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Poetry.
ADONIRAM PODGE.
ADomux Pesos waa lank and lean
Aa a withered np stalk of com;
And his face was aa solemn as ever was seen
Since the daye when Adam tu bom.
fie ll-.Td on a farm on the edge of town.
And he managed to keep on his legs
St hoarding nn rmm a --i i. j
m Mill NUUU( M nvnii
when he sold hla batter and eggs.
El nose was as lone as a pleos of chalk,
And Ma eyes were little and rrav:
And he hacked, when he opened his month to talk,
TTf"a iwiicnea m an iwmra way.
sua voice was sharp as a steel-eDrinff tran.
And his head was mlnna of hair;
nt he covered it up with an old for cap
That his grandfather need to wear.
Adonlram Podge got a liberal price
For the truck that be took to town :
The top of his measure was always nice,
Bnt fthahhtar AMnr4nn'
And his wood was straight on the top of his load,
L 1 1 1 1 1 ! I
auu Giuum m gnarjca oeiow ;
Bnt the heavier part, on a ratty road.
Will always shake down, yon know.
. Adonlram's Bib was worn and old
i From the nsage that It had got;
Bnt a piece of knowledge that never was told
Was whether he used it or not;
If so, hie memory served him wrong.
- u wu Bui dbco oi s aoer
To the needy and friends who come alonj
With the story that they were poor. .
A capital man in church was Podge
To groan when the minister prayed;
And be knew to a T the collection dodge,
And how much money be paid;
And he had, in a frame. In his old front room, " "
Kept clean and neat by his wife,
A paper which stated a certain earn
Had made him a member for life
Adonlram Podge kept a hired man.
Ad be fed him on cabbage and beans.
Which were kept cooked np in an old tin pan
. Along with some pig-weed greens ;
And be made him work from the break of day
"Till the son took its final lurch.
And docked him then of a quarter his pay
That the Barings might go to the church.
Adonlram Anally died one nlebt
And left the farm to his son.
Who follows as near as a true son might
In the coarse his father had run;
Bd he daily drives to the market town
With the mare and her spavined legs.
And he hoards up money and salts it down
By selling his butter and eggs.
And be keeps the Bible, so worn and old.
And he reads it, without a donbt ;
Bat the leaf containing the rule of gold
is somehow or other torn out
And blotted are all the verses which speak
Bad things of the trickery doer.
And twixt Its coven 'twere vain to seek
For a word of cheer to the
—Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Miscellaneous.
A Jerseyite Visits the West.
Jedediah Smith is the name of a stal
wart, sandy -haired young man, the twenty
two years of whose peaceful life have been
spent within sight of his father s roof t
In the wilds of New Jersey.
A few weeks since Jedediah was smitten
with a yearning to go aboard into the great
world, and see for himself the sights of
which he had read and heard. He com
municated his desire to his paternal pro
genitor, and was much gratified by receiv
ing his assent.
The. trip arranged for the hopeful was a
visit to an ancle in this city and an aunt in
Iowa. Last Monday morning, everything
being ready, the old gentleman placed the
railroad tickets in Jedediah's hands, and
two f 100 greenbacks in the heel of his
boot, with instructions not to take the
money out until he reached Cincinnati.
He was also warned many times by pater
f ami lias against the machinations of confi
dence men, pickpockets, thieves, and Bach.
Promising to remember all of these in
structions Jedediah bade the old man
eood-by, put his heel down firmly on the
ana witn nis nana presnea tightly
against the pocket containing his tickets
and loose change, took his seat in the car
and was soon whirling westward over the
Fan-Handle route.
All went well until the train had crossed
the Ohio river at Steubenville, when a very
nice young man got aboard and took the
aeat next to our hero. The nice young
man seemed to have fallen in love with
Jedediah at first sight At all events he
was very attentive and communicative, and
Jedediah wasj flattered. He liked the
young man exceedingly, so much, in fact,
that before they had traveled fifty miles to
gether the young man had been told all
about Jedediah's history, plans and pros
pects ; all about the money he had, where
he kept it, and how he intended to invest
it
Fortunately, the nice person was also
from Cincinnati, where he was pretty well
acquainted with everybody, and particul
arly intimate with Jeddy's uncle, Jedediah
was happy.
Arriving at Columbus, the new-found
friend proposed a walk np town. Jeddy
consented. On their way np town, the
friend treated several times, and Jeddy, not
to be outdone in generosity, did likewise.
While standing in front of the capital,
another nice man approached the pair, and
S resented a bill for $200 to Jedediah's
iend.
The friend was very much embarrassed
as he had not the money with him. He
had, however, "a $1,000 bond which he
would try to raise the money on. "Per-
linns " en trcrnct rA triA mn writh tlin V.? 11
"your friend here can let you have the
anil tata t Via hnnii umnn
"nfvmna. T will " nmmuini Jiiv wiin'
was overjoyed at the opportunity to do
something for the nice young man who
knew his uncle;" of course I will; here,
jerk this boot off, " said he, at the same
time squatting on the sod and sticking up
a No, 11, "yeu'll find her in the heel, just
the amount you want"
The boot was of course quickly jerked
off, the valuable heel-pad extracted, and
the bond transferred to the lender. Im
mediately after, the friend remembered
that he had some very important private
business to attend to up town. So bidding
Jedediah good-by, and promising to meet
him at the depoi, the nice young man
walked off. At the appointed time Jede
diah went to the depot, but did not discern
his friend in the throng. Thinking he had
been detained, our friend waited until the
next day, but in vain. The nice young
man did not come.
Still strong in the belief that his new
found friend would turn np all right and
pay the money, Jedediah left a note for
him and took the next train for this city.
Arriving here he straightway sought his
nacle and told him all about his traveling
companion. His uncle's response was very
comforting. It also had the merit of
Brevity, it was, xoung man, you re a
damn toot J edediah wm not visit his
aunt in Iowa this year. Vindnnati Paper.
It is stated that the pneumatic tube re
cently laid in .London in connection with
the postal telegraph thus far works welt
The system consists in having at hree-inch
tube and return by the same force which
startu them. But one engine is therefore
required to send out and bring back a
carrier. There are stations along the line
where the carriers may be stopped. For
this purpose a short piece of the tube is
cut out and a double tube is substituted.
If there is to be no stoppage, the piece
of tube inserted is clear and the carrier
passes through, merely touching a stud
and ringing a belL Otherwise a cage is
substituted, which has a glazed lid, per
mitting the carrier to be seen when it has
been stopped. On a recent trial the car
rier passed from Telegraph street to St
Hartin's-le-Orand, nearly half a mile, in
one minute and forty seconds ; and from
Telegraph street to Temple Bar, a distance
of considerably more than a mile, it went
in four minutes. The tube works by both
pressure and vacuum, but either alone is
sufficient to drive the carrier, though not
3 rapidly.
A New Hampshire blacksmith en
tered a restaurant in Concord, the other
day, and partook of the following "square"
meal : One oyster stew, two dozen hard
boiled eggs, half a pound of steak, tripe to
the value of fifty cents, with bread, butter,
potatoes, and pickles to match. Four
classes of ale washed down the solid mat
ters, and having paid his bill, $2 (5, this
self-transporting provision market cleared
out, and was alive when last seen, several
hours after.
A Caltbokcta professor is writing es
says on the fly's nose. A very ticklish
place to write essays, we should say,
though perhaps he knows it
"Chaklet," said a fond mother to her
son, you are into that Jam again." " No,"
replied the little pet, " you are wreng, ma ;
the Jam is into me."
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VOLUME I.
TH - EASTEM
McCONNELLSVILLE, OHIO, FRIDAY, APRIL
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NDEPEMMT.
21, 1871.
NUMBER 3.
TWO MYSTERIES EXPLAINED.
perfect formed and apparently solid fig
amnnnt ure I distinctly saw the staircase window.
For many years mv fumilv lived In one
rt tl,A nnl. 1 1 f t 1 Tl
- uuiuiciu buuiuus ui OjUUUUU. xve
anced at last to two members, a sister and
myself, we gave np housekeeping, and for
some time traveled about England. Tired
at length of wandering, we returned to our
uiu ueignDornooa, ana looked snout tor a
Beiuea residence. One day. while walk
ing aown a wen -remembered street, we
were struck with the appearance of a
large handsome corner house, where we
recollected perfectly, only a year or two
before, had been a greengrocer's shop.
We stopped and asked a deferential cross
ing-sweeper how that imposing edifice
had grown there, and were told that the
snop Had been burned down with every
thing in it, and this house built on its
ruins.
We were concerned to hear such a mel
ancholy account, ha vine known the green
grocer well, and we inquired anxiously if
mere naa oeen any loss 01 me. " Troth, my
iaay, ana mere was, saia our gliD inform
ant Irish, of course "for the masther
wakened in the night and smelled the fire :
and he roused the wife, who .had a ywrog
baby, and bade her wrap in blanket, and
take the wee thing and go straight down
through the door, for the fire was in a
room above ; and he rushed up to save the
otner chiiaer, ana he am it, ana got them
all safe out on the roof of the next house,
and so down into the street; but when he
came to look for the mistress, faith ! she
was nowhere to be found ; and a boy that
was standing by, a frind of my own, tould
me that he saw her, from a back-yard,
stand at the window", and then turn as
though to come down the stairs and she
naa a sneet wrappea arouna ner, ana the
baby in her arms under the sheet ; but
why sue stopped so long, and why she
looked out o' window, and why she niver
came at all, at all, sorra one uv us ever
larnt, for the roof fell in and none durst
go near the names ; and, shuns enough,
next day they found her, and the bit of a
baby in her arms still ; and whether sue
stayed to gather up her tiinkets and such
like, or her sinses forsook her, or the
smoke choked her, not a living crater can
tell, for the sowl went out of her poor
Doay ana niver came back to tell us the
rason, and Thank ye kindly, my lady."
Shocked and distressed at the sad ending
of the poor woman, and anxious to escape
minute details, we abruptly left the Irish
sweeper, and went our way. I remem
bered the poor greengrocer's wife very
well, and had otlen remarked that her
gooseberries were the driest and
wholesomest, her raspberries lest mashed,
ner strawberries tee least suspicious look
ing of any fruiterer's in that district
Well, in the end, we took that very
house. It was then autumn ; and there we
remained the winter, spring, summer, and
autumn again ; and then came that terrible
hard winter of 1806-7. As the frost in
creased, we found the cold of our bed
rooms impossible to bear ; so my sister and
I agreed to occupy one large room with a
southern aspect, and keep a fire in it con
stantly. The first night that this arrange
ment was put in practice, we went up
stairs at our usual time, about twelve
o'clock. Our bedroom was over the
drawing-room floor, and there were other
rooms above, where the servants slept
The staircase window on the second floor
was exactly opposite our door, on the
curve of the upper stair, which formed a
small landing. We found our fire burning
brightly, and while my sister stirred and
neaped it with coals, I put down what I
was carrying, and went back to shut the
door. But, instead of shutting it, I stood,
holding the handle, staring into the dark
ness outside, speechless, motionless, con
scious ot nothing but an unutterable hor
ror ; my eyes fixed upon an object not two
yards distant, whose appearance alone,
without any other reasoning, witnessed
that it was no inhabitant of earth.
On the top stair of the flight that led to
the upper window stood the figure of a
woman, wrapped from head to foot in a
thick white covering ; rounded and bulky
about the shoulders and arms, as if hold
ing a child or bundle; tapering towards
the feet, as if but slenderly clothed; ev
ery fold, every wrinkle, every curve of
the limbs as distinct as we see them in
each other under a strong light. But the
crowning horror was this: through this
the opposite wall, the faint light coming
from. onuride all as plainly visible as if
nothing stood between them and me ; and
yet there was a woman, tall, broad, envel
oped in a thick covering, and placed in a
position which ought to have screened
everything beyond herself from view.
She stood on the top stair; one foot cov
ered with a stocking, but no shoe, put for
ward as if about to touch the lower step ;
and I noticed, with a sickly shudder, that
as the fire, stirred and renewed, leaped up
in rampant flames, the figure became agi
tated ; moved its foot now up, now down ;
swayed a little from side to side ; some
times seemed to step backward, sometimes
forward, like one uncertain which way to
go ; that the arms worked, as if clasping
u : u i . : i. . i ..-li . i . -.
liicu uiuutu uguier; aiiu suit, mrougn 11
all, came the light from the window, and
the outline of the opposite wall ,- and still
stood staring in silent terror, believing,
disbelieving. How could I believe the ex
ploded folly of spirits departed coming
back to haunt the spot where they had
sunerea ana oeeu released. Ana yet how
aisDeneve my own eyesignt
At lengtn my sister, lrom the other end
f the room, astonished at my silence and
the 'j1 Pen door5 turned suddenly round,
started at my fixed look and face of terror.
and exclaimed, "Is anything the matter?
u nai are yon loosing at r
The sound of her voice was an immense
relief to me: it aroused mv naralvzed
senses. Still keeping my eyes fixed on the
apparition, I said quietly, " Come here a
moment; dont be frightened; there is
something strange on the stairs."
She came hurriedly, but in spite of my
caution, gave a cry of terror as she caught
sight of the figure. "Good heavens! what
can it be?" she whispered.
" Don't move." I said ; " we must watch
it You remember what the sweeper told
us about the greengrocer's wife."
Silent and shivering we stood, exchang
ing now and then a frightened whisper.
Had any one told me beforehand that I
should see such a figure, and inquired
how I would act under the circumstances,
should have said, " I would walk straight
np to it"; but standing where I did now,
felt that the distance was not at all too
great between it and me, and had no wish
whatever to lessen it
For a long time we watched, and the
only change in the figure was one or an
other of the movements I have mentioned.
Meantime the fire burned low ; the phan
tom became rather less distinct and re
mained quiet We stood with the door
only partly opened, aud had not courage
put it any wider. At last with a sud
den resolution, I shut it.
J It is no use looking any longer," I
said ; "we shall only terrify ourselves to
death, and catch dreadful colds besides."
Then we sat down by the fire, and dis
cussed the matter. The strange appear
ance no longer visible, my natural hardi
hood and disbelief in spectres returned.
" I don't care," I said, in answer to a re
mark from my sister; "though I have
stood and looked at the dreadful thing for
nearly an hour, I don't believe in it It
must have a cause. Perhaps a figure out
side the window ; light is so deceiving."
" But" said she, " what figure would
stand so still for each a time ?"
This point I could not argue, but still
persisted in attributing it to natural
aeencv. But we could not go to bed easil v
without looking to see if our supernatural
I
visitor was still at her post We went
I slowly and hesitatingly to the door, lin-
I ircrmi a mmufnt and then flnnir it onen
I ri f 11 . . . 1 r .. -- - - :
1 lis lull extent, LUC BU11I WHS uuuwuuicu;
the figure was gone ! Much relieved,
closed the door quickly, and betook our
selves to rest
Next morning we were disposed
laugh at the ghost as a creation of
own fancy ; nevertheless, we grew rather
anxious as night came on. I was courage
ous enough to go up during the evening,
and cast a hurried glance at the stairs be
fore I opened our bedroom door: but
nothing was there, and I sped down again
in great dee. convinced that our eves the
previous night had been fog-bound. But
in spite of this, when we went up late,
and came to the door to take a last reassur
ing glance, there" was the thing again,
precisely the same attitude, .making the
same movements, agitated when the fire
blazed no. motionless when it burned
low.
Time went on, and night after night we
watched, till we almost became accustomed
to our nocturnal visitor. Notwithstand
ing the continually renewed fear caused
hv the rip lit of iL I had an nnderlvinir
conviction that it was produced by natural
means. What means, 1 could not imagine,
for we had tried every possible experiment
to find out We moved the furniture
the room, we placed the light in different
positions, we stationed ourselves now
one point, now at another without affect;
the figure stood unchanging.
All this time we kept the matter to our
selves, knowing the foolish fear of ser
vants, and how such a report would spread
like wild-fire among our friends, and scare
them away from the house, it so Hap
pened that just then a cousin -came to pay
us a visit and we determined to jet ner
into the secret partly to prevent her from
seeing the figure unawares, and being, per
haps, frightened to death ; partly that she
might help us with her opinion and advice.
So the first night of her arrival, we brought
her into our room ; and, having told the
facts, and warned her against a sadden
fright took her to the door, and . pointed
out the spectre. Though so prepared, and
utterly sceptical as to anything gnostiy,
her terror was so great as to alarm us.
Talking of ghosts and looking at them are
two such very different matters. I still
persisted in referring the apparition to
natural causes, and though this was my
cousin s belief in theory, practical evidence
to the contrary appeared to have shaken
her creed to its very tounoaiions. isnu:
tine out the ghastly object however, to a
certain extent restored her self-possession,
and then we a'l three set to work, both
by suggestion and experiment to throw
some light on the subject ; but to no pur
pose. The wretched, puzzling, intangible
substance, the unreal, reality stood its
Ground, and mocked all our efforts.
After a time the thaw set in ; the weather
became as warm as it had before been
cold, and we dispensed with the fire in
our room. That night u wonder 01
wonders! we looked and watched in
vain ; not a trace of the figure was to be
seen. 1 was more puzzled than even.
As time went on. and our spectral visi
tor was still invisible, we congratulated
ourselves on being rid of such an unwel
come intruder, and decided it to have been
the chance reflection of some object out
side. But snow and frost returned again,
and again the fire in our room was light
ed ; and. casting a glance up the stairs as
I prepared to close the door, my eyes fell
on the mysterious figure, standing, as be
fore, on the top step, moving her foot up
and down, grasping the burden that she
neia now nrmiy, now loosely, in ner
arms ; dilating and agitated wben tne nre
blazed, still as death when the flames fell
low. This appearance was more startling
than 1 cared to acknowledge even to my
self. My sister and cousin grew nervous
so did I ; we could not convince either
ourselves or each other that the phantom
had a natural origin. It would be impos
sible to enumerate the efforts we made to
discover the cause of it Every failure
found our spirits a little more shaken, and
our minds a little less sceptical as to
ghosts and their doings. We grew accus
tomed to see the shadowy thing on the
stairs, and no longer started at sight of it;
but the superstitious element in ns became
strong and active, and we were ready to
believe anvtmne.
One night while taking my usual look
of curiosity and terror, I observed that
the figure had undergone a change one
arm appeared to hang helplessly down by
her side. As I was about to call attention
to this new phenomenon, I heard my sis
ter say, " Why, who has been tearing the
blind!"
I turned round quickly. Our windows
were furnished with roller-blinds of high
ly glazed white linen, over which were
festooned curtains of dark green. I saw
that one side of the blind had been torn
away from the nails fastening it to the
roller, and had .fallen back, leaving part
of the window uncovered. Thought is
rspid, and some intellectual telegraph con
nccted in my mind the torn blind and the
armless figure on the stairs.
" stana up on a cnair, 1 said, and
fasten it as well as you can."
She managed it easily; and I had the
satisfaction of seeing that mv ehost was
furnished with her proper complement of
arms, uut to make assurance doubly sure.
I said, " Draw the blind up for a moment;
I will tell you why afterwards."
She drew it np ; and with greater relief
ana satisfaction tnat 1 can describe, 1 saw
tne ngure disappear gradually; commenc
ing at tne teet, nmsiung at the neck: a
shadowy head still remaining. I speedily
announced my discovery ; and after minute
investigation, and much experimentalizing
ouu jjiuviug, we at just uiscuvcrea tne en
tire nature and origin of our spectre. And
this was it From the position of the
fire-grate, the entire lieht of the flames
fell on the window opposite the door; and
when the door was open, this light was
again reflected front the dazzline surface
wi tuc nunc uiuju va iuc opposite wail,
which formed the curve of the stair, and
where stood the window. Every one
knows that two festooned curtains will
give to the space between them the form
of a human ueck and shoulders ; here was
the foundation of the figure ; and the cur
v. i.i:.i . .
tains near in g eacn otner as they approach
ed the ground, completed the illusion of a
long scanty garment The phantom foot
was nothing but the space between the
dark drapery terminating in a point The
immense width of the festooned part as
compared with the rest gave that appear
ance of bulk about the arms and shoul
ders ; and the head was caused by t he re
appearance of the light-colored wall above
the curtain. The wall, of course, rose
square ana snapeiess, hence the sunnosi
tien of a sheet enveloping the figure. We
round, too, that when the door was opened
wide, the reflection vanished ; this, I fancy,
was caused by the light being digused, in
stead of concentrated through a small
opening. And the strange movements of
tne spectre were simple enough. Natur
ally, the more the hre blazed, the more its
light flickered and danced on the window.
and sent its dancing and flickering shadow
outside the door. But why the reflection
seemed to stop short on the landing, in-
sieaaoi ucmg conveyea io ine opposite
wall, I have never fully satisfied mvsclf.
fancied it to be in some way caused by
meeting the light from the staircase win
dow, and bo throwing it back upon itself:
but this is only my supposition. I leave
it to those more learned in the laws of
light than I am to settle the matter. Thus
every particle of our ghost was explained,
even to the head, which remained station
ary wben all fhe rest had disappeared.
The head, being a reflection from tba wall,
oi course never moved wnen tlie nnna
was trawn up.
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Having; proved our discoveries in the
most satisfactory manner, we published
the matter among our friends; and many
came to look at the ghost and see it made
and unmade ; and I have no doubt that
some who have read this will be of that
number, and bear witness to the truth of
what I have written. 1 have been tempted
to make this curious circumstance public,
knowing on what much smaller grounds
houses have gained a reputation for being
Dauntea, to tne extreme terror of the in
habitants, and great detriment of the
owner. And certainly the remarkable co
incidence of the former iuilding having
Deen destroyed by fire, la winch a woman
ana her baby perished, and the spectral
appearance of a woman holding a child
being visible on the very spot where the
poor thing was last ' seen alive, whenever
that spot was illuminated by a strong
blaze, was enough to convince the most
incredulous. With this experience, there
fore, before me, I strongly advise any one
who sees or hears of a ghost to examine
carefully all doors, windows, and other
means of conveying light before ne be
lieves his eyes or ears ; and I think I may
venture to predict a natural and simple
solution to the most alarming and myste
rious apparition.
The second wonderful sight that I wit
nessed was seen by myself alone, so my
readers must be good enough to credit me
with a truthtul tongue while l describe it
I was staying at Southsea. Southsea is
well known to possess a very clear atmos
phere, and sometimes an almost Mediter
ranean moonlight I was fond of the
moonlight and slept with my blind np and
my window open to enjoy it My bed
faced the window, and the door of my
room was' on the right close to the bed s
head. One night I was restless. Though
very tired, I could not sleep. My head
was turned rather to the lelt and 1 re
frained from moving, hoping so to coax
myself into forgetfulness. Finding this
useless, at last I turned suddenly round.
The strangest sight met me. The top of
the door was spanned by a beautuui lumi
nous arch, in color and shape more like i
lunar rainbow than anything else that I
have ever seen. As, wonder-stricken and
half alarmed, I stared at this portentous
sign, it changed. The arch gradually
faded, and was succeeded bv a train of
fiery figures, to my unpractised eye, pre
cisely like the hieroglyphics which I
had seen on Assyrian tombs ana other
relics in the lintish Museum ana else
where. The figures were of all shapes
pointed, curved, hooked, horned, broad,
slender, tapering ; but all of the same lu
minous appearance as the arch, though
some brighter and some fainter, lhe
most astonishing and awful part of it
however, was, that the figures never re
mained more than a second after they
were formed ; they disappeared, regularly
ana rapidly, as if one nana impressed
them on the wall, and the other followed
and blotted them out; to be succeeded by
new shapes, equally plain, bright and def
inite ; in their turn melting away, and all
so exactly resembling Egyptian and As
syrian characters, that I feel sure had a
master of those mysterious languages wit
nessed them as I did, he would without
difficulty and in all good faith have given
uj an English version of their meaning. I
watched this extraordinary sight for along
time. The letters frequently disappeared
altogether, ana then the arch returned.
again to vanish, and be succeeded by new
forms of fire. I repeat that I am not a be
liever in visions, and wonderful and unac
countable as was this one. I still assured
myself that it had a natural canse, though
invisible as yet to me. I called to mind my
former experience or the ghost on the
staircase, and determined to hunt out with
equal resolution the origin of this phan
tom light I looked round and round, but
could see nothing in the room reflecting
or guttering, nothing but the simple
moonlight Uluminaling the air outside.
Finally I got np, and after carefully
searching for any stray moonbeam that
might have fallen on some shining sub
stance, and finding none, I looked out of
the window to see if the mystery could be
unraveled that way. But there was not a
light to be seen anywhere ; it was late or
rather early about two o clock in the
morning and the entire population of
Southsea appeared to be asleep. More
over, I found that the moon was so far on
the right side of the house that she could
not possibly shine into my window; and
if, through any unsuspected chink, she
did contrive to throw in a ray or two,
from her position they must fall on the
exact opposite side to where the luminous
arch and fiery letters were now shifting
and shimmering. Consequently, 1 was
more puzzled than before ; and after hunt
ing with infinite care for any possible re
flecting medium, and failing to discover
any such, 1 decided that it was a matter
beyond my ken, and my best plan was to
go back to bed, and try to forget this un
comfortable shining visitor in sleep.
The first part of this resolution I acted
on; the second was a failure. Sleep I
could not, nor could I keep my eyes off
my gleaming, glittering, uncanny-looking
neighbor. Suddenly a change took place ;
the arch seemed to stand out from the wall,
and appeared about to descend upon my
head. This was too much even for my
philosophy. I jumped up in a fright and
retreated precipitately to the other end of
the room, watching the movements ot the
enemy as I went, more than half fearing
that it would ruu after me. However it
did not descend on the bed, but satisfied
apparently with having scared me away,
alter waving about in the air for a rew
seconds, returning to its former station,
slowly faded, and a troop of dazzling hie
roglyphics rushed into its place. I had
now begun to feeL if not positively
frightened, at least seriously uneasy. I
thought once or twice, should I wake up
any one in the house ? but it seemed so
weak and foolish to disturb people out of
their sleep to look at spots of light danc
ing on a wall ; also, I felt sure that I was
more likely myself to come at the cause
than any one else, seeing how strong was
my belief in natural causes and the fantas
tic power of reflecting light But I could
not go back to bed again. The recollec
tion of the descending arch unnerved me.
I sat down by the window, opposite the
phantom letters, and tried to think of some
possible solution to such an enigma. I re
membered, when a child, hearing a lady
say, that she had once been nearly terrified
to death by waking in the night and see
ing phosphoric light sliining in her room.
But this could not be phosphorus, for, in
the first place, the description given in no
way tallied with my huninated wall. The
light this lady had snoken of was one
large patch, dull and reddish in color; it
remained motionless for a few minutes,
and then disappeared altogether; the at
mosphere at the time being close, heavv.
and charged with electricity, and a severe
thunder-storm at hand. ow the atmos
phere, at the present moment was clear as
crystal, fresh and pure, the sky a lovely
bine, speckled all over with small summer
clouds ; evidently there was neither phos
phorus nor - elecuicity overstepping its
bounds this night What could that
strange appearance signify ? After think
ing over every imaginable possibility, I at
last had the boldness to go up and touch
it The letters were not moved, nor
was my hand scorched, as I half
began to thiuk it might be. I looked
again, to see if some wandering moon
beam might not be reflected from some
polished surface of glass or china no;
everything was in a deep shadow. The
looking-glass standing towards the room,
and sloped forward, was ao tkvk that I
could not even distinguish my face in it
So now I had exhausted all my resources,
and was really perplexed how to act I
shrank frm going back to bed with that
ghostly light playing beside me; yet
could not sit np all night ! I was getting
very nervous, and I was also getting very
sleepy. Even the alternative of calling
up some one had passed out of my power,
for I did not now fancy approaching the
door, more especially opening it ; the pos
sibility of some dazzling, flashing object
outside seemed to be growing np in my
foolish brain. I scolded myself well for
my ridiculous fears, nevertheless I kept
steadily away from the bed and the door.
Again I seated myself at the window,
feeling that I should have to wait till day
light for the dancing wild-fire to depart.
This would not be very long, for it was
the height of summer, and dawn would
certainly commence by four o'clock, if not
earlier; so j. determined to exercise pa
tience till then.
As I sat idle, all the accounts I had ever
heard or read of wonderful and mysteri
ous lights came crowding into my mind,
and, above all, Bulwer's " Strange Story '
and the horrible " Scin-Lceca," described
therein, which nearly gave me a brain-
fever while reading it and I fancied the
light began to grow more weird looking,
and a c Id, "creeping shudder passed over
me. The dressing-table stood before the
window, and I thought if I could move
this, and get more into the recess, 1 should
have, as it were, a closer connection with
the outer world: and if the " thing" I
could give it no name came down from
the door and attacked me yes. O strong-
minded reader, it had positively come to
this I should prefer jumping into the
garden below, at the risk of broken neck
and limbs, to fighting with a nasty, wrig-
iing, dancing, glimmering ghost, coming
didn't kuow from where, and staying I
didn't know for what It was a " happy
thought" and I instantly began to move
the table, casting at the same tunc a
startled look towards the door. Startled,
indeed ; for as I looked, arch, letters, all
disappeared suddenly and utterly !
In my dismay I put the table back in its
place. At once the arch returned, suc
ceeded in a moment by vivid letters.
"Was it chance?" I asked myself. De
termined to make sare, I moved the table
again; again the light vanished. "It
must be something on the table," I thought,
with an immense sense of relief. I moved
off every article, cautiously watching the
light ; no result Last of all, I took np
the looking glass sudden blank over the
door. I put it down again arch returned.
repeated the experiment half a dozen
times, to convince myself; there was no
longer a doubt My " Scin-Lreca " was a
very shallow spectre indeed, for it de.
pended on the movements of a looking
glass.
I was so delighted with this discovery,
and, moreover, so dreadfully weary with
sitting np all night in spite of nervous ex
citement, that 1 was tempted to go to bed
without ascertaining Aoie this puzzling,
bewildering will-o'-the-wisp could be
caused by a glass on which no light fell.
But I would not let myself yield to the
temptation, and resolutely set my wits to
work to match causes and effects. But
for a long time I could discover nothing.
It was the glass, beyond a doubt but iu
what way? At last, atter turning it m
every direction, the frame suddenly swung
back, the screw having become loose.
Then the whole matter was plain. The
glass was supported on a broad plate of
polished wood. In this plate, now that
the frame sloping backward made it visi
ble, appeared the full moon as clearly as if
reflected in water. The plate was large
and Ion?, extending almost to the end of
-the tablet tlie "p ting on the. right
side of the window, shone, or course, on
to the left side of the glass ; and conse
quently the reflection struck back again
on to the the door, which was on the right
Perhaps the oblique position the reflection
took, partly accounted for the curious
shape of the fingers. The chance position
of the glass, sloped very much forward,
had prevented me from seeing the image
of the moon before. I found now that the
arch was caused by the moon itself, round
and bright, shining on the wood ; and the
mysterious letters that had so alarmed me
were at once accounted for. 1 he sky, as
said betore, was necked with small
clouds; which, at short intervals, sailed
over the moon; this broke up her light
into pieces; the portion of her disk left
uncovered, being generally oi some lan-
tastio shape, which, reflected in the pol
ished wood, was thrown back again to the
door in the form ot a hieroglyphic or light.
This, too, explained the blotting out ot
the letters. Each little cloud passed, suc
ceeded by another and another, all of dif
ferent shapes! and not the moon only.
bnt the light surrounding her, contributed
to the delusion, ana lormea the unbroKen
line of letters, some brighter, some paler.
according to their distance from the cen
ter of light Why the image of the moon
itself should be reflected in the form of an
arch, I must as in the former case I have
described, leave to wiser heads than mine
to "determine, which I have no doubt they
will do easily, having partly guessed my
self; but as my deductions were drawn
faom anything but scientific reasoiiing, I
think I -had better not record them.
Neither could I discover or imagine why
the arch stood out from the wall ; it only'
happened that once, so 1 naa no opportu
nity of testing the reason.
So the terrible appearance of luminous
arch and letters of ni e was fully explained ;
and, singing to myself an inaudible jubi
late, with a light heart and heavy eyelids,
I went back to bed, and slept soundly.
I have determined to give a plain and
truthful account of these two nunsual and
perplexing sights, from hearing people
speak with evident superstitious dread of
unearthly lights and phantom shapes,
which never could be accounted for, seen
by themselves or their friends.
.Nothing could be more strange than
these I have described, or more unaccount
able, till fully investigated ; and perhaps
their evidence may induce many to search
industriously for the cause of any mar
vellous appearance, which, without such
inducement they would not do; and if
they do search, I feel sure that they will
find.
A Reasoning Dog.
A friend of ours, who resides in Boston,
some months since owned a nice dog.
which he valued for his intelligence and
general good behavior. The dog, how
ever, had a habit of getting upon the bed,
or any other sou clean place which he
could find, without asking permission or
even stopping to wipe his feet The
dirtier he was, the more he seemed to en
joy a comfortable nap on a white bed
spread, as our mend uiu not iancy tuts
sort ol thing, lie disposed or the dog to a
gentleman residing in Peabody, who set
him to watch his stable and orchard. One
day the dog found a man abstracting fruits
from the garden, whereupon he se ized him
by the hand and led him to the gate,
where he dismissed him with a warning
growl. With all his qualities the dog still
retained his old habit of resorting to the
cleanest plaee he could find tt sleep in,
and he seemed to take pleasure in rolling
in a mud-puddle and afterward wiping his
coat on the parlor carpet. This at last
became unendurable, and the gentleman,
to get rid of the dog, gave him to one
of his workmen, who resided a few
miles from Peabody, on the line of the
railroad. The animal became attached
to his new master, and would follow him
from his house to the factory in which he
was employed, being 'allowed to stow him
self under a car seat where he would lie
very quietly. One day the man left his
work earlier than usual, and went home
without his canine friend. At the usual
hour the dog missing his master, repaired
to the station and entered a car as he had
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been in the habit of doing. Seeing that
he was alone, the conductor caused the
dog to be put off the train, which was then
started. The dog, apparently confounded
by this unusual treatment hesitated for a
moment and then bounded away after the
train, which he soon overtook, and, leap
ing upon the platform of the rear car, laid
himself down with a satisfied air," and this
time was allowed to remain. Our friend
vouches for the truth of this story, which
we thins worth printing, it any one
will tell a better we will print that also.
L,ynn (Jiau.) Reporter.
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.
A Rcsh Light The Comet
A Soft Blow A gentle breeze.
A Firm Fkjkkd An obstinate Quaker.
Tns Hire Class Laborers. The Lore
Class Scholars.
Tns Mutual Life, of Chicago, issues
policies upon all approved plana.
An Unpleasant Sort aw Arithmetic.
Divisions among families.
" Mcd-Tirkle soup" was lately adver
used at a uaruora restaurant.
The nearest an old bachelor gets to mat
rimonial harness a sir single.
Portland, Me., on its forty-six miles of
streets has 3,411 dwelling houses.
A man who has tried it says that all the
Short-cuts to wealth are over crowded.
IWENTT-Font large circus ses are an
nounced for the season of 1871, in the
L nited States.
The Boston Advertiser insists that the
worst kind of pine to make lumber of is
tne porcupine.
For want of better sport a Mr. Camp
bell, of New York, while intoxicated, bit
on a cat s tan, and was arrested.
Tub Directors of the Washington Life
are some of our best and most reliable
men in the city. Thomas Carlton. Meth
odist Book Concern, Jxew 1 orfc.
An old lady, who was sharply question
ed the other day in court by an angry law
yer, remarked, on leaving the witness
stand, that she now understood what is
meant by a cross-examination.
Philadelphia has 114.303 dwelling
houses, of which 101,088 are of brick or
stone, and the remainder, 12,615 of wood.
With the exception of 6,948.these are all
small two-story and three-story buildings.
Bot," said an ill-tempered old fellow
to a noisy lad, " what are you hollerin' for
wnen i am going byr Humph, re
turned the boy, what are you going by
ior wnen i am noiienn j
For whom are you concerned?"
asked a judge of a witty lawyer. " I am
concerned for the defendant may it please
your Honor, but I am retained by the
piamiin," was tne reply.
Mrs. Mtra Clark Gaines declares, it
is said, that of more than one hundred
lawyers who were oposed to her in her
protracted suits, seven committed suiciue
and htiy-six drank themselves to death.
A touno man wants to know what busi
ness he had better go into that will enable
him to occupy a high position in society.
Let him try the roofing business. In that
trade a smart man will soon get up to the
top or the ladder.
The Empress Augusta and the Crown-
Princess Victoria, during the war, broke
to nearly one thousand persons the sad
news that relatives of theirs had been
either killed or dangerously wounded in
trance.
J. B. Warrrn. when clerk in a grocery
store at West Warren, Mass., thiity years
ago, caught a rat in a trap, and tying a bell
to his neck, let him go. Ten years later
he was caught a second time and caged
ana is stui alive, playing arouna the
house of his captor like any other pet
A lawyer, in addressing the jury, made
use of this phrase, speaking of his client :
" Othello's occupation's gone." When his
opponent's turn came, he referred to the
matter, and said that " the only resem
blance there was between his adversary's
client and Othello was this : they both
had most villainous counsel."
"There is a man in Glen Falls, N. T
who won't believe any stories about the
sagacity of dogs. He says dogs have not
common sense. In proof of his assertion
he relates how he poured kerosene on a'
dog and set it on fire, just to have a little
run, as he was lonely during his wife s ab
sence, and that dog actually run under the
barn belonging to him, and lay there, and
set the barn on fire, though the man
whistled to him to come out It is
enough to make a man lose faith in dogs.1
A TOBACCO-Lovrao preacher, not long
since, asked to stay all night at a country
house, but was forbidden by a lady.
Knowing her to be a member of the
church, and generally known to entertain
ministers, he began to quote Paul to her,
hoping that she would understand by this
that he was a preacher. He had hardly
got out " For thereby some have enter
tained angels unawares," when she said.
1 know, sir; bnt angels would not come
with quids of tobacco stuck in their
mouths." The preacher left without any
lurther ceremony.
There may sometimes be met in the
streets of Portland a bnght-eyed, rosy
little woman, usually accompanied by two
children, one a fair little girl, and the
other an apple munching urchin. Noth
ing extraordinary about that ; but there
by hangs a tale. At the time of the late
civil war this little lady's lover was a sol
dier, and was down with Phil Sheridan in
the Shenandoah, where he lost a leg. The
lady's friends notified her that of course
she would regard the engagement as can
celled. " I shall do nothing of the kind,"
she replied. " What marry a one-legged
man? "Of course I'm going to ! hy.
bless yonr souls, if they'd shot James all
away and saved the leg, I'd have married
that !" Thank heaven, says a local paper,
she was not reduced to that James has
a good cork leg", a good situation, two nice
babies, and one ot the truest and best little
wives in Christendom.
A certain undergraduate at Cambridge
was under examination, and among the
questions contained in one of his papers
was the roiiowing: wny win not a pin
stand upon its point?" The examinee
was not very strong in his subjects, but,
as there was nothing like putting a good
face on the matter, he set to wort to an
swer the question in as formal a way as
possible. The interesting result stood as
follows: 1. A pin will not stand on its
head, much less is it possible that it
should stand on its point 2. A point ac
cording to Euclid, is that which has no
parts and no magnitude. A pin cannot
stand on that which has no parts and no
magnitude, and, therefore, a pin cannot
stand on its point 3. It will, if you stick
it in. .
At Pawtucket, R. L, there lives a cer
tain young gentleman aged eighteen
months. 1 he other day this youth kept
quiet an unusual time, and his mother
suspecting all was not right went into an
adjoining room to look him up. Here she
looked upon a sight which almost curuiea
her blood with terror. Upon the floor by
an open bureau drawer sat this " preco
cious youth," with a loaded and capped
and self cocking revolver in his hand, and
he was amusing himself by ramming the
muzzle of the piece down his throat
working at the trigger and hammering it
upon the floor. As soon as the mother
recovered from her fright she took the
weapon from the child, and administered
a remembrance which will, doubtless,
deter him from another such exposure of
his precious self to instant annihilation.
It is almost a miracle that the child had
not killed itself upon the spat
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Youths' Department.
"BEWARE OF THE WOLF."
Tor never need fear, little children, to meet
A wolf in the garden, the wood, or the street;
Red Kidinghood's story is only a fable;
I'll give its moral a well as I'm able:
Bad Temper's the wolf which we meet every.
Beware of this wolf ! little children, beware!
I know of a boy, neither gentle nor wive.
If yoo tell him a fault he gives sancy repiles;
If kept from his way. In a fury he flies
Ah I Pamion's the wolf with the very targe ry;
Tis readv to snap and to trample and tear
Beware of this wolf I little children, beware 1
I know of a girl alwavs trying to learn
Ahont things with which she should bava no con
cert; Sneh mesn Curiosity really appears
To me like the wolf with the etiy laegt tarn.
All pricked np to listen, each secret to share
Beware of this wolf ! little children, beware !
And Greediness that's like the wolf in the wood
With the rrrf Utnjt month, ever prowling for food,
That eats so much more than ior health can be
good;
That wonld clear a whole pastry cook's shop If It
could;
That never a dainty to others wfll spare
Beware of this wolf 1 little children, beware!
"BEWARE OF THE WOLF." On Reading-A Word to the Boys.
" We boys love stories." 0 f course you
do. I like them myself, but the danger is,
that with such a multitude of exciting, sen
sational ones, as are sold now-a-days, you
will read nothing but stories. And that
would be "paying dear for the whistle,"
would it not ? If for the sake of books
that have not the slightest foundation in
truth, nor, indeed, in the probable, written
only to amuse, not more than a single
grain of wheat hidden in a whole page of
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i-uau, you tose aii reiisn ior a nigner ana
better style of reading, you do yourself a
grievous wrong.
I am not condemning yon to dry, dull
oooks, indeed, I am not My own yonng
days are not so fax away bnt I know quite
well what you want But only think of
tne boou that are waiting to take you all
over this great world of ours ; up into the
arctic seas; down below the equator;
showing yon all the strange forms of life in
those tropical regions ; into the depths of
the sea, and pointing out the still stranger
forms of lite there; whole volumes of
travel and adventure that will add to yonr
stock of knowledge, as well as enlist yonr
eager interest ; and histories without end,
that will charm you like a fairy tale, if you
only give them a chance; taking you
through, not the world merely, but
through the past centuries, showing the
grand discoveries and dreadful struggles
wmcn nave made tne world what it is
now.
Then think of the stirring tales of real
heroes, who have fought the battles of
lite and come off conquerors ; have strug
gled through a boyhood of poverty and
trial, and temptation, into a noble, reso
lute manhood. Isn't there enough in such
examples as these to interest? Doesn't it
set your blood tingling to think what oth
ers have done and what yon may do ?
Now, a word alxrat the newspaper. I
always feel hopeful of a boy who reads,
habitually, the daily or weekly paper. I
set all such down for live, wide-awake
boys, when I see them taking such an in
terest in the current news of the day. But
I wait first until I see to what part of the
paper they turn most eagerly. If, as the
sheet is unfolded, they run over the tele
graph column, to find out what is passing
in other countries as well as in our own,
t hen I know there is an intelligent interest.
Their ears have been open to the discus
sions among the older members of the
family, ana the mind has been ar work,
too. There is no excuse for ignorance
now. When all the nations of the earth
are knocking at each other's doors, we
may learn what we will. If I see the eye
brighten over some noble deed of charity
to the poor and suffering, then I am glau,
lor l know there is a generous spark down
m their own hearts, that shall yet
kindle into a flame of its own,
and gladdtn others some day with other
noble deeds. But if I see them with eager
interest reading the horrible details of
crime and murders, hope dies out of my
heart, and I turn away with real pain. It
is a crying evil of our day, this publishing
in such niiiuteness these loathsome de
tails of crime. I see no end or purposes
of justice to lie answered by it but only
fearful harm. Your young hearts should
turn in instant recoil from such brutal
tales. Boys ! if the public journal, that
should be a school of better morals, spreads
this snare before you, do not you walk
into it It will blunt all your finer feel
ings, and familiarize your mind with forms
of cruelty and sin that otherwise yon
would never come in contact with. Every
one knows that any thing made familiar
to the mind loses half its deformity.
Never suffer yourself to read one of these
articles. If your eye catches the startling
heading, pass it instantly by. Do not fill
that mind of yours, which should be all
manly and noble, with these dreadful pic
tures of sin and guilt
I have said nothing about those poison
ous books low and vulgar that some
times find their way secretly into some
boys' pockets. I trust there is no need to
caution you against these. Never, never,
read any thing you would oiusn to nave
your mother or sister see. Kead! but
pray be careful what you read. Hearth
and Home.
How Rock Candy is Made.
Candy ! All candy is nothing but sugar
only it is done differently, just the same as
all printing is only types, but they set
them np in ainerem ways, wen, lei us
begin at the beginning. Let us start with
sugar, loaf or lump sugar, good white su
gar of any sort flow are we to make this
sugar into candy, into the many candies we
see, from lozenges, drop, stick-candy, and
all kinds, to rock candy, so unlike all the
rest 1 Thev are all sugar, but how very
different! We must start somewhere. Let
us take a tea-cup half full of boiling water
and drop a lump of sugar into it It dis
solves. Pnt in another lump, and another ;
they dissolve. The sugar disappears, and
the water becomes thick. We are mak
ing a syrup. We are getting sugar in a
liquid state. What was hard and white
now has become liquid and transparent a
great change truly. Now keep on adding
sugar as long as the water will dissolve
any, and when no more will be dissolved
put the cup aside, in a warm place, near the
stove. Hang a thread in the liquid, and
look at it every day. In a day or two, or
more. I can't tell you how soon, as that
will depend upon the relative amount of
sugar and water, you will find little bits of
clear sugar sticking to the thread. Let
them alone for several days, still keeping
the cup in a warm place, and yon will find
the bits of sugar becoming larger and of
more regular shape, w hy, it is rock-candy !
Exactly so. This is the way in which
rock-candy is mide. Just as much sugar
it will dissolve is put in water, usually
a tub, and threads are bung in the syrup,
and the whole put in a warm place.
Gradually the sugar leaves the water and
gathers upon the threads. Not in a shape
less mass, but all in beautiful crystals,
more nicely formed than you could possi
bly make them, and as clear and transpar
ent almost as glass. This, then, is the way
which rock-candy is made, sugar alter
has been dissolved in water, is allowed
deposit itself slowly and quietly. The
regular forms it takes are called crystals.
and they are always of the same shape,
whether large or small, and are formed
with as much rare and beauty as if they
were diamonds or other precious atones.
You will ask why they form upon 'strings.
Crystals always form upon rough "surface
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sooner than upon smooth ones. I cannot
tell yon why, any more than I can tall
why boys and girls like candy.
The Great Lesson.
The first lesson that a young man should
learn is that he knows nothing. The ear
lier and the more thoroughly this is learn
ed the better. A home-bred youth grow
ing up in the light of parental admiration,
with everything to foster his vanity and
self-esteem, is surprised to find, and often
unwilling to acknowledge, the superiority
of others. Bnt he is compelled to learn
his own insignificance ; his airs are ridi
culed, his blunders are exposed, his wishes
disregarded, and he is made to cat sorry
figure, until his self-conceit is abashed and
he keenly feels that he knows nothing.
When a young man has thorougiy com.,
prehended the fact that he knows nothing
and that intrinsically he is of little value
the next lesson is that the world cares
nothing about him. He is the subject of
no man's overwhelming admiration;
neither petted by the one sex nor envied
by the other, he has to take care of him- "
a.-ir IT will nnt be noticed until he be
comes noticeable ; he will not become no
ticeable until he does something to jprove
that he is some use to society. No re
commendation will give him this or ought
to give him this ; he must do something
to be recognized as somebody.
The next lesson is that of patience. A
man must learn to wait as well as to work,
and to be content with those means of ad
vancement in life which he may use with,
integrity and honor. Patience is one ot
the most difficult lessons to learn. It is
natural for the mind to look for immediate
result 3.
Let this, then, be understood at starting ;
that the patient conquest of difficulties
which rise in the regular and legitimate
channels of business and enterprise is not
only essential in securing the success
which a yonng man seeks in life, but es
sential also to that preparation of the
mind requisite for the enjoyment of suc
cess, and for retaining it when grained.
It is the general rule in all the world and
in all tim that unearned success is a
corse. Bee-Keeper Journal.
Open Doors.
Most of our houses or at least a large .
proportion of them are heated by a fur-'
nace, even if all the warmth is not derived
from one. Open fireplaces, it seen? to ns,
are becoming rarer and more rare, and
with them disappears a most efficient
means of ventilation. We will not stop
here to lament this as a great loss to ns in
a social point of view, this depriving the
family of the focut to which its various
members may come the hearthstone, ao
dear to all who have a real one though
we believe it to be a great loss : but we
will urge it as a reason for throwing open .
more freely the doors of communication
between entries and rooms. Since fur
naces have been so generally introduced.
entries and passages can be, and are, kept
mnch warmer than was possible before
quite warm enough, if not indeed too
warm, for health and there need no
longer be the risk of unduly lowering tha
temperature of the rooms in which we
live, by leaving the door open behind us.
Besides, windows shut closer, and as
towns increase in size, the outer cold has
less effect upon in-door temperature ; and,
what is of far greater moment ventilation, '
in too many modern houses, must be se
cured through tne entries, or uot au.
Fresh air. it is true, is poured into tho
rooms from the furnace, but egress for
that which is vitiated is not provided, ana
it must pour through cracks or remain.
Of course, if we could wait, it would pour
out Fresh hot air coming in would grad-:
nally completely purify the room, which
would attain a temperatnre of over 100 F.
But we cannot stand it; so we shut the
register, and pnt an end to ventilation and
temporary discomfort together. Very few
houses, however, have means for throw
ing as much hot air into their entries as
into their rooms, so that not only are the
latter filled with vitiated air, but actually,
in spite of all the modern improvements,
the entries grow cold ; more coal is thrown
on the furnace, its upper door is shut, and
very little is effected.
Nw, if we would only accustom our
selves to open doors, we would certainly
have better ventilation in the rooms, and
warmer entries, while both rooms and en
tries might be kept at a temperature of
fi8 with rnuch less trouble than is now
expended in bringing rooms op to to".
Where there are children, it is, we
think, of great importance that rooms and
entries should be of the same temperature,
for certainly a large proportion of the
chest and bowel affections of the young
can be traced among certain classes to an
exposure to a change in temperature, es
pecially where the little ones are in the
habit of passing from over-warmed rooms
into somewhat under-warmed entries.
There is no need to dilate on the neces
sity of ventilation to young and old; but
even where stoves are used, and a certain
ventilation is thus afforded, our remarks
hold true, for there is no doubt that all
ordinary modes of burning anthracite coal
pour into our rooms so much of the in
odorous, tasteless, poisonous carbonic ox
ide, that we can hardly have too much air
with which to dilute it
So we put in a plea that instruction be
given to our young folks somewhat differ
ent from that which their forefathers re- .
ceived. Teach them by all means to be
obedient and docile, but forgive them if
doors be left ajar; nay, more teach them
to leave them open. HedicA Time.
Romance of a Ring.
A cobbesposbest of tlie Boston
TravelUr, writing from Newfoundland,
gives the following romantic story of a
rih?: . ...
" As I am on the subject of curiosities,
I may mention that I was shown, the
other day, by a gentleman here, a plain
gold wedding ring, to which a curious
story attaches. A fisherman of Trinity
Bay, on opening the stomach of a codfish
one day last summer, found in it to his
astonishment, this ring. It is rather mas
sive, and on the inside are engraved the
words: 4 God abov continew our lov.
"Judging by the orthography of this
motto, one would be inclined to conclude
that the ring must be atieast a couple of
centuries old ; but then it may be a mod
ern engraving of an ancient line, the
spelling being left unaltered. Perhaps
some of your readers may be able to point
to the authorship of the motto. But the
question is, where did the codfish pick it
up? Was the golden circlet placed on
some fair, taper hnger before the altar, the
blushing trembling bride, half tears, half
smiles, holding np her hand to receive the
emblem of plighted affection on which
her fond lover had got inscribed the mot
to, God abov continew our lov?' Did
some years of happy wedded life follow,
and then did a terrible calamity
close the scene? We picture to
ourselves a storm in the wild At
lantica sinking ship husband and wife
clasped in one another's arms going down
into the "dark, nnfathomed caves of
ocean" pale and ghastly they are laid on
the floor of the great deep; the tangled
sea-weed is intertwined with the long, fair
hair. The delicate hands becomes the
nrpv nf twhps and the polden circlet finds
resting place in the maw of an all-
devouring cod. strange aesunyi uuw
stranger still, the ring is drawn with the
fiah intn the hmt of the fisherman, and is
nrw a curiosity in the hands of strangers.
Who knows but were the tale I have told
widely circulated on the wing of the
press, it might meet tne eye oi some sur
viving relative of the wearer who could
identify it by the unusual motto, and to
whom it would be unspeakably precious.
am in a position to guarantee the truth
of the story. The evidence is conclusive
that it was found as I have described, and
the strong probably is that it came from
the wreck of some unfortunate vessel that
perished near these shores, or perhaps far
out in the Atlantic.
The following highly appreciative
tribute " to California strawberries is
from a Western paper: "Strawberries
grow in California all the year round. The
strawberries attain an unusual size; it is
not uncommon for an ordinary family to
subsist on one for a week. It must not be
supposed that all the varieties are of this
size; some are much smaller, and it is not
imfreqnent for a healthy man to finish one
a meal"

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