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VOL. VII.-NO. 4.
EATON, OHIO, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1873.
WHOLE NUMBER 342.
THE KNIGHTLY NEWSBOY.
- It was a drear and stormy night,
And the rain in streams came down,
While hundreds of soaked and wretched folk
Were hurrying to Brooklyn town,
And a piping voice at the ferry fence
Cried shrilly out, " Extry, two cents !"
It was a little newsboy chap
Puny and weak and wee,
Not bigger than a pint of beer,
So very small was he.
Tet at the ferry-Kate he stood,
To earn his bread as bes he could.
He wore no vest, no shoes, no bat
The scantiest bit of shirt
One only coat this waif could boast
Was a heavy coat of dirt.
Tet even in the crowd so dense
Bis cry was heard, Extry, two cents !"
The homeward-going crowd grew less,
And less disposed to buy ;
Tet still to sell his printed wares
The child ceased not to try
" Extry, two cents !" in tearful tones
Still sobbed along the ferry.
.Don't give it up," a passer said,
You bet I won't, sir, nary."
3'en as he spoke, o'er cheeks so brown
tThe ready tears came rolling .down.
0h. then up stepped a bigger boy,
" Spikey," of thirteen years,
Who gave but a glance at the unsold sheets.
And knew the cause of the tears.
" Come, come, little Jacky, musut cry ;
You shan't get stuck, for we both will try."
Up stepped a good Samaritan,
Of the modern Brooklyn breed ;
Oome, tell me, thou newsboy bold.
Has Jacky such urgent need 7
Tor, be it so, this deed of thine
Is worthy 01 knights of olden time."
M Yes, Jacky haa Bisters two or three.
An' his mother's a widder, yer honor.
Or as good as such her man gets drunk,
And he always puts a head on her.
So each of the children, old and young,
jM ust earn a few pennies to help along."
Then the Brooklynite to his friends so gay
Oried, " Gome to me and see
Bow much great good small cash may do ;
Now buy ttacoo extras of me.
Tor each with a ten-cent stamp you must part,
To send little Jacky home joyous of heart."
Little Jacky came np, with the tears running down
A few simple words to aay-
' I thank you, gentlemen, every one,
For these 'ere stamps to-day.
Ill take 'em home to mother and sis,
An' theyll allers pray for you fellera for this
For sis, though she's humpbacked in1 not very gay,
la heavy, the minister says, on the pray.
2tow, these boys kept up their sobs and tears
Till their friends had crossed the ferry,
"When they changed them quick into laughter and
And were most unaccountably merry.
And they kicked up their heels in the wildest of jigs,
Which they'd learned, I fear, from the minstrel nigs.
IJttle Jack, the tears still running down.
Though 1 fear they were not of sorrow,
Cried, " Spikey, didn't I do it bulle t
But I'll do it better to-morrow.
How they swallowed my mother and sisters three,
And their eyes slopped over at poor little me."
Yer done it big," said Spikey the bold,
And a jolly good lark it is,
And well try it on every day in the week
Till somebody drops on the biz.
An' to-night, my boys, well go an' see
The bully new play at the Old Boweree.
" An', Jack, while the flats do bite so sharp
As we've seen 'em do to-night,
Well have a good show for plenty of stamps.
If we play our little game right
Plenty of coffee and cakes, d'ye see,
An' allers the cash for the Old Boweree."
THE DEAD TOWN.
It was among the tangled ridges and
T&nges of the rugged mining region of
Central Nevada, and the . sun was bnt
little more than two hours high, but
getting higher and hotter every minute.
Along the deep ruts of the old wagon
road, which wound through a crooked
valley, there were riding two men of
widely-different exterior, although they
both were .- sufficiently noteworthy in
their way. ,The one in front, upon
whose slow movements the other was
rapidly gaining, was mounted on a stout
old mule, whose dull ambition he con
tinuously assisted with hearty thwacks
of what was left of the stalk and lash of
a worn-out " bull-whip ;" and a curious
sort of a customer was he. His dress
was an odd commingling of the rags and
relics of civilized clothing with articles
of Indian make, not to speak of sundry
rude " improvements" that spoke proba
bly of his own clumsy handiwork. His
hat, for instance, consisted of a greasy
and battered antelope-skin, stretched
over an incomprehensible frame of wil
low twigs and rusty wire, and had such
a " flap-down" behind and such a " flap
up" in front as suited admirably a way
the wearer had of bearing his snub nose
high in air, as if he perpetually discov
ered something unpleasant in the sur
rounding atmosphere. It needed no
second glance of an experienced eye to
determine mat that man had been a
long time " in the mountains." In fact,
he was just returning from a prospect
ing and mining tour of prolonged toil
and peril, but of very satisfactory suc
cess ; and there is no other time in his
wild, adventurous life when your gen
uine miner so thoroughly appreciates
his right to carry his nose as high in the
air as he pleases. And yet our miner
seemed to be in no particular hurry, for
all his occasional applications to the
tough hide of his old mule, and, least of
svlL did he seem disposed to avoid the
man behind him.
The latter wore the uniform of a
United States cavalry officer, spick and
span new. with the shoulder-straps of a
captain, and a general appearance of
having just been to the barber's, that
was in strong contrast with the out
ward man of the mule-rider in front of
him. He was well mounted on a sleek
skinned and perfectly-groomed fat geld
ingquite too fat for use in a country
like that. The Captain, however, did
not carry his nose in the air, but rather
seemed inclined to send its long, sharp
point ahead of him on a general scout
ing expedition of its own.
Hullo, stranger ! " shouted the
man on the mule, as he turned half
round in his tattered saddle; " I say,
cap'n, my name's Bing. Do you know
if this 'ere's the right road to Crooked
.Fine y "
"Can't say, my friend." replied the
captain ; never was here before, and
I'm just riding on ahead of my men to
see what I can find."
" Wall, then, cap'n, this 'ere is the
right road to Crooked Fine, and I'm
gwine right into that thar city myself,
sure as my name's Bing."
" All r-.ght, growled the captain ; "go
in if you want to. I don't suppose any
one will try to stop you."
" Won't they, though ?" returned the
the man on the mule. " Wall, I reckon
you never was inty Crooked Pine in yer
life, and I'm just gwine right in there, I
am. Mebbe it aint a bad place for you,
with yer army-blue on and yer cavalry
fellera comin close on behind ye. A ain
got no cavalry but this yer consamed
ol I mule."
Why," inquired the captain, aiming
his long nose at the man on the mule,
is Urooked .Fine such a dangerous
place to get into ?"
" iou bet 1 exclaimed Bing. " Why,
cap n, it s just the deadest town you
ever hearn tell on. It growed powerful
fast, it did. Thar was only a coyote-
hold thar at first, an the city sort o
growed up around that a little the
quickest you ever seen. Allers full of
human coyotes, too, arter they'd skeered
off the four-footed ones- I've been thar
more'n once, and now I'm gwine agin.
I'm gwine right into that thar town."
"But what do you want' to go there
for if it's such a dangerous sort of
place ?" asked the captain.
" Wall, you see, cap.n, said Bing,
with a species of snort, " that's just
whar the rub comes. You see, Crooked
Pine's jnst the deadest sort of town,
and it's the on'y place whar the boys
ever made out to git a white skeer onto
old Bing. They just did that more n a
year ago. They gobbled my pile fust,
and then they run me clean out of
Crooked Pine, and thus I took to the
mountaings, and I've beeu thar pretty
much ever since. I've had the tallest
kine of good luck, but I sha'n't be com
fortable in my mind till l ve been back
to Crooked Pine. I m gwine to ride
this 'ere old mule right into that thar
town, I am, sure as my name's Bing,
and we're a'most thar. now."
The captain's curiosity was evidently
somewhat excited by what he had heard,
and his long nose was aimed pointedly
up the valley, which was widening out
upon a sort of plateau of no very won
derful extent, and there were certainly
evidences of some sort of settlement.
The land around, here and there, looked
even as if. at some time or other an eflort
had been made to put it under fence and
Is that the city of Crooked Pine ?
asked the captain ef the mule-rider.
.No. sir-ree, replied ising we ain t
into Crooked Pine. Not yet we ain't ;
but I'm gwine to ride right in thar on
this 'ere old mule. This 'ere place is
on'y the graveyard, and, I tell you, they
need one, for it's just the deadest town
you ever seen."
Xsn t it a healthy place ? asked ine
captain, with an uneasy twitch of the
point of his nose.
.Healthy t exclaimed -tsing. " uia
you ever hear of an onheaithy place
among these mountings ? Crooked
Pine's healthy place, you bet, on'y fel
lers don't seem to live long thar, that's
all. It s just the deadest place you ever
seen, and I tell you they scared old
Bing, they did. But I'm gwine to ride
right in thar, I am."
Thought you said this place was the
graveyard," remarked the captain, veer
ing his nose slowly around the com
Wall, an' so it is, said iiing : - dui
over yonder's the on'y patch that 'pears
to be planted. Look at them sticks ?
Lots of 'em ! . Them with a hole bored
into 'em means a revolver. Them that's
notched so deep all' 'round says how the
feller himself got notched, over to
Crooked Pine. Thar's some on 'em
looks as if the boys didn't know what
hurt 'em. You see, cap'n, Crooked
Pine is just the deadest town ; but I m
gwine to ride right in thar onto this old
And now, as they rode somewhat
more rapidly forward, the captain s
nose became more pointedly inquiring
than ever. Houses there were, scat
tered here and there, with some wild
sort of reference to a possible street,
and some of them were even of that am
bitious sort where one story tries to
climb to the dignity of two. There
were frame buildings, with marveiousiy-
sprawling signs most of them "hotels,"
halls, shades, and miners para
dises of Jthat sort; but some were ap
parently intended for legitimate busi
ness " dry goods emporiums, and the
like, not to speak of three or four
" banks, and a " Uroofced-Jfine branch-
mint and assay-office."
That thar s whar they used to Keep
the tiger," said Bing. "It was right
about thar thai the skeer took me. But
whar on yearth are all the boys
Well he nright ask, for, although the
captain's nose had pointed everywhere,
not the first sign of an inhabitant had
as yet made its appearance.
" What can oetne matter y exclaimed
the captain. " Are you sure that it was
such a healthy place t
"Healthy ?" said Bing. " Wall, now,
you kin just bet. Anyhow, I've come
ana na rigm sbraigub auuu umuaeu
Pine. Hullo, if thar ain't somebody
stirrin'! Tell ye what, cap'n, I was be
i h t t j r i-i. J j. i i a
ginning to git a leetie sneered agin,
everything looked so consamed lone
Even as he was speaking, a battered,
grizzled, unkempt, unwashed specimen
of elderly humanity came limping tow
ard them, bearing in his hand a rusty
old double-barreled shot-gun.
Look out, whispered Bing to the
captain ; "thar's no counting onto these
yer Crooked-Pine boys. They're most
likely layin low for some thin .
Then he added, aloud :
"I say, stranger, whar hev all the
boys gone ter? What's got inter
'Is that you, Bing?" drawled the
man with the shot-gun. " Why, whar
hev you been ? Nothin' ain't got inter
this yer place that ain t what s the mat
ter but every livin soul 'cept nfe has
got ' out of it. Old Bing, 1 tell yer,
Crooked Fine is a stead town.
" You don't say !" exclaimed Bing,
with what the captain took for a groan
but the latter aimed his nose at the man
with the shot-gun, and asked him :
" What did the town die of, and what
made you stay here after it was dead ?"
" Die of?" drawled the shot-gun man
" die of ? Why, they ve made an
other town, twenty mile away, over onto
the new roleraid ; and they do say
beats this yer city all holler. What
made me stay ? Why, stranger, I never
seen a roleraid, and X don t want to
and so, when the boys begun to clar out
for that thar new city, I just bought
thar improvements. I got some on 'em
powerful cheap, I did, an I won three
hotels at one raflle, I did. Biggest luck
you ever seen I And I kep on and on,
bnyin and winnin', till I reckon I own
the whole town, and the graveyard, too.
It's a fine graveyard, and it's got an aw
ful good start ; but it's just the deadest
town you ever seen. What do I stay
for ? Why, what should I go for ? Don't
I own the hull of Crooked Pine ?"
' Cap'n," said Bing, mournfully, " I
reckon he's tellin' the truth. I've known
this yer sort of thing to happen before.
Do ye know what I'm gwine to do ?"
"JNo, 1 don t, said the captain.
" Wall, you kin wait for yer cavalry
men, if you want ter. 1 m gwine to riae
right on into that thar other town, on
this old mule. I'll ride right in thar.
Mebbe I kin find some of the boys, and
anyhow I want to see if that thar
roleraid kin put another white skeer
onto old Bing. Cap'n, Crooked Pine's
just the deadest town I ever see."
" Whack went the stub-whip on the
tough hide of the old mule, and on went
Bing, as if he knew his. way and dis
dained further information ; and, while
the old man with the shot-gun stood
looking dreamily and wistfully after
him, the captain wheeled his horse,
gave him a sharp dig of the spur, and
galloped briskly away down the valley,
from the lower end oi wnicn there came
just then the far-away, faint, ghostly
notes of a cavalry-bugle. It was as if
even music refused to be lively in so
A Dutiful Son in Prison.
The Philadelphia Sunday Dawn tells
this Btory :
A lady who was some ten years ago
left a widow with a small family of
children, after much tribulation suc
ceeded in bringing up to manhood one
son, who proved himself able and will
ing to be a support not only to her, but
to his younger brothers and sisters.
About a year after becoming of age
Jie was offered a lucrative position in
the west, and he emigratod thither, and
settled there permanently, soon mar
ried. New ties, however, did not ab
sorb old affections, and as he prospered
in his business, he sent regularly to his
mother the merns necessary for her sup
port and that of her family.
The years passed on and brought
many changes, but still regularly as the
quarter came, so also did the ample re
mittance of this model son and brother.
When the tide of emigration turned
to the far-west, this son was carried
with it to Omaha, where he invested his
earnings in town lots which speedily
rose in value and made him a man of
wealth. At least this was the intelli
gence he sent his mother. Aiatery,
whilst visiting Auburn, his parent was
invited to make the tour of the State
Prison, and whilst passing through the
various wards she accidently encounter
ed one whose presence caused her
cheeks to pale and her heart to tem
porarily stop its beating.
It was her son her good and well
beloved boy who for years had been
her pride and support ; for a moment
she was speechless, but at length burst
ing into a torrent of tears, in which
the prisoner joined, she said: "O, my
son, how came you here ?" His story
being told developed the fact that he
had by trading with strangers come
into the possession of a large quantity
of counterfeit money, and that in ig
norance of its character, he being on a
visit to New York, had attempted to
pass it, had been arrested as a chief of
gang of counterfeiters, and having
been identified as having endeavored
to circulate it, was, in spite of all evi
dence of previous good conduct offered,
convicted and sentenced to serve out a
term in State Prison. - His wife, with
whom he was in constant correspon
dence, had aided him in keeping his in
carceration a secret from his mother,
and had regularly remitted the quar
terly allowance together with letters
forwarded to her from the prison by
him. But for this unfortunate visit the
mother would have remained forever
unaware that her son was serving out a
penal sentence for a crime never com
mitted by him. She learned, however,
that by the rise of corner lots in Omaha
he had been made a wealthy man, and
when he should come out of prison,
which ' would be in a few months, he.
through the skillful stewardship of his
wife, would find awaiting him the sum
of not less than two hundred thousand
dollars in United States bonds.
Life in Greenland.
[Cor. of the New York Tribune.]
The climate of Greenland is consid
ered by the Danes as very healthy, and
the natives seldom die of any other dis
ease than consumption, which is very
prevalent among the Esquimaux, and is
no douot contracted tnrougn meir care
less habits. The hut is a simple build
ing of stone (boarded up on the inside),
with a layer of turf on the outside, and
a long, low tunnel entrance, about 10 or
av - i - , . T - 1 ! l
10 ieei in lengui, opening vj me bouiu.
This hut is about 12 feet square and
feet high, with two windows in the side
which are blocked up wren iun aunng
the winter, so as to keep the cold out,
This room is generally supplied with
stove, in which peat is burned, for they
have no other kind of fuel. There
always in these huts a close, depressing
atmosphere, while outside, especially on
a foggy day, the atmosphere is cold.
These people sit in the house sewing,
etc., with their heavy seal skin clothing
on, and will run in and out of doors,
make visits, and attend their dances.
without making any addition to their
lrViiTto nr rArlnfiinor it when thev re
turn to their homes. Then a family
six or eight sleep in this same room,
a platform which serves as a bed, lying
very close together, and breathing the
same atmosphere over and over again.
Value of Timber Lands.
Railroads consume timber immensely.
It has been estimated that each day
the year trains run about three hundred
and twenty thousand miles, consuming
one a half cords of wood for every
twenty-five miles, making n daily con
sumption of nineteen thousand two hun
dred cords. Sixty thousand miles
road require two thousand five hundred
ties to the mile ; and assuming their life
to be five years, an annual consumption
of thirty millions of ties is required;
and it may be safely said that the waste
in getting out these ties is one-third
California has over 100 granges.
The voting population of Colorado is
estimated at 25,000.
Immense forest fires are burning in
the Colorado mountains.
A Connecticut girl has gone insane
from being kissed in the dark.
A Minnesota man has become insane
from excessive use of tobacco.
Thb entire fire department of Boston
is ordered to sign the total abstinence
A man at Paris, Ky., has invented a
wheelbarrow which a man can sit down
on and wheel.
Three thousand quarts of strawber
ries were raised on one acre of land in
Maine this season.
An economical negro in Wilmington,
Del., says he picks up, on an average,
7,300 pins in a year.
A Georgia plantation, which in 1860
was sold for 30,000, was a few days ago
sold at Sheriffs sale for $500.
A Frenchman has invented a boot
with wheels which, he says, will enable
the wearer to go considerably faster than
Some elastic enumerator estimates the
wealth of the Hon. James P. Joy, the
Michigan railway magnate, at $100,
000,000. Horatio Seymour has been nomi
nated for the New York Assembly by
the First Oneida District Democratic
Telegraph postal cards are now issued
by the English Government. The cards
are deposited as letters, and collected
hourly by carriers.
A recent English writer says that
drunkenness is an affair of climate. The
people of all damp and cold countries
are apt to drink more than is good for
Stanley, of African exploration noto
riety, sailed recently, as correspondent
of the London Times, for the west coast
of Africa, taking with him a large steam
A conference of the teachers of the
deaf and dumb has been held at Sienna,
Italy, and the system of teaching the
deaf and dumb to understand the mo
tion of the lips was advocated.
The daily orders for postal cards show
that it requires from 375,000 to 400,000
daily te supply the public demand. The
cards now furnished are decidedly bet
ter than those issued prior to the 1st of
J. B. McCtjlloch, late of the St.
Louis Democrat, has taken editorial
charge of the Olobe of that city. The
Democrat people, however, cling with
a death grip to his $12,000 of stock in
Hog-skin and cowhide bags hold ten
times as much corn as canvas bags do,
and cost only about one-tenth as much
to get to market. The corn should be
put into the bags before the skins are
taken off the animals.
A singular result of the panic
seen in Utah, where an enormous quan
tity of bullion has been locked up.
Silver, which is ordinarily worth about
a dollar and a quarter an ounce, is now
selling at less than seventy cents.
The managers of the Young Men's
Christian Association of Oolchester,
England, have decided that Mark
Twain s books are immoral and unfit to
be read by Christian young men, and
have banished them from their library.
The French being convinced that
their failure in the late war was in a
great measure due to the inferiority of
their muzzle-loading field guns, are now
disposed to discard all cannon of "that
class and adopt breech-loaders exclu
One Hundred and Forty-five Years Old.
[From the Philadelphia Bulletin.]
At the southeast corner of Fifth and
Locust streets stands the grocery of Mr.
James Clark. A very unpretending gro
cery and an unpretending grocer. But
now the grocery has a place in antiqui
ty, and all through the laying of a foot
walk. Mr. Clark had served out dried beans.
measured molasses, sliced ham, and
weighed salt mackerel at said corner for
twenty years and odd. This house was
occupied by his father before him, and
has an aged appearance the house
The sidewalk surrounding the store
and the two houses on Locust street
was very much dilapidated, and it was
deemed advisable to lay a new one. The
work was commenced yesterday. As
long as Mr. Clark can remember, the
house No. 430 Locust street, immedi
ately back of his establishment, has had
in front of the door an old marble or
soapstone slab. When the pavement
was removed, this of course, was taken
up. The bricklayer, upon turning it
over, was surprised to find thnt it was
a veritable tombstone, on which was
the name and age of a person who died
full of years.
It contained the following inscrip
In memory of
Wife of Robert Aliis
Who departed this 1
April the 20th, 1769,
Aged 145 years.
The stone is about three feet high
and eighteen or twenty inches wide.
The words given are all very plain, but
where the dashes occur the inscriptions
have been effaced by age and the wear
ing away of the soft stone. The age of
the venerable lady shows that she was
born in the year 1624.
If it can be established that Mrs,
Allison was 145 years old when she died
she was certainly older than any person
who has lived m modern times, of whom
there is any account, except " Old
Thomas Parr," who was born in 1483,
and died in London, Nov. 15, 1635!
aged 152 years.
Some interesting and important sta
tistics of casualties occurring to emi
grant ships dispatched from England
during the last twenty-one years have
been furnished by the Emigration Com
missioners. The result lor the entire
period shows that 15,057 ships were
sent to sea with 4,741,bby persons on
board, and the total losses to have been
fifty-nine vessels, with 4,986 lives, or
about one -tenth of one per cent, oi the
whole number who sailed.
An Eccentric Land Owner.
S. B. Clover, in on October magazine.
tells the story of a member of the Van
Rensselaer family who lately died, at
the age of 76, as follows :
oome said he was niggardly and penu
rious ; the poor declared he was kind
and generous, and forbearing and in
dulgent to a fault. That he was averse
to improvements or changes of any
kind, the dilapidated condition of the
house in which he lived, and the decay
ed and tottering fences around, most
clearly proved. No railroad was ever
constructed, no manufactory ever built
upon a foot of his land, save under pro
test. Owing to a disappointment in
early life, due to the opposition of his
relatives to his marriage with a young
girl in the humbler walks of life, to
whom he was warmly attached, he lived
and died a bachelor.
The General Government had essayed
many years ago to tempt him by a mu
nificent offer to sell a portion of his
lands for the establishment of an ar
senal. The prospect of increased wealth,
the assurance that the sole of his lands,
and the erection thereon of buildings
by the United States Government,
would greatly enhance the value of his
large estate surrounding, had no effect.
His refusal to sell was positive, and tne
purchase of land was made, and the ar
senal erected, at Watervliet.
But a darker hour came. A passen
ger who crossed from Albany on the
Greenbush ferry-boat brought the start
ling report that it was in contempla
tion to construct a railroad along the
east bank of the Hudson river from the
city of New York through Greenbush
to Albany. When tne survey was maae
for this road, it took in five acres of th
Van Rensselaer land, which yielded the
owner little or no profit. Efforts were
made by the directors of the road, but
without success, to effect a purchase of
the land. Persistent refusal to sell on
the part of the owner compelled them
to call upon disinterested parties living
in the neighborhood to appraise the
land. The sum fixed upon as a fair val
uation was three hundred dollars per
acre, which was offered to the owner,
but peremptorily declined, under pro
test, with the assurance added, that if
the company took his land he, would
never touch a dollar of their money.
The land was taken, the road com
pleted, and nearly a quarter of a cen
tury passed away ; and though on many
occasions greatly pressed ior ready
money, he was faithful to his promise
even unto death, to tne surprise oi
his executors, a short time after his de
cease, they were notified by an officer
of one of the banks in Poughkeepsie
that fifteen hundred dollars had been
on deposit to his credit since the road
was first surveyed, and was then sub
ject to their order. Thus, for that long
period, was the interest, which, added
to the original amount, would have ac
cumulated to a handsome sum, entirely
lost to this eccentric man while living,
and to his heirs after his departure.
The Sharp Man.
The sharp man iz mistaken for the
wize one, but he iz just as different from
an honest one.
He trusts tew his cunning for suck-
cess, and this iz the next thing tew oemg
The sharp man iz like a razor gen
erally too sharp for enny thing but a
Theze men are not tew be trusted
they are so constituted that that they
must cheat somebody, and, rather than
be idle or lose a good Job, they win
pitch onto their best friends.
They are not exactly outkasts, but liv
cluss oa the borders ov criminality, and
are liable tew step over at enny time.
It iz but a step from cunning tew
raskality, and it iz a short step that in
alwuz mvitin tew take.
Sharp men have but phew friends,
and seldum a konfident. They hav
learnt tew fear treachery by studying
their own naturs.
They are alwuz bizzy, but, like the
hornet, want a heap ov sharp watching.
The sharp man iz alwuz a vain one,
He prides himself upon his cunning,
and had rather do a shrewd thing than
A Falling Off in Exports from Great
Britain to the United States.
A Washington telegram says : From
a statement received at the Treasury
Department from an omcial in Europe,
relative to the principal articles of pro
duce and manufacture exported from
Great Britain to the United States dur
ing the eight m&nths ending Aug. 31
last, in comparison with the correspond
ing period of the year 1872, it appears
that there were exported to this country
281 tons of iron, 309 tons less than in
1872, almost 200 tons of which decrease
is m 'the exportation of railroad iron
The decrease in the exportation of wool
to this country last year amounted to
630,000 pounds, a decrease of over
900,000 pounds in woolen cloths. The
decrease was nearly 1,000,000 yards in
woolen carpets, almost 1,500,000 yards
in worsted stuffs, nearly 5,250,000 yards
in cotton piece goods, nearly 21,000,000
yards in linen piece goods, more than
8,750,000 yards in silk and broadcloths,
and in spirits nearly 7,000 proof gallons,
There was a large comparative falling in
tons of lead and salt, and in the values
of ribbons, mixed material, haber
dashery, hardware and cutlery, and
earthenware, whereas there are small
increases in the amounts of tin plate
and unwrought tin, and in ale, beer,
alkali, and stationery.
Costly Wine. A lew weeks ago
there was sold at the cast le of J ohanms
berg, from the famous cellars of Prince
Metternich, a cask of the finest wine
the world at least in the estimation o!
those who like it genuine Johannis
berger. It was the best of the famous
vintage of 1861, and was bought by
Consul Bauer, of Moscow, at the enor
mous price of $28,000 guilders, or about
$10 a bottle.
Yellow Fever at Calvert, Texas.
The death of Dr. W. B. Field was not
unexpected by the deceased. When the
plague came, he pronounced it yellow
fever. He continued at the post of duty
until attacked and prostrated. He then
became resigned to his fate. Relief
came too late. It was a natural im
possibility, he said, for him to recover.
To the last he retained his senses, and
sent for his brother Scott. He did not
dread death, but gave up life unmur
muringly, having sacrificed it in the
service of his fellow-man. His was the
last funeral in Calvert. Max Brennan,
the foreman of Hook and Ladder Com
pany No. 1, with eight other members
of the company, of which deceased was
an active member, decorated th com
pany truck, and laid upon it all that was
mortal of Dr. Field. The mournful
procession marched to the graveyard,
drawing the truck. On their way they
were stopped by a colored man, who
rushed out of a house occupied by Mr.
Brooks, a photographer, and his wife,
asking them to stop and come in, as the
face of a white man had not been seen
there for a week. They halted, and
some of them entered. The sight that
met their gaze was enough to strike
terror into stout hearts. Lying dead
upon a bed, covered with black vomit,
was Mr. Brooks. His wife, delirious
with yellow fever, was wildly screaming,
unconscious of her husband's death.
Such assistance as could be rendered
was freely and promptly given. As
there were no sheets in the house, some
plain white cambric was purchased in a
neighboring store. The party then re- I
sumed their march, bowed down Dy me
surrounding horrors, and reached the
graveyard, where they interred their
late friend and companion, the beauti
ful service of the Episcopal Church
being read over him by Mr. T. P. Ter
rell. They left and separated to con
tinue their work of waiting upon the
sick. This, however, was the last at
tempt at anything approaching display
The Transportation Question.
The committee of the United States
Senate are now prosecuting their in
quiries into matters pertaining to the
carrying trade with very gratifying ear
nestness and vigor. It is very likely
that an able and exhaustive report upon
this important subject will be submitted
to Uongress immediately at me opening
of the session. In the language of
Senator Conkling : "In the East and
the West the problem of creating chan
nels for commerce will assert itself and
hold supremacy until it is successfully
solved." The popular mind is now
fully aroused to the vast interests in
volved in the question, and the agita
tion prevailing will not subside until
every effort has been exhausted which
promises to bring producer and con
sumer nearer to each other. Ihere is
no stimulant so patent as self-interest
in directing the thought and the action
of the masses, and in this matter every
man in the country may be said to have
a practical concern. At the same time
there are difficulties in the way of ac
complishing the objects in view which
it will not do to ignore or overrate, une
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local system of internal improvements
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these is the jealousy with which any
undertaken Dy tne x eaerai wovenunem
is likelv to be regarded in certain quar
ters ; and the other is the opposition oi
thft existing companies, whose monopo
ly of the carrying business will be
threatened. But the necessity for a
remedy Of the evils complained of is
so imperative and urgent that all minor
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considerations must give wuy uciuxc iu.
The interior of our continent, the gran-
ary of the world, must have direct con,
trnuous, anduninterrnpted outlets to
the ocean, and to secure this no sacrifice
Wrestling Match—America vs. England.
An international wrestling match be
tween Albert Ellis, of London, England,
and John McMahon, of Rutland, Vt,
champions of their respective countries,
came off last week, in New York. Mem
bers of the sportinsr fraternity from
Philadelphia. Baltimore. Boston, Chi
cago, and other cities were present, and
showed great interest in the match.
McMahon weighed 192 pounds, while
Ellis turned the beam at 138. Homer
Lane, ex-champion of America, was
agreed on as referee, Alike tjonurn act
ing as umpire ior juo-uanon, -wmie
Robert if. Urowmng, or uornwai, En
gland, officiated for Elks. McMahon
had the advantage in weight, Ellis in
agility and skill. Look after lock was
made and broken with tne greatest ra
pidity and dexterity, until finally Mc
Mahon threw .Ellis heavily, ana ciaimea
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the first fall.
lowed, the friends of Ellis claiming that
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onlv one of Ellis' shoulders had touched
the ground, ine match at mis poms
showed evidence of breaking up. The
fall, however, having ben acknowledged
by Ellis, the play proceeded, and Mc
Mahon lost the next fall by a foul, ac
cidentally given, and promptly acknowl
edged. Fourteen breaks were then
made, Ellis avoiding falls by turning
while going down, and carrying the
house with him at every display of his
extraordinary quickness in getting
away. At last, by a terrible swing
from the left hip, and an inside lock
during the swing. McMahon threw
Ellis heavily on his back, and gained
the third and de iding fall. So the
championship was won by McMahon,
Tobacco in the Tissues.
That tobacco is absorbed in the tissues
of the body has long been asserted by
some, though denied as positively by
others. In support of the amrmative,
a fact in connection with the hydropathic
process known as the wet-sheet pack
cited. In this process the patient is en
veloped in a wet sheet, and then, over
this, in blankets. By this means, it
claimed, that through the operation
the principles of endosmose and exos
mose, the water of the sheet is made
enter the body, while at the same time
impurities are withdrawn therefrom.
Now, on an habitual user of tobacco
being subjected for an hour to tliis pro
cess, it is found, on his envelopments
being taken off, that the odor of tobacco
coming from his body, and from, the
sheet in which he has lain, is r ercertible
to every one present.
Lucinda threw away hr book, tossed back her pretty
Aud going back to oldeu times of which she just hsd
Remarked, " What strange old Guys they were, those
ancestors of ours.
Who in the skins of beasts themselves decked out.
the odious Giaours !"
" Ah, yes ! that's just like women, they speak betbit,
Quoth John to Miss Lucinda, " So, prithee, do nc
While I in words a picture paint of savages a
Whose beads and feathers, furs and skins suggest -the.wild
" In capr-l.f Russisn sable, Siberian ermine muff,
Jacket of glossy South Sea seal, in hue resembling
Balmorals trimmed with narrow strips of marten or
of fitch . . ,
There goes a wild young tauvagest, reputed to be
1 She-Vandals are abroad, likewise, In aeoue of
rt t i-r akin
With silver fox all trimmed without and haply lined
She-Tartars walk in fiery fox, she-Cossacks all in
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While others for their show depend upon the little
"And yonder, on the avenue, see two barbarian
Whose paniers, if club-talk be true, are stuffed with
In camel's hair arrayed are they, while squirrels and
Their furs contribute to the robes of these untamed
" So history itself repeats ; to-day our Guys tad
Are clad in wild-beast ikiiii Just like those ancestors
of ours ;
The only difference to note is that, in olden times.
Folks caught and skinned the bcatts themselves, and
saved their preclouB dimes."
To remove stains from character.
Strange bed-clothes Three sheets
in the wind.
The greatest bet that was ever made
Agriculture A mower who can't
mow might as well be no mower.
What fruit does a newly-married
couple most resemble ? A green pair.
Why is a married lady less likely to
suffer from hunger than a spinster ? Be
cause she always has her-ring to eat.
Why is a vain young lady like a con
firmed drunkard? Because neither is
satisfied with a moderate use of the
Rather perplexing command : Capt.
O'Shea "Gentlemen.parado to-morrow
at four. The first man who arrives last
shall be fined."
Where shall I put this paper bo as
to be sure of seeing it to-morrow ? -inquired
Mary Jane ot her brother
Crarles. " unthe looking-giass, was
her brother's reply.
A Good Dutch Reason. " Mynheer,
do you know for what we call our boy
iiana y "Do not, reaiiy. weu, x
tell you. Der reason dat we call our
boy Hans dat ish his name."
The croquet season has come to an
end, alas !
Then pull up the wicket and stake,
And put by the mallet and ball,
We shall have no mor& croquet this year,
It 's getting too late in the fall.
Digby, the other day, found some
money in the street. "Ah!" said he,
with a knowing look, "papers have been
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saying that money 8 tight, but I wouldn t
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nave oeiusyeu ii u. j. uuuu v
found it in -
The other day a certain tailor senC ;
his bill to a magazine editor. He was
startled a few hours afterward by its
being returned, with a note appended,
saying , " Your manuscript is respect
A consequential young fop asked an
n ,P , ft .
old grave-digger ; " but' the
me in mind of yours."
A Boston bor don't believe that Rob
inson Crusoe lived on Taisins in his des
olate island, because he tried to do it
himself one day and, after eating two
pounds, quite lost his appetite for the
remainder of the week.
At a juvenile party, one little fellow,
rejoicing in the spienaor oi nis new
clothes, went up to another with the
triumphant remark : xou ain i
dressed as well as I am." " Well," re
marked the other, "I can lick you, any
There was recently on exhibition, at
Plymouth, Mass. , a piece of 2-inch water
pipe, 7 feet in length, taken from the
section on the dam at the Thread Com
pany's Works, which was so completely
filled, its entire length, with the fine
fihrniiH roots of the willows that are
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trrowinff near dv. that not one arop oi
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water could pass inrougn . a. uiC-
sion in the pipe had at some time caused
a slight breakage, and into this a por
tion of the root had msinuaieu iu-u
and grown, until about a month since
the passage of water was stopped, and
a search for the oause "revealed this re
sult. A portion of the filling was taken
out, and resembled closely a continuous
" wad of oakum, v or nvo or ia iot
these roots are so tightly wedged in
that no force yet applied has been suffi
cient to start them. v
The Best Disinfectant.
Carbolic acid, in some of the various
forms in which it is offered to the pub
lic, is one of the most popular disinfect
ants, and deservedly so. ror Bimuw
disinfection, where the cause has been
removed, nothing is superior to mo
acid itself, either concentrated or in so
lution. For disinfecting the air of a
sick-room a few drops may be put upon
a hot shovel or a stove-lid, or any arti
cle that will retain its heat for some
time. It has the advantage that it does
not injure clothing or metal articles
with which the vapor comes in -contact.
It should be used with care, nowever,
the liquid itself is a violent poison, even
in small doses. .
Webster said : " If we work on mar
ble it will pt rish ; if upon brass, time
will efface it ; if we rear temples, they
will crumble into dust ; but if we work,
upon our iriraortal minds if we imbue
them with pcrinciples, with the just fear
inve of our fellow-men we
engrave on tkese tablets something which
j -will brightop through all eternity.