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PAYING TEE PENALTY.
It Was Sympathy He Wanted.
(Grace King, in Harper's Weekly.)
Well, what do you want?" asked the
Mayor, as the old man finally looked in
the door. He had been passing and re
passing in front of the office all noon,
oscillating in indecision. He was from
the country-a thin old fellow, with
small blinking eyes and wrinkled face.
His limp red hair had attained a sort of
uncertain gray. In and out the furrows
of his shallow chin a sparse beard bris
tled, leaving quite bare spots here and
there where he had rubbed oft the hair,
rubbing with such a hard, horny hand,
year after year, in moments of indeci
sion-evidently the majority of the mo
ments of his life. His mouth had been
shaped by a pipe, which, drawing down
the corner of it, drew all the wrinkles of
his face into it as into a drain.
"You the Mayor of this town?" The
words slid without inflection or emphasis
on to a thin, drawling, nasal voice.
"Yes. What do you want?"
"Nothin', sir; nothin' in perticlar-"
There was a pause, as if cogent reasons
in his mind were giving him arother
warning. He fastened his eyes on the
Mayor's face as if he were examining
"I only want sympathy, sir-sympa
He closed his mouth suddenly, all to
the pipe hole, and began rubbing his chin
again. The solution of his doubts this
time resulted in his conveying his com
munication in a monotonous undertone
to himself, waiving all claims to a hear
ing, which rested entirely in the volition
of the Mayor. The small eyes impar
tially looked unmeaningly into space.
"It's only that boy o' mine. I've had
a powerful lot o' trouble with that boy
o' mine. I've nussed him, I've 'tended
him, I've labored with him, and I-I
I've prayed ove. him; I've prayed over
that boy o' mine." He looked at the
Mayor for some expression over this last
"Oh, your boy in trouble?"
"He was tack up today, and jedged.
He's looked up over there." He stopped
rubbing his chin topointin the direction
of the town jail.
"Locked up, eh? What was the matter?"
"Resisted the perlice, they call it. A
feller tried to 'rest him. He knocked
him down, my boy did."
"Resisting the police, eh? resisting the
authority of the law? Well, I'm very
glad he's looked up. You country people
think you can come into this town and
run it just as you please. No, sir;if you
all don't like this town, you can keep
away; but if you do come here, you come
on our terms, and you've got to behave
- yourseives." The Mayor very generously
reissued this fragment of the peroration
of his morning's decision.
"You're right, sir; you're perfectly
right. I ain't sayin' nothin'; I ain't com
'; I only- come for sympathy.
y told me you was a gentleman, sir.
I ain't got nothin' to say, sir; I only
come for sympathy. I'm a stranger here
myself; I ain't been here before in twenty
year-not sence before the boy wuz
born. I've nussed that boy, I've'tended
him, and I've prayed over him"-relaps
ing into audible meditation. "He as
good's had no mother. I helt him with
ene hand while I' stritched' her with
t'other-my old woman. She died the
fust thing after he wuz born, my old
woman did. He wuz that puny and tiny
and red, there wuz no teilin' which eend
from t'other 'cept by the sqauilin'."
"Well,-I reckon he'll never learn his
duty to the law younger."
"The old woman warn't much of a
help or comfort either," without noticing
the interruption. "I dont know as old
women ginerally is. Always a-quarnrellin'
and a-complainin'anda-settin' by the fire.
Butashe let' the boy to me, the old
woman did, ef she did~die herself. I-I
-ryve prayed over that boy; yes, sir, I've
paed over him. We was a-goin' back
"One night in the look-up won't hurt
"No, sir; thats true. It won't hurt
him- it won't hurt him a mite-one night
in the lock-up. He lout, an'eussed, an'
kicked, an' scritehed, like a painter, my
bodid. He didn't want to go to the
lokuthat's a fact. He tared rouind
"How much fine was it besides?"
"Twenty-five dollars, sir."
"Twenty-five? Well, I can't .let him
come down here and clean out the town
and invalid the whole police force for
less than that."
"There's always something happenin'
to that b6y ever sence that old woman
died. The fust time I washed him he
most drownded in the piggin o' water.
He could scarcely crawl' fore he went to
wailer in the fire. He's fell down and
broke his arm. He's shot his self acci
dental. He'scout his self all over with
knives and hatchets and axes. Every
thing that could cut has cut that boy."
"How much money have you got?"
"Me!" The old fellow's hand stopped
of itself in astonishment. His jaws fell;
the pipe, if it had been in place, would
have broken to pieces on the ground.
"Me? I 'ain't got no money. I come
from the mountain."
"What did you come to town for, if
you haven't got any money?"
"The boy, he wanted to come. He
wanted to see a town for once in his life.
No~brung a live 'coon with him, sir, what
*he caught, and some skins-otter-skins."
"Well, what did he do with them?"
"Traded 'em off, sir. A side o' green
meat wuz what he calkerlated on. But
he took boots, sir-boots to come up
outside o'his breeches." He gesticulated
toward the place where, under more favor
able circumstances, the calf of his leg
might have been visible under the patch
.ed trousers. "They wuz handsome
boots. He wouldn't take 'em lust.
Wanted me to hey 'em. Me with boots
outside o' my breeches!" He would have
smiled if his mouth had known how.
"Suppose I mate the tine five dollars?"
"That's reasonable, sir; that's reason
able. But just as you please. sir. I've
had a mighty heap o' trouble with that
boy. I've nussed-"
"You look around and see if you can't
scrape up - the money, and be in the
court-room early tomorrow mornig.
The next morning by daylight the
Mayor was summoned. Ashe descended
.the stairs of his residence he saw a gray
ish-red hea4 cautiously thrust inside the
front door and withdrawn four or five
"Hello! What are you doing here this
hour of the morning?"
"Nothin', sir; only to see you ain't
"Well, I haven't."
"He's there, sir; there in the lock-up,
my boy is. He's a-waitin' there for you.
I set up with him all night, on the out
side. I wuz bound to be there. He
wrenched the bar out, an' he drapped
out,'most on top o' me."
"The devil he did!"
"Heain'tcalkerlated to spend the night
away from me. He never did that sence
he wuz born. No, sir. But he went
back fair and square, climbed right back,
when Ilexplained to him; an' he staid
thar all night, in the lock-up.- He wuz
wouldn't talk much; he didn't want to
disturb no one. We only looked at each
other, sir. I've had a powerful heap o'
trouble along o'that boy. I nussed him;
I'tended him;Iactually prayed over him;
"Here! I can't stay any longer." C
"You wouldn't take these here for the
fine, would you? Tney mought fit yon." t
He fetched the hand that did not attend
to his chin from behind his back and i
held up a pair of boots.
"He tuck 'em right off, my boy did.
He said he didn't warnt the darn things i
noways; he'd ruther go barefoot all his i
life. He's there, sir, in the lock-up, a
waitin' on me. He said he'd wait on me, 1
an' he won't go back on his word. But i
he's in a mighty hurry to go home, my
boy is. He's done said he'd stay there, E
though, twell I come back. He allers ]
stays if I stays. When the old woman ]
went off and died, he staid with me. He
could 'a went and died as easy as not.
A missable, puny-"
"I said five dollars, and I stick to it- )
here!" The door closed, and the Mayor
retired up-stairs. The old man looked
at the five-dollar bill which had been
thrust into his hand. "They told me the
Mayor was a gentleman, and they told
me to come to him for sympathy."
THE SWAMP ANGEL.
Gen. W. W. H. Davis's Account of the
To the Editor of The News and Couri
er: The enclosed account of the "Swamp
Angel battery, by Gen. W. W. H. Davis,
United States Army, commanding
troops on James and Morris islands
during the year 1864 and 1865 and now
pension agent at Philadelphia, may be
found on pages 252-3 of his history of
the 104th Pennsylvania regiment, and
to a certain extent settles the fact as to
the battery, which a writer in your paper
of last week claimed was a matter of
"The most famous battery used by
our forces in the operations before
Charleston was that which has since be
come historic under the name of the
"There was never a reality for the
name it achieved, except in the fact that
the shells from its guns were thrown a
greater distance than ever before from
a battery on a level, or nearly so, with
the point of attack.
"It was determined early in the siege
to build a battery out in the marsh be
tween Morris and James islands in the
hope that shells could be thrown into
"The spot selected was about a mile
from Morris Island and south of a line
running from our left battery to the
city, on the edge of a deep creek, which
made a good wet ditch. It was in the
midst of a marsh, and a pole could be
run down sixteen feet before coming to
"The active part of the work was
assigned to a lieutenant of engineers,
who, upon being shown the place where
the battery was to be erected, said the
thing was impossible. The Colonel re
plied that there was no such word as
impossible in the matter and that the
battery must be built where he had
"To encourage the doubting lieuten
ant, he was told he -id permission to
call for anything that he required for
the work. The next day this officer
made a -requisition on the department
quartermaster for one hundred men
eighteen feet high, to wade through mud
sixteen feet deep.
"After making the requisitionhe went
to trhe surgeon of the regiment to in
quise if he could splice the eighteen feet
men if they were furnished him.
"Tnis piece of plasantry cost the
lieutenant his arrest, which, however,
did not last long, and the battery was
constructed by men of ordinary stature.
"It was built mostly of sand bags,
and General Gillmore told me that the
sand, labor and bags cost the Govern
"it was begun on the 4th and finished
on the 19th of August. A 200-pounder
Parrott was mounted on it.
"The distance from Charleston in a
straight line was (8,800) eighty-eight
hundred yards, and for the projectile to
reach its destination the gun had to be
fired at an elevation of thirty-five (35)
"Three shells, fired with a piece of
port fire, fell in the streets of Charles
ton, but the strain on the gnwas so
great that it burst at the ' y-fourth
or thirty-fifth discharge,
"Two mortars were afterwards mount
ed in the battery and remained there
through the winter..
"Sergt. Fuller, Company A, New
York Volunteer Engineers, has the
honor of suggesting the historic name
the battery bears."
The Blackvlme Fire.
BLACETILLE, May 16.-A little over one
year ago the town of Blackville was almost
totally destroyed by tire. On that occasion
the southern half of the town was destroyed
and now the northern half is in ashes. The
fire broke out about 2 o'clock this morning.
The losses, as near as can be ascertained,
are as follows: J. L. Morrison & Co., build
ings and stock, $18,000; insurance $7,800;
C. E. Gyles, buildings and stock, $8,000:
insurance $7,200; Able & Able, buildings
and stock, $8,000; insurance $4,000: T. P.
Gr'ves, buildings and stock, $4,500; insur
ance $2,400; L. F. Wood & Co., building
and stock, $3,000; insurance $1,800; C. C.
Rush, building and stock, $2,000; no in
surance; Disher & Pickrumn, buildings and
stock, $2,000; no insurance; James Kelly,
stock, $:300;. no insurance; W. R. Kelly,
building and furniture, $1,500; no insur
ance; A. A. Henderson, furniture, $300;
no insurance; Mrs. M. Kearse, building.
$200; no insurance; W. S. M~oss, tinner,
loss $200: no insurance; Fred Nix, stock,
$500; no insurance.
PIANOS AND ORGANS.
We are prepared to sell Pianos and
Organs of the best make at factory
prices for Cash or easy Instalments.
Pianos from $210 up; Organs from $24
up. The verdict of the people is that
they can save the frright and twenty-five
per cent. by buying of us. Instruments
delivered to any depot on fifteen days'
trial. We pay freight both ways if not
satisfactory. Order and test in your
own homes. Respectfully,
N. W. TRUMP,
* - Columbia, S. C.
DEan Mn. Enon:-Won't you please
tell your male readers that $3 will buy a
fine, strong and serviceable pair of
pats, raade to order by the N. Y. Stan
dard Pants Co., of 66 University Place,
New York city? By sending 6 cents in
postage stamps to the above firm, they1
will send to any address 25 samples of
cloth to choose from, a fine linen tape
measure, a full set of scientific measure
ment blanks and other valuable informa
tion. All goods are delivered by them
through the U. S. Maiis. A novel and
practical idea. Advise your readers to
try the firm. They are thoroughly re
liable. Yours truly,
* - WmrLIA VA DERBmT.
The bar steward of the steamship Alaska:
says that on one trip from the United
Sates last summer his receipts netted $3,5003
CALHOUN AND CLESISON.
ieminiscences of a Visit to Fort Hil--Facts
About its Owner.
The tidings have recently come of the
leath of the Hon. T. C. Clemson. Mr. n
31emson's close relationship to one of ti
he greatest, if got the greatest, of I
tmerican statesmen, John C. Calhoun, t
enders him a personage of special inter- a
,st to the American people. e
The name of Calhoun is a synonym of s,
ill that is excellent in American states- c
nanship. The largest brained man our n
ountry has ever produced, one of the
mmortal trio of great national leaders, I
he embodiment of the grand principles b
f pure Democracy (not the degenerate t:
stuff now called Democracy) a man
>ossessing an intuitive insight into the a
problems of government, Calhoun stands t
eerless in American history. Mr. Clem- n
on married the only daughter of Cal- i
ioun, and was himself for a long while r
proininent in public life, having once t
lled the position of United States min- a
ister to some foreign country-Belgium, '
[ think. -S
It was once y pleasure to visit Mr. a
Clemson in his Fort Hill residence, the a
old homestead of Mr. Calhoun. The t
residence is one of exquisite beauty,
situated on a high point overlooking the I
Seneca River, in what is called the "up- 1
country" of South Carolina. It is four I
miles from Pendleton, which is on the I
Blue Ridge Railroad, and about eight X
miles from Seneca City, at the crossing c
of that road and the Atlanta and Rich
mond Air Line Railroad. My visit was
in the spring of 1877. Mr. Clemson
lived in this country villa all alone. His 1
wife had been dead some years, his only i
son had been killed in a railroad acci
dent, and his only daughter was living a
with a relative, a Mrs. Lee, I think. a
According to an old custom I was in- a
vited to breakfast with him. The meal,
though simple enough, was served in c
the old-time style, in elaborate table- a
ware, silver plate, &c. The meal was
concluded with lucious strawberries of a
three varieties, sweet and juicy. After t
breakfast we went to the drawing-room, x
and Mr. Clemson brought out his pipes a
and tobacco-several varieties of each. ]
He offered his guest a pipe, which was a t
century old, made of blue soapstone, a
weighing not less than a pound, and
having an Indian's head elaborately
carved on it. He said that this pipe was c
given by Indians to Mrs. Calhoun's i
father in treating for the Fort Hill place f
The visitor was at length conducted c
to a most elegant parlor, and was shown a
the exact spot on the rich carpet where c
Mr. Clemson stood when he was united
in marriage to Miss Calhoun, the old i
gentleman dwelling on these sacred
memories.until the mist gathered in his a
eyes. Around every object in the room
seemed to cluster many pleasant associa
tions with the loved departed. t
The next place of interest visited was t
the library of Mr. Calhoun, a circular E
building in the beautiful grass-carpeted t
yard, with an ice house under it. Mrs.
Calhoun used to say that she had the
ice house under the library to keep her t
husband's head cool. There-all around
the room-were the literary treasures of
the great statesman, the largest and
choicest private library I have ever seen,
with one exception. In the centre of
the room upon a stand was a life-size
plaster of Paris bust of Mr. Calhoun.
Mr. Clemson was an ardent lover of 1
science and literature, and upon any
subject he could entertain with all
the fascination of a charming romance.
How beautiful and thrillingly interesting
the most commonplace subject became<
under his magie touches. After a lapse
of eleven years I remember with great
vividness his luminous utterances upon
one or two questions of mineralogy and<
electricity, which came up incidentally in
He seemed to dwell continually on the
memory of the grandeur of Mr. Calhoun' <
great name and great fame. In the midst
of his enthusiastic eulogies on the ilust-]
rious statesman he asked his guest if he
ad ever read certain of Calhoun's books.
His look of inexpressible surprise at a
confession of total ignorance of the
books referred to will never be forgotten.i
It caused his guest to feel that he had 1
failed in the one great end of life
mastery of the writings of the illustrious
While so thoroughly acquainted with
all departments of science there was one
most important branch of knowledge to<
which he was a stranger--the knowledge
of a divine Saviour. He would say:
"These historical records in your Bible
are doubtless correct, because they are
supported by reliable historians; but all
the miracles that is related were doubtless
due to some mental hallucination, cr to 1
the fondness for the supernatural which
then existed. I do not take any of the 1
miracles which you Christians believe
in." Although he was very courteous,t
he could not be persuaded to believe
these tobe divine books. In this state5
of mind I suppose he died, but hope
His ruling idea at that time was the
establishment of a State agricultural .in-t
titution, and I remember how enthusi-t
astic and eloquent he grew as he spoke
of the excellencies of Fort Hill for such
an institute. New that he is dead his
lovely home and an additional legacy is
bequeathed to South Carolina for the
ccomplishment of his favorite scheme.
How appropriate that this beautiful
place, with all of its sweet memories of
te illustrious statesan, should become
the nucleus of an institution for training
those whotill the soil of the State he
oved so well. L. S. Fosrza.
Carrollton, Miss., May 3.
B. B. B.
(Botanic Blood Bahn.)
The great Blood Purifier and Tonic.
[t cures Serofula, Kidney Troubles,
Catarrh, Skin Humors, Rheumatism,
Eruptions, Boils, etc., and is a wonder
(Botanic Blood Balm.)a
The great Blood Purifier and Tonic.
[t cures Scrofula, Kidney Troubles, f
atarrh, Skin Humors, Rheumatism, 1
Erptions, Boils, etc., and is a wonder-i
A base ball field is no good that hasn't
ies on it sometimes.
Au old beau is ns'v.r partial to matri
nonial ties. i
The New York Dry Goods Chronicle and
yher trustworthy trade organs congratu
ate the country on the excellent prospects
f business during the year on account of
he absence of any disturbing element in
:he political situation.
The Czar's invitation to the powers tot
end representatives to watch the mnanma- e
rres of his army, while certainly apropos, ~
leems at the present stage of uncertainty
md doubt, not to say alarm in English
luarters oyer mnilitr matters, a trifle
rim. Various state ents have been cir
ulated regarding the supposed weakness h
>f the Russian army, all of which ema S
iated from enemies who were anticipating E
he possibility of facing the forces they G
naligned. The stories have been for the si
nost part devoid of .truth. No army in tI
Europe is on a better footing than the al
TRICK ANIM LS.
Some Funny Things at Barnum's.
(Allan Forman in Harper's Young People)
There is hardly a boy or girl who is
ot interested in training pets to do
icks. Whether it is only to teach old
'ray to jump over a stick, or little Jip
> stand up oh his hind-legs and beg for
bit of meat, or the more ambitious
[forts with the pony, the intent is the
nie towad the education of our dumb
ompanions and toward making them
Not the least interesting features of
tarnum's Circus this season are the ex
ibitions of trained animals, and the
oup of four performing seals have quite
taken the town," as the saying is. A
sl is naturally a very intelligent crea
are; from the shape of the head you will
otice that the forehead is higher, there
more room for brain, and that its head
iore nearly approaches in shape that of
he human head than that of any other
nimal, except, perhaps, the monkey.
'he eyes are singularly mild and expres
ive, and the animals are docile and
ffectionate in dlisposition. The four
peeimens which are with Mr. Barnum
his year are dog-faced seals from the
forth Sea, and are the propety of Mr.
errman Cassa, the trainer. They are
ery fond of him, and after they once
egin to learn, they exhibit a truely
uman love of applause, and a desire to
erfect themselves in their tricks. Their
rwner has taught them to make a noise
rhich is not unlike singing, and they
ill frequently rehearse their choruses
rhen they are alone in their cages,
:eeping time with each other just as they
lo before an audience. It takes about
ix months to train seals beiare they can
ppear in public, but after they once get
n idea of what is wanted of them, they
re very quick to learn.
Mr. Cassa has taught Bob, the oldest
If the quartette, the bad habit of smoking
pipe, and he really seems to like it,
rhile Toby is more "dudish" in his tastes,
nd prefers cigarettes. Baby, who is only
wo years old, has developed a talent for
music, and. strums quite a respectible
ecompaniment upon a guitar, while
.ady turns a hand organ. They go
brough a drill, play on a dram, cymbals,
nd tambourine, ringa bell, and shoot a
un and revolver at the word of com
mand. The strangely human expression
f their eyes, and their evident delight
a the applause of the audience, acid
reatly to the charm of the performance.
ey have become so civilized that the
only remaining traces of their wild nature
re shown when they recieve their dinner
f raw fish. Then they growl at each
ther and tear their food in a most
Jut the seals are only one of the many
,tiractions at the great circus. When I
rent around among the animals with the
superintendent of the menagerie a short
ime ago, a baby camel had just come to
own, the second born in the show this
eason. It was a queer long-legged crea
ure, and looked for all the world like a
aricature of its grotesque mother, which
ras wonderfully proud and tender with
he youngster, and evidently reguarded
t as one of the most beautiful and pre
ious of living creatures. While she
vas gratified with Mr. Conkling's notice
f her offspring, she evidently had her
loubts about me, and more than half
uspected that I had some evil designs
gainst her long-necked weak-kneed
)aby, which with the confidence of
routh tried to chew the buttons off my
Though the present Superintendent
sas only been with the Barnum show for
>e season, he is on the best of terms
ith all the animals, and shakes hands
ith the big lion, and scratches the
iger's neck with a familiarity which is
uite awe-inspiring. To be successful
s an animal-trainer a man must be
atient, firm, even-temperd, and abso
utely devoid of fear. He must win the
onfidence and the respect as well as the
ffection of the animals in his charge.
Ie must be always on the alert, for with
nany of the larger and more savage
inimals a single moment of carelessness
nay cost the trainer his life.
Mr. Wotson, withhis troupe of trained
logs, has no such fear: his jolly pets go
rough their acts for the fun of the
hing. They jump hurdles, run races,
sd dance, and while they are sitting on
heir stools impatiently waiting their
urn to perform, they keep time to the
nusic of the band with their tails, while
>e excitable, halfbreed Eskimo terrier,
rhose specialty is the turning of back
tomersaults, jumps down from his perch
it intervals, and relieves his feelings by
few somersaults on his own account.
hen his turn comes on the programme
ie can hardly wait his master's signal,
ut turns over and over around the cir
ular stage until he looks like an animna
ed ball of gray hair. He is one of those
stors who like to give the whole show
hemselves, and evidently feels very un
appy when he is not occupying the
rhole attention of the audience.
A pig is not a very pretty animal, nor
it generally regarded as very intel
igent; yet Robin Raffin has managed to
each his trio of porchine pupils to go
hrough anumber of very amusing trick.
hey run steeple-chases, with monkeys
n their backs for jockeys, and the old
lack Spanish pig, dressed as a nurse,
iheels the little white pig, arraying in
aby-clothes, around the big ring in a
erablator. The pigs are stupid,
ibstinate brutes though, and lack the
'ivacity of rhe seals and dogs.
But here comes with his keeper a most
emarkable bird. It is a gigantic duck,
nd as it waddles into the ring quacking,
riggling its stump of a tail, and flap
>ng its wings, all its actions are so duck
ike that one can hardly believe that it is
tot genuine. Presently it goes out, and
great rooster struts into the ring, crows
>roudly, and goes through a perfor
nance, and in tarn is followed by a
urkey and a most motherly and fussy
>d hen, who clucks and scratches around
if she had a hundred chickens depen
Lent upon her exertions. It would
Inost seem that Mr. Barnum had
othered together a Brobdingnagian
arm-yard, and you marvel at the intel
ience of the fowls until you see the
npersonator, a young Englishman, who
an talk hen and turkey language as well
s well as English.
Boys often ask how to train animals,
nd whether it be an elephant, a lion, a
eal, a pig, a horee, or a dog, the answer
3always the same-patience, kindness,
rmness, good temper, and good judg
aent. If your pupil makes a mistake,
orrect it gently, but firmly; if he does
rrong wilfully, panish him severely, bat
rithout anger. That is the way all the
nimals at Barnum's are trained, and it
Sthe only successful way to teach any
bing, whether it be a canary-bird or an
Lphant, a monkey or--shall we say a
The Bfrazilian legation in Washington
as receivedl informnation from Rodrigo
ilva, Minister of Foreign Affairs, that the
razilian Parliament has approved the
oernlent bill completely abolishing
~very, and that it had been sanctioned by
ie Regent on the 13th inst. The Minister
so states that this action met with extra
linary manifestations of joy.
SUPERSTITIONS OF THE STAGE.
The Opinion of London Professionals on
Omens and the Like.
Mr. Toole, the comedian, being interviewed
on the subject, says that although not in
tensely superstitious himself, he still believes
in ghosts-not the ordinary ghosts, however,
but one that walks every week-on pay day.
As for omens, he confesses that when he
passes the theatre at 7:30 and sees a crowd of
people right across the street waiting for the
doors to open, he usually considers the omen
Mr. Edward Terry, another popular
London actor, is very fond of Friday. He
says that his new pieces have invariably been
produced on that day, and that he usually
travels with a company of thirteen players.
The same boldness is a characteristic of Mr.
Marius. His opinions of stage superstitious
are as follows:
"I would rather produce a successful play
on a Friday than a bad one on a Saturday. I
would rather receive ?13 than ?12 at any
time. I would rather sit down thirteen to a
good dinner than twelve to a bad one. I do
not believe in unlucky theatres or unlucky
actors, but I believe in a good play, well
acted, drawing good houses, wherever it may
be. If there is one superstition I have it is
to get the best of everything at the cheapest
On the other hand, Mrs. Bernard-Beere
confesses that she is exceedingly superstitious.
Miss Millward is even more so and Miss
Fanny Lslie, the burlesque actress, consid
ers it unlucky to place an umbrella on the
prompt table, and also to drop the play part
during rehearsal. Black cats she believes are
very lucky, but she will never sign a con
tract on Friday. Miss Letty Lind has also
some strong opinions on the same subject.
*-I am peculiar enough," says Miss Lind, "to
believe the number thirteen to be very lucky.
It was the number of ny dressing room at
the Gaiety theatre when a London audience
was kind to me for the first time. On my
return to that theatre I shall ask to bo
allowed to have the same room. At one
time I went to see a manager and met a
woman with an evil eye, or rather a cross
eyed women. I walked deliberately home
again, knowing that the manager in ques
tion would not believe in me. White flowers,
I believe, are very unfortunate. Go under a
ladder I will not. And I have found that if
I happen to meet any one on the stairs wvhen
I am going on for a dance I don't get an en
From these few examples it may be seen
that the' English actors and actresses, though
not quite so superstitious as their French
brothers and sisters, are yet not wholly free
from the same influences.-Philadelphia
An Extraordinary Mental Power.
I know of a case where the person who
recognized evidence of a power of influ
encing another's mind through some sym
pathetic action, was most unwilling to be
convinced. He was a doctor and opposed to
all belief in faith cures, and to all which
seemed to favor the doctrine that mind can
influence mind. He had conceived also a
strong feeling of personal dislike for tho
thought reader-an American of some :eleb
rity or notoriety, I will not say which. . He
offered himself as a "subject," believing
that the exhibition was chiefly humbug, the
other "subjects" mostly confederates. He
mentally located a "pain"-that is, he
thought of a pain-in a particular nerve.
To his surprise the thought reader began to
pass his hand over his (the exhibitor's)
right jaw, and presently marked with his
finger the precise course of the nerve along
which the doctor had imagined the pain to
We see in such experiments an inchoate
form of the power which seems in some
cases to have been possessed by persons un
der strong mental emotion, of influencing
others at a distance. I do not know how
the evidence can be rejected showing that
on certain occasions such power has been
exerted-usually without any conscious
effort. It seems much more incautious to
reject the evidence than to admit the ex
istence of such a power-not, however, as
something supernatural, nor even as pre
ternatural or extra natural, but simply as a
quality not yet explained or understood, and
recognized, as it seems to merit, special in
vestigation.-Richard A. Proctor in Boston
Globe. _____ __
The Wife of Theodore Thomas.
Very few people know anything of Thomas
domestic side, which is a very happy one.
Sonme twenty years ago Miss Porter, who
teaches the farfamed girls' schools at Farm
ington, Conn., undertook to educate a young
girl to be her assistant and eventual successor.
Just about the time she had erammed her full
of Greek and the higher mathemlatics she very
unwisely invited a certain musical German
up to the school to lecture before her pupils
on orchestral effects and composition. The
learned young graduate followed the example
of other young women less learned, and fell
promptly in love with th .lecturer. He was
wiso enough to return it md Miss Porter lost
an assistant, while Theodore Thomas gained
It is the proud and uncontradicted boast of
this classical and mathematical scholar that
in all thie past twenty years her husband has
eaten but three inferior meals in his own
house. She comes of a race of "notable"
New England housekeepers, and the inherited
instinct is so strong that the theory that
learned women are lacking in domesticity
if true-has no demonstration in her. They
are a thoroughly affectionate and congenial
couple, and Mr. Thomnas' domestic existence
is as happy as his public career has been
great..There is a pretty daughter just growing
up who does not appear to greatly resemble
either piarenit, as she is but a mediocre mu
sician, and despite the fact of being a student
at the Harvard Annex, is considerably more
concerned with the fashions than with dif
ferential calculus.-Brooklyn Eagle.
liewitchingly Dainty Handkerchiefs.
The bewitch' g attractions of dainty hand
kerchiefs have no end. From the cobweh of
filmy India linen to the almost solid tracery
of French handwork in bud, leaf and blossom,
there appears to be no style lacking or. want
unsupplied. Plain hemstitched liandlkerahiefs
of sheer linen B.,i'e, and always wvill be,
the y: ide of fastidious women of quiet tastes.
They are, like all fine, delicate fabrics, the
essential possession of the gentlewoman.
These come in prices ranging from fifty cents
to $2 for fine goods. The French eumbroidered
handkerchiefs mare veritable works of art, anid
the deeply wrought borders are seen in both
white and delicate tints. The sheer lawn
kerchiefs, with double hemstitching and em
broidery, are considered more elegant for
dress, than lace trimmed styles, which are
rather under a cloud at present. Crepe-lisse
hadkerchiefs embroidered in yellow, lilac,
pink or blue silk, are lovely, but perishable.
-New York Post.
WThy So Called.
Some furnishing goods stores niow keep
what they call bachelor's unmdershirts. These
garments are named, and derive their pop
ularity. from the fact that they are made
entirely w.ithout buttons.-Exchange.
A dashing young lady is apt to throw a
If you want to know what a sliding scale
is try to handle a wet fish.
When big ideas get into little minds
something is bound to spread. It is usually
Weights for window sashes are now
made out of old tin cans and scraps of tin
from the mannufactories, and consequently
old tin has risen in price from nothing to
seven dollars per ton.
British law holds a broid shieldi over the
ives of domestic animals, making it a mis
emeanor to poison them or to kill them in
ny manner, even though they stray on to
your premises. Cats and dogs as well as
horses and cattle are brought within the
ange of the law.
GENERAL NEWS NOTES.
Items of ;Interest Gathered from Various
.The Missouri Republican State Conven
tion met at Sedalia and elected Blaine dele
gates to the Chicago Convention.
The Missouri Republican State Conven
tion has nominated E. E. Kimball, of Ver
non county, for Governor.
Senators Allison, Aldrich, Iliscock, Beck
and Harris have been designated a sub
committee to compile a taritf bill as a sub
slitute for Mills's bill.
The Republican State Convention of Ne
braska has elected delegates to the Chicago
Convention. They are uninstructed, but
Secretary Fairchild has approved the de
sign of the new twenty-dollar silver certifi
cates bearing an excellent likeness of the
late Secretary Manning.
Nearly $000,000 had been raised up to
May 10 for foreign missions of that $1,000,
000 centennial fund which the Northern
Presbyterian Church has undertaken to
The National Convention of the Equal
Rights party in session at I)-s Moines, in..
nominated ~Belva A. Lockwood for Prei
dent, and Alfred H. Love of Philadelphia
for Vice President.
Capt. Reagan, a former conductor of the
East Tennessee, Virginia and Geogia
Road, is now in Florida making a fortune.
He recently made $75,000 on a $1,500 in
vestment in real estate during the boom.
During the roll in the New York State
Republican Convention yesterday, when
the name of Chauncey M. Depew was read,
it was received with a perfect storra of ap
Melville E. Stone. founder and editor of
the Chicago News, has sold his entire in
terest to Victor F. Lawson, who has been
the publisher since shortly after the laily
News was stArted.
The Republican Convention of the 7th
Virginia district at Charlottesville has
elected Senator Rildleberger and ex-Sena
tor Lewis delegates to the Chicago Conven
tion. They favor Blaine.
At Cincinnati the Union Tabor Conven
tion has adopted a platform and nominated
A. J. Streeter, of Illinois, for President,
and Charles E. Cunningham, of Littlk
Rock, for Vice-President.
The third day of the Texas international
and inter-State drill and celebration was
devoted to the dedication of the new State
capital building. The military and civic
demonstration in honor di the event has
probably never been equalled in any State.
Thomas Greshamn, railroad employec, wa:
shot andl killed in Atlanta yesterday by
George Eddleman, real estate agent.
Gresham had expressed himself as favora
ble to secret societies. when Eddleman,
who was drunk, pulled out a pistol ant
A New Turk business man has a nove]
method of refreshing his memory. Wher
he has something important to attend ti
the next day, he writes himself a posta
card, reminding him of the matter, and
finding the card among the mail the nex1
morning, attends to it the first thing.
The thirteen-year-old son of H. 1M
Vaughn, a well-to-do farmer residing nea
Jackson, Ga., hanged himself in the bare
Tuesday night with the wagon lines. H<
was the family pet, and grief over a slighl
whipping with a switch, administered bh
his mother, is supposed to have been tht
cause of the suicide.
On Wednesday night Felix Jones caller
at the residence of Mrs. Stanford in At
lanta to escort her daughter to church
Dan Stanford, brother of the girl, play
fully pointed a pistol at Jones, when i
was discharged accidentally, the bullet en
tering Jones's head. Jones died in a few
hours. The coroner's verdict was deatl
The employees of Singer, Nimick & Co.
iron manufacturing company, of Pittsburg
Va., have been notitied that their wages
will be reduced 10 per cent. on May 28
The advance granted in February, 1887
and the proposed redurction will make wage:
the same as they were prior to that ad
vance. About a thousand men are affected
The Tennessee State Democratic Con.
vention, which .has been in session sinc<
last Wednesday, has nominated Governo1
Robert L. Taylor for re-election. The op
position, which had been fighting him or
every occasion, surrendered and the fortietl
ballot resulted virtually in his nominatiot
by acclamation, as he received nearly ever:
A dispatch from Pittsfield, Ill., says
The break in the Mississippi levee increase:
and 102.000 acres of land that have beet
protected will soon be in the bottom of at
immense lake. Owners and tenants ar<
hurrying to the uplands for personal
safety, leaving most of their property ti
the Iloods. Hundreds of families are
camped in the open fields out of reach o!
the water, having no place to go. A colc
rain has set in, making their desolatior
more dreary and complete.
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