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THE FUOOD OF YCARS.
E BRYAST'8 MEW POEM.
A Miahlv Hnl. f.lom an PxhmifltlAMi urn.
Pours for'th the net er-endinic FIod of Years
Adiouk the national How the rushing wares
.Bear all before tlieiu ! On their foremost edge,
Tot.es and foam ai
"no ineremone, i i.ne; ine present there
lid fills the air with roar
Of mlngleu nouea.
And they who stri
Who hurrr to Miifl
There are they who toil
e, and ther who feast, and the?
Woodman and de
And busr artisan 1
iro. inetiurdT niBii -
er with the spade are there.
And pallid student
Rjnme ins wjcn,
A moment on the rjiounting billow leen-
with his written roll.
The flood sweeps oy
er them and tbey are gone.
J nere groups of re
lelers. wbise brows are twined
And as t hp j raine tfif-lr flowing cuis to touch
"im rose, rioe to
p topmost swell awnue.
The clinking hrim
The wavea and dis.i
ti brim, are whirled beneath
fH beaten drilm atid thunders that ti'reflk forth
ppear. i near ine jar
Krora cannon, wheie the advancing billow sends
Vp to the siifht lonff fiJefio." armed men.
That hurry to the charge through (tame and smoke.
-i ne torrent nearatbeni under, whelmed and nid,
(Slayer and slain, iii heap of bloody foam.
Down go the steed ind rider: the plumed chief
Sinks with his followers; the head that wtars
T he imperial diarit m goes down beside
The felon's with er pped ear and braoded cheek.
A funeral train tile torrent sweeps away
Bearers and bier and mourners. By the bed
Of one who dies mun gather sorrowing.
And women weep kloud ; the flood lolls on ;
Tne wall is stifled, to i the cobbing group
Borne under. Harl to that shrill sudden bhoutV
The cry an applauding multitude
Kwaved by some lcud-tongued orator who wields
Theliving mass, as if he were its soul.
The waters choke the shout and all is still.
J. next, n kneeJirilE crowd and one who snrearia
And swallows thei
r; the engulfing wove o'ertakea
Thechisel, and th
in ana nun. a sculptor wields
I stricken marble grows
To beauty : at his
A painter stands, il
llnd sunshine, nt hi touch.
Tviiierv ufon iae canvass, ana me glows ;
A poet, as he paces to and fro,
Mutmurs his sounding lines. Awhile they ride
The advancing billpws, till its tossing crest
Ptrikea them and fl Ings them under while their tasks
Are yet unfinished . 8ee a mother smile
On her young hah that smiles to her again
The torrent wrest! it from her arms; she shneka,
ADd veeps, and midst her tears is carried down.
A beam like that til moonlight turns the sniay
Togliatenine rcarls; two lovers, hand in hand,
I!' n the billowy swell and fondly look
Into each other's eves. The riihii0 flood
Flings them apart f the youth goee down ; the maid.
With hands outslretci.ed in yain and streaming
Waits for the next high wave to follow him.
An aged man succeeds; his bending lorm
Kinks slowly ; mingling with the sullen stream
Irionm the white locks and then are seen no more.
Lo, wiilrr grows the stream; a sea-like flood
Ka earth's walle-i cities massive palaces
('rumble before ltl: fortresses and towers
Ptssolve ia the swift waters ; populous realms
Swept by the tornsnt, see their ancient tribes
Kn.ulfed and lostj their very languages
Stifled and never to be uttered more.
I pauw and turn my eyes and, looking Hack,
Where that tumultuous flood bus passed, I see
The silent Ocean cif the Past, a waste
f wxters welteiiilg over graves, its shores
Strewnwith the wrecks of fleets, where mastaand hull
Prop away piecenieal ; battlementci walls
Frown idly, greed with moss, and temples stand
llnroofed, forsakened by the worshipers.
There lie memorial stones, whence time has gnawed
The graven legends, thrones of kings o'erturned,
The broken altars of forgotten gods,
Foundations of old cities and loiw streets
where never fall
nf human foot is heard
Upon the desolat
Pirn gl immeringp
pavement. I behold
of lost Jewels far within
iin. Hinmnnit ua rH iin t
i ne sleeping war
jaipj onu iean ami enrysoute.
Once glitoringat the banquet on fair brows
That long airo were dust ; and all around,
Knewn on the waiters of that silent sea.
Are ithering bridal wreaths, and glossy locks
Shorn from fair lilrows by loving hands, and scrolls
OYrwritten, haply with fond words of love
And vows of friendship and (air pages flung
Fresh from the printer's engine. There they lie
A moment and then sink away from sight.
. ':""V ""' me uica tears are in my eyes,
For I liehold. in fvery one of these.
A b lghted hone.
Of hiinnn sorrow
a separate history
telling oi dear ties
rl mar.,. ,f hor...! nu
ll uolve in air, and happy days, too brief,
I hat sorrowfully ended, and I 'think
How pain ully must the poor heart have beat
ltl bosoms without number, as the blow
Was struck that mew their hope or broke their peace.
Sadly I turn, slnd look More, where yet
The Flood must hasa, and I behold a mist
v here swarm dissolving forms, the brood of Hope,
IHvinel v fsir, that rest on banks of flowers
Or wander among rainbows, fading soon
And reap-Hring, haply giving place
To shapes of grisly &ect, such aa Fear
Molds from the idle air: where aernent lift
i im iiean 111 uni
1 he lonv arm iri
and skeletons stretch forth
A lielt of dnf knefc seeined to hnr lhA wav
menace. Further on
long, low and distant, where the Life that Is
Touches the life to come. The Flood of years
Hot Is tnwatd it, near and nearer. It must puss
I bat diuial barrier. What is there beyond ?
Huir what the wise and good have said. Beyond
More gontly, but
i .wn. i unrKnens ine years still roll on
They gather un Wain and noftlv nr
with not less mighty sweep.
Ail thesweet livbs that late were overwhelmed
nd lost to siglili all that in them was good,
NYble. and truly great and worthy of love
The lives of infmts and ineenuons youths,
ages and Faintly women who have made
Their household happy all are raised and borne
Py that current
in its onward swet p.
Wandering and rinnline with ranwinir wavee
Around green inlands, fragrant with the breath
f flowers that I ever wither. So they pass.
From stage to stage, along the shining course
Of that fair river hrradening like a sea.
As its smooth eddies curl along their way,
They bri rig old friends together : hands are clasped
Id joy unspeakable; the mother's arms
Agitin are loMed round the child she loved
And lost. Old sorrows are forgotten now,
' r but remembe red to make sweet the hour
That overpays them ; wounded heartf that bled
Or broke are hniled forever. In the room
f this grief shawdowed Present there shall be
A r.-seiit in whose reign no grief shall gnaw
The heart, and never shall a tender tie
'!e broken in 4 hose reign the eternal Change
I bat waits on growth and action shall proceed
With everlagtirlg Concord hand in hand.
ings eternal in the human
she is particularly snrv in
the Ixisonis of those who buy lottery
tickets. Once more an effort ia to he
m.'ule to savie obstinate speculators from
the conseq zences of their own folly.
The jxtstnijaster-general, sustained by
act of congress, has declared unmail
nble letters and circulars relating to
lotteries, and managers are given to
in.erstan- that the depositing of such
letters and circulars to be sent by mail
is an olfense punishable by a fine of
not less than $100, nor more than $500.
This applies to all lotteries, whether
suitkorized by law or not. But it is
proMsed tb contest this decision of the
jtostofiiee department, certain lottery
men claiming that the statute as it
now stands refers only to unauthorized
That the agents of this most lucra
tive business will abandon it is hardly
to ie exjtecieti, ior mere are many
t lodges an
ence has rj
li devices with which experi
lade them familiar, and they
are sure t
!) have customers so lone as
they continue to promise $100,000 for
live dollars. The fallacious character
nes," the devices to prevent
from drawing anything, the
s ill-luck (as it is called) of
the devotees of this kind of gambling
all those have again and again beec set
still the rooks prosper and
ns are plucked. And so we
t will continue to be while
some innii are oor and greedy and
l.izy, and others are sharp, unscrupu
lous and knavish. X. i . Tribune.
A lawyer by the name of Frean
(pronounced Frain) is a member of
the bar m a county in Jsew 1 ork, and
Mr. Crak is the district-attorney.
Duviug a discussion upon some sub
ject, the district-attorney wished Mr.
Frean to " refrain from any other re
marks." Mr, Frean (promptly) I
v. ill when you stop Croaking."
An attorney, about to finish a bill of
costs, wi's requested by his client, a ba
ker, "1) make it as light as he could!
" Ah !" replied the attorney, " that's
what you may say to your foreman,
but itVnot the way I make my bread."
The Latest Wonder of Telegraphy.
The readers of the Traveler have
been made acquainted with the won
derful inventions of prjfessor Bell, by
which musical and vocsi sounds can be
and have been sent over the electric
wires, but few, if any, are aware of the
wonderful results which are sure to
follow these improvements in fete
graphy. A few nights ago professor
Bell was in communication with a tel-
eerapb. operator in New York, and
commerwed experiments with one of
his inventions pertaining to the trans-
mission oi musical sounas. ne made
use of his phonetic ormxn and played
the tune of "America," and asked the
operator in .New York what he heard,
"lhear the tune of 'America,
replied New York. "Give us an
Professor Bell then played "Auld
" What do you hear now ?
"I hear the tune of 'Auld Lanj
Syne,' with the full chords, distinctly,
replied New York.
lhus the astounding discovery has
been made that a man can play upon
musical instruments in JNew York,
New Orleans, or London or Paris and
be heard distinctly in Boston ! If this
can be done, why cannot distinguished
pertormers execute the most artistic
and beautiful music in Paris and an
audience assemble in music hall,Boston,
to listen ?
Professor Bell's other improvement,
namely, the transmission of the human
voice, has become so far perfected that
persons have coversed over one thous
and miles of wire with perfect ease, al
though as yet the vocal sounds are not
loud enough to be heard by more than
one or two persons. But if the human
voice can now be sent over the wire,
and so distinctly that when two or
three known parties are telegraphing
the voices of each can be recognized,
we may soon have distinguished men
delivering speeches in Washington,
New York or London and audiences
assembled in music hall orFaueuil hall
Angelic, if Not an Angel.
A few days since a poor woman
came here with three little children.
She had neither friends nor money
and one baby was ill. She was anx
ious to get to a brother In Idaho, but
that task seemed a hopeless one. She
concluded to give a lecture, which
should consist simply of the pathetic
story of her struggle to take care of her
little ones, bhe called upon one gen
tleman in this city and asked him to
buy a ticket, lie replied : " 31y poor
woman, go on with your lecture, and
after it is over, come and see me
again." Yesterday she called again and
le asked her how much she lucked to
enable her to reach her friend-. She
told him. It was a pretty larrre sum.
but the man immediately drew a check
for enough to guard against accidents,
and told the woman gently that if she
was detained or got into trouble on the
road to write to him. The woman told
us all this with tears in her eyes, and
said he was an anel. He would do
for a ready made angel without some
repairs, but it was a good deed, and
we fancy he slept better for it last
night- There are some very sweet
things connected with the possession
of great wealth. llrginia (Ac.) -Enterprise.
A Cat Sucking a Man's Breath.
Mr. French, a ' member of the
Thorne dramatic troupe, having an
engagement in this city, returned to
rest at an early hour, and soon fell
into a deep slumber. After the lapse
of an hour or two he was aroused by a
feelinrr of overpowering oppressiveness
and suffocation, and was horrified to
find that a huge cat was sitting on his
breast, and had its head to his mouth
sucking away his breath.
He found himself in an almost ex
hausted condition ; so much so he wa3
unable to shake off the vampire fiend
attacking him. Struggle as he would,
the cat only fastened its claws the
deeper in his chest, and went on at its
His groans and cries of agony, how
ever, fortunately brought some neigh
boring lodgers to his relief, and he was
rescued from his frighful position.
Even then they were compelled to
turn him out of bed and roll nim oyer
and over on the floor before the cat
could be made to release its hold and
abandon its purpose.
Mr. French's face and chest this
morning bear frightful evidences of
terrible battle with the monster
Moberly (3o.) Enterprise-Monitor.
Good Suggestions for the Heated Term
An " Old Confed " gives the follow
ing practical suggestions in reference
to avoiding prostratiou by the heat :
In the interest of humanity, espe
cially in view of the continued heated
term which is now upon us, I beg
leave to suggest that during my recol
lection I have never seen a man over
come by heat who kept his coat and
and shirt collar open all restrictions
about the throat removed. I remem
ber the hardest march ever made by
Lee's army that after the Chantilly
fight towards the crossing of the Poto
mac and I believe it was the hottest
day, with less drinking of drinking
water along the line, that ever troops
experienced in thi8 country, and yet
not more than three men out of eighty
thousand were prostrated Vy heat.
Those three men fell and were buried
near by Frying-pan church. The or
ders of the medical director at the be
ginning of that terrible march were in
substance : " Let the men remove ev
ery obstacle to breathing (like collars)
about their throats, and drink water a
few swallows at a time, as frequently
as they please."
' I don't believe a clear case of sun
stroke or prostration from heat oc
curred on that march, although the
majority of the men were wearing the
same hats and clothing they used in
the winter time. Lee's medical direc
tor attributed, as I know, the good
health of the men who fought the battle
of Gettysburg to the fact that they
kept their collars open.
"Beware of Confidence Men."
The number of men who are "vie
timized by the amount or money
gained by " confidence men" of one
kind or another in cities are surpris
ingly large and do not seem to grow
lees, notwithstanding the number ot
signs with the above inscription and
the frequent warnings of the press,
A e attach very little importance to
giving details of this or that particu
lar trick by which men are deceived
It is much safer to rely on some gen
eral principles, for it is sate to say that
the cases are very rare in which a man
has lost money through " confidence
men " of any kind, when the loss is
not attributable to an excess of cred
ulity, ignorance of business customs,
or a desire to make money too easily
Among the rules it is well to bear in
mind when traveling or in large cities,
the following may be named i It is
neither the best of taste, nor very safe
to be making a show of large quanti
ties of money. Ordinarily it is not
best to carry large sums of money on
the person. If this seems advisable a
sum sufficient for ordinary expenses
should be kept separate and the l'est
need not le exhibited nor spoken of.
It is neither necessary nor advisable
to tell strangers vour name, business,
destination, and general history. One
need not shut himself up like an oys
ter. The little courtesies and talk
of civilized life should be .'ound among
travelers, but "many a man could trace
his loss of money to too free talk
While Jittle courtesies and favors
may properly be exchanged between
strangers, the cases are extremly rare
in which a stranger should propose or
you should oner favors which require
the loaning ot money or the purchase
of property. AY hen a stranger finds
himself in need or a little or much ,
money and asks you for it, proposing !
to cive as security, or sell at a great
sacrifice, a fine watch or valuable dia
mond, or to secure you by a check,
draft or bonds, etc., it is perfectly safe
to express your regret that it is not
convenient for you to accommodate
him; as some hundreds of men who
have received brass watches, glass,
pins or worthless checks, can testify.
Proper inquiries will almost invari
ably be civilly and correctly answrred
by railroad conductors, ticket agents,
policemen, hotel clerks, etc. As a
rule they should be addressed to such
men rather than strangers, however
If in a city you are addressed by
some " old friend " who calls you by
your own or some other name, but of
whom you have no recollection, there
is no objection to being as polite as he
is, but there are very good reasons for
not going out of your way to oblige
him, or acting on his advice, however
Elausible 83 a good many men who
ave stopped to " take a drink " with
such a "friend," or gone with him " to
see the sights," or to look up a "good
chance to make money," have found
out to their cost.
It ought not to be necessary to cau
tion any one against accepting invita
tions to patronize lotteries, cheap auc
tion, etc., or against betting with
monte-men or gamblers of any kind,
but it is unfortunately true that large
numbers of men who ought to know
better have been " swindled " in these
ways. For such men it is not easy to
get up much sympathy.
To sum up, the man who quietly at
tends to his own husiness, neither seek
ing nor permitting too great familiar
ity on the part of strangers, who trans
acts his business so far as possible with
well established and reputable firms,
and who is not led astray by apparent
opportunities to make money dishon
estly, will rarely have need to com
plain of being swindled by confidence
men. Western. Rural.
Sunday at the Watering Place.
Talmage is always pointed and often
I never knew any one to grow very
rapidily in grace at the Catskill moun
tain house, or Sharon springs, or the
the Falls of Montmorency. It is gen
erally the case that the Sabbath is
more of a carousal than any other day,
and there are Sunday walks, rides and
excursions. Elders, deacons and min
isters who are entirely consistent at
home, sometimes when the Sabbath
dawns upon them at Niagara Falls, or
the White mountains, take the day to
themselves.' Laughter. If theyge
to church, it is apt to be for the sake
of parade. From the way the ladies
hold their fans, you know that they
are not so much impressed with the
heat as with the picturesqueness of
halt disclosed teaiures. .tour puny
souls stand in the organ loft and squall
a tune that nobody knows, and wor
shippers with 82,000 worth of dia
TENNESSEE, FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 1876.
monds on the right hand drop a cent
in the poor box laughter J and then
the benediction is pronounced and the
farce i3 ended. The toughest thing
I ever tried to do was to be good at a
watering place. The air is bewitched
with the world, the flesh and the devil
But, my dear friends, take your Bible
along with you, and take an hour for
secret prayer every day. 1 his may
be your last summer. If so, make it
a fit restibule of heaven.
The idea has been transmitted from
generation to generation, that happi-
i . j i i;f.i :
ness is one large turn ueaumui precious
stone, a single gem po rare, that al
search after it is in vain, all effort for
it hopeless. It is not so. Happiness
is a Mosaic, composed of many small
stones. Each taken apart and viewed
i i i iCii. 1 1 i
sinsrlv. may ne oi lime vaiue, dui
when all are grouped together, and
judiciously combined and set, they
form a pleasing and graceful whoie
a costly jewel. Trample not under
foot, then, the little pleasures which a
eracious providence scatters in the
daily path, and which, in eager search
after some great and exciting joy, we
are so apt to overlook. Why should
we always keep our eyes fixed on the
brierht. distant horizon, while there
are so many lovely roses ia the garden
in which c are permitted to walk ?
The very ardor of our chase aftr hap
piness, may ba the reason that she so
often eludes our grasp, w e panungiy
strain after her at hen she has been
graciously brought nigh unto us.
A "Dutch Wife"
In a recently published article giv
ing some account of the island of Java
and the customs of its inhabitants, we
find it says :
A npfpssnrv arnenda?e to a well-
appointed bed in Java is the " Dutch
wife a stick ot bamboo, or other
light and highly-polished wood, five
feet in length, and about two feet in
circumference. This is placed in every
led, and ths relief afforded to the
imbs of a tired sleeper in these long,
hot nights by the presence of this in
nocent and unsophisticated bedfellow
is almost incredible. Waking in the
night, you throw your arm over it,
then moving it up you place it be
neath your neck, lifting your head from
the heated pillows, and at every change
you feel inclined to bless the peculiar
institution, while in the morning you
arise with a hearty benediction on the
consoling " Dutch wife."
There is a man in San Francisco so
exceedingly sharp that Le shaves his
friends without the aid of a razor, and
usp3 only a little soap for the operation.
There is another so excessively thin
that, during the hot weather, he
stretches himself along the clothes-line
during the night, and when the mos
quitoes attempt to alight on him, they
split themselves in two.
There is anotherso particularly siow
that, when he reaches his office, it is
time to return home, and when he gets
there, it is time to start back to the
office ; and the consequence is that he
is never at home or at the office at all.
There is another so very hollow that if
you whisper a secret in his ear, he will
echo it through the whole town in five
minutes. There is another so exceed
ingly solid that he has never had an
empty stomach. There is another so
transparently flat that every one can
see through him like a pane of glass.
There is another so remarkably cool
that when his friemls attempt even to
touch his pockets he freezes them.
There is another so furiously hot that
if you approach him to ask a favor he
will send you to blazes. There is an
other so wonderfully brilliant that
when he calls on his friends they turn
the hose on him to put him out. There
is another, a doctor, at the hospital, so
dull that when he visits his patients
they fall asleep and never waken
Deal Squarely with Your Cnildren
To gain obedience, you must first
set yourself to deserve it. Whatever
you promise your little one, however
small the thing seems to you, and
whatever trouble it costs you, per
form it. Never let the doubt once
enter that innocent mind that you say
what you do not mean, or will not act
up to" what you say. Make as few
Erohibitory laws as you possibly can,
ut once made, keep them. In what
is granted as in what is denied, com
pel yourself, however weary, worried
or impatient, to administer always
even-handed justice. This is a system
much more likely to secur your
child's real affection than all the pet
ting and humoring so generally in
dulged in, to give pleasure or save
trouble, not to your little ones, but to
yourself M'im Muloch.
"Farmer" in the Vicksburg Herald,
writes aa follows : During the month
of October 1875, the writer had three
ewes to lamb, the same ewe? during
the month of March of the present
year, had each twin lambs ; the ewes
originally cost $2 per head, $4.50 per
head has been offered for the lambs,
or in other words $13.50 profit on $2 :
the amount of capital invested, not
saying anything about a six pound
fleece at thirty cents per pound.
The right kind of tiinber for castles
the air sunbeams.
For The Little Folks.
S. W. Presbyterian.
One of the interesting inventions of
these centennial times, is a machine to
save the labor and irksomeness of writ
ing. it is an apparatus for printing
instead ot writing. In front of this
little machine is a bench of keys, each
ot which ha3 a letter engraved on it,
It is operated something in the same
manner as a piano. 1 ouch one of the
keys with your "finger and the corres
ponding letter is made on a sheet of
paper ; and thus you proceed till you
have completed what you would have
desired to write. It saves the trouble
of awkward writing, for every letter is
perfect : but thev are all capitals.
A young friend of ours, who is not
nnlv QAmptrtinnr nf n nflf nrnliQf. KPnria
the following letter, printed by one ot
. J P "
those machines, to a near relative. V e
give it as it is printed that our young
readers may see how such a letter ap
pears to the eye.
He generously acquits the machine
of any responsibility for the spelling.
.but wd must remember that his let
ter is something of an experiment.
And beside that, when the mind of a
young naturalist is burdened with the
loss of a valuable possum, aud the cha
grin of finding nothing but leaves
where he fondly hoped to hnd a crow s
nest, it is not to be expected that he
will pay as much attention to spelling
as if his mind were lree from care,
We think our young readers will-most
of them accept this as a satisfactory
Here is the letter :
n j june 6, 1875
YOU MUST ECU8E ME FOR HOT RUE-
ISO TO YOU A6 EXAMINATION ISI'EAR.
M IS VERY DULL BO I HPE YOU
WILL MAKE THING , S LOOK BRITER BY
YOUK APPEARANCE .
IF YOU SEE ANY MISTAKES IN THE
REST OF THIS LETTER IT IS OWINO TO
MY WWANT OF SKILL RATHER THAN
ANY FAULT WITH THE MACHINE .
I AM BEGINNING A NEW HUT FOR
STORING AWAY THE NESSARYS OF LIFE
SUCH AS BIRDS INSECTS ANIMALS OF
DIFFERENT SORTS ETC. THE OPPOSSUM I
HAD BECAME FASTENED IN THE WALLS
AND THAT IS THE LAST I SAW CF HIM
SINCE THAT FATI.E DAY.
SUMMER HAS COME IN ALL HER TRlDE
THE YOUNG SNAKES ARE SEEN IN EVE
RY BROOK AND THE CROWS ROUSE US
FROM AN EARLY BED WITH THEIR
CHEERFUL SONGS AND VOICES
I HAVE BEGUN A COLLECTION OF
EGGS LATELY AND REDDY TO RUN A
LITTLE RISK TO PROCURE THEM THAT
IS CLIMBING TALL TREES. BUT I AM
OFTEN DISAPOINTED FOR AFTER CLIMB
ING A TALL TREE FOR A CROWS NEST
OR A HAWKS I AM OFFEN DISAPOINTED
AND FIND IT IS NOTHING BUT SOME OLD
LOVE FROM ALL
YOUR AF FECTIONATE NEPHEW
The following is an old story which
went the rounds of the papers long be
fore our young readers were torn. As
it will be new to them we give it as we
find it pleasantly written in an ex
change. Jessie jMcJJonald was hard at work j
at the wash-tub one day, when her lit- j
tie son 1 ergus came rushing into the
room, crying as if his heart would i
" Daddy'll die up there, hesobbed;
' they can't get him down."
" Uie ! up where r exciaimea des-
sie, wringing the soap on ner lianas
and wiping them on her apron.
On the top ot the factory chimney ;
the rope has slipped down, and they
can't get up another, and ths ladders
are all too short."
Jessie flew out of the house and ran
to the foot of the new factory chimney.
She cevered her eyes with her hands.
" Lord help me !" she prayed from the
depths of her anxious heart. A sud
den thought came as an answer to her
" AngTis," she called, " unravel your
stocking, man, and tie a bit of mortar
to the yarn, and Jet it down to me. .
Off came one of Angus' blue socks,
knitted of the best yarn "pun by Jessie
herself. He ravelled it out, tied on the
mortar, and let it down to the
Meanwhile Jtssie had sent for a ball
of stout twine. The end of the twine
she tied to the end of the yarn.
" Now, draw the yarn up Blowly,"
she said. Angus followed her direc
tions ; as the yarn went higher and
higher she let out more twine from the
ball in her hands. What 6teady
hands they were ! no tangling of the
twine or dropping of ball. If she had
been unravelling a clothes' line, she
could not have done it more quietly.
At last Angus called out, "All right,
I've got the twine ; now, what are you
going to do ?"
" Tie on the rope !" exclaimed J es
sie. There was not a sound among the
crowd ; you could have heard a pin
drop, as, with breathless interest, they
watched Jessie at her work.
She tied the rope and twine togeth
er as firmly as a sailor could have done.
Eager eyes watched it ascend higher,
higher, higher, until Angus called out,
" All right, I've got the rope ; stand
from under !"
He secured the rope, came down
hand over hand ah ! one can't tell
about such a thing! The workmen
cried like children, and pressed around
Angus and Jessie with words ot praise
and affection. Then, some one wiser
than the rest said, " Let them go home
alone." And in the little kitchen the
husband wife, and child knelt and
thanked God that their hearth was not
made desolate !
Tie Origin of the Postage Stamp.
The postage stamp was born in Lon
don on the 20th ef Jaunary, 1840, and
England employed it alone for ten
years. France adopted it on the 1st
of January, 1819, and Germany in
1850. According to M. Alphonse
Esquiros, it was a curious incident that
gave rise to the idea of postage stamps,
A traveler was crossing, alwut forty
years ago, a district in the north of
England. He arrived at the door of
an inn, where a postman had stopped
to deliver a letter. A young girl
came out to receive it; she (urned it
over and over in her hand, and asked
tne price of the postage, fins was a
large 6um, and evidently the young
girl was poor, for the jiostman de
manded a shilling. She sighed sadly,
and said that the letter was from her
brother, but that she had no money ;
and so she returned it to the postman.
The traveler was a man who rambled
about the earth for instruction and ob
servation. Having a good heart, he
offered to pay the postage of the letter,
and, in spite of the resistance of the
young girl, he paid the shilling. This
resistance made him reflect. Scarcely
had the postman turned his back than
the young innkeeper's daughter
confessed that it was a trick between
her and her brother. Some signs
marked on the envelope had told her
all that she wanted to know, but the
letter itself contained no writing.
"We are both so poor," she added, j
" and so we invented this mode ot cor
responding and prepaying our letters."
The traveler, continuing his road, asked
himself if a system giving place to such
frauds was not a vicious one.
The sun had not set before Mr. Row
land Hill (that was the name of the
traveler) had planned to organize the
postal service unon a new basis. He
said that in England, where family
ties are strong and where the members
often live far apart, where, too, the
oirit of commerce knows no limits,
the correspondence was only limited by
the cost of the post ; and that by low
ering this barrier, a great service would
be rendered to society without hurting
the resources of the treasury. These
views were acreed to bv the English
government, and on the 10th of Janu
ary, 1840, not more than a penny was
paid for letters which circulated over
the whole extent of the British Isles.
This bold scheme soon surpassed the
hopes of the legislators, len years
ater. in looU.the number ot letters in
creased from 1,500,000 to 7,239,962.
Mr. Rowland Hill occupied in England
the post of secretary to the postmaster-
Strange and Beautiful.
A stranee and beautiful story of a
ittle boy that died, of which, in an im-
rwrfppt vprsian. Mr. Moodv makes fre
quent use in his sermons, !s told truly
by Augusta Moore in the Boston Con
gregaitonalist. The mother of the child,
who is yet lining, is ner irienu, anu uiu
not believe in early religious inst uo
tions. She said, " Wait until the child
is able to understand somethingof what
you mean, before you try to get id as
of sin and redemption, or of heaven
and hell into its mind." Her ideas were
very firmly fixed, and she acted upon
them. She did not know that Eddy,
up to his Bixth year, had so much as
heard of heaven and the name
" Jesus " he clearly did not know. At
the a?e of six he was taken sick : and
lying near to dpath, on his bed, with
his eyes fixed on a corner of the ceil
ing, he aked : " Mamma, what coun
try is it that I see beyond the high
mountains ?" " There are no mountains
here, Eddy. You are with your pa
rents in this room at home," But the
bov insisted that he saw a lieautiful
country, where were children playing
and calling to him ; and said he: "I
cannot git over the mountains.
Mamma, papa, won't you carry me
mi . l . I. V..
acro.-sr men ine niouitr wi-jn, iui
in her heart she felt that her child
was called away. " What country is
it, mamma, that I see," he repeated.
The mother not knowing what else to
say, asked: "Is it heaven, Eddy?"
She told me that she did not know that
the word would carry any meaning to
the child's mind ; but he caught it in
stantly and answered: "Yes, it is
heaven. Oh, who will carry me over
the mountains, the high mountains ?"
His distressed parents tried to quiet
their little one, asking him if he wanted
to leave papa and mamma, and home,
lie lay still and silent for a time, and
thev, anxiously watching him, hoped
that the trouble was past. Eddy kad
never in all his little life tsaid the dear
word "mother;" but euddeply he
turned his face to her, and with his eyes
bright with more than mortal light,
and with voice clear and strorjg as
when he was well, he said : " Mother,
mother, don't vou be afraid. The
strong man has come to carry me over
the mountains. " lhus jixiuy nieu.
Bo iiy's opinion as to his new sister
i'Lov. I suppose I shall have to be
very good, because we have got this
baby, for mother won't want her to be
naughty, and she wui oe u l am.
Ha N-to-mouth existence that of a
A New Orleans paper offers the
sentiment thu: "George Washing
ton First in war, first in peace, and
last in getting a monument."
"An unusually candid suitor con
cluded an offer as follows : " What
remains for me is to assure you that
without vanity, I love myself exceed
ingly well, and can heartily love you
if you will do so too."
Devout mother (to young lady
who is. burning up love-letters on Sun
day) "What are you doing there,
my dear? Are you burning in
cense ?" Young lady " Oh, no, ma ;
I am only burning nonsense."
"Well, how do you like the looks of
the varmint?" said a "South-wester"
to a " down-easter " who was gazing
with round-eyed wonder, and evident
ly for the first time, at a huge alliga
tor. " Wa'al," replied the yankee,
" he ain't what you may call a hansum
critter : but he's got a deal of open
ness when he smiles."
A Hardshell Baptist preached in
Washington lately and took for his
text : " God made man in his own im
age." He then commenced: "An
honest man Is the noblest work of God."
Then he made a long pause, and look
ing searchingly around the audiecce,
excla;med : "But I opine God Al
mighty hasn't had a job in this city for
nigh onto fifteen year's !"
A debtor severely questioned as lo
the reason of his not paying a just
debt, replied, "Solomon was a very
wise man, and Sampson a very strong
one, but neither of them could pay his
debts without money."
At a little gathering the other even
ing a young man asked a lady wheth
er, if his 6mall brother was a lad, he
was not a ladder ; and she kindly said
she thought he must be, she could sec
through him so easily. It is pleasant
to be a young man.
" A passive verb," said a teacher,
" is expressive of the nature ot receiv
ing an action, as, 'Peter is beaten.
Now what did Peter do?" "Well, I
don't know," said the scholar, deliber
ating, "unless ha hollered."
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The latest about it. A Jitue uan-
bury girl was trying to make her doll
sit up straight at the table, nut she
was meeting with difficulty. Finally
she gave it a vigorous slap alongside of
its headland excitedly cried : " You
sit up there, young lady, or not a sin
gle step shall you go with me to the
centennial." The young lady braced
up at once.
" John is so little disturled by poli
tics and panics that he finds time to
hunt up peculiar words, lie gives
'Mississippi,' a word of four syllables
that contains only four different letters ;
' indivisibility,' which has an i f in ev
ery syllable but one, six in ail; and
' facetiously,' which contains all the
vowels in regular older, and so does
A venerable English divine, who
had been dining out the night before,
went into a barter's shop one morning
to be shaved. He saw that the barber
had been getting more drink than was
good for him, for it made his hand
shake very much, and naturally indig
nant, he began to give him a little
moral advice by saying : " Bad thing,
drink !" " Yes," said the barber, " it
makes the skin unco' tender."
"Doctor" said an old lady the
other day to her family physician, "kin
you tell me how it is that some folks
is born dumb?" "Why, hem! cer
tainly, madam," replied the doctor ;
" it is owing to the fact that they come
into the world without the power of
speech." " La. me, remarked the
old lady, " now jest see what it is to
have a physic education ! I've axed
my old man more nor a hundred times
that 'ere same thing, and he couldn't
8aV: . . . i-.i ii
An Arkansas junge oi me oju uniru
who had an office in common with a
Chysician, was at his table, busy with
riefs and bills in chancery. The doc
tor was writing a letter, and pausing
for a moment, called out; "Judge,
isn't e-q-u-i the w?y to spell equinoini
cal?" "Yes, I think it is," said the
Judge ; "but here's Webster's diction
aryI can soon tell you." He ojx-nrtf
the liook and turned over the haves,
repeating aloud, " E-qui-nomiotil
e-quinomical." Finding the projx'r
place, he ran his eye and finger npand
down the column two or three times,
until he was thoroughly satisfied the
word was not there. Closing the lnnik
with a slam, the judge laid his sm-cta-cles
on the table, and rising slowly,
broke forth : " Well, sir, I've always
been a Daniel Webster man, and I
otod for him for president ; but any
person that will write as big a diction
ary as that, and not put as common a
word as e qui nomical in it, can't get
my vote again not once."
" Ruined by his wife extravagance "
ia a remark made of three-fourths of
our bankrupt men. Doubtless it Is
Hue enough in too many cases, but
certainly not all. Some husbands do
not make their financial affairs a topic
of conversation at home, and their
better-halves know less of their hus
bands' affairs than they do of their
neighbor's. Some weeks since a lady
was first informed of her hunband s
suspension by reading an announce
ment in a paper which she accidentally
took up in a store while waiting to have
an order filled. Whether it was pride
or fear that prompted the secrecy can
not be ftated, but what can he ex
pected from wives in the way of true
economy if they are only silent part
ners in the matrimonial copartner
ship? Nothing wounds a tender
hearted, loving wife so keenly as the
knowledge that her husband give her
his confidence. At all times, under
any circumstances, between a married
pair there should be perfect confidence
as far as matters appertaining to each
other, or affecting each other"s inter
est are concerned.