendency to express inward states
of feeling is clearly discernable among
birds and animals, and although it is the
merest rudiment, it seems like the unde
veloped germ of that which has grown to
vast proportions in the human race.
Biec?ier,in Christian Union.
A Double Dead Head.
Rev. Dr. Price, one of the British dele1
gation lately in this country, was some
what astonished at the dead-head habits of
our railroads, hotels, eta, but seems to
have taken to them very kindly. At a
meeting in London since his return, he
spoke as follows on his experience here s
"Ministers and editors travel at half
price. Stopping on one occasion at a junc
tion, he went to a notei ciose Dy anu uau
an excellent dinner. Afterward, going
into the clerk's office, he entered his
name : ' Thomas Price, Baptist minister,
Aberdare.' O, sir,' said he, 'I guess
you're a minister.' ' I guess so, too,' said
L Well, he said, ' you have only half to
pay. The dinner is eighty cents ; if you
pay forty, you get free of the other forty.'
' On what principle is that ?' said I ; and
he said, ' We give 50 per cent off to min
isters and editors.' 'Indeed (' I said : ' I
happen to be an editor, too.' ' Editor of
what ?' ' Of Seren Cymru. Don't know
the paper ; where is it published ?' In
Wales.' ' I don't know it ; but you are
an editor, are yen ? 1 Yes, I am.' ' Well,
I guess we are about square exactly,' I
said; 'I really think that I win come
again on those terms. ' Come whenever
you like, and we will treat you on those
A sthguxab story comes from Sheffield.
Briefly sketched, it amounts to this : A
farmer was sitting in a public-house, when
entered a woman with a fine baby in her
arms. Jolly farmer admired the baby and
wished it were his. The mother said that
for half a sovereign she would give him
the child. Jolly fanner laid down the
half sovereign and received the child. A
cab was called, and the jolly farmer and
his child started homeward. Sequel In
human mother repented, but she had
omitted to take jolly farmer's card. Po
lice summoned. No child found at last
There is an old-fashioned parlor game
that has never been improved upon, and
that is courting.
FACTS AND FIGURES.
Texas has tfS postmistresses.
These are 869 liquor sellers in Albany.
It takes 3,000 horses a year to supply
A BKBRD of dogs that cannot bark has
been discovered in Australia.
A man in Bremen has made a figure of
a woman which can, owing to ingenious
ly contrived machinery, talk.
A HAu pimrr paper is projected in
London which is expected to circulate
from 600,000 to 750,000 copies daily.
In a recent hailstorm at Buffalo stones
fell, five of which aggregated the weight
of five and a quarter pounds.
There is one man in the Legislature
of Massachusetts who boldly declares that
whisky is nutritious and healthy.
Many of the waves of trouble, like those
of the ocean, will, if we await them calm
ly, break at our feet and disappear.
Somebody suggests that the descend
ants of the signers of the Declaration of
Independence should meet on the 4th of
Twenty -one millions of dollars are ex
pended annually by the drinkers of lager
beer in the United States for their bev
erage. A bar keeper in one of the down-town
hotels in New York is said to wear a dia
mond pin worth $790, and to get a salary
of $ It a week.
A Vienna merchant celebrated the for
tieth anniversary of the founding of his
business by giving fifty thousand dollars
to the poor.
Ah Iowa mathematician has calculated
that the Emrlish alphabet ia capable of 1.
891,734, 288, 887,252,999, 425,128,488,402,300
changes, and not one more.
Tbs population of Washington Terri
tory, which in 1860 was 11,594, is now es
timated by some persons at 40,000, and by
others at 60,000.
Thk Directors of the Connecticut State
Prison say there is an apparent increase
of crime in the State, the number of com
victs having increased from 188 to 219, and
the prison is crowded.
A poob woman in Buffalo, compelled to
beg to save her husband and children from
starvation, dropped her bank book the
other day, which showed that she had just
A Lours ytlx man, who is a graduate
of an Eastern college, and has practiced
law and medicine, and studied for the min
istry, now drives a brick cart, and thus
earns an honest living.
Ia Holland there are 12,000 wind mills
in constant nse for the simple purpose or
drainage. They are said to be almost of
colossal size, each lifting from 10,000,000
to 50,000,000 gallons of water every 24
Aniline dyes are now flUU Ui las'avlul- '
te rated by a mixture with fine granulated
susrar, each crystal of which is covered
with a very thin film of the Hue dye, so
as to produce an excellent imitation in
color and form.
The Mayor of Montgomery, Ala., in
the case of a negro charged wi .h petty
larceny, sustained the point that a pinch
beck breastpin, won in a "gift enterprise."
was not the lawful property of the reputed
owner, and that to take it was not theft
A rich old lady of Caen, France, left
all her property to the " Institute of Fine
Arts," meaning probably the " Academy
of Fine Arts." As there is no such insti
tution in existence as the former, the
heirs- t-law hope to secure the property.
Charles Dickens lived longer than
Shakspeare, who died at fifty-three ; than
Byron, who died at thirty-seven ; than
Thackeray, who died at fifty-two ; than
Burns, who died at thirty-seven; and was
one year younger than Macau lay, who
died at fifty-nine.
It is estimated that should the entire
progeny of a sinirle pair of birds survive,
in the course of fifteen years they would
increase to nearly 10,000,000. As it ia,
there is scarcely any increase from year
to year, the number that perish equaling
the number that are bom.
A French observer, Mr. Jourdain, finds
that the administration of chloroform to
plants produces strange effects analogous
to those of some drugs upon some ani
mals. For instance, it gives the raspberry
plant a sort of lock-jaw, violently invert
ing the leaves, as if they had muscles.
The Michigan Press Association offer
the following premiums: For the beet
" make up " local paper, first week in Au
gust $10 ; and for the the paper present
ing the best get up of local matter during
the month of August $10 the competi
tion to be confined to local paper uncon
nected with dailies.
The New York Sorosis claims to have
among its active members thirty-eight en
raged in literature, six editors, twelve
poets, six musical artists, twenty-five au
thors, two physicians, four professors, two
artists in painting, nine workers in art,
nine teachers, ten lecturers, one historian,
one author of scientific works, and three
Ah absurd wager between Lord Wey
mouth and Sir Archibald Home has re
cently been decided in Scotland. They
were to walk no Ben Lomond during a
high wind. Lord Weymouth in top boots
.nH hsrkwsrd. and Sir Archibald Home
as he pleased, but to carry in his hand an
open umbrella, sir Arcnioaiu iubi mo
wager, which was for $5,000.
Spanish gentlemen speak with great
enthusiasm of the handsome behavior, in
a recent duel, of two naval officers of high
rank, intimate friends, who had quar
reled over their cups. They fought twenty
Daces apart to advance to a central line
and fire at will. One walked forward, and
when near the line the other nred and nit
him. The wounded man staggered to the
line, and said, " I am dead. Come thou
and be killed." rne otner came up untu
be touched the muzzle of his adversary's
pistol, and In a moment both were dead
A very generous act is told of M. Cer
nusch, the Italian banker lately expelled
jrom France. After the taking of Rome
and his imprisonment in r on oi. A.ngeio,
he was compelled to leave Italy. He was
without funds, but one of his compatri
ots said, " Here are 500 francs for which I
have no pressing use. TJiey may assist
you in your exile." Twelve or fifteen
years later Cernuschl, who had become
wealthy, learned that his benefactor's
daughter was about to be married. He
wrote asking her to accept the 800 francs
which her father had always refused to
receive. "I have," said he, "invested
this small sum in different enterprises,
which have succeeded, and I send it to
you with the return it has produced.
Your husband, I hope, will not object to
this addition to your fortune, which legit
ims.ir.lv belones to you." The 500 franc
note inclosed a sum of 100,000 1