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It la not alwny HUnHhlna
' ' In tUiR bright wnrlitof our,
Sharp thornn anil woeili sjrow thlokciit
Amid tho lninat flower ;
- In liulu, howo'ur ontlelnff,
I.urk wormloW itt tlio core;
r'oruunh one' hrea nnl butter
Tlinrv U a Hnnilnd flour.
, i In ItHtrntii Milk there' oottnii)
' i In ilowlnjr troMiw rnU,
i j In anilines, noft and tmowv,
Tho akin of TliomiMOitt;
In IloU'H form tliiire' wlmleuono,
On Voiiuh' lips eariiilno,"
' Old boot are thrown In nhorry
' ' To make Madeira wlnu. 1
Tho lvt of Rohlon buttor
(,r ( Ttinllnrnt of niil brandy i ' ': '
, v t '. i iHiuitctd'Hirto ' lMinr.lnn;
. , , l'Uo fragrant lonf o( Culm , , ,
, , ; la cousin to saitor-kraut i
. Too oftmi uro tbu uillkiuuii' oniu
HtiplmilHhod lit thu apout.
II thou, your reputation
'' I ifove uiilto vnflt to air,
I'rny, how then' doii It diner '
I ')' : Horn niOHt tiling HooiiilMB fair? ! ,
. j '' I ' I A"'d whj! hi-hp "iHleiMctUmi
. JIocuiiho thrwujh jiio no doubt
' Voil brolm the 'levenlh commandment
; .".i 1 ' ."Thou halt not ho found out I" .
'. ' Puck'. '
k,011 Mo Not Dead." !
.'. .:, ', ' -. .' -
Call mo not dnnd'wlinn I, Indued, have gone
Into tho coinrmny of tho otor-livlnK
; , Jllgh and most glorious noetnl . J.et thanks-
. giving ' i r i 1 "
tonthut h nuwlo 6ny-"tlo at last hut won
HhhI and release, conveme inprome and wle,
Music mid Bnnmind light of immortal faces:
To-day, perhaps, wiiiidorinjrin starry places,
tie hath mot Koats, and known him by his
"Tg-'inorrow ,(who 0H" SBokspoaro may
i i i ;pis , i . - i '
And our lost frlond juxt catch one syllable
tOf Unit thidu-oentui'ied wit that kopt so
... , i wuU-. ' ,
-Or Milton or Haute, looking ou tho gross,
Thlnlilng of lleutrle'd, and liHtohlng still
To.ehuntod thymus thit sound from the
, ... . Wf. tt'. Glider, in Scribncr for Noiumber.
IVlisS DABNliY'S FLIRTATION
It had been universally conceded
. among Iouise Dabnoy's friends that sho
was not a favorite with gentlemen that
.fortune so essontiiil to feminine well be
ing. Whether it was from lack of beau-
4 t.,...li nlw.nl 4lnf tliiivn nrnra illvrni'-
.,, f,j , """b
wii.irw ni oninionV or because of a cold
. ...! ... - ...nusiiiT'.i
Aoitnna!trA rt tlio ni ! f1l1 1 II ft foiH'll-
.! 1 vO'vllniT U , V w
..a ,it i: ,.f nw.t.ifl.n nf
MHJIH:, till lilUilw; Uiiiiui i nn unu
, imaklng au'cilbrt to- please one sex more
than another, who couiu sayr jiouise
was herself awaro that sho inspired the
niasciilino heart with no serious
sentiments, and she may havo won
.jifii-nf upi'miv iiv will,,, n 11 ua uiuui iiio
-who were not so well bred nor so intel
ligent, and certainly no fairer, gathered
groups of lovers about them, while she
stood by alone and uncarud for not
that sho c voted a plurality but what
charm had they to which sho could not
aspiro? Evory woman loves admiration,
and it is not to bo supposed that Louise
"Dabney was superior to this amiable
" Louise has ncvor had a flirtation, a
love afl'air, or a proposal," her friends
would havo told you; but they were not
quite correct in their verdict. She had
had "an intorost," to put it mildly, evor
since that dreadful night .on the Conti
nent when her uuclo had been brought
lifeless into tho little out-of-the-way
plaeo among tho mountains, and
had left her alone among people
speaking an unfamiliar jargon, with the
sea rollinsr between herself and homo;
and Coring Northeoto had come to her
aid, though a total stranger, and taken
her burdens upon himself, and had beon
like a shadow iu a weary land to the
lvHolale girl, and had finally es
' corted her homo across tho sea, with
his widowed .sister as chaperon, bmee
that period there had been moro or less
inturoourse between thorn, to be sure,
but the half-tender regnrd ho had mani
fested toward her had seemed to crys
talline, without developing into any
tiling more per.soual and particular.
..v. , ,.. .: :.i...n it i
' 11 IS OUIV lilt ilt 111! uu C , l
she said, and excused him in her heart. tho bush not holding good m love
Vml when the had thanked him for all j affairs. But when Miss Dabney ventur
es kindnesses, and said, " How can 1 j od to flirt, she did not know it entailed
ever reward you ! " " Iv alwavs cm-! results. She had such small be-
i.r ,0 ,e when you needki.idnJss," he j 1M in her powers of fascination that
had answered, but he thought, " She is i would have laughed at the idea of
i Mt T .i-.it li.tinnr i,i ibimrnr ir 111 ll!im.
less emotional than a sphinx. Ann i
thoiurh Louise had more than half ex
peded that their relations would grow
closer as time sped, had, perhaps, some j gushing; when other women arnved.al
nVht to expect it, vet Mr. Northeoto had j this would bo transferred, and she would
nwer n lvatieed a "stop nearer; and if j P back into her natural state of isola
te had abandoned hope, the flame still j tion and neglect. Didn't she know that
smoldered, ready to be kindled by a. Leroy's tender speeches meant nothing,
word, a touch, and nobody tho wiser, ! thaijliis devotion was only perfect from
not even tho interested friends, who j practice? Uut when the genuine article
., i.. t : i..,.i I,..- nn....-- ' w.n nut to bo had. it was pleasant to
illOlllIl I-lMllt3 Ilfl" l 'F-.IM-1
nitius; that any other girl would have j
had an offer, at least, under the circum-1
It was the following eaon, which she ;
.pent at the fine old mansion of a friend,
when, seeing the cmprinr dispersing ,
day aftt-r dav by twos, .he" resolved to ;
ami:' hcrst-lf like thc ret to do as the
lCom in. Kvery woman '.ikes to Ulievc J
tfcat be has her own little attractions, i
.m.l how was she to make sure of it if !
he attractel nolnxly? BesiJes, there I
was nothing oho to do. To abstain
from tho popular amusornoni soeiueu
like reproaching those who engaged in
it. Mr. Loroy appeared to adopt her
yiows. If she walked, ho followed like
her shadow ; if tho river allured, his boat
was at hand ; if driving ware in ordor,
ho handled tho ruins liko a Jehu. Thoir
acquaintance had begun, moreover,
under tho most favorable auspices, to
tako a roniantio view of it. Sho had
discovered that her pocket had been
picked on the cars of both money and
tickets. A handsome stranger steps
forward to tho relief of tho distressed
damsel; gratitude on one hand; gallant
ry on tho other; ho has established a
claim to conversation, and discovers that
they are both bound for the samo hospi
tabie roof at Valley Farm. Could a flir
tation bo usherod in more propitiously P
"Really, "whispered Mrs. Furniss, a
fortnight later, sitting on tho veranda
and looking toward Louise, who sat in
the hammock which Leroy was lazily
swinging, " I boliove Miss Dabney has
made an impression." -;
: " Who is Mr. LerovP" asked the con-
tloman to whom sho spoke, and who
had just arrived in the last train
A caDital catch."
" Alliterativo at least. And has Miss
Dabney landod himP"
' " She could if sho would. It isn't his
fault if she hasn't."
"I shouldn't say that Miss Dabney
How did you find that out, Mr
Northcote P" laughed the hostess.
"Bv natural processes, I believe."
"I'm told she isn't a favorite with
your sex ; but exooptions prove the rule.
I never knew her to have a flirtation be
fore, I confess."
" Is fAt's a flirtationP"
" On her side, yos. It's her very in
difference that attracts Loroy. He's
used to being made much of, and to
havo the cirls thrown at his head, so to
speak. As she doesn't want to marry
him, sho can afford to be audacious."
, " I didn't think she would condescend
" You seem to have made a study of
iss Dabney. I think she didn't wish
tO llQ left Otlt
to bo left out in the cold. All my guests
R(om tti lin niiirnd off this season
will havo to devoto yourself to me, Mr
Northeoto, unless I import another
'blessed damosol.' "
"Don't. I beir: I am content with tho
blessings the gods have provided."
" You might dispute Louise with Mr.
Loroy, to be suro."
" Truo. Let us begin by interrupting
"Mr. Northeoto," said Louise, "this
is a pleasure for which Mrs. Furniss had
not prepared us."
"Excuso me, but your friend doesn't
look as if he regarded it in that light,"
said Northeoto, aside. " I hope I am
not tl-e rop."
" I didn't know that such humility
as that hopo suggests was a trait of your
" Shall I go away again?"
"Why, cortainly not, immediately; it
would look as if I had snubbed you."
" And I'm not suro but j-ou have."
It was doubtless pleasant to havo a
spectator witness her refutation of the
popular prejudice respecting her want
of attraction, and that the spectator
should bo Mr. Northeoto added piquan
cy to the affair. " At least he will see
that somebody linds me worth cultivat
ing," sho reflected, liut in spite of this
she found herself incapablo of enteritis:
into the spirit of flirtation with the same
unconcern alter orthcote'8 arrival.
Sho felt a nernctual insane desire to
shorten the walks and drives, that she
niiirht hasten back to his neighborhood.
and know just how ho was passing the
time, that sho might see his face and
hear his voice, liut the further she with
draw, tho closer Leroy pursued, the old
minim that a bird ill hand is worth two in
-v o f
est. There was no one else at leiwure to
receive his attentions, to listen to his
play at love-better half a loaf than no j
Thc family had been picnicking in the j
wood one afternoon, where the pine
needle made a cnet, and a frolic-,
some brook rajiered and bubbled down
from i:s mountain source. Len.y and !
Louise had wandered away to ctdltet j
brushwood to lx.il the tea-kettle.but h.id
galhered fl.twers instead; and when the
sun-t-t had begun to fa. and warned
them to return to their party, they found
it was something more easily said than
done. After-some time spent in a rain
search for the rieht path, they seated
themselves on a mossy log till Louise
should recover breath and strength, and
studied such fragments of constellations
as peered through the branches over
head, and listened to the lonely pathos
of the whip-poor-will,and made tho plaoe
ring with their chorus, not much daunt
ed by the situation, Leioy happy enough
m tho protracted seclusion which had
befallon him. Later he had waxed sen
timental and poetical, and she had
laughed at and interrupted his loftiest
" Were you over in love, Miss Dab
neyP" he asked. ''
"Scores of times; from the age of
six. Isn't that every body's experi
" Not mine," he returned. " I was
never in love but onco."
"And who was tho happy creature?"
she askod, recklessly, thinking ho re
ferred to some hobbledehoy era.
" mo was she? Why do you speak
in the sad imperfect?"
" You don't mean to say "
" I mean to say that the only woman
I ever loved, or shall love, is "
"Oh, hark!" cried Louise, rising.
" I hear footsteps pardon the digres
sion. Lo, tho conquering hero
comes ! '" she sang. " Oh, Mr. North
cote, how glad I am to see you! I
didn't know as we should get home till
morning," as that gentleman waved the
brand he had stolen from their, gypsy
fire and shouted, "Eureka!" - . i
"I didn't know but I wasfere
again, when I found you, and Leroy
taking it so cozily," said Northcote,
later, as he opened Mrs. Furniss 's gar
don gate for Louise to enter, Leroy hav
ing beon already captured by the
hostess. " I feared I had mistaken my
vocation, and had not been cut out for
" Indeed, I was never so glad to see
you in my lifo."
" Really? Was it so bad as thatP"
" We were so hungry."
"I thought Leroy looked as if ho
would like to eat me."
" I doubt if you would be tender."
" I could be, Miss Dabney, depend on
it both tender and truo. There, don't
start. You thought you had escaped
Charybdis only to fall upon Scylla.
Upon my word, I was afraid you would
have accepted Leroy before I could find
" You thought I was to be had for
" I feared you. were not to be had at
" But why should you have cared if
I had accopted forty Leroys."
' Because, in the first place, it would
be a little unusual, and because I thougt
you might do better."
"Thank you. I will go in now.
Were there any letters to-night, Mrs.
" Here are two for Mr. Loring North
cote, ditto for iVjiss Mellish, and one
yes, one for Miss Dabney," replied
" I don't know the hand," said Lou
ise, turning it over anu studying tne
postmark. " Fairfield. I never heard of
that place before. Some mistake, I
"Fairfield," repeated Leroy, catch
ing the word, and speaking on the im
pulse, with a heightened color. " It's
anew summer resort, i here's some
sort of water there good for blues and
Louiso opened tho letter and read :
Miss Dabney: You may think It an in
trusion forme to address you, hut I hear
that you are stnyinj: at Valley Farm, under
the same ronf with Mr. Leroy, and that he is
falling a victim to your cruel spell. I beg
you to send him back to me. He is mine;
he is nil I have. I can not live without him.
Uforele met you, he was all my own. Have
merer, anil send him back to me heart-
whole! What will it signify to you? only
one compiest the less anmng your seores,
while it will mean either life-long misery or
liappiiH'ss, as you may ehoosp, to
The gentlemen had gone to the smoking-room,
and the ladies of tho house
were chatting merrily about her as she
read. Mr. Leroy had been trembling
on the brink of a proposal that very
night, and yet he was engaged to be
married. How dared he mention love
to her! But hadxA been blameless?
Hadn't she flirted deliberately with an
other girl's lover? What disaster had
she not wrought in har mad pursuit of
an admiration which she did not value!
What should he say to him? How could
she send him back? At what expense
had her vanity been flattered! Jflst
to prove that she was attractive like
other women, she had worked this
wrong. To be sure, she had had no ex
perience to guide her. She had sup
posed that the boundaries of flirtation
and lore-makinjr were more clearly de
fined. She had never meant to make
Leroy love her; but, whatever she had
meant, u was an one o ims poor iooi-
ish Lizette. Her regret and self-accn- '
.Qtion onset hor so sorely that she was
obliged to leave the gay ralUory about
her and take refuge upon the veranda,
where the shadows hid her j and, lean
ing her head against tho lattice, whore
the dew-drenohed passion-flowers shook
out their sweetness, tho hot tears filled
and overflowed hor eyes, and sobs seem
ed to toar her heart asunder.
" 'Tears, idle tears,' Louise," whis
pered some one, whose neighborhood
she had not heeded. "Can I help you P
Shall I stay and try P" .
" Nobody can he me, Mr. Northoote.
I have done such a dreadful thing! I
have yes, I have been flirting with an
other woman's lover. Sho has written
to toll me so to beg I . will send him
back to her. Ho is all she has, sho says.
And I I don't care a fig for ,1dm; and
what shall I do if ho asks me to marry
him, as he may, you know?" ,
"As ho would have done, if I hadn't
arrived in tho nick of time, to-night."
"WhaUAaKIdo? How shall I send
him back heart-whole P"
"You would avoid ho dreaded ques
tion, I fancy, if he were to hear to-morrow
that that you belonged to somebody
else; that some ono had stolen'a march
on him if he were to hear that you bo
longed to mo.'' ,
"Oh, Mr. Northcote, to you! You
don't want to own such a mischief
maker." "I want to own you, Louise."
Mr. Leroy, strolling ., out from the
smoking-room, wa3 petrified , by the
shadow of a pair of embracing lovers,
cast by tho late rising moon. "Check
mated, by Jove!" he muttered, reflec
tively.. "No fun hanging about here any
longer; I hadbettergobacktoLizette."
A Most Distressing Occurrence.
The Jessamine (Ky.) Journal says :
Never, have we been called upon to
chronicle a moro heartrending accident,
nor one which has enlisted a moro gen
eral and genuine sympathy with the af
flicted family than that which occurred
at Union Mills on last Friday afternoon.
Misses Blackford and Bourne and Char
lie Bourne composed a party at Mr.
Claybourno llutherford's on that day.
In tho morning some of the company
attended a protracted meeting in prog
ress at East Hickman, but they all met
at tho dinner-table, when one of the
young ladies proposed to go to the
flouring mill, stating that she had never
seen one working. Consequently tho
party named above, with Miss Julia and
Miss Annie Rutheford, went down to
Steele & Bronaugh's mill, and Capfc.
Steele, with his usual , urbanity, was
showing theni around. They had been
looking at the bolting-cloths, and passed
ever some ship stuff. Miss Annie Ruther
ford shook her skirts to rid it of the deist
which had adhered to it, when it caught
in a miter cog-wheel, about ono foot
from the floor, which drew it into the
machinery, and there was a similar
wheel about three feet higher, in which
her left arm was caught and was taken
clean off, together with the flesh and
bono off her broast. Clinging to the
shaft, her skirtast in the bottom wheel,
she was whirled round at the rate of
34 revolutions per minute. Frantic with
excitement, Miss Julia Rutherford rush
ed to her sister's assistance; Charley
Bourne did his best to keep her from
the danger sho was exposing herself to,
and at the same time doing his utmost
to extricate Annie, but Julia persisted
that she could not stand to see her sister
in such a place, and, putting her arms
around her, she had her right arm cut
off by the same wheel. Annie's clothes
were so twisted that it was impossible
to pull her away until the engine was
stopped by Capt. Steele, which took
one minute to do, nnd Mr. Samuel
Gosney, perceiving there was some
thing wrong, instantly 'lowered
the stones. The scene now ballled de
scription. There were the cogs filled
with flesh and bones. An arm lying on
tho floor, the glove still on the hand,
two lovely girls prostrate in their blood,
and Charley Bourne with his left thumb
cut off, from which he has suffered in
tensely and was threatened with lock
jaw, but he is now probably out of dan
ger. Mr. James Bronaugh, Jr., took
Julia home in a buggy, and Mr. Steele
fixed Annie on a board and presented
her to her distressed parents. Thus the
compaay who, a few minutes before,
were happy and joyous, were plunged
into inexpressible grief by a shocking
and deplorable accident.
Drs. Jasper, Welsh and Skill man have
been indefatigable in their attendance on
the sufferers, and at last accounts they
MUs Annie did not rally from the ef
fects of the shock for 43 hours, but since
reaction has taken place fully, she bids
as fair to recover as Miss Julia, whose
arm was amputated on Saturday.
The shoemakers don't mind dull
times. Their shoes are soled before they
go inso the market.
Mr. Thomas Bealo, who was the n.
geon of a South Sea whaling-ship,
who afterward printed a " History q,
the Sperm Whale," gives an iuterestiav
account of his enoouuter while on
Bonin Islands with a small ootopn,
whioh had been washed ashore ani
by the rooeding tide. It seemed fright,
oned at first, and endeavored to escap
and in trying to detain it ho pressed
one of its legs with his foot. He
tinuos : " But, although I made use
considerable foroe for ,that purpose.
strength was so great that it seven
times quickly liberated its member
spito of all the efforts I could employ
this way on wot, slippery rocks. I no,
laid hold of ono of its tentacles with inj
hand, and held it firmly so that tin
limb appeared as if it would be torn a.
under by our united strength. I soon
gave it a powerful jerk, wishing to dfc.
engage it from the rocks to which It
clung so foroibly by its suckers, which
it effectually resisted ; but the moment
after, the apparently enraged anlnul
lifted its head, with it,
large eyes projecting from the
middle of its body, and letting go id
hold on tho rocks, sprang upon my arm,
which I had previously bared to the
shoulder, and clun with its suckers to
it with great power, endeavoring to get
its beak, which I could now see between
tiie roots of its arms, in position to bite,
A sensation of horror pervaded mj
whole frame when I found this mm.
strous animal had affixed itself so firnJj
to my arm. .. Its cold, slimy grasp wu
extremely sickening, and I immediatelj
called aloud to the Captain,: who wu
searching for shells at some distance, to
oomo and release me from my disgust
ing assailant. He quickly arrived, and
taking mo down to the boat, during
which I was employed in keeping the
beak away from my hand, quickly re
leased me . by destroying my tormentor
with a boat knife, when I disengagedit
by portions at a timo. This animil
must havo measured across its extended
arms about four feet, while its body wai
not larger than a large clenched hand.
This little fellow which it took two men
to destroy, when he was out of his na
tive clement, was hardly one-tenth the
size of tho ono now in New York."
The octopus has another means of
.nlF.nimtantiAn whinll tliniHrll nflVfif
failing in tho water, is useless when he
happens to be stranded on the shore. He
is provided with a remarkable organ,
commonly called his "ink bag," which
is filled with a dense fluid. wnen
frightened or disturbed ho discharge)
this in such quantities as to discolor the1
water for a considerable space above
and around him, and under cover of its
inky darkness he propels himself swiftly
from the place of danger. Cicero speaks
of the uso of this ink for writing pur
poses, and from it is now prepared the
true " Sepia" of artists. The drawings
with which Cuvier illustrated his "An
atomy of the Mollusca" were executed
with tho ink he had collected while dis
secting numbers of specimens of the
The good livers and epicures of an
cient times regarded the octopus or
polypus as a table delicacy entirely be
yond the means of a poor man, a dainty
dish only within the reach of tho rich.
Tho fishermen of Newfoundland even
now value tho flesh of tho octopus very
highly as the best bait they can obtain
for cod-fishing, and with it it is said
over one hundred millions of cod are
caught annually. New York Sun.
Business on a New Principle.
A little girl living just west of la- j
dianola asked for permission to sell V
melons during the melon season. This
being granted she at onco set up her 1;
store of fine melons at her father's gate,
and then asked her mamma what price y
she should ask for her nicest ones, etc.
She was permitted the privilege of ask- II
inc her own urice for her luxuries. For .f
a while she was at a loss to know whit 9
to d, but calling her wits together for j
a few moments she said: "I will sell
according to the looks of tho people; if
they come along in a fine buggy, I will
ask them 40 cents for my best ones, and ;
if they are in a wagon, I will ask for the
same sized melon 25 cents : but, if they i
come along on foot and look to be tired.
I will sell to them for 15 cents the san
sized melons I ask the rich people 1
ents for." Her word she kept, aiA
sold several dollars' worth of melon!
during the fall. Indiaola la.) Trir
WniLK breaking an egg the otbet
day, Mrs. John V. Kinney, of Aides,
Iowa, found within the shell a lmatj
snake about four inches long, whick
lived several days, until Mr. Kinney
threw the little varmint into the fire-
It was colorless, like the white of tb
ejrz from which it came.
Althotgh a woman's age is unde
niably her own, she never owns it.