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EATON,, OHIO, THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 1870.
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POETRY. MODERN WEDDING RITES.
Wn.T thou take this brown stone tront.
Those carriages, thiadlamond.
To be the husband orthy cndtec,
Fast locked in bonds of Hymen !
And wilt thou leave thy homo smd friends
To be his loving wife,
And help to spend his Urge income
So long as thou hast.llfe t"
" I wJBSv-the -sxodest maid replies
Tho ldvenght "teaming from her eye
"And writ CROW take thWwWerfhir,
w?th : LuVhXPff CTiAA' uiks
To be ikr choMB bride ?
AnflsWttofi roV sk shTKir
Whilst thou hast H to and health.
Bat die as soon as possible.
And leave her all thy wealth ?"
- I will I" the rear loss mate repU
Ana eager waits the nuptial ties.
Then I pronounce you man and wife ;
And what I've Joined forever.
The next best man may disunite.
And the first divorce ooart sever."
"WAS'OO EVER A BOY?"
Mr Uttls four-year-old Harry,
Bright In beauty and to Joy.
Said, with his accent of wonder
" Fapsi was 'oo ever a boy f
Was on ever as Uttlc sal bar
"Dear Why." said I In reply,
'Will my darling over be weary
And heart-worm and sinful as I
With forehead of whiteness
1 Hi naatnr amsl tnnanast nrsn
Thou like a Ma flaataad and fragrant
I like a lesr at its ran ;
far away from the angels
Thou within reach of their call.
i Of aWflj MlfflsT, or.H
or. ana sweet,
1. my darling,
E example, '
mows no slier.
r FathoKSS si mute .
; be always a bey.
THE TREASURE STONES.
It was Christmas eve in a small farm in
the neighborhood of Plonhinec, beyond
No one was at home ; the master, mis
tress, children and servants were gone to
midnight mass.- The sound of church
bells were still heard across the heath,
now. covered with a thin layer of snow.
Only an old woman, too old and Infirm to
tq church, was sitting up beside the
A beggar was in the stable, asleep be
tween X lean ox that drew the little plow,
and ab aid ass, worn with carrying ban
dies of heather or of rashes dried 1b the
son. The poor man had reached the farm
after the departure of the farmer, and the
old woman had given a cake of black
bread and a cup of sack, ana then allowed
him to go to bed in the stable.
He slept peacefully until he was awak
ened by voices near him. He listened,
thinking it was the people of the farm
come home; bat he soon perceived, to
his amazement, that the ox and the ass
beside him were conversing in good
Breton. The ass had turned toward the
ox, who was reposing on his litter ; and
the beggar Scriven remembered he had
heard ft said by old people that, in mem
ory of the hospitality shown by the ox
and the ass to the infant Jesus, once a
year, at midnight, on Christmas eve, the
inhabitants of the stable were endowed
with the gift of speech, and were able to
converse about their affairs like human
Scriven was sharp and clever. It was
not for nothing that he had carried his
wallet from parish to parish, making cap
ital of his broken leg, and living as a beg
gar on the charity of kind folks. He did
not make the least movement that might
betray his presence, lest he should silence
his bed-fellows, whose conversation he
was so eager to hear.
The ox was saying to the ass. " One
never does what one wants to do. If I
were not tied hern I would go and take a
walk on the heath, that I might be at lib
erty at once ; and if I met Beneadik, the
plowman of Pluvigaor, I would tell him
" What would you tell him T" asked the
ass, who seemed depressed by bad treat
ment. " Ah, yon do not like Beneadik as I do:
He does mot drive yon u$nd that good for
nothing Kaolo has given you so many
blows "that ypu cam harrjjy stand any
more. But the master has never had such
a plowman as Beneadik. He talks to me
as if I were a Christian ; and if he pricks
me at all when I go too . slow, it is so
gently that I scarcely feel it. He is al
ways afraid of doing harm, and has no
wish but to do good. If he looks often to
ward Mariemik, it is ne wonder, for he
wants to make her his wife. If he only
knew I He would soon be rich enough
to bay the farm, the furniture, and all the
land ; and the master instead of snub
bing him, would stand before him cap in
Scriven began to listen with all his ears;
and the ass, who was lying on his litter
of heather, turned hiesself languidly
" You mean that yon want him to find
the treasure that the Stones of Plouhinec
will leave uncovered "one of these days ?
By the stable of St. Joseph, if he had the
cross wort and the five-leaved clover, they
would -be o aome use to him when the
stones go down to drink at the Intel I But
it happens only once in a hundred years,
and he will know nothing about it.
Besides." reioined the ox, " if there
can not be found in these" parts a baptized
Christian who will give his life for him,
... . . , . .a.
he will be crashed by the Stones when
they come back. But, after all, he would
never let another be killed for him, and
the good God will show him some other
way of becoming rich enough to marry
The ass had fallen asleep, and all was
again silent in the stable. Scriven alone
was awake, with a terrible temptation
gnawing at his heart. Why should he not
profit by the knowledge of the existence
of this treasure which had jusfbteen re
vealed to him in so stransre a manner ?
He was tired of begging, it was no Ton g-4
er tne gooa iraue mat it used to be ; the
times were hard, and although charitable
people might still give the beggar the best
place in the chimney corner, And the
largest piece of brad, ill-natured folks often
let him wait at the door, and after all
threw hin only a dry crust. He knew
very well where to And the magical herbs
-w the, way, as you go from the sea coast
to" the country where it never freetfes,
where tho myrtles are in flower hi winter,
and violets open in February in the
woods. Scriven stormed, however, in his
meditations when he came to the last con- j
anion 01 tne great enterprise. Where was
he to find a baptized Christian who would
give his life for him T
He did not yet dare to ask himself aloud
how he should delude any one, and allure
him to his death. Bat the devil had al
ready suggested dark schemes to him. The
treasure glittered before eriven's greedy
eyes. He fancied he saw handfuls of gold,
diamonds, and large bags of silver, and
between deeping and waking he gave
himself up to these dangerous dreams.
After he Was quite asleep, the master and
mistress, with their children and servants,
returned from church.
When he awoke in the morning he saw
Beneadik, who was arranging the litters of
the animals. He did not know him, but
thnscaresses he bestowed on the ox from
.time to time, as well as the sweet words
he exchanged in low tones with Marie
mik, who was helping her mother in the
kitchen, induced him to examine the
plowman more carefully. Wickedness
Bad already established itself in Scriven' s
heart. When he left the farm about
midday his wallet was well furnished
He looked forward to the Stones of Plou
hinec, which stood out in the snow irregu
lar and clear, like a troop of soldiers
standing still upon a field of battle. He
contemplated them for a minute ; then he
went back to take another look at Benea
dik, and at last plunged into the heath,
walking in the direction of the sea.
Three or four days bad passed, and the
short winter's day had begun to oloee.
The irround was still covered with snow.
end the ox rnralniOed KXprpi the ifcble;
in a white sh
No work could
be dorxay and Beneadik,
darli iiaaii,,jsW JCb
and hammer. Th
pboi ftllo wwts not
however, really ear.
ox the mistress, who
ariemik liked to talk
Md oDservea that
to him. h&a Warned tier husband, Who at
nee gave the PluVirner lad notice tb
leave. When Beneadik asked the cause of
this abrupt dismissal, the master said, " A
snail who has not twenty white pieces in
his pocket ought not to think of speaking
On this, poor Beneadik hong his head,
for he had not more than twelve, although
he had received his wages at Christmas.
He had paid for the shoes he had bought
in autumn to dance at "Grand Pardon,"
and he had pu,t his offering on the altar,
and in the priest's purse, like a good
To console himself for the thought of
leaving Mariemik, he had begun to carve
something on a big stone, when he was
startled by hearing a voice beside him.
"What, are you doing r" asked the beg
gar Scriven ; "and Beneadik turned round.
It seemed as if the other had suddenly
risen nut of tpe earth. "Does tie master
pay you to make drawings on the stones t"
" The master has dismissed me that is
what he has done," replied Beneadik. His
heart was fall, and he was surprised at
the beggar's bold tone. " I am to have
more time to myself than I want, and
meanwhile, that I may find work, I am
marking this stone with he sign of my
sal vat .on. It is said that in former days
these stones have seen human blood flow
in the devil's service. It won't do any
harm now for this one to bear on it the
sign of the Cross."
And Beneadik quietly finished his work,
completing the cross he had begun to out
upon the stone.
" Listen to me," said the beggar, in a
low voice. " What would you give me if
were to make you rich enough to marry
Mariemik to morrow if you like, or even
to look elsewhere and higher if you have
a mind to do so t
Beneadik's tools dropped from his
hands. " Rich,'' he gasped, in a choking
voice ; " Mariemik '." He was so much ex
cited that he could not find words, bat he
looked eagerly at the beggar.
-"I know," said Scriven, "that these
stones,'' and he touched the large one on
which Beneadik had just cat the sign of
the cross, " will this very night tear them
selves up from the ground on which they
rest, and go to drink at the river Intel.
Under them is hidden a treasure so great
that no eye has ever seen the like. A
single person would never be able to car
ry it off before the stones came back to
their place ; but if yon will help me, I
swear by your patron saint that you shall
never again need to bow your head to any
Beneadik seized the beggar's hands in
his. not noticing how they trembled. "If
you will only make me rich enough to
obtain JuanemiK irom ner lamer, ne
cried, " you may take all the rest ; yon
shall have my gratitude into the bargain,
and my services by day and by night, in
fair weather or foul; except Mariemik and
my hope of heaven, I will refuse you
nothing that you can ask of me."
Scriven smiled ; bat it was dark by this
time, and, besides, Beneadik was too hap
py and too trustful to comprehend the look
of troubled joy that passed over the face
of his companion.
"I will stay here and watch beside the
stones," said the beggar. "I have some
thing in my gourd that will keep out the
cold. You have still a place at the fire
place and table of the farm-house ; go
back to supper, and when you look at
Mariemik say to yourself that to-morrow
she will be yours if our enterprise suc
ceeds ; and then at eleven o'clock ' come
back here to me."
Scriven was eager to get rid of Benea
dik, fcr the young man's gratitude weighed
upon his mind till his remorse was in sup -supportable.
" It must be," he kept re
peating to himself; "and he is such a
good Christian that he will go straight to
Beneadik found It very difficult to con
eal his joy ; in the darkest moment of
lhiR rrripf a ttrnmrp Virm hmt TtSBTI hfforH
nun. Mariemik looked at him in amaze
ment ; she had blushed when during that
day her mother had said in her hearing
that Beneadik was about to leave them to
Seek his fortune elsewhere, but she had
Draveiy restrained ner tears, waiting till
she was alone to weep. Now, however,
the joy that she read in Beneadik's face
almost overcame her courage. Was he
then so happy to go away from her t
Scriven had desired him, above all
things, to keep their secret ; but it was
well that it was for so short a time, or
Beneadik would never have been able to
be silent when he saw Mariemik's sad
looks. He stood for a moment betore tho
crucifix and repeated a prayer ; then turn
ing to take one moro look at the young
girl, he went out to the stable, where he
could hkle his agitation and his hopes ; he
caressed the ox, who looked up at the
sound of his voice; and then, before it
was quite eleven o'clock, he went back
to look for Scriven at the Btones of Plou
hinec. The beggar seemed almost benumbed
with the cold, and scarcely spoke. The
yoice of conscience, which he had tried
to stifle so . often daring these two days,
was now at last silenced in his heart.
Dreams of riches, pleasure, and greatness
filled his thoughts ; he felt no desire to
reward those who had been kind to him ;
but he had determined to be revenged on
all who had ever slighted or repulsed
. From time to tune he glanced at his
companion, who sang in a low voice some
verses of a Christmas hymn, or repeated
a prayer. Beneadik was a little uneasy
at what he was about to do ; and he com
mended himself to God, to the Holy "Vir
gin,. and to his guardian angel, that he
might be preserved from the wiles of the
devil, who had doubtless in former days
hidden this treasure over which the Stones
of Plouhinec kept watch.
Scriven at last desired him to be quiet.
"No one knows," said he, "who may be
listening to yon." Bat Beneadik prayed
more fervently than ever in his heart; for
it seemed to him that all the elves and
spirits of tho heath were dancing round
At last twelve o'clock struck ; the
church was a long way 08,Tut
strokes sonneted cieariy i
stretch of bard fleJflsi now
Scriven had risen up, and
drawn his companion out of the .
01 ine stones, as toe last
away, they be
selves by a vi
. an -..
in which thi
men ; then springing for
th ey rushed away to
gether in the direction of Am river, bound
ing over the frozen earth,, ansVin their
passage crushing the slender birch trees
on t he heath and the great cluster of reeds
like whiepe of straw.
, .Scriven seised Beneadik's arm. "dome,"
ho said, in a voice so hoarse that no one,
would have recognized it ; and they both
ran to the place where the stones had
The irround was plowed up as if
bomb-shells on a battle-field, and in
every hole were seen gold and silver and
Beneadik, was so dazzled that he would
have stood still to gaze at them, but Scriv
en forced him to stoop and pick up some
of the treasure.
" Take all you can," he whispered, "they
will be back immediately."
As he spoke he filled all the empty bags
that he had brought in his beggar's wal
let. Beneadik also stuffed the gold into
his pockets, and both his hands were foil
when a loud and terrible . noise made him
start up suddenly.
" The Stones," he cried ; and they were
in fact rushing back again even faster
than they had ran away, as if they were
in a harry to return to their places and to
the treasures over which they watched.
As they advanced tbey formed themselves
into an immense circle, and Beneadik saw
at a glance that they were surrounded.
" We are lost!" he cried.
" Not I," said the beggar, drawing from
his bosom the cross-wort and the five
leaved clover that it had cost him so
much trouble to find on the seashore.
"The Stones of Plonchinec never harm
any one who carries these plants With
him. I most have a baptized Christian
to stay here after I have carried off the
treasure, and I expect this favor from
yon," he said, with a diabolical laugh.
The Stones turned aside as he presented
the magic plants to them, and, forming
themselves again into a column behind
the largest one, they advanced directly
upon Beneadik, who had fallen on his
knees in an agony of terror.
The . beggar by this time had shot up
his bags, and was preparing to fly.
In less time than it has taken to tell, the
terrible battalion had reached the plow
man of Pluvigner, bat at the sight of him
the largest atone stood suddenly still ; it
bore the sign of the Cross, and. could do
no harm to a Christian. Beneadik was
Still on his knees, confusedly -murmuring
prayers mingled with the name of Marie
mik, when the great stone placed itself in
front of him like a rampart, and protected
him with its enormous size ; and the rest.
separating, rolled into their places, once
more niamg iroin unman gaze mose trea
sures on which rash eyes had ventured to
look for a time.
Scriven meanwhile found the gold he
had collected press so heavily on his
shoulders that he threw away his bags,
hoping some other time to come back and
look for them. His only thought now
was to save his life, for when the large
stone had accomplished its work of pro
tection it began to roll back, like the oth
ers, into its place ; the beggar was in front
of it, and though he held up the magic
plants in his trembling hands, they had
no power over the stone on which the
sign of the cross had been made ; it rolled
on, leaving the miserable man behind it,
crushed to death under its weight. His
horror-stricken companion, appalled by
the sight, fell forward insensible on the
Beneadik appeared the next morning
at the farmhouse, loaded with gold, and
staggering under the bags he had picked
up on the heath ; bnt he had grown ten
years older, and it was only after many
years of happiness with Mariemik and
his children that he ceased to tremble
when he heard the clock strike twelve at
icreas to long
One morning a gentleman was going to
church. He was a happy, cheerful
Christian, who had great respect for the
Sabbath. He was a singular man, and
would sometimes do and say what the
children are apt to call "funny things"
As he was going he met a stranger driving
a heavily -loaded wagon through the town.
When the gentleman got right opposite to
the wagon he stopped, turned round, and
liftingiup both hands, as if in horror, he
exclaimed as he gazed under the wagon.
" There, there.you are going it ! You
have gone over it
The driver was frightened. He drew
up his reins in an instant,, cried, " Whoa,
whoa !" and brought his horse to a stand.
Then he looked under the wheels, expect
ing lo see the mangled remains of some in
nocent child or at least, some poor dog or
pig that had been ground to jelly. But
he saw nothing. So, gazing all about, he
looked up to the gentleman who had so
strangely arrested his attention, and
Pray, sir, uhat have J done f"
" Gone over the fourth commandment,"
was the quick reply. "Remember the
Sabbath day to keep it holy.
An exchange paper says it is a curious
fact that a deaf man will go two miles out
of his way to walk on a railroad track. It
is so ; and another curious fact is, that he
dosen't do it more that once if any trains
are running on that day.
A CROW HUNT.
BY C. A. STEPHENS.
Wb had been busy planting corn all
day in the lower lot, Father, Will and
I, and Dave Holmes, the hired man. O,
how hot it was 1 not a breath of wind
. down there ; we could see the hot air
trembling over the ridges in the upper
field, just as it does over the stove in the
winter-time, f dry rain " Dave calls it.
But it was Saturday,- and we put in to get
it all planted that night, for Mr. Sim
mond's folks were going to finish theirs
that day; and Will and. I couldn't bear
to have Bob and Ed bragging about
getting through first.
When we went down to Work in the
1 morning there was a crow sitting in the
top of a hemlock near the fence. He
stayed there for as much as aa hour
watching us with an occasional Aow-r-r
haw-r-r! And four or five more flew
over the field with one eye turned down
to see what we were doing. They are
old settlers here that have had nests in
the woods down by .the brook these
twenty years, lather eays. lh bet they
saw the corn in the tin dishes, stud knew
just as well what was going to be done
as we did. Last year they were very
bold, and cared no more for the scare
crow men we made of old clothes stuffed
with straw than nothing at all. They
would come down intq the field foggy
mornings, when we could not see them,
and pull up the corn wit hin a rod of - the
worst looking .scarecrow we had. But
one day at the mill old Deacon Murray
told lather that it he should string twine
all round the field the crows wouldn't
light down inside of the twine. He saw
it in his paper, and. had tried it.
So we put down stakes and twined the
whole piece. The thing looked Just like a
telegraph, and Will and I. used to play it
Was one. The stakes were put in loosely,
and would sway back and forth, so that a
pull at one end could be felt at the farther
side of the field, behind the hill ; and by
tying a bell to the stake at each end we
could send signals, which stood for 1 dis
patches. The Deacon .wae . right about
the twin e ; the crows d idn't come inside
of it. I suppose they thought it was a
snare. "- r,:
Before we went up to dinner wo bad
put the twine .around what we had got
planted. But Mr. Crow' was not to De
fooled that way; When We came hack
from dinner we found he had been dining
too. A big black fellow was keeping
watch in the tall hemlock, and when we
came in sight he sang out lustily' to his
brother pHlerers. There was a great tap
ping ; a whole flock flew up and stole
guiltily away among the trees. They had
dug up fifty hills, some of them right un
der the twine. All through the after
noon, ah we worked, they kept sailing
over the field ; and we could hear the
Soung ones cawing from the nests, down
i the woods. " The twine isn't going to
stop them this year," said father ; " we
most try something else."
" Why don't you hang the young crows
up In the field here," said Dave. " That's
the way they did at Mr. Savage's, where
I worked last season. They didn't come
near that field again, I tell yon." I
couldn't help thinking that it was rather
a cruel way ; but the prospect of a crow
hunt was so tempting that I tried to get
rid ot that feeling, and worked away as
hard as I could when father said that if
we got through in time we -would go
down and have a look for the nests, and
try Mr. Savage's method.
We finished the field about six o'clock,
and then started after the crews. I carried
the gun, and Dave took an axe. A part
ridge was drumming on his log, and we
stopped to get a shot at him. uut he new
before I fairly got sight of his ruffled
back. Just then we stumbled upon the
nest of the female, who was setting. Will
almost caught her in his hands. There
were fifteen eggs in the nest, about half as
large as hens' eggs and of a clouded gray
color. The great trees, birches and ma
ples, overhung the brook, arid the rocks
among which it ran, were covered with
mould and moss. The young crows were
still enough now, and through the tree
tops we could see the old birds sailing in
silent anxiety many hundred feet over
head. They didn't allow their fears to
overcome their prudence enough to go
near the: neat.
After looking some time we saw a nest
in the top of a high maple: It was a hard
one to climb, and it was decided to cut it
down, Father took the axe ; the great
white chips flew from the scarf, and in a
few minutes the tree staggered and with
a harsh roaring crack fell. But we had
oar labor for oar pains'; it was a last
year's nest, dry and deserted. It really
looked as if the crows would have the
best of this hunt, for it was now getting
dusk. But Will's keen eyes spied another
nest in a huge birch. Not to be taken in
again by an old nest, we fired a charge of
shot at it, and had the satisfaction of see
ing several blaek heads pop over the side,
quickly drawn back. How to get to them
wasthe next question, for the tree was as
much as three feet through at the ground,
altogether too big to climb "bear fashion;"
and it would be a good hour's work to cut
" Fall that tall hemlock which stands on
the other side of the brook into the birch,"
said Dave. " Then we can go up the
hemlock into the birch just as easy as one
can go up stairs."
" Agreed ; and after a few minutes'
cutting the hemlock leaned over and
lodged its top across one of the great
birch limbs. But after all it was a rather
perilous looking "staircase." "There,
John," said Dave, turning to me, " there's
a chance to distinguish yourself."
' Let me go," exclaimed Will ; " I saw
the nest first."
"You may try it, John," said father. I
obeyed, and began to creep up the trunk,
but it was pretty hard work, and when I
had got about forty feet from the stump,
where the tree hung over the brook, it
looked rather "scarey." "Keep cool, boy.
don't look down f Keep your eyes up !"
After a tough scramble I got into the
birch and made my way up to the nest.
It was fully fifty feet from the ground.
As I scrambled up the black heads again
peered over the edge ; then a great com
motion took place, and a shower of dirt
came rattling down into my eyes. One
by one I drew out the young birds, caw
ing and Equalling, from their cozy cra
dle, glossy black babies, with heads as
big as kittens, and great black beaks.
How they cawed and fluttered down to
the ground when I dropped them into the
hands of their enemies below I I couldn't
help pitying the poor little fellows when
I thought what a cruel death was in store
I found getting down easier than getting
up. We then went back to the cornfield,
and, setting some long limber poles slant
ingly in the ground, hung the young
birds by the legs with strings at the ends
of the poles. Will thought it would be
a mercy to kill them ; but Dave said they
must be left alive in order that their cries
might frighten the old birds. And they
did cry ; we heard them pleading piteous
ly as we went off to the house ; and
going out once during the evening, I
could hear them still. I had a great mind
to go and cut them down after the others
had gone to bed, as I should have done if
any one but father had hung them there.
I suppose they cried all night.
The next day was Sunday ; but Will
and I stole out before bre akfast, and rah
down to the cornfield to eee " how they
rested," as Will said. "Nye crept along
easily and looked over the ridge into the
field. There were the four young 'crows,
swinging from the ends of the poles ; and
there, too, were the two old ones digging
up the corn with might and main and
feeding them with ft t We could see them
flying first to one and then to another as
busy as bees.
" I'm glad of it," said Will. " Don't
scare them. Now let's get father and
Dave out here. I wonder what Dave
will say to this l"
Back we ran, and telling them something
good was going on down in the cornfield,
we all proceeded to the top of the ridge
again. Will and I were ready to burst.
They both took a good look at the , field
and then at each other. Dave looked
queer; bnt father, throwing himself upon
the grass, laughed as I never saw him be-,
fore. " You're a fine fellow, Hdlmea," be
exclaimed at last, " to coax me into mov
ing that family of. crows up into my corn
field !" I shall not attempt to repeat what
Dave said. Will bad H to laugh over for
a week afterwards. " Boys," said father,
turning to us, " go and dlsposa of those
young crows in some way ; we can't, have
them there if it is 8unday."
. We disposed of them by turning three
over to the oare of the old birds, and
keeping one to tame into a pet, and a mis
chievous one he became. We had no dif
ficulty whatever in taming him ; and his
tongue was duly split, according to Dave's
directions, to make him talk. But I re
gret to say he never became a fluent
speaker. He became a most inveterate
thief, however, and a nuisance generally,
to such an extent, that his neck under
went a suddtn circumvolution one morn
ing at the hands of some person or per
The thing which finally kept the crows
off the corn was newspapers, unfolded and
placed flat on the ground, with a stone on
each corner to prevent them from blow
ing away. A dozen of these laid down at
intervals oyer the field did the business.
Will thinks this is still another proof that
" the pen is mightier than the sword."
Our Young folks.
The Family Tyrant.
Home should be'to the family the cen
tre of all that is lovely and desirable. Its
attractions should be such that every
member of the family shall feel the loss of
them when away, and shall hall with joy
the time of return. By attractions, we
do not mean elegant furniture and rare
and costly works of art These, though
not to be despised, are, fortunately
for persons of slender incomes, not essen
tial to a happy home. There may be
splendid misery in a palace, and substan
tial happiness in a cottage. Godly con
tentment will bring the truest pleasure to
any abode. If, with godliness, one can
have paintings and statuary, and books
and music, and other objects to minister
to refined and cultivated taste, it is mat
ter of thankfulness; but if, in God's
providence, these be denied, there is still
reason for gratitude in the fact that one
may be happy without them.
The real attractions of home are to be
found in the moral qualities of its in
mates; qualities not affected by the state
of the money market, the rise and fall of
stocks, or the price of real estate. The
location and the externals of the home
may be thus influenced, and in the con
vulsions of trade may be changed, but the
heme will be the same. The sweet smiles
and gentle voices, and winning manners,
and uncounted offices of affection, which
bestowed an indescribable "eharm en the
old home, are transferred to the new,
and make it an attractive place in spite of
the changes of circumstances. Attrac
tions like these have a wholesome moral
influence on all the members of the house
hold, especially on those of the ruder sex.
The husband and father looks to such a
home as a place of rest from daily toil,
and the sons find no reason for visiting
haunts of dissipation in quest of society
and fellowship. Young men who go to
vile places from such homes must, indeed,
be hardened in sin.
The influence of woman on home hap
piness has often been spoken of; we have
alluded to it above. Her influence is truly
great, bat it is not the only essential
power to be considered. It may be nearly
if not entirely neutralized by the counter
influence of the husband and father.
There are beautiful homes made wretched
by the conduct of the head of the family.
We refer not only to men who, in spite of
the attractions of their homes, go astray
in the ways of sin, spend their nights in
drinking and gaining, and reel home at
late hours, cursing wife and children in
drunken frenzy. Such men do, indeed,
make their abodes the dwelling place of
misery ; they are to be pitied much, their
families to be pitied more. Nor do we
allude to those men who, though sober,
are shiftless, lazy and improvident, com
pelling their families to live in trembling
proximity to the starvation point ; nor
yet to others who are neither intemperate
nor indolent, but who live by habitual
dishonesty, so that every knock at the
door suggests the approach of the police,
and strikes terror to the soul. The class
of men we refer to are to be
found among sober, Industrious and
honest citizens some of them mem
bers of the Church, and, it may
be, even preachers of the Gospel.
They may be described as family tyrants,
and otten become so from sheer thought
lessness. With the best possible motives,
and possessed with the singular notion
that they are doing the very best that can
be done, they contrive quite unintention
ally, we are willing to admit to make
their homes unhappy. They rule their
families with the iron rod. With strange
ideas of dignity and propriety, they hush
the blithesome glee of childhood, put an
end to song, ana laughter, and sport, main
tain an unapproachable reserve, and carry
a countenance that reminds one of a beet
ling crag overhanging a valley of dark
ness. The sound of their coming is the
signal for the end of mirth ; no little feet
patter through the hall to meet them, but
with hushed voice and bated bAath the
chidren slink into a corner, or crowd near
the mother for protection. No smile from
them lights up the hearthstone; their
fresence brings a chill mad a shadow,
'he voice is commanding and repellant ;
the manner stern and forbidding. Silence
is observed at the table, save when they
choose to break it ; a word from a child is
a misdemeanor, and laughter is rebellion.
The worst of it is that this is all done
professedly th the interests of decorum,
and often aa a help to the advancement of
religion ! What a strange idea of religion
some men have ! IB it any wonder that
the children of such families are so often
found, when grown up, among those who
scoff at all that is sacred f
A father, unapproachable, is, Indeed, a
tyrant. Were the Great Father such,
what would become of us t Men who act
thus set themselves in majesty above their
Maker, for He inclines His ear to the
meanest of His creatures. The father of
a family should attract, not repel. He
ought not, by an affectation of dignity,
which would be ludicrous were not its
results so disastrous, to spurn from him
the warm, confiding heart ot childhood,
Which longs to unfold its secrets to his
ear. ne should rather invite the little
secrets of these childish hearts, and make
his children feel that in their rather they
have an ever-ready friend. The Metho
dist. eW Aoi ;i
Thb necessary amount of sleep for pre'
serving a mens tana in tarpon sano va
ries in different individuals. Infants and
young children require far the most, and
old person the least, sleep. Perhaps
seven hours is, as nearly as we can fix it,
the average time that an average adult
should devote to sleeD. Active brain
work occasions a far greater demand tail
sleep than a good day's muscular exercise.
Numerous cases of prolonged sleep for
weeks, or even months, are on record,
some of which are undoubtedly authentic,
and probably are analogous with the phe
nomena of hibernation and estivation
that occur In certain of the lower animals -as
bears, bats, hedgehogs, dormice, and
many fishes,' reptiles, mollusks and in
sects. These may be regarded ss cases of
trance rather than of ordinary sleep, in
asmuch as, although there is no stupor,
the patients cannot be roused. We may
quote one or two of the most remarkable
of the well authenticated instances.
Samuel Clinton, or Chelton, of Tip
bury, near Bath, England, a laborer, aged
twenty-five, apparently in sound hearth,
fell asleep on the 13th of Mary, 1694, and
could not he aroused. Food and drink,
which were placed at his bedside regu
larly disappeared, although no one saw
him eating. At the end of- a month he
arose of his own accord, and went to his
ordinary work. Except that he never
spoke for a month, he kept apparently
well till the 9th of April, 1696, when he
again fell asleep. No external irritant
as capping or scarifying could arouse
him ; and he lay la this state for tan
weeks, after which his jaws became so
clenched together that it became neces
sary to utilize a hole in his teeth made by
his pipe, and pour a little wine Into his
mouth through a quill. About two quarts
were thus introduced in the course of six
weeks and four days, and he took no
other nourishment. On the 7th of Au
gust, after sleeping seventeen weeks,
he awoke and dressed, not know
ing that -he had slept more than
a night, till he went into the
fields and saw the harvest being
gathered in which he had helped to sow
when he fell asleep. He remained well
and at his regular week till the 17th of
August, 1697, when he again fell asleep,
ana could not be roused by pricking,
pinching, the application of hartshorn to
his nostr Us, etc., till the 19th of Novem
ber, when his mother, hearing a noise,
found him eating. She' asked him how
he did. He replied, " Very wall, thank
God." She asked him which he liked
best, bread and batter, or bread and cheese.
He answered, " Bread and cheese," Upon
this the woman, overjoyed, left him to
acquaint his brother, and on their return
to his room they found him as fast asleep
as ever, and could not by any means
awake him. He finally awoke spontane
ously at the beginning of February, per
fectly well, and remembering nothing
that had happened during his long sleep ;
and this is the last we hear of him.
A very remarkable case is that describ
ed by M. Blanchet to the Paris Academy
of Sciences, and published in the rmpte
Rendus for 1864. A lady, aged twenty
four, who slept for forty days at the age
of eighteen, and fifty days at the age of
twenty including her honey-moon at
length had a sleep of nearly a year from
Easter-Sunday, 188, to March, 1868. By
the removal of a false front tooth she was
fed with milk and broth. She was mo
tionless, insensible to any external stimu
lus, and her muscles were in a state of
contraction. The pulse was very weak,
and the breathing scarcely perceptible.
All the ordinary calls ot nature were sus
pended. Her complexion was florid and
healthy, and there was no emaciation.
Except in the last particular, her ease ap
proximates to one that has recently
attracted much attention in England.
The difference may be readily accounted
for by the apparently persistent and al
most total fast of the subject in the latter
Two Meals a Day.
If any man or woman of forty five or
over, not engaged in hard manual labor,
especially the studious, sedentary and in
door livers, would take bat two meals a
day for a menth, the second not being
.. . . . & . , .
later than tnree in me aiiernoon, ana to
solutely nothing afterward, except it
might be in some cases an orange or
lemon, or cup of warm drink, such as tea,
bremo, sugar-water, or ice-cream, there
would be such a change for the better in
the way of sound sleep, a feeling, on wak
ing, of having rested, an appetite for
breakfast, a buoyancy of disposition dur
ing the day, together with a geniality of
temper and manner, that few, except the
animal and glutton, would be willing to
go back to the flesh pots of Egypt. "Ben.
Wade," as he is frequently called, one of
the political uons ot the West, has taken
but two meals a day for twenty years, and
if all sedentary persons, those who are
indoors a greater part of their time, would
after the age of forty-five, observe the
same inflexible rule, there can be no
doubt, other things being equal, that lon g
years of happy exemption from the ordi
nary ills would be the result. The reason
is that the stomach would have time to
rr'nt for recuperation, and would thus be
able to perform its part more thoroughly
making purer blood, giving better sleep,
and securing an appetite for breakfast.
Let any man try it for ten days, taking
the second meal seven hours after the
first, and abandon the practice if he can.
Mail's Journal of ileal in.
FACTS AND FIGURES.
lady of Canada has devoted
,re 2,00rj,Tj00 lota
$8,000 to the
and but 75,000 houses.
Diamonds have recently increased la
value 7 or 8" per oenfc jlu
Tub sale of Charles Dickens' personal
affects realized nearly 10,000.
Massachusetts had, the ilrat of July,
2,800 inmates fn the prisoaa'of the State.
It is stated there are one hundred salt
springs in the State of Kansas.
AH American lady in Paris has just
bought a love of a bonnet for the trifle of
A FniiKCR paper asserts that seven per
cent of lunatics are made so by tho em
ployment of hah dyes'.
BooBBSTBJrxinta proudly to a litest,
chunk of coal weighing over eight thou
Them are now living fct Athene
county, O., sixteen couples who have been
married oyer fifty years.
Nicholas Lohowokth once purchased
the basinets portion of the city of Cincin
nati for the value of a horse.
A cAtmoH has been given' if tme" 'dotv
tors against the iadWs . wearing green,
tarlatan dresses or trimmings.
CiHcrrrHATi had Sto8" divorce snits pend
ing durin gttefat year, ,of which" 118
were decided. Wives were the pctltion
erB m o7them. vi ycci o1 in
From rae year raM to 1867,?a?oqaaing
to a recent publication, 1,28 people were
killed, and 4,426 wounded, by railway
A Bahoor policeman owns a dog which
amuses itself in its own way all day, bnt
at 9 p. ra. appears en his owner's beat,
and shares his watch.
Thb Phillip sburg (Pa.) Journal relates
how a savage male near that place killed
a cow, then proceeded to devour her calf,
leaving but a small portion of it.
A bkw counterfeit twenty franc piece
just "uttered" In France, and made of
platina and aJunraium, is so perfect as to
defy all testa but those of chemistry and
time ' " 9'J! " '
A Diasir atbb Englishman, who commit
ted suicide in Boston a few weeks since,
has had a fortune of two hundred ana
twenty thousand pounds left him by the ,
death of a relative.
SracH Queen Victoria took her place on -the
English throne, thirty-three years
ago, every throne in Europe, from the
least unto the greatest, hae chasged occu
pants. A bot in Portland has had a bean re
moved from his ear, which had been there
thirteen years, and the only change it had
sustained during this long period of time
was a change ox its color to black.
Da. Mbhdbx, of Berlin, who has been
investigating the temperature of the cra
nial cavity, finds that the temperature of
the interior of the skull Is lower than the
general temperature of the body.
Tan Rural New Yorker thinks there
will be a great falling off in the produc
tion of Wheat this year, taking the whole
country into view ; that there will be a
fun crop of corn, a large one of potatoes
and a full average one of hay.
Sidhiv Smith says, regarding the un
necessary consumption of food: "Ac
cording to my computation I have eaten
and drank between my tenth and seven
tieth year, forty-four wagon-loads more
than was good for me."
A warms in a Dublin medical journal
says that many sworn teetotallers in De
land have acquired the habit of intoxicat
ing themselves with"" ether. The annual
consumption of the liquid in the region
about Belfast is 4.090 gallons.
Mr. Bbsbbm-bb's plan for obviating sea
sickness, by means of an oscillating cham
ber, supported on bearings similar to those
of a compass, wiU shortly be put to a prac
tical test. A chamber of this description
is now in construction in England, and
will be fitted to a sterner of about 800
CnretHHATi has 35 insurance companies,
76 jewelry establishments, 700, retail gro
ceries, 31 large restaurants, 186 dry goods
shops, 800 shoe shops, 6a coal yarda, 170
candy shops, 72 pork packeries, 140 cloth
ing firms, 70 printing efltoes, 117 drug
venders, and 959 liquor saloons.
Br placing several individuals, in a cif
cle, with joined hands, and Observing the
time required to transmit the impression
of a hand pressure several times
around the circle, Prof. O. W. Holmes hae
dedaced the Act that ty requires about
one tenth of a second for a sensation to
pass from one hand to the other, through
the nerves and brain of an individual.
Pbobftbd by various cases of illness
caused by the use of syrups scad under
the name of raspberry, currant, etc.,
Vandevyvere, in Brussels, accord tag" to
the Journal de J'harmacie d'Antert, has
analyzed some of these syrups, and found
that none of them contained a trace of
the fruits after which they were named
Many consisted of a solution of glucose,
colored with aniline red, XtiMs Istpsris.
or f uchsine, and mixed with some La r tana
or citric acid and a few drops of fruit ea-
Thb Chinese in California make gold
dust out of silver half dollar pieces, by
cutting up the. silver coin into particles
which resembles in shape the gold dust
formed in the streams. This is then ooi
ored to resent Ue gold and U mixed w
Pnuine gold dust How the yellow color
put upon the silver is a Celestial secret.
The profit of the business must be great,
as two sliver naii aoux m
ounce of gold dust, worth about eighteen
A kick little boy in Pittsburgh went to
.i : .. . tw. r,thar Hnv and amused hian-
self throwing stones at the elephant while
he was armaung. wueu MnnwnSii
the boy tried to propitiate him by offering
-i niAM of irlnirArhrpul Hefore ac
cepting the cake, the elephant emptied
about sixty-four gallons of water, beer
measure, over the boy, and then slang
him into the third tier to dry off. Ti
boy is very indifferent about circuse
now. He says no oencves ne aoesn t cava
for them as much as he used to.
Ah amusing Incident occurred a few
weeks ago at a marriage in a Hanoverian
village. After the marriage ceremony
had been performed, and the people wero
enjoying themselves in the village ian,
one of the peasants remarked: But,
children, the pastor has not asked if they ,
the bridal pair, will have one another.
All present agreed that ibe qeestiM had
been omitted, and so the ncwly-marrie-i
couple were again hurried to church,
where the ceremony was re-performed , 1. 1
their own and their friendsr entire satisfaction.