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VOL. VI.--NO. 48. EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1873. WHOLE NUMBER 334.
THE DEVIL OUTDONE.
Old Kick came up to the earth one day.
And into old Washington wended hie war.
And baring huh hours to spend for call..
He thought he would visit our national halls.
On arriving there he crossed the sill
As discussion was hot on the Salary bill.
Now Old Nick, as everybody knows,
Has power to change both himself and clothes,
So, seeing a Senator's vacant chair,
2resto, change 1 and he waa there 1
And he said, as his eyes o'er the assembly ran,
44 Wouldn't I make a splendid Congressman ?"
The bill was read, and the devil sat there,
Tilted back in his easy chair,
With no particular interest in It,
Till there came a pause of about one minute ;
And in a voice that was full of dread
The " back -action" clause of the bill was read. .
Old Nick sat up with interest now.
To see what the honorable (?) body would do.
- Tor surely," said he, " they haven t sunk so low,
That they can psss that bill clear through ;
It surely must be some hideous joke.
Or my imps have overdone their work."
The on was read and the ayes were called,
And the devil sat there like one appalled ;
And tLa basest thing which he ever saw
Was this wholesale theft under the guise of law.
To look any further there is no use.
Tor all mesn things this bests the deuce."
44 Tar thousands of years I've wandered "round
Trying to see if there could be found
In the universe a lower level
Than that which is occupied by the devil t
My search was fruitless by sea and land
TiU I met an American Congressman.
If men like these are to Congress sent
111 run my chances for President."
Old Nick left town that very day,
But he was heard to mutter as he passed away :
111 let that ' Forty-second' alone,
For if I dont theyTl steal my throne I"
[Stopes Mound (Mo.) Letter to the Galesburg Free
B topes Mound is an elevation of
about one hundred feet, covering an
area, perhaps, of twenty acres, and is
visible for miles around. The country
is new in " these 'ere parts," and the
natural beauty of the landscape remains
There are Btfll many representatives
-left of that rough class of men who
pained such an unenviable reputation
during the war as bushwhackers. Their
leaders, however, are being driven out,
and their acts of lawlessness are seldom
heard of. A short while ago the last of
these " chieftains " met his death in an
attempt to rob a bank at Chillicothe.
His pals were sentenced to long terms
of imprisonment, and the people now
experiense a greater sense of safety.
Learning that an old resident lived
near by who was familiar with the stir
ing events of war times, I formed his
acquaintance with a view to drawing
him out upon what he knew of those
HAVING SECURED AN INVITATION
to " come over and hev" a talk," I found
myself, one afternoon, on the way to
David Dickman's farm. Arriving there,
I discovered the gentleman of whom I
was in search, seated in a large arm
chair, placed beneath the - shade of a
noble oottonwood the only thing of
comfort on his place. The house was
of no particular style of architecture,
being built of large and rough boards,
honiely in exterior appearance, and un
healthy in interior arrangements. The
yarjl was bare of grass, not a blade dar
ing to show its tiny spear above ground
for fear of being nibbled to death by
the pigs, sheep or calves, which were
exploring the lnclosure at random.
" Dave" Dick man, as he was famil
. i&ily called, arose as I approached and
' extended me a hearty greeting, wholly
unconscious of the uncomplimentary
thoughts which . had been passing
through the brain of his visitor.
He was a MiBSonrian, par excellence.
Tall, lank, with dirty colored hair, yel
lowish complexion, hungry eyes, sham
bling gait, he completely filled my idea
a "Pike." He was clothed in a
loose, ragged suit of butternut, without
covering for his feet, but possessed of a
hat the like of which one seldom meets
with. In it was seen every character
istic of the individual. - Photographed
upon its floppy, sloppy bosom, were
significant drawings of his careless
business habits; engraved upon its
clownish and peaked crown were ludi
crous representations of his attempts as
being graceful ; impressed upon the
rugged Dand j
WEBB VIVID ILLUSTBATIONS .
of his sadly deficient moral character ;
and the general woe-begoneness of the
man's appearance was strikingly shown
in tlje wonderfully worn-out, greasy and
faded condition of the tile itself taken
as a whole. Such in brief was " Dave."
Grasping his hand I shook it warmly,
and in answer to his greeting said that
I was glad to find him so well, and
hoped that he had leisure to talk with
me as he had proposed.
Motioning me to a seat upon an unin
habited hen-coop, and pushing back the
front part of his dilapidated hat-rim
over his frizzy hair, he announced him
self in readiness for anything.
- Said he, " We'uns out here don't hev
much of onything to tell in the way of
newB, but I all'ys like to talk. Blaze
Assuring him that my object was
merely to gather some information upon
subjects of general interest in the neigh
borhood, he became conversive, and,
accepting a Cabanna, lighted it, and
what follows is about what we talked as
the1 afternoon and cigars passed away.
" You "have lived here a number of
yearn, I understand ; have I been cor
rectly informed?" was the way I started
. the ball.
"Yes," he answered, " nigh unto
twenty-two year.. . Come here about
that time from a country below, whar
I waa bo'n, and bo't this chunk of land
for two bits an acre, and now I wouldn't
take thirty dollar for the same.
Observing that T was paying close at
tention to his remarks, he entered into
the conversation with more spirit and
less reserve, and Baid i " When I first
settled here- there wa'n't a house in
fifteen mile ary way, and I tell ye it was
' And during the war, I suppose, you
experienced pretty lively times
w " YOU AB MIGHTY BIGHT.
It was woV here than in the Southern
States, 'cos we was liable to be pitched
intobv both sides."
"Did the bushwhackers ever molest
you, and was it true that there existed
organized bands of lawless men who
plundered from rebel and Union men
alike V I inquired.
This waa the point I wished him to
converse upon more particularly than
any other, as I was certain that he had
been connected with the bushwhackers
himself at some time.
Looking slyly at me out of one eye,
and hesitating for a moment, as if de
liberating upon what to say, he an
swered, Yes, they did bother me, and
like all git out, too. But it was my
fault," he continued, " and I oughtn't
He ceased speaking, and seemed to
wait for me to ask him about it. Not
noticing him, he, after taking a long
pull at his cigar, proceeded to explain :
" Ye see, mister, the way we was
sitiated here was jist about this. My
naybors was mostly poor men, and when
they see'd a chance to make some
stamps they banded together and went
in and got what they could. I got into
one of them scrapes afore I know'd what
was up, and durn'd if I wa'n't consider
able ashamed of the biz."
"Well," said I, encouraging him to
proceed, " how did you get out of the
organization after having once asso
ciated yourself with its members ?"
" That's jist what's the matter," he
chimed in. "Bein in with 'em, and all
of a-sudden a-drawin out why they
jist went for me ; and ef you had seen
'em around this ar' house one night
a-yellin,' cussin' andvowin' that ef they
got hold of
DAVE DICXMAN, HB'd HANG,
you wouldn't be askin' whether sich
fellars as bushwhackers existed. Things
is changed, and I don't mind tellin' you
what I seed, durin' my first raid. "
Just as he was commencing I inter
rupted him by asking if he knew any
thing about a little skirmish between
some of Price's volunteers and a hand
ful of Union soldiers, which occurred
on an old farm near by.
Throwing away his cigar, and taking a
chew off from a " hunk " of natural
twist, out and cured by himself, he
smilingly observed that he rather
thought he could ; perhaps not much
about the skirmish, for there wasn't
much to tell? about it, but of something
else that followed he was certain he
could tell a good deal, for " by Gor "
that was what he was a goin to tell any
how. This pleased me, for I was not certain
that he was one of the party which com
mitted an outrage and an attempted
robbery upon the family of one Todd,
who resided on the farm above referred
" Go on," I said.
He commenced, speaking very earn
estly : " The war had been goin on
for some time down South, but we
hadn't tho't much about it until the
news come that old Missury was about
to secede, and then I was harassed.
Some of the naybors was in favor of it,
but I wan't. I didn't like the idee, and
I argy'd and argy'd agin' it. One day I
heer'd that a lot of the boys had listed
in old Price's aimy, and darn me ef I
wan't riled. I didn't say nuthin' but
kept my tongue in my head. My woman
tho', know'd suthin' was goin' on by my
actin. That evenin', jist about dusk,
Bill Gleason come on hossback here,
and as he was gittin' off I obsarved that
he wore revolvers. Bill had al'ays bin
considered a good 'nuff f ellar, but some
how or other it jist Beemed to me, when
he rid up, that he'd
COMB FOB NO GOOD.
Says Bill to me, How ar' ye, Dave ? '
I said back that I was well 'nuff, and
arter he tied up his hoss, he come and
set down right whar' you is. We talked
along like naybors do, about matters
and things in general, until final' the
war come up. Bill agreed with me in
my war opinions, or at least pretended
to, and after a time he spoke about old
Todd, who I know'd to be a secesh, say
in' that the old coon was agoin' to clear
out, as the country was a gettin' too
warm to hold him. I got him warmed
up a bit and said some pretty hard
things about the old gentleman, and Bill
kept a drawin' me on like, until he got
me to promise to meet him down on
Plug creek, the next night. I might a
know'd it was for no good, but havin'
given -my word I was bound to go. I
kept mum about the house, not iettm
the woman hear anything about it, and
at the appointed time, Bill found me
there. Now, Bill know'd I was pnrty
hard up for money, and arter gittin' me
down thar he reckoned well in gittin'
me into the muss. There was ten or a
dozen fellars with him who were entire
strangers to me, and they all jined in,
each doin' his best to persuade me to go
with 'em. They told me about old
Todd's jist sellin' his hogs, and how, as
gittin ready to leave the otate, ne bad
collected a big pile of greenbacks, and,
as he was a secesh, it wasn t wrong to
take it. I wanted to go back and git
out of it, but I kept a hesitatin' until
the time come to go to Todd's, and I rid
alone, savin' nuthin'. I know'd I was a
doin' wrong, but I went right on. Bill
rid up by my side and told me how they
was goin' to carry the job out without
enny danger of bein lound out. Jie
said that the rebs
BOMB OP PRICK'S VOLUNTEERS
was goin to pitch into a company 01
Yanks, who were camped just back of
Todd s barn, and that after it was over,
he and his fellars was to go to Todd's
and make believe they was Union men.
and then make 'em deliver up. The
plan seemed plausible, and, hatin' Todd
enyhow for bein' a secesh I'm
shamed to say it didn t take eny more
Dersuadin' to keep me along. We rid to
a wood nigh Todd's place and stopped.
Several of the gang was sent out to re-
connorter, and I hitched my hoss to a
saolin'. thinkin' I would look around a
leetle myself. Et was then about day
light, and for fear of bein' seen, 1
crawled along a fence down in front of
Todd s house. To the east the sun was
a lookin' over the hills, and down in
holler close by I see'd the rebs, some
seventy-five or eighty gittin' reddy for
bizness. Wonderin where the xanks
was, I crept 'round the house, and there
below the stable, in another Holier,
found 'em. There was about as many
of .'em as of the rebs, and domed if I
wan't more'n a leetle skeered at the eom-
At this point of his narrative, which
had become exceedingly interesting to
me, Dave rose from his chair quite ex
cited, and walking to the well, drew a
bucket ol water, guipa a-goura-rau,
and returning somewhat calmed, pro
ceeded. He remained standing, how
ever, and at different stages of his story,
he became very active in awkward ges
ticulations which were intended to give
color to the weird picture. It was evi
dent that mv loauacious acquaintance
had been led into the affair by the in
sinuating 3 ill Ulcason, and while at
heart being an honest fellow, there
also existed in his compo
sition too much of venality, and
too little of independence of character.
He had blundered into bad company,
and I wondered how he would attempt
to excuse himself. When at the rendezvous,
HE EVINCED A PBOPEB SPIRIT,
but he did not possess sufficient strength
of will to turn back when not too late,
and thus wash his hands of the busi-
is. Those were wild times, and many
brave heart was driven into the I
perpetration of similar misdeeds.
" xes, you bet J. was white about the
gills," resumed the entertaining Dick- ,
man, " when I see'd the preparations
goin' on for the fight. I had no time
to get much skeered tho', for very soon j
arter I got my eye on the Yanks, I see'd
the rebs a-comin up behind. I backed
out of those diggin's as lively as my
hands and knees would carry me, and
gittin' in the orchard, I creeped away to j
a safe pint of observation. Just then I
tho't of my hoss and companions, who
was waitin' on me back in the woods
but how in the dooce was I to git
He accompanied this conundrum with
a peculiar flourish of his right arm, a
sudden forward tilt of his head, and an
inquiring leer out of his left eye, which
were all forcibly directed toward me ;
but not waiting for amobservation from
his listener, he whisked off with his
story, the gestures becoming thicker
I checked his gymnastic exercises by
introducing a remark. " So, then, you
discovered yourself surrounded, did
you ? Bather a lucky circumstance, I
" That's it, that's it" He impetu
ously repeated. " That's what I wanted
to tell you ; but you wouldn t give me a
show. That's just the way I got out of
bushwhakin', bein surrounded so I
couldn't git back to my crowd. The
rebs come runnin' on, and yellin' and
shootin' like mad, and when the Yanks
see'd 'em they went to firin' back. The
way the lead whistled around old Todd's
log stable about that time was a leetle
disquietin to me.
THE YANKS BEIN CAUGHT NAPPIN
was obleeged to skin out, or git laid
out. The muss didn t last more n a
minit, when all was over. The Yanks
got a partin volley as they disappeared
in the timber, and after breakfast the
rebs went off South. And," resuming
his chair, " now comes the most exoi tin'
part of what I've got to tell you."
Mere it might be proper for me to
describe the house and farm, in the vi
cinity of which we leave friend Dick
man for the present. The house is
built upon a beautiful rise of land,
around the northern and western side of
which there runs a belt of heavy tim
ber, and in which were concealed the
party of bushwhackers. Eastward a
broad expanse of beautiful prairie meets
the eye, while the landscape to the south
is fringed with a long line of forest
trees, whose moving foliage blends most
harmoniously with the rich coloring of
the great picture. The long, narrow,
oddly-constructed house, with two great
stone chimneys at either end, which
seemed to frown down upon the humble
roof beneath, appears to have grown
there, so queer is it made. A wide hall
runs through the center of the house,
on both sides of which are thick oaken
doors opening into capacious, low-browed
rooms. The same want of taste is
here exhibited as to the construction
and arrangement of everything, as in
the house of our bushwhacking friend,
who still remains anxious to proceed
with the " most excitin' part " of his
" xe see. ne continued, wmie tne
rebs was a eatin' their grub, I ventured
to crawl up and git behind a log cabin
near the house, and from which lookout
see d everything that 'Was goin on.
The rebs hadn't been gone more n
twenty minits when' I heerd my lads
a-tearcn up the lane to tne House.
" BILL WAS AHEAP OJ? EM.
and he rid right up to the front door,
kicked it, and yelled to the folks inside
to open, or he'd burst the door higher
than a kite. It just happened that old
man Todd was away, and they had ev
erything their own way. The lady was
sick a-bed, and she sent some one to the
door to 1 arn what was wanted. The
door bein' opened, Bill driv right in,
and I heerd his hoss a-jumpin' and
stampin' around inside in a manner not
calkilated to quiet the narves of a sick
woman. He told him he was a Yankee
captain, and declared ef money warn t
handed over he'd string 'em up without
further notice. The hull party hitched
their horses and went inside.- X was
hasteninpr to arit nearer, when out come
ijiU and four or five of ins f eiiars witn
young Gus Todd, the old man's young
est. 1 dodged back as they passed, and
soon after followed 'em down back of
the barn, where they put a rope 'round
the lad's neck, threw it over the limb of
a tree, and told him ef he didn't let 'em
know where his dad's money was he
would have to die. That young chap
never squealed through the wnoie tmng,
and I am sure they strung him up four
or five times, and then left him for
dead. Gettin' back to the house afore
'em, I discovered one of them black
hearted scoundrels in the room with the
sick woman. He had a shovelful of
live coals, and was a-standin' over her
bed threatenin' to throw 'em onto her
ef she didn't tell him where the money
was. Securin' a place safe from bein'
seen I paid pnrty close attention. My
blood begin to bile, and I could hardly
hold myself from shootin' the villin
on the spot. But I gloried in the old
gal's spunk, for she declared they wan't
ceut in the house. She lias told me
since that there was $352 in shiners hid
over the front door. Well, he didn
believe her, and almost afore I know'd
it n&ht smart at the poor woman s
head went the blazin coals.
"' 'BLOODY THUNDER!'
X yelled, jumpin' into the reem ; 'you
durned skunk, take that ! and I dealt
h'm a deadner close behind the ear with
the but end of my persuader, which
keeled him over ins tauter.' "
Duriner the time mv brave friend was
aproaching the scene between the ruffian
and the sick woman, he became greatly
heated, his gestures changed into little
short blows, apparently directed toward
some unknown antagonist, and when he
told of jumping into the room and
knocking his former comrade down, he
sprang from his chair with blazing eyes
and clenched hands, exhibiting more
spirit and character than I thought ex
isted in the whole community- Not
wishing to interrupt him, I kept quet and
allowed him to proceed.
Striking out more vigorously tnan ever,
he went on : " Puttin' out the fire,
tellin' the woman to be quiet, and jump
ing back into my place of concealment
was but the work of a moment. Bill
jist then got back, and findin his pal
lyin there like a dead un , you may bet
he was considerable Bupprised. The
fellars all ran in at the alarm made by
Bill, and thinkin' it a good time to cut
strings, I made tracks for the timber ;
luckily I found my hoss, which Bill or
some of 'em had cut loose, and jumpin'
onto his back I wan't long in gettin' here.
It was then nigh onto 9 o'clock, and
tellin my woman what was up, a- decid
ed to stay right here and see the thing
out. Durin' the day nuthin' happened,
but I thought when night come 'twould
be better for me to sleep outside. I
laid out there under them gooseberry
bushes, with my shootin' iron close by,
and waited to see what 'ud turn up;
Along about 10 o'clock, here come the
hull party. They got off quiet, and
hitched down to yonder fence, and I
laid a watching. They waked up my
woman and asked for me. Of course I
wan't at home that evening for such com-
Sony, and they said they must sorch the
ouse. My woman wouldn't open the
door, and down it went, and in they
went. I was awful worked up, but I
concluded they wouldn't hurt any
thing inside, as they only wanted me, so
I laid mum. Not findin' me, they came
back a-swearin' that if they got me they'd
hang me to the nearest tree, for goin'
back on em as 1 had. At last they lit
out, and I never left that bush till morn
in. Then my woman and me talked it
over, and the confab ended in our packin'
up and leavin' that very night. After
the country got settled we come back,
and I learned that old Todd had left,
but that Bill and his chaps never got a
cent of his stamps. The pluck of the
old lady and her boy saved 'em. They
wasn't much around these premises,
tho'. Those cusses had burned my
house and barn the night I left, and I
had to make that 'ar shebang. So Dave
Dickman won't forget the war and the
bushwhackers very soon."
1. hanking nun for his kindness, arose
and bade him good-day. : As I passed
through the yard and out into the grove,
he 8 till sat in his large arm-chair, lov
ingly caressing a shepherd dog which
stood by his side, the picture of homely
comfort and rude contentment.
Friends Must Part.
About 11:45 Saturday night two mid
dle-aged men stopped in front of a house
on Essex street, and, after shaking
hands with an earnestness and solemnity
that were very affecting, one of them
said : " Good-night, Buggies," to which
the other responded, " Good-night,
Punky." Then both of them stared at
each other with wonderful intensity,
and finally grasped hands again. " You
feel quite well?" said Punky, with some
anxiety. " Never better," kindly vol
unteered Buggies, at the same time
turning around on one leg, and throwing
up one arm to snap his fingers, but
changing nis mind, and nastily clasping
Punky around the neck instead. Then
he straightened himself up and, looking.
solemnly at iTinky, extended ins Hand,
which that individual hastily grasped.
and wrung with a fervor that was sim
ply surprising, while both of them
stared at each other in a manner that
exhibited an extraordinary interest in
the object. " You are a firm friend of
mine," said Punky, with the tears gath
ering in his eyes. " So you are of
mine," asserted Buggies, in a broken
voice. Then they shook hands again.
" Nobody never seemed to understand
me as you do," said Punky, trembling
with suppressed emotion. " That's just
what Iv'e always said of you," main
tained Huggles with as much emphasis
as his awakened feelings would permit.
At this juncture the two were so thor
oughly absorbed in contemplating each
other's features as not to notice a night-
capped head peering out of an upper
window, and were lust preparing to
grasp hands once more in increased fer
vor, when a shrill voice screamed,
(Jome home drunk again, will you i
and was immediately followed by a
bucket of water most unfortunately
aimed. The man called Punky imme
diately bolted over the fence, and
around to the back of the house, leaving
Mr. Bncrgles to look around for his hat,
which had been knocked off by the force
of the shower, and to dispose of him
self afterward as lie might gee proper.
The Yellowstone exploring expedition
has demonstrated tne fact that the river,
with but slight interruptions, is naviga
ble from the point at which it issues
from the mountains to its mouth, where
it falls into the Missouri. Its width
varies from 500 to 900 yards, the current
runs from three to four miles an hour.
and there are a few sand-bars that could
be moved at a little expense. The
stream is regarded as more suitable for
steamboat navigation than the upper
Missouri, and the opinion given by the
explorers is that it can be navigated by
boats drawing three feet of water from
the middle of May to tne nrstof August.
The total lensrth of the Yellowstone is
about 550 miles, and of this about 350
miles will soon be open to Western
steamboat trade. It passes through a
country that is heavily wooded and of
great fertility, and the stream near its
source opens up some of the finest
mountain scenery of our country. The
Yellowstone should be utilized by the
removal ox obstructions.
Field and Family.
The Oardener'a Monthly, in speaking
of the black knot on plum and cherry
trees, says it should be cut out as fast
as it appears, not as the black knot, but
as a mere sappy abrasure, green and
spongy, above the bark. It is no use to
cut it out after a month old. This delay
is probably the secret of many failures
in removing the black knot.
We do advise painting the shingle
roofs of buildings as a matter of econo
my. We have ample evidence that it.
pays to do so just as surely as it
pays to paint the balance of the ex
terior of any building. Jew lork
Fumigating poultry houses with sul
phur, thrown on glowing coals in an
earthen vessel, and keeping the house
closed for several hours, is said to be a
perfect remedy for insects of all kinds.
Tne poultry must be removed before the
The Stock Journal, after giving a
number of experiments in feeding corn
to pigs, remarks that these experiments
show that there is within a fraction of
twenty-four pounds of pork in a bushel
of corn ; and the effort of every farmer
should be to endeavor to get out as
much as he can of it. And to do this
he must have the right kind of hogs ;
they must be placed in the right condi
tion, and fed in the right manner, with
a view to profit.
An Ohio correspondent of the Coun
try Gentleman says : I am using a
remedy for driving away insects and
bugs that works to a charm, and if any
of your readers have not tried it, I ad
vise them to waste no time with soot,
ashes, etc., but ask their druggist to
order for them a pound of carbolic acid,
No. 5, which will cost 75 cents. If air
slaked lime is to be had, use a teaspoon
ful of acid to a quart of lime ; mix well,
and dust over the plant. One applica
tion is frequently sufficient. The cab
bage flea (Jumping Jack) threatened to
destroy my plants of cabbage and ruta
bagas, but one dose was sufficient to
clear the garden of them. If the lime
is not Blaked, take one teaspoonful of
acid to a pint of hot water, and slake
the lime with the mixture.
Fowls can be fattened well in a fort
night if they are cooped up where they
can obtain gravel and lime and are fed
on scalded corn-meal, given three times
day, while ears of corn are always at
hand. For drink, skimmed milk is very
desirable, and if warmed a little will be
drank with eagerness. Pulverized char
coal, kept either in their boxes or mixed
with their feed, will materially assist the
Soiling, as now practiced by the best
dairy farmers, really means stall-feeding
in summer, wholly or in part, ac
cording to the condition of the pas
tures, or the circumstances of the farm
er. The old definition of the word
" sofl," according to Webster, is to feed
cattle or horses, in the barn or an in
closure, with frosh grass or green food :
as to soil a horse.
The clothing of the horse in the
stable should be neither too hot nor too
cold. . But if kept too warm he will be
more likely to take cold when he goes
out to exercise on a cold or chilly day.
The stable should be well ventilated
with pure air at all times, and all
poisonous air and gases, particularly
the ammonia which is formed from the
urine, should be allowed free egress
from the stable, as the animal cannot be
expected to keep in good health while
compelled to inhale such malaria.
To Broil Tomatoes, Broiled toma
toes make a delicious - dish. Select
those, that are not over-ripe, and cut
them in halves crosswise : dip the cut
side into beaten egg, and then into
wheat flour, and place them upon a
gridiron, whose bars have been greased
previously. When they have become
well browned, turn them over, and
cook the skin side until thoroughly
done. Then put butter, salt and pep
per upon the egg, and serve upon a
Side by side we see the Oriental lux
ury of the cardinals and the rags of a
starving populace ; Here a gilded coacn,
and there a crowd of shoelesB beggars ;
close to magnificent palaces of marble
there are heaps of refuse, emitting hor
rible effluvia. And yet this city is the
capital of Italy. At the fall of evening,
in the sacred hour of poetic silence,
under the pure heavens, glorified by the
last rays of tne setting sun, which give
an air of mysticism to all around : from
the height of the Pincio look on this
city, with its eleven Ecrvptian obelisks.
its three hundred cupolas, its crroves ot
columns, its myriads of statues, and
you see the seven hills whence have
sprung senators, consuls, and ui Dunes,
the political and civil rights of antiquity,
now the bases of our rights ; contem
plate the facade of St. Peter's, the Great
liasilica surmounted by tne dome lore
told by Bramante, and executed by
Michael Angelo; the Titanic mauso
leum of Adrian, over which are extended
the wings of the brazen seraphim ;
there, to the left, the world of history,
the walls on which are engraved a thou
sand victories, the Via Sacra, where
conquerors entered ; the Forum, where
the people gathered; those arches which
twenty centuries have passed without
destroying ; those refreshing baths, cop
ied so often by modern artists : the
Coliseum, that mountain sculptured by
Titanio chisels; Quirinal, which con
tains the finest statues saved from the
wreck of Greece ; the Capitol, head and
cerebrum of the world. At the sight of
so many marvels, at the recollection of
so much grandeur, at the contemplation
such monuments, framed in groves of
cypress, like a funereal wreath placed
by an invisible Deity ; at the soft music
of bells which invite to vespers, like the
voices of martyrs ascending from the
Catacombs ; the shadows of evening lin
gering sadly over the ruins, like the
spirits of departed heroes the heart,
swelled by emotions, confesses that
Borne is not only the capital of Italy,
but the eternal center of the world 1
I milio Cattelar.
True Courage—The Duel of David Coste.
The duelist who trusts to his excel
lence as a pistol shot or to his skill in
swordsmanship to put an enemy out of
the world, may be brave enough phys
sically, but moral courage is not always
shown in a duel or in the prior events
leading to it. The case of Dr. David
Coste, the surviuor of a hostile meeting
which took place near Strasburg a few
weeks ago, is in this respect so excep
tional as to be worthy of remark.
Early in May, 1872, a student named
Caro presided at a banquet given at the
opening of the Strasburg University.
lie was a member of the (ierman so
ciety, the Bhenania, and saw fit on this
occasion to send a congratulatory tele
gram to Prince Bismarck in the name of
all the students at the banquet. As
might have been expected, this did not
meet with uniform approbation, and at
meeting of the disaffected students
where the student Coste occupied the
chair, resolutions condemnatory of Caro's
action were parsed and were afterward
published. The members of the Bhena
nia, owing to this, became very inimical
to Coste, and he was often abused
and insulted in public. At a fete last
May, as a member of .the committee,
Dr. Coste ordered the music to cease
playing about 2 o'cloek in the morning.
This order involved him in several alter
cations. Otto Mohr, one of the Bhena
nia students, called him a schafskopf
(blockhead), and when asked for an ex
planation said to Coste, " What would
be the use ? ion would sneak out as
usual." This reproach of cowardice
was too much, and Coste challenged
him. Mohr refused any apology and
accepted the challenge.
it was determined by the seconds
that three shots with pistols should be
exchanged at fifteen paces ; but that an
effort at reconciliation should be made
after eacli hot. The duel took place
on the 15th of May at half-past six in
the morning, between Strasburg and
KehJL The pistols were discharged al
most simultaneously, and Mohr received
his opponent s ball in the abdomen, ile
died a few minutes afterward. "
By the Prussian criminal code, who
ever kills an adversary in a duel must
on conviction suffer imprisonment in a
fortress for two years at least. Coste
was brought up for trial before- the
Assizes at Strasburg on July 21. From
his statement to the court, it appeared
that an aged father and five brothers
and sisters, all younger than Coste him
self, depended upon him for their sup
port. It was the consciousness of the
privations they would Buffer should he
fall in a duel which had prevented him
from resenting the insults of his perse
cutor sooner. But at length he felt
himself obliged to challenge Mohr ;
but even then, and up to the day of the
duel, the thought of his failing those so
utterly dependent on him was very bit
ter to him. ' The jury brought in a ver
dict of not guilty, and the young man
When we remember how frequent
duels are among the German students,
the moral courage of David Coste in
enckuring insult and contumely so long
for the Bake of his family will seem
The New Infernal Machine.
We mentioned the other day that the
French Minister of Marine had sent out
a circular warning ship-owners, cap
tains, and insurance agents against the
new "infernal machine," intended for
the destruction of vessels which, for
fraudulent purposes, it is desired to de
stroy. But for the respectful authority
on which tne warning was given, tne
alleged invention might have been re
garded as a hoax ; and, indeed, we sug
gested as much. It was no hoax, how
ever, but a grim and horn Die fact, xne
Birmingham Daily Post has seen one
of the villainous contrivances. It is an
irregularly-shaped piece of metal, about
six inches long, by three broad, and two
and a half deep ; and it is so constructed
as exactly to resemble a small block of
steam coal. Indeed, the specimen we
have is evidently modeled from an actual
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piece oi coai, ana is is coiorea a vrigiib
black, so skillfully that on casual in
spection it would readily pass' muster
for coal, and so might be put into the
coal bunkers of a vessel without exciting
the least suspicion. The interior is
hollowed so as to admit of the intro
duction of a detonating compound, and
a mechanical contrivance is arranged in
the hollow part bo as to insure explosion
at a desired moment. We have also an
exact description of the materials em
ployed to fill the shell for such it may
be called but these, for obvious rea
sons, we decline to publish. There ia
only one thing satisfactory in reference
to this diabolical invention that it is
not of English make.- -EEcAanre. . -
A Useful French Society.
The Society for the Protection of In
fant Iiife in Paris is meeting with com
mendable success. Out of 1.682 in
fants committed to its care during the
past year, the society has only lost bU,
or less than four per cent., while the
mortality among infants put out to
nurse in the provinces is about sixty per
cent. Tne secretary in ms report cites
an instance of one woman who had lost
twenty-seven of the waifs intrusted
to her care ; while her daughter, who
has evidently profited by the maternal
example, can already boast of having
lost nearly a dozen. Xhe work oi tne
society is carried out in a very practical
spirit, and. tne medical inspectors em
ployed by them are required to furnish
a monthly report concerninor the infants
under their surveillance. The mothers
can obtain every information as to the
health and progress of the infants by
applying at the offices of the society in
Paris : but it is clear that the maternal
instinct is not very strong, as out of the
1,682 infants under their care voz nave
never been inquired after during the
A fashionable young lady accident
ally dropped one of her false eyebrows in
her opera-box the other evening, and
greatly frightened her beau, who, on
seeing it, thought it was his mustache.
E. Hannafobd & Co.. subscription
honk nnblishers. have matured a clan of sell
ing books that enables their agtnts to ooln
, money, be MrerMsemB&c.
THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW ASH.
Ton want to know about the smash
That happened down to Hollow Ash?
Wall, Boss, if snybody knows.
He wears about my style of clothes.
Twss Deacon Hamper's funeral.
And all was goin' miRhty well.
When them there Templars up in town
On an excursion train cum down. ,
I driv the mourners, snd " Jo Fresh"
He went ahead of the procesh ;
And as be neared the railroad track,
We seed that train a-comin' back.
Joe turned around and winked at me.
And from his vest he drew a V.
" in bet you that that this 'ere hearse --
Crosses ahead of that excuree. ... .
The mourners they sot up a yell,
And then was misain' for a spell ; ' - ! ;;
It was amazin' bow that crowd ,
Cavorted upward in a cloud.
We piled them victims on the sward, . - !
About three-quarters of a cord ;
On top we put the-deacon's meat,
But where Jo went we all waa beat.
We searched the ruins of that train, '
But all our sarchln' was in vain,
And to this day it does best me
Where the piece went that held that V.
A font) lover who serenaded his lady
the other night, in a Southern city, was
was very wet when he got through and
it didn't rain much, either. .. . . . .
This comes from Bhode Island : ' ... - ,
Here lies poor Johnny Pumblecod ;
' Have mercy on him, gracious God ! ' . . -.
He would on you, if he were God
And you were Johnny Pumblecod. v
" Shalii I cut this loin of mutton sad- "
dlewise?" said a gentleman. "No",
said one of his guests, " cut it bridle-,
wise, for then I may have a chance to
get a bit in my mouth.". . .
" Have the jury agreed ?" asked the
sheriff, as he met a court attache on the
Btairs with a large pitcher in his hands. -"
Yes, sir ; they agreed to have a gallon,
of beer, and sent me out for it." ;
It was expected the other day, when
Annie Dickinson rode to the top of
Pike's Peak, that she would make a
speech on the occasion ; but it seems"
that, for once, she was willing to let
Pike speak alone.'
The . Congregationalist sagely ob
serves : " It is only in the pulpit that
striplings are preferred. The profes
sions of medicine and law demand ma
turity. The congregations seem to havei
an appetite for veaL' ", ;.. . .
Some men seem to delight in wanton
destruction. An ' exchange says 'that
two men were lately seen tearing up the
street in a neighboring city, and on the
sune day several persons were observed
in the very act of pulling up the river.
Something that Takes. The three
fold combination agency for selling "Wealth
and Wonders of the Boundles West." There
is moch sure money in it, See advertisement.-
" Bob, I have some idea of offering
myself for the legislature. Do you.
think I will make a good run ? " "Why,
yes. Will, judging from the sample I
'ii li,' j i 4.v i,;
eaw lillO Ulilicar unjr, rr iidai iud sv.fA.
was drawn on you. . I think you will
make a first-rate run."
A John Bull, conversing with an In
dian, asked him if he knew the sun
never sets on the Queen's dominions.
"No," said the Indian.' "Do you-
know the reason why?" asked John.
Because God is afraid to trust an
Englishman in the dark," was the
savage's reply. ' '
" Mv it please vour honor." said a1
lawyer, addressing one . of the city ,
judges, " I brought the prisoner from
jail on a habeas corpus." "-Well,"
said a fellow in an undertone, who stood
in the rear of the court, " these lawyers
will say anything. 1 saw the man get
out of a cab at the court door." . ...
A German divine, who had been dec
orated with a title, sent to the univer
sity a request that the same degree
might be conferred upon his horse ; to
which he received tne repiy tnat mere
was no precedent lor oescowmg me
honor upon a horse, though the univer-
. .. . . . i
sity Had in one case given it to an ass.
" Is Miss Blinking at home ? " asked
Mr. Saundeas of the Irish girl who an
swered the ring at the door. "Yes, I
blave ehe is, bit." "Is she engaged?"-
" An is it engaged you say ? a aitn an
I can't tell ye, sir ; but she kissed Mr.
Vincent last evening as if she had not
seen the like uv him, an it s engaged a
b'lave they are. sir." '
Dr. Bbtd, the celebrated medical wri
ter, was requested by a lady of literary
eminence to call at her house. " Be
sure you recollect the address," said she,'
as she quitted the room, " No. 1 Ches
terfield street." "Madame' said the
Doctor, " I am too great an admirer of
politeness not to remember Chesterfield,
and, I fear, too selfish . ever to forget
A fbettt boy in Billtown became so
intimate with one of his father's horses
that he received a bad kick in the face.
The doctor sewed up his lip, bandaged
his eyes, and poulticed has cheeks.
After a few days spent in- bed, the lad
called for a looking-glass. One glance
was Buflioient. "Father," he mildly
cried, do you think l snail ever De as
pretty again?" "No, my son," re
sponded the governor, " youll never be
as pretty again, but you 11 know more."
Going Ahead. Another strain is to
be added to the San Francisco medley.
A Chinese newspaper is to be Btarted
there. It appears that the six Chinese
companies in that city have clubbed to
gether and determined upon this enter
prise, and a steamer which sailed for
China recently took out an order from
tehm for one million type Chinese
characters to be used in stocking the
office. Their plan is to publish the pa
per three times a week, its chief object
being to instruct their countrymen in
their own language as to tneir ngnm
and wrongs from the time they land on
American soiL The first number is
. ft i i
promised m oepiemoer.
The number of '. distilleries in the
United States in operation August 1,
is stated by the Internal Bevenue De
partment at 208 with a . capacity for
producing 181,729 gallons of spirits
daily. This is a decrease compared
with July 1 of 103 in the number of dis
tilleries, and 80,490 gallons in tho daily