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"Those who seek to please everybody please nobody."
happened, once npon a time,
A man, whose age was forty-nine,
AH of a sadden, thonirht his life
Would be more cheerful with a wife.
Bo he beran to "look around"
To see what maiden could be found
Worthy to share hie home and heart.
And faithful prove till life depart.
But finding (ire that pleased his Byes,
Ee thoueht, " Now each would be a prise;
Til conn them both, one at a time;
Whichever ' best, she shall be mine."
I should have mentioned, by the war.
The man already was qnite gray;
And for the ladies, one was young,
And fair as poet ever song.
The other, old and soar and thin;
Bat what of thatt She had the 14 tta."
to each he sou? at with eqnal zest.
Till time should settle which was best.
It happened that the elder maid
Of one thing found herself afraid :
Ber mirror told her that she seemed
lder than he she so esteemed.
And, bating formed a novel plaev
She went to work npon the man:
V hene'er be came to unre his suit.
She plucked each black hair by the root.
Toe younger one, ashamed to wed
A maa whe-bad so cray a head. ', '
While be would sit and talk of love, '
Bhe tried each gray hair to remove. .
And he submitted, within? loath, - ,
fo anxious was he to plesse both ; ' , - '
TJntil, before bis choice was made, -He'd
no hair left npon bis head 1
Then ilher maid the man weald wed.
Because be bad so bald a head.
Thus with bis hair he lost by this
All his fond hopes of wedded bliss. A
Thus does It alwavs prove with those
Who would please aU ; wbate'er they lose.
They'll sorely And that, to the end.
They have not gained o nr. faith M frirnd.
Oliver VjiUe't ilaguzitt.
Convicted by False Circumstantial
A remarkable case, showing the danger
VI H iRUliy lilipiiuiiv ini-'niHiiKiHniim fvi-
deuce, has iust been concluded in Toledo.
Nearly three years ago Robert Sharp was
iouna aeaa, witn. snot ana sings in his
brain. A man named Harrington, who had
been en intimate terms with deceased, was
arrested for the murder. The testimony
was wholly circumstantial, but so skill
fully" worked up" by the detectives that
Harrington was convicted and sont to the
Penitentiary. . 11 is lawyers had become in
teres ted in the case, and, although Har
rington was a poor man, they determined
to fight his cause to the end. Aftera long
ana arduous straggle through the Dis
trict and Supreme Courts, an order for a
sew trial was obtained, and that trial has
just closed. The main points in the evi
dence on which he was convicted were
the apparent correspondence of the shot
in the body of the dead man with that in
the shot-bag belonging to Harrington; the
correspondence of pieces of a newspaper
found near the scene of the supposed
murder, and assumed to be part of the
gun-wadding, with a torn paper in Har
rington residence, and a piece in his vest
pocket.and that the motive for the murder
was to be found in the alleged fact of
sharp having come to Toledo with several
Hundred dollars of money, which Har
rington knew, - and that no one else
was o intimate with - Sharp. On
the second trial it was rendered
doubtful whether there was a
similarity in the shot ' It was clearly
proven that the pieces of paper alleged- to
have been picked up at the scene of the
murder were not there at the time of th
finding of the body, - nor for a day
or two afterward, and the inference was
unavoidable that they were put there by
the detectives to aid them in "working
tip the case against Harrington, it was
further proven that Sharp was destitute
when he arrived in Toledo, and that Har
rington was doing his best to aid him in
procuring employment. To crown all, an
eiiin was satisfactorily proven. Harring
ton was declared innocent, and the jury
voluntarily gave him a letter, signed by
every member, repeating, in emphatic
terms, their belief in his entire innocence
of any knowledge of the supposed murder,
and bearing - testimony to his uni
form good character. The public sen
timent unanimously ; coincided with
this verdict. - The former .', employer
oi Harrington immediately took: him
back into his service. It causes an
unpleasant shudder to reflect that a per
fectly innocent man, of good character,
Buttered two years or degrading punish
ment, and narrowly escaped an igno
minious death, for a crime of which he
knew nothing. It is another warning of
implicit trust in wholly circumstantial evi
dence, and a protest against the detectives
in " working up a case " against one they
cnoose to suspect. (Mvelatul MUraiiL.
Facts about Ice.
Ice has its peculiarities. While chem
ically it is only crystalized water, we find,
in investigating the -circumstances of its
congelation, some things which surprise
us, or would, if we gave them thought.
The freezing-point of fresh water is said
to be 32. Fahr.; yet, if the water is
kept perfectly still, and nothing is thrust
into it, the temperature may tall to 14 9
or as some chemists assert, to 5 before it
congeals; the moral to be drawn Irom
which is, " Keep still if you do not . want
to get into a nx. Another ot its peculiari
ties is that, while most liquids contract on
assuming the solid form, water expands.
It does this, however, only - within certain
limits. , 1 ill it reaches the temperature' el
89 o, water, in giving up portions of its
latent heat, contracts, though, very
moderately ; bet ween 39 e and 32 ("the point
ot solidincauon), it expands about eleven
per cent, or one-ninth of its previous
bulk ; and this expansion is so irresistible
as to form an explosive force nearly equal
to that ot gun powder, calculated by pay-
b!cLjU at twenty-seven hundred and
twenty pounds to the cubic inch.
The reason for this deprrture from
the general law in the case of the solidifi
cation of water is obvious, though it has
never, so tar as we know, been adduced as
among the evidences of design on the part
of the Creator. If water, like the oils and
the mineral salts, became heavier when it
i t became solid, it would sink to the lxt-
tom of the lake, pond, or stream, on which
it formed. In a cold season, sinking as
tney .congealed, the body or stream of
water would be "w holly solidified,
and- would only become liquid again
alter a long season of excessive
heat This would lead to the de
struction of the finny tribes which inhabit
the waters, to the diminution of the evapo
ration from their surface, and the conse
quent diminishing of the rainfall; to a
lower mean of animal temperature, back
ward seasons and small and imperfect
crops, l he regions wnere the ice sunk as
it froze would soon ' become a bleak and
barren desert Under the existing natural
law the water beneath the ice retains a
temperature not below 33.' -
Another peculiarity of ice is its greatly
increased density and tenacity under the
protracted and severe cold. Most liquids,
on assuming the solid form, retain that
form without material change, so long as
the temperature remains below the point
of liquefaction, a farther decrease of tem
perature effecting no perceptible difference
in their destiny ; but the ice, formed at a
temperature of 25 to 30 Fahr. is as dif
ferent from that which is found when the
temperature has ranged for some time be
tween 10 and Is Fahr, as chalk is
from granite. The ice at the lower tem
perature is dense and hard as flint; it
strikes fire with the pick of the skate,
and, as in St. Petersburg, in 1740, when
masses of it were turned and bored for
cannon, though but four inches thick.
they were loaded with, iron cannon balls
and a charge of a quarter of a pound of
powder, and nred witnout explosion.
Bull another peculiarity oi ice is mat in
the process ot freezing the impurities
(salts, eta) held in solution in the water
are eliminated, and only the pure water
takes on the crystalizing form. This is a
very important fact, and is often made use
of by practical ckeinkts in concentrating
tinctures, vinegar, alcoholic preparations,
etc, by freezing out the water which they
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i VOLUME I.
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Does anybody, I wonder, know Throg
morton ? It is in the weald of Kent : and
yet not actually In ! the weald, but on a
little Mit'nin Bnl1 4 vrVinl, vwv,4ns.ta
into the -great plain of Romney.- There
the tough cray has marred the lily-white
sand, aad a bounteous ' off-spring has
blessed the i union. . There flourish avible
oaks, broad leaved chestnuts, astn-ineelms
in rich luxuriance of leaf;, and emerald
pastures are set amongst their shades, and
rich corn -fields and: smiling' hop-gardens
chequer the sides of the gently swelling
JopeS." ,? , fffl.'1rHr-.,
Loiter with -me) -on' the- pleasant -field-path
winding in and out -among the
meadows and cornfields'-; look back on the
red-robfed town-crowned-by massive
gothic tower the evening chimes are
tinkling in the still air with a loving lingering-
cadence, euggettuig I Snow not
what subtle pathos of long-forgotten days
and own with me that broad England
can shove-few fairer -nooks-than fair
Throgmorton town, - ' T
ily story fcasn f much, to oo wittt.ihrog
mortVft; but there it was I -first -knew
Chubb Jackson.'' He wasn't unlike a chub
either, a a boy wide-mouthed, with little
teeth set far back in his head, and freckles
brown that you might take them for
scales. Ee was a school-fellow of mine at
the Manor House school. Old Hookey
(not thirty then), our head-master, had
taken him in as incorrigible, at a double
fee, to try and make something of him;
rossiuiy aiicuipi migui nave uccu
worth the money; but t any rate, it
didn't succeed. Passed through the regu
lation mill, Chubb came out more ink and
tear-stained, more sulky and more lazy.
than ever. Dragged through the sEnted,
tumbled over " Anna virumque caco ;"
shoved into logarithms, he couldn't evpif
through the multiplication-table.' '- His
life - was a continual . round of expia
tion; of impositions which he never got
through, of unlearnt tasks which no mor
power could force him to learn ; only
the holidays freed him from the. ever ac
cumulating load ot punishment. - J
And yet 1 think he enjoyed sunseii. 1
fancy, as he sat by the ODen window look
over the rambling old-fashioned garden
the pleasant apple and cherry orchards
beyond, his eyes and mind far away' from
wretched old lexicon and classics
under his nose, that the bees as they hum
med, and the birds as they twittered, and
the hushed sounds of country life, said
say for him which they uttered not for
as we swiped, and bowled, and fielded,
kept wicket in the cricket-field over
beyond the Oast House. :
I was the only chum he had : perhaps a
corresponding ..vein .of idlesse made us
sympathize ; at all events .- we were : great
friends; and when his aunt, Miss, or as
was called by courtesy Mrs. Chubb
was an orphan, poor leuow, and under
care of a maiden aunWwhen she
came to take him home for the midsum
mer holidays, she had a liking for me for
nephew's sake, and wanted me to come
see them at Pelham-crescent Hast
ings. But I never went;- and I saw no
more of Chubb Jackson for I dont . know
how many years.'
i was serving out my articles with Bump
Podger3of Lincoln's Inn, living in
lodgings in Stanhope street Hainpstead
road, when, coming from Charing cross
evening by a yellow bus, I recognized
next to me on the knife-board the image
Chubb Jackson.". It couldn't be the
inky boy of my school days ; for this was
paint ul swell in lavender gloves, most
shiny hat, and shirt collar of portentous
.Now Chubb as a lad had a most in
veterate Btutter. So when the youth
turned to me, intending I think, to ask for
light, having an unlit cigar in his mouth,
fumbling vainly in his waistcoat
pocket and I saw his mouth working in
painful throes to deliver itself of the em
bryo words, I knew that he must be my
former school-fellow, and cried, uncon
scous'y imitating his stammer, " TV-why,
must be C-Chubb Jackson !"
He was living, i iouna. sun witn ms
Chubb, in Albany street , close by ; and
renewed our school friendship ' forth
with. . t . i I ,
Airs. Chubb was always delighted to see
I was so steady, she said ; judging, I
rather from my antecedents than from
actual knowledge of my. habits ; and
always felt comfortable when Chubb
with me. uut there was another at
traction at 394 Albany street Letitia
Cuttshon was there on a visit a protracted
visit, having no apparent commencement !
ending, but which was always to end
sometime or other, but never did. - .
The second tune I went to see them.
Chubb told me, as a great aeoet, that
hoped Letitia and Chubb would come
together. Letitia was the orphaned daugh-
of the dearest friend she ever had she
a little sigh as she said it, which.,
made me think perhaps there wa3 some
womnn's romance hidden below her placid
front and it was the dearest wish of her 1
heart that the two Bhould be married but '
wanted Chubb to make something of'
himself first He was now apprenticed to
wood-engraver, and he really -seemed to
found his particular hole ; for he had
wonderfully Beat and careful hand, and
considerable talent lor design. . He
worked good deal .at Jtome in a iiuie
atelier on the second Jlooi ; and you would
him, as he chipped away, humming
sometimes, and sometimes carolling, wktn
came to the hall door in quiet Albany
Looking upon Lstitia as already en
gaged, I had no intention of falling in love
her; but I couldn't help becoming
fond of her, meeting her as I did
constantly in intimate society, for she was
good aad lovable. . Chubb was much at
tached to her, I fancied ; but I don't know
whether he was quite such a good boy as
aunt imagined, and. I used to doubt.
sometimes whether the career open to him
pleased him altogether.--
lieing not swells at all, but quite unpre
tentious folk, we would sometimes go to
pit of, the- Princess'. Mrs. Chubb
would pilot her nephew through, and I
would have to take care of Letty in the
crowd, and sometimes, under pressure of
circumstances, would find my arm around
waist, or take her plump hand m mine.
Delicious pleisures ! forbidden,- but how
sweet! - j- - -
It happened, however, that some lite
friend of Chubb offered him a box
a particular night at the Olympic: and
was then and there determined that we
would all go, Chubb was to come to my
at half past C, and aunt Chubb and
Letitia were to call for us there.
had had a very busy day at Lincoln's
and I had not noticed the flight of
when I heard a cab stop outside ; it
7 o'clock. I was vexed with Chubb
he hadn't kept his appointment ; for I
relied upon his coming in time for me
dress before the ladies arrived. - Now I
to run out in my office coat, and ask
Chubb to wait till 1 could struggle
my evening suit y. : - . .
ion t be more than ten minutes. Ed,
ward," she said, "or we shall have to pay
for waiting. Chubb must follow us,
careless boy." ' . ,
mere was nothing remartahin 5n ii
keeping his appointment I don't think
naa ever Kept one in his life. T mn.
tented myself with leaving a message
Mrs. Tomkins, the housekeeper, that
was to dress as quickly as possible, and
follow us." I charged her sneciRllw tn
a jug of hot water ready on the hob,
he mightn't have any excuse for Bit
ting down in his Bhirt-sleeves and smok
ing a pipe, which he would be only ton
to do on the slightest hitch in his
1 remember the entertainment at the
Olympic welL It was the last time I ever
saw R act ' The shadow of death w.ai
upon the poor fellow then, but he fired up
once or twice with something of his - old
spirit It was a grotesque drama they
played, but it saddened me; too; trie re
was something weird and ghostly about
the fun; ' ' I-
Act succeeded act but still no Chubb
Jackson. . Ever and again I turned my
head, thinking I heard him enter the box.
My uneasiness seized my companions aiso
they, too, began to look over their shoul
ders each minute. It was a hot midsum
mer - night but the theatre felt chilly.
Auat and Letitia drew their shawls round
them. I fancied, too, that the audience on
the other side began to notice our uncasi
nesst lorgnettes were leveled at 'our box.
i All of a sudden the bot-door was
thrown violently open, hung suspended for
a moment- no- -wsbmii during- suku a
person : might pass in and then closed
heavily. I jumped up and ran inte the
passage. JNot a soul was there. i.eiiua
had given a little scream; hff looktd
deadly. pale,, and almost fainting.. Aunt
Chubb. was perplexedtnd distrait . The
plav was coming to an end. ' I took them
Out e-f the theater and put them into a cab.
it would be a relief to get bacs to Aioany
street, and to had Chubb m ins nine
snuggery, smoking a pipe and chipping
away at his blocks : a relief to give him a
good scolding for putting us out so.
But when we got back to Albany street
the house was dara and aeaoiaie. ine
servants had rnne to bed. according to or
ders. - The BUboer tray was Li 'the dining-
room, in readiness for our refection ; a few
dozen oysters, a. brown' loaf, a half cut
ham. But there was no trace of Chubb's
presence, no opened shells, no empty bot
tles of Guinness.- "Where could he be ?
It was necessary that I should go out to
look after the missing Chubb. I embraced
my mission very reluctantly; for I was
tired and hungry, and I thought that Chubb
was indulging in some freak. His aunt
would not hear of the possibility of such
a thing; her boy had never been out so
late as this without her knowledge, and
she felt convinced some evil had come to
him. She besought me to lose not a mo
ment in putting the police in motion, in
advertising, m onenng a reward oi a nun
dred pounds for any information, i s
"Had he any money with him, aunt?"
' I had grown so intimate with the family
that Mre. Chubb had adopted me as her
- " O, dear, yes ; and a great deal. I paid
him his half-year's allowance, fifty pounds,
this very morning, in Bank of England
notes; and he stuffed them into his breast
coat-pocket in his careless way, and I "
- Have you got the numbers f "
" O, yes ; I put them down j they're in
my desk. See here."
" Nothing but the numbers ! no date ! no
distinguishing letters! Dear me, aunt,
how unbusiness-like you are!"
" O, is it necessary, Edward . I didn't
"This Est will do well enough for stop
ping the notes; but if they were lost you'd
never get anything out of the bank for
them.. But now the point is to find Chubb.
Good-bye, aunt ; I'll send the young chap
home to you fast enough, never fear. '
! Please God, I trust you wilL"
Letty was in the hall as I went out
She came to me pale and trembling.
O Edward, do you think there is any
thing wrong with Chubb?"
"No, nothing wrong, I trust, Letty.
Don't worry about him : he's sure to be
I took her hand as I spoke. Her sweet
gray eyes sought nrne in unsuspecting
" You will come back with him. "We
sha'n't go to bed till you come back.
It was a hot, dull, sodden night ; a night
on which one felt the oppressive weight
of nndefinable wretchedness. As I made
my way to the cab-stand, I felt that I was
upon a bootless errand. .
Chubb hadn t been at Lincoln s inn :
the housekeeper, whom I roused out of
her first sleep, was sure of that I must go
on to Enfield street to the shop of the
eminent wood engravers where Chubb was
empJoyedv-Theprenusea were locked up;
an iron bar across the door, with a great
padlock securing it, showed that no one
slept in the house. What should I do
next In my perplexity, I found my way
to the police station. The inspector smiled
at my grave air when he heard my tale.
"There's a good many young gents as
don't get home as soon as their ma's would
like, sir. But 111 send a sergeant with
you, sir. The man on the beat will know
where the foreman of the shop lives, no
The police sergeant, a grizzled, care
worn man, started with me to the beat
The officer on duty knew where the fore
man of English ee Jardine lived ; it was
in a street off the Tottenham Court road.
Another short cab drive, and we were
knocking at Mr. White's door. Mr. White
was a bachelor and a lodger. He was evi
dently . giving a party that night ; the
front room was lighted up, and there was
a piano going, and a song with a thunder
ing chorus. , My heart felt a great relief.
Chubb was here, of course; this was the
very sort of thing in which he delighted ;
tor which he d give up any kind of civil
ized society Wouldn't he be wild at be
ing fetched home by a police sergeant and
a friend! f.
' -White came to the door in his shirt
sleeves j he had a long clay pipe in his
hand, with which he was beating time to
the chorus. He seemed too perfectly hap
py to feel any surprise at the sight of two
strangers at" his gate, . although one of
them was a police constable. A rich tenor
voice inside was singing "Hard times
come again no more." - -
"Chubb Jackson here?" "No, he
isn't" " "Tis a song, a sigh of the weary,
hard times ' but if you're a friend of his,
come in and join us. Again he was led
away by the chorus, " Around my cabin
door come again no more."
The police sergeant sighed ; he'd a soft
heart, 1 fancy, under his blue coat, and
few who have had hard times themselves
can hear unmoved the plaintive refrain.
" Can you give us a few minutes' con
versation on a matter of importance?" .
"Certainly; only don't interrupt the
song. - Come in ; there. - Hard times, hard
times, come again no more ;' novr, chorus.
We stood there in the ball, nnder the
lamp ; Mr. White waving his pipe to the
time, and the police sergeant joining gruf
fly in the strain.
- "Bravo; thank ye, gentlemen. Now,
then, what have you got to say to me?"
I told him briefly of Chubb being
missing, and asked him what clue he had
to give me. : : w i '
" Why,- let's see. 1 Chubb went away
first thing this morning; he wasn't quarter
of an hour at the shop. He'd been draw-
ing some tin, hadn't he? He don't often
show much at the shop on such occasions.
Where he went to, I don't know. Yes, I
do, though. I can tell you where he start
ed from, at least He went to the Eaex
street pier; for he was asking Brown if it
was open again, as it had been repairing
lately, and Brown said it was. But where
he went after that I know no more than
the dead. But, bless, you, he'll turn up all
We took our leave sadly; it didn't seem
a very hopeful trail.- :
" l don't use a trace as ends in the
river, sir. You don't often get any farther
than that" - '
We didn't get any farther. - - -'
At the early dawn I found myself wearily
walking along Albany street with a fecblu
hope that Chubb might have come home
in the meantime. But there was only
Mrs. Chubb, bitting up, Bad and wan, and
looking- ten year3 .older in.
My poor boy, my "poor boyl"
could only cry, quite, broken, down, quite
past cmfortr Letty took her up stairs,
and 1 dida't venture to eee her for a month
-1 had the directior of all the Inquiries
which were mada - Spurred on by the re
ward of 230, the police exerted them
selves - most; strenuously. ' But not the
faintest trail could they find of Chubb
Jackson. .One. of the notes he had re
ceived from his aunt was traced to a lot?
public house in the Waterloo road ; but al
though the house was watched for months,
and the haunts of all the doubtful charac
ters 1 who resorted there . thoroughly,
searched, they faikd to-get a glimpse of
the fkta of poor Chubb, t
The atelier on the second fl xr in Albany
street was abut up from that time.. Aunt
Chubb would let no one enter it but her
self; once a wk .she would go in and
dust it with her own hands. Poor Letitia
thought herself almost a widow, and wove
deep mourning for her lost sweetheart
It was a year after Chubb's untimely
fete that I ventured one day she was
sewing a button on my sleeve at the time
the eight of her sweet patient face and
downcast eyes was too much for me, and I
took her In my arms and aked her if she'd
let me take the vacant place In her heart
She was dreadfully shocked, and wouldn't
forgive me for a long-time; but Aunt
Chubb was my friend, and told my darling
that the time tor gnct was past and that
it was her dearest wish now that we two
should be married ; and then Letitia re
lented, and gave me all her heart ' -
Aunt Chubb roused ' up wonderfully
now. In our happiness she seemed to
live again; for the soul wearies of hopeless
griet. in the preparations tor the wed
ding, in the necessary house hunting, and
furniture-buying. Aunt Chubb took great
interest But 1 could u t help feeling a
little nettled at how completely in the
mind of aunt, and partially in Letty's
view, I was simply a representative of the
lost Chubb."". We wero not to live in" St
John's Wood, because Chubb detested St
John's Wood. . We must live in the neigh
borhood of Regent's-Park, because Chubb
thought it was the healthiest part of Lon
don. The dining-room curtains were to
be blue, for that was Chubb's -favorite
color ; the drawing room -was to be up
holstered in white and gold, for Chubb
had been heard to say that when he had a
house ot his own that would be his choice.
In other respects, however, it was; more
satisfactory to -stand in Chubb's shoes.
His aunt had announced her. intention of
making us the same allowance she had in
tended for Chubb when he married ; and
she told us that having no near relations
of her own, she proposed to make us and
ours her heirs; but after all, it wasn't
pleasant to be considered in the light of a
proxy or deputy ; and the way in which
those two women set up an idol, an ideal
Clmbb about as like the real formerly-existing
Chubb as the butterfly is to the
grub, and expecting everybody to burn in
cense before it was especially aggravating.
But I bore all patiently, abiding the time
when I should take the reins into my own
hands. -.- , . .
It was just two years since poor Chubb
disappeared, and we were to be married
to-morrow. . ! ,
I had wound up all my affairs at Lin
coln's Inn, acd I had made up my mind to
leave the office at three, having to make a
few purchases ; and I had planned taking
a Citizen steamboat to Cadogan Pier, there
to have a quiet half-hour under the trees
of Cheynewalk, to take leave of my bid
self. For before I knew Letitia X had
been a very lonely man, lonely in a crowd.
and I had learned to know myself yes,
and to like myself, and to take a pleasure
in my own thoughts ; and I felt a little
sad, as though I were parting with an old
friend at the gate of my new life.
But locking up my papers aud chang
ing my coat I was conscious of a peculiar
stir and tumult astonishing the quiet inn;
a clatter and a clank,- a ringing of steel
accoutrementa,' and .the sharp - clash .-of
hoofs on the paved court yard. - I heard,
too, the rush of pattering feet which be
tokened that the London gamin was awake
to the prospect of a little excitement
Now, looking from my window, I saw' a
small detachment of hussars drawn up
outside our office. Opposite the door was
a cab, a policeman on the box.. Haifa
dozen mounted police were drawn up on
either side, and the British public massed
itself behind Jie cavalcade. -
I heard a clerk flying up the stairs, and
lift hnKt intA m w tvtrttri ATnlatminir. "
Mr.-'Brown, you're wanted ixmneUi&telyj
iiaaiXfome tor me, then, this caval
cade? Was I to be carried off on the eve
of my wedding-day? Was I to be spirited
away fo join my poor friend Chubb?: j,
remembered such things in weird stories
I had read, as a boy; and I was realiy so
much shaken, that had I found myself
crammed into the carriage, and disappear
ing in a thunder-cloud, i shouldn't have
been much astounded. - .. -
No, not more astounded than I was.
when, going to the window of the cab, I
saw, silting beside a police officer, and
heavily ironed, Chubb Jackson !
llewasn t a bit altered, - only browned
and more manly. ' -r.-.-
"iNed,- old tellow, 1 can t shake hands
with you for these confounded handcuffs :
but you're looking jolly. I want you to
come with me to the police office, to iden
tify me. .They want to make out that I
am Colonel Brady, tne head center ot the
Fenians r but you can tell them better than
that, eh Ned ? Come, jump hi." " 15.
I got into the cab in a maze ot bewilder
ment. '..- ... r
How did I stand ! Was I going to be
married to-morrow, or would Chubb usurp
my place Who did the house in Regent's
Park belong - to ? .-and , the .portmanteau
ready packed at my lodgings ? No, that
was mine, at all events. And the month's
holiday ? . Good heavens, why didn't the
fellow stop another day ? - What did ho
mean by. sitting there grinning at me,
looking so happy? Happy: of course "he
was happy. Wasn't he going home to nis
Letitia? - - ...
Why should I be bail- for this man ?
what did I know about him ? The last
two years might have made a Fenian of
himJ Was I certain he wasn't Colonel
Brady? Was it a fiend which whispered
in my ear, " keep him locked up till the
day after tomorrow?" -.
But the fiends may whisper as they will :
the habit of truth and honesty is the best
exorciser of demons. When we arrived
at the police station, and when shown into
the magistrate's private -room, my course
was plain, Mr. Pusslewit the magistrate.
knew me well enough.
I could answer lor the man in custody :
he - was not a . Fenian at alL He w as
Chubb Jackson ; was an intimate friend of
my own. His detention would be a very
serious affair for the police; but released
now, I would undertake that no action
should be brought against the government
The upshot was, that half an hour saw
Chubb and myseir walking toward Char
ing cross arm-in-arm.
I had made up my mind as to the course
should adopt Chubb had satisfied me
that he had not intentionally left us in the
dark as to his fate. His lachet were not so
great as to debar him from equity. I felt
that he had the prior claim ; that I could
not resist the decree of the court above.
would take him to Letitia : tell her in
half a dozen words that I resigned her to
him; leave them to be happy together;
and then, ah, time enough to think of that
when Uien came. i
Chubb, we'll have a cab, anil go to
your aunt's at once."
"Bat, ised, la so
I've had nothing to eat since breakfast this
morning on board the Hamburg ; and if
remember right, aunt has tea about this
timei and her larder is not framed for
emergencies. Let's go to the Wellington
and have a jolly good dinner; I'll stand
the sum, for I'm flush to a degree."
We went to the Wellington, aud Chubb
tooa great pains in ordering the dinner.
I think we drank a good deal of wine, but
1 couidn i taste it nor had it any percepti
ble effect upon me. - -
- Chubb was full of his adventures. He
had sailed for America from Southampton
on the day' of his disappearance ; he had
posted letters to us all, explaining the
cause of his exodus; we afterward found
the k-tters in the breast pocket of the old
coat hanging ur in his atelier. He had
found out afNew York some relations of
his own, who, it turned out were people
ot inuuence in America, some of them be
ing high in office. His desire being to
serve in the war of secession then goinj
on, his friends procured him a commission
in a fighting regiment and Chubb had
seen good service. "Ask anybody who
Khows it there s any t Ding said about tne
Forty-second Pennsylvanians and English
Jackson," said Chubb, with a flush of
pride in his face.- He'd written home
several times, he said vaguely, but postal
communications were irregular, and Chubb
wrote such a shocking scrawl, that I
wasn't surprised his letters never came to
hand. " - , .'
Wouldn't his aunt, all "being explained,
really go down on her knees and worship
the young hero? Her own nephew one of
the braves m the great war! - And Letitia
too; he'd gone through all this for her, to
make himself worthy of her love.
How happy they'd all be ! Only I, a
miserable pale-faced lawyer's clerk only
I in the way.
V Come, Chubb, let's go," said I hoarsely.
f Let's have a rtat cafe and a smoke
before we go, Ned."
" jno, no ; come now, come now."
If I didn't get it over soon I should
"But I've something to tell you. Ned.
I gave way. 1 really thirsted for a re
prieve. We sat in the smoking room; I
before my un tasted coffee, rolling my unlit
cigar in my damp hngers; he with his
leg comfortably twisted round the arm of
the chair, lolling back and blowing great
wreaths of smoke from his fat jolly
cheeks. - ' i
"Ned, do yoa think Letitia was very
nu oi me r
"Devoted to you, Chubb. 'She mourned
you as a widow might mourn her dead
husband." ' - .
. Chubb looked rather queer.
"Do you know that's devilish awk
" Wb t do you mean ?
"Why. I mean in fact I'm married to
an American. I sent her on to Paris whilst
I ran over to see you."
I jumped up, upsetting the table be
tween us, and grasped Chubb by both
; " Chubb,' my dear old friend, my dear
old friend; indeed we'll kill the fatted
calf for you to-night I am going to marry
What an agitating night that was! I
shall never forget Lititia's look of horror
when I told her Chubb Jackson had come
back ; and then how she flung her arms
round my neck, and cried to me that I
must hold her fast against her aunt and
Chubb and all the world ,- how I exploded
then into a passion of love and joy, and
quite frightened poor Letty. She was a
little disappointed, though, when she found
we were not called npon to do defiance to
all the world ; rather vexed with Chubb,
too, for having forgotten her so easily.
As for aunt Chubb, she laughed and
cried and laughed again. - Yes, it was very
nice to sec the faithful old aunt and her
young scapegrace of a nephew so happy.
. We were married next day, Letty and I;
and Chubb gave her away. .
Mrs. Chubb started tor fans next day
to see her niece, Mrs. Chubb Jackson ; and
we presently joined them all there, and
were introduced to the fair Americaine,
her father and brothers. She was a charm
ing little body, and I was delighted with
her; but Letitia didn't get on with her
quite so weU.
Chubb has gone back to America,
where, in conjunction with his father-in-law,
he carries on a dry-goods warehouse,
a monster hotel, and a line of steamboats,
besides conducting an illustrated paper.
Reports say they are making piles of dol
Letitia and I are very happy. London
Training Tomato Vines.
' Is twelve years' testing and observation,
I have arrived at the conclusion that the
common treatment given to the tomato is
detrimental to its growth, flavor, and nour
ishing principles, and that there are ad
vantages in training up the stalk and lop
ping off the superfluous branches. The
three rules to follow in the cultivation of
the tomato are:
1. Secure the seed of fruit acclimated to
the section where it is to be grown.
3. Free use of liquid manure during the
3. Lopping off the superfluous branches,
and training the stock of the plant over
trellises, and np the sides of fences and
houses, to Us full length and capacity.
The tomato is too sensitive for the plant
grown in a northern latitude to succeed
south at the first trial, or for the seed of
the south to flourish in the north, until it
ia acclimated. Acclimation is essential
before pronouncing judgment on its mer
its. Select the smoothest roundest and
heaviest, adapted for table consumption,
during its natural season, and a medium
size, grown and adapted expressly for can
ning purposes. Secure the plant that is
adapted to your climate and wants; keep
that seed pure, and study to acclimate it to
the section and soil, and improve its size,
color, and flavor each year. Then you
will never leave home for a good tomato.
To prepare the ground, mix with the
soil equal parts of hen, chip and sand
manure. Heap the dirt in hills not less
than two feet high ; at the base and around
these hills set the t trongest and stoutest
plants. Then apply soap-suds, dish-water,
etc., over the hill end let it run down and
feed the plant dlvAn the season. Draw
the earth from this hill around the glow
ing plants every two weeks, spreading the
same about over the roots until the ele
vated earth is-consumed in feeding the
wants of the vine.
' It is interesting and important .to train
and cut away the surplus un bearing limbs
from the first to the last spreading branch ;
a young shoot springs from the crotch ;
this infant sprig niui-t be plucked out on
all occasions. On the side of the main
stalk the tiower, stem shoots out ; these
bear the blossom and fruit. ' Near these a
very heavy and large branch grows, as
large as the original stem, with big leaves ;
that is fruitless aud burdensome. All these
should be cut off with a sharp knife, so as
to leave the'main stalk and flower stem
exposed to light and air. The blossom
branch will often doubie its capacity in
fruit bearing. The surplus should be re
duced so that the remainder will come to
early and perfect maturity. . The vine will
commence bearing at about twelve inches
from the ground, and under this treatment
continue to bear fruit at every twelve and
fifteen inches, to the extreme end of the
tree. Cor. Country Geniieman.
Thk Boston JW has the following re
tort? " The person who sent us a copy of
the Boston PoA with 'Jackass written
upon the margin, is requested to inform us
at what stable he can be found."
The Lat of the Lakd Eggs.
Dr. Walkingpost is the name of a
a Cincinnati physician.
A Good Birthday Prksbst A policy
in tne mutual iae, oi unicago.
Worth remembering by money-hunt
ers Miroud8 have no pockets.
A drunk es man can rarely walk in a
straight line. He's more used to a rye-
Those who most frequently visit the
watering-places in the summer are milk
men. Policies become self-sustaining in the
Washington Life Insurance Company, of
Ah apothecary sent in a bill to a widow
lady, which ran thus: "To curing your
husband tin he died :
The cigar bill of the young Wall street
millionaire, Uimocc, ia f 3,000 a year.
A lady in Terra Haute, aged twenty-
nine, has recently married her fourth hus
The cost of boarding prisoners in the
Ohio Penitentiary last year was (46.30 per
They have lust got through surveying
Arizona, and it is tound to contain seventy
million acres. ...
The young lady who is unable to sud-
port a riding habit should get into a walk
A lady calls the little memorandum her
butcher sends with the meat, " pencilings
by the weigh." ; ,
A servant in a family at Bangor. Me
has saved, since September, lil, at a sal
ary of 1 per week, $1,31)0.
A writer in the Boston Herali sug
gests the taxing of cats as a means of fa
cilitating the payment of the public debt
A female lecturer says the only decent
thing about Adam was a rib, and that
went to make something better.
The difference between the school-boy
and the clerk-boy is, that one stores the
mind and the other minds the store. -
There are nine persons living within
three miles of the Hudson, NYPost-
Offlce whose united age is 819 years, or an
average of 91 years. -, ;
" Hiuh" Pareona would have couples tarry
Wbn titer dtodom to wed in Lent: - -
iJiuwnyr xne sooner i
ler people marry.
rue sooner, mostly, ut repent.
There is a clergyman in Boston who
both preaches and practices. He preaches
on Sunday and practices (medicine) the
rest of the week. ...
A man from the country visited all the
stores in Jasper, Ind., recently, to buy a
divorce. He was told they were "just out
of divorces, but would have a full supply
A London merchant lately deceased.
left a legacy of 20 to a Gloucester school
master who " once gave him a thrashing
that had been a life-long benefit to him r'
How much did he leave?" inquired a
gentleman of a wag on learning the death
of a wealthy citizen. M Everything,' re
sponded the wag ; " he didn't take a dollar
The following expressive notice Is post
ed on the closed door of a Brooklyn cob
bler's shop : " Thes beznies Is klozd fur
a week tu elou thea bos A chanz ter bi
A Quaker's advice to his son on his
wedding day : " When thee went a court
ing, I told thee to keep thy eyea wide
open ; now that you art married, I tell
thee to keep them half shut"
Ah exchange says : " We are In receipt
of ' two poems, one on the 'Throbbing
Tlro!n ami tha ntha, in Ttoatint Wiwrt '
.111...., BUU ... W WW JWUMU 1 -
We will wait until we receive one on the
Stomach Ache, and publish all three
Dr. Holmes says : " Walking is a per
petual falling, with a perpetual self-re
covery. It ia a most complex, violent and
perilous operation, which we divest of its
extreme danger only by continual practice
from a very early period of life." ,
" So you're going to Alaska, are you,
young man ?" said an old fur-hunter to a
Philadelphia youth, adding - xou must
be careful how you kill the wife of a na
tive of that country, for no one was ever
known to be let oil from such an accident
for less than two woolen blankets to the
bereaved husband, and five to the Gov
ernor." . ?
A learned man has said that the hard
est words to pronounce in the English
language are, " 1 made a mistaae." Y nen
Frederick the Great wrote to the Senate :
"I have just lost a battle, and it's my own
fault" Goldsmith savs: "his confession
showed more greatness than his victories."
The aggregate sum paid to Alexander
Dumas, Sr., by publishers and theatrical
managers in the course of his long literary
career, exceeds tnrec nniuons aua a nan
franca. The amount which will be paid
to his heirs on his plays in France, ia esti
mated at fifteen thousand francs a year.
Dumas died largely in debt to his publish
ers. Alichel Levy, ot rans, aione is saia
to lose by his death one hundred and fifty
A. ur,. i.i.
LiJT alght 1 wetebed, qniU wearied ottt, .
The question that perplexes still;
And that aad spirit we call doubt . ., ,
Made the good nanght beside the Ul.
This morning, when witb rested mind
I try again the self same theme, . , . .
The whole is altered, and I find
The balance tamed, til good supreme.
A little sleep, a brief night's rest, - '
Has changed the look ot all that h!
Sore any creed I hold at best , ..
Keeda humble holding after this.
Mrs. Judith Rust, who died at Ipswich,
Massachusetts, recently, was married on
Christmas Eve, 1799, and, although she
was on good terms with her family, yet
she never slept in her father's house after
wards. There were ninety persons pres
ent at her wedding, and she survived them
alL She left two children, nineteen grand
children, thirty-eight great-granchildren,
and one great-great-grandchild living.
Eighteen of her grandchildren attended
her funeral. She slept upon the same bed
stead from the night of her marriage to
the day of her death. She carried the first
umbrella ever carried in Rowley. - She
was bom July 6, 17.3, and died March 20,
In New Zealand, it is said, surface water
is entirely gone from large tracts, some
times covering 5,000 square miles, for
months, and even for years. The region
becomes so utterly dry as to forbid the
possibility, apparently, of any survival of
frog life. And vet these reptiles seem to
beat the cat tor tenacity of life; tor
wherever rain falls sufficiently to fill the
water holes they are found to swarm with
frogs, and this when immediately previous
one might dig lor ten or twenty leei wim-
out finding any trace of water. A recent
writer ouers a solution. His statement is
that on a recent tour he became alarmed
for want of water. That a native called
in hcln. went immediately to a dry water-
hole, found a crooked and indistinct track
on what had once been nud, and followed
it up to the shade of a small bush. Here
he commenced digging, and soon found a
ball of clay, about eight inches in diame
ter, and quite dry on the outside. But
when broken it was found to contain about
a half pint of clear, cool water, in which a
trog was biding ms ume, awaiting me
ramy season. A number oi similar bails
weie exhumed, and tne travelers made
free with both the water ano tne irogs.
This i3 a marvelous story, and one may
well wait for venncation; and yet such a
display of protective instinct is not more
marvelous than many which are certainly
No what's that yon're looking at? .
These aint no new breeches ;
lianima made 'em mor'n a moaUi; .
See! I broke the stitches. - .
My ! but we had such fan ont there.
Where the rain pipe's leakin'.
What yon hearr 1 spect I knawa '
It'a my boot a creakiu'.
Tadrlie. let my wagon lone, '
While my horse is eatin' !
That's my test' ment that I preach.
When we has big meetin'.
Ain't there somesin smells round here?
I can't say my speUin'
Smells like leather; what you s'pose?
It's my houU a smelliiT. ...
1 as' yoa see 'em don't they shiner
Papa paid a dollar;
Four, free dollars; and a man '
Gave my dog a col I ar
fpect he wants some boots like these, "
Wouldn't he bark (unoj?
Gness I'll boy him two whole pair.
When I gets my money.
See that yellow man np here.
On the painted leather !
" Clear the track," we holler oat
Him and me together.
Mamma she joe' looks ri;ht np.
Stops the tune she's hummin',
' 'Speci she 'members by my boota ,
That her Jhonnie's comin'.
FARMER JENKINS' JACKET.
" Ant body that'll take what don't be
long to 'em, even if it aint wuth mor'n a
n, is a thief, and I don t care who Us, Jlies
elen, said Farmer Jenkins, as he toasted
his feet by the kitchen fire, while waiting
lor water to heat that he might thaw out
the barn pump.
" It makes you feel mighty mean, steal-
in' does," he continued, after a few mo
ments. . " 1 never stole but once, and 1 11
tell you how 'twas.
" You know when I was a youngster,' I
lived down ou the Jledder Farm witb
Square Peters. Wal, Jake Fisher, he hired
out there one summer, and one day when
we was to work together -on the ma'ah,
" ' Old Flint s pears are about npe, Bill,
"You didn't know old Sam Flint I
s'pose, Miss Helen "
Sam Flint's father, do you mean? ' .
Yea." , , .- ,t -.
I have heard of him, but I do .not
think I ever saw him.' "' ; '' "
Wal. Jake, savs he, 'Let's have some
of them pears, BUL' . .
" 1 don t want none, says I.
" ' They're the best - lookin' pears you
ever saw,' says he, 'and we can git some
to-night as easy as not It 11 be tun.
r " WaL after a while he kinder coaxed
me into it; so I told him I'd go. -
"At that time 1 had a new jacKet blue
broade'oth real nice cloth 'twas. ' It cut
me a little 'bout the armsize, but 'twas a
fust-rate jacket ; and when la done work
evenin'f , I nsed to put it on. So that night
I put on the jacket and Jake and me went
over to Flint's orchard. When we got
down there, Jake, says he :"- "
' BUL vou are the lightest; you git up
into the tree.'
" So I strinned off mv jacket and tossed
it down, and 1 was up in that tree quick
er'n a wink. I was spry as a cat in them
days. Wal, I'd jest gin one shake, and the
pears were beginnin' to rattle down, when
up come old bam.
" 'Oho-o-o-o!' says he, growlin -away, 1
' now I've ketchedye, stealin' my pears!
"Jake, he cut and run, an' it didn't
take me long to drop out of that tree, and
then I made pretty quick time, too, 'thout
stop r in' to pick up my jacket I heerd
old Sam growlin' agin when he got there.
" ' Ur-r-r! them tellers have got off; but
one on 'em's left his jacket !' ' t
" Says I to myself, ' you're a goner this
time. Bill 1 You'll be hung, now !'
"Next day I happened along by old
Sam's, and I seen him out to the barn.
" 'Some fellers tried to hook my pears
last night says be.
"' Did they ' says L' ' Who was they f
" I dunno,' says he, ' more'n nothin'.
I "'Didn't you ketch 'em! says L
"'Ho,' say a he; 'but one on 'em left
" ' Did ?' says L What kind of a jacket
was it? .. .
"'A new one," say3 he; "brae broad
cloth ; a fust-rate piece of cloth.' ;
" I knew that as well as he did, but I
did't tell him so. He went in and fetched
it out to let me see. , :-:'.-''
. " ' That's a fust-rate jacket,' says I ; 'what
you go in' to do with it? " I
Guess I shall sell -it, says he; 'J
hain't got anybody that it 11 fit'
" ' How much be you go La' to ask for it J
says I. ' .-
""Bout two dollars,' says he. 'It's
wuth more'n that Should think it might
be just about right for you, BUL Try it on,
an' let's see.'
"Sol put it on.
' "' That's a good fit' says he. '
. "'WalL I jcan't give.no two dollars,'
says I, takin' off the jacket an startin' np
the team I was drivin'. ' "" ' .' : j
" ' Wal, Bill,' says he, ' if yon want it,
Til let you have it for a dollar, seein it's
you. " 1 .' - - -
' "'No,' says I,- I hain't got no dollar
to give ; I'll give yer fifty cents for it'
" ' No, yer dont !' says he. It'a wuth a
sight more'n that I -1 can't Jet you have it
for that Billy." . '
" So I-went off; but I ' was dreadfully
afraid Squire Peters would hear of it or
would ask me where 'twas, or somethin'.
" You see, Hwas a second-hand jacket
he'd bought cheap somewherea for me
but it looked good as new.
" Twa'n't many days before I was down
to Sam Flint's agin. ' -j ;
" ' Sold that jacket yet f says L
' "'No," says he. 'Can't find anybody
that wants it' - " ;,'.-
, f Tdl ye what 'tis, says I, ' ITl give yer
seventy-five cents fQr that jacket, and not
a cent more.'
" ' WaL Bill,' says he, 'sein it's you, rl
let you have it for that!' '
"So he fetched it out an' I walked off
with it; and I haint taken nothin' that
don't belong to me, sence." '
"That was a good lesson and cheaply
learned," remarked Jliaa Helen.
" Wal yes 'twas I Cost me seventy-five
cents, an' I didn't git a single pear, nuther !
But you see seventy-five cents in them
days was wuth as much as five dollars
now ; an' I'd been a whole year gittin' that
seventy-five cents. "
" I was only a boy, yer see, and Squire
Peters was plaguy mean with me; and I
don't care who knows it He'd oughter
gin me a chance to git some schoolin.' ; but
he didn't" -
And with a sigh Fanner Jenkins arose,
lifted the kettle of boiling water from the
fire and marched out to the barn. His wis
dom had been learned, by experience.
That is a costly school. Get yours more
easily by the erperieitce of othert Youth'
In the lower part of the body of the
spider are from four to six little cells con
taining a kind of gummy fluid like soft
glue, or I might say she has a little bag
with six cells or pockets filled with gum.
When she wants to build herself a house
she draws the material from her own
Connecting with each of the pockets is
a sort of spindle arrangement that spins
the gummy substance out into exceedingly
fine threads, too fine to be seen without the
aid of the microscope I Each of these
spinnerets or spindles is supplied with a
great many tubes uniting with the pockets,
and it is through these tubes that the fluid
passes to and from the thread.
The spider has the power of throwing
thelthreads from any, or all of these tube
at once. About a thousand tubes have
been counted on a singe spinneret so that
when the spindles are at work they form
from four to six thousand threada. These
become united at a short distance from
the body, and form one cord or strand.
Many threads united are much stronger
than would be o ne of the same thickness ;
and one of these threads so united will
bear tix times the weight of the spider.
Spiders 'differ in their formation and
habits. - There is the house spider, the gar
den spider, the water spider, and many
very large spiders found in tropical coun
tries, which I have not time to describe.
have been talking about the common,
house spider, and will tell a little mora
The feet of this little creature are fur
nished with claws, which serve the purpose
fingers, and with these they can readily
handle and arrange their slender thread
according to their pleasure. - Solomon
says: "1 he spider taketh hold with her;
hands, and spreads her snare in Kings
When the SDider begins to build her
house she fastens her thread to the. wall
with a drop of glue, then spins along until
she finee another suitable place to which
fasten the other end of the thread. In
order to be sure that this is secure she
walks back and forth UDon it and if satis
fied with its strength she pins other threads
parallel with it then crosses and recrosses
them, which makes them still firmer, and
less liable to be pulled apart
One species makes a sly little nest in -the
back part of the web, where she can
watch her prey without being seen, uut
it would be too much trouble to be on
the lookout all the time, she very cunning
ly fastens a thread to some corner of the
web, and carries the other end with her to
her nest This is as good as a bell cord to
Lady Spider, and the instant there comes
poor little innocent fly to peep into her
parlor out starts Mrs. Spider, binds up her
helpless visitor and makes of her guest a
comfortable meal To be sure this treat- -monf,
is not quite according to onr ideas of
polite hospitality, but Mia. Spider has s
dainty appetite, which nothing but flies,
bugs, or some other kind or insects can .
satisfy. .:.: .'!.'.
In order to see her prey when it erst ap- .
roaches, no matter from what direction,
the spider is supplied with eyes all around
the head. These are six or eiirht in num
ber. They are immovable, and want
eyelids, but they are fortified with a horny, '
transparent substance which assists the
The legs are eight in number. At the
end of each are three crooked, movable
claws, a small one placed higher up like a
cock's spur, by the assistance of which it .
adheres to the threads of its web, . There
two others which meet together like a
lobster's claw, by which it can take hold
any uhevenness in the surface in walk
ing up and down.- But when it walks
upon highly polished surfaces, as looking
glass, or polished marble, it squeezes a
little sponge containing a gummy sub
stance which, grows xear the end of the
claws, thus making a sticky place for the
reet as it goes along. Besides the eignt
legs which I have mentioned, the spider
something like legs, -which may be
called arms, as they do not serve to assist
motion, but are nsed in holding and
managing its prey. There are also two
Dincers- on the fore part of . the head.
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and terminating ia claws like those
a eat A little below tho point of the
claws is a little opening through which it
emits a poison to kill its victim. .
So yoa see the Bpider, through a very
little creature, ia not to be despised, or
swept ruthlessly out of existence. In its
creation are to be seen tne wonuenui evi
dences of the mind and thoughts of the
great Creator. Young Folkx Seres. '. '
Will o' the Wisp and His Relations.
w ii t- Trrt-o KitTof Tim ia "Patnna -TrV o
Lantern, or Will o' the Wispthere can be
no doubt that nocturnal lights are- real
phenomena, susceptible of a scientific ex-. :
planation, when all the facts are collected
and compared. Of course, illusions, more
less ludicrous, are now and men mixeu .
up in the matter.-. - On some occasions, . ,
real lanterns of humble niaka have been T
mistaken for these nocturnal sprites under ;
Abut twenty years ago, the household
of a country residence, within sight of a
low swampy tract of meadow, were start
led one September evening, and the super
stitious among them frightened, by the
appearance of strange, waving, wandering '
lights, which continued for several hours.
Tins mntinn nftripcp ritrhtjl w;a VfiTV eccen- 1
trie, and they traversed- the district in
every direction, np and down, ctcawaru
and forward. All night this continued.
As the day approached, the lights vanish- .
ed, leaving the observers to account as .
well as they could for the phenomena At .
lengtn some oi mem, oomer uum uic ic.-u,
having examined the ground by daylight
and discovered neither sinking bog nor ,
any other pitiall that would be hazardous
after dark, resolved to ascertain . the real '
nature and origin of the lights. They
went on the following' night noiselessly -
and secretly, and iouoweu up uie uancuia;
lights till they came close to them. When,
i to ,it-wMatra jtfosad to ha.
lanterns tied by collars to the .necks of
small well trained setters, in the service of
..1. ..-Vi n -KT,Hi nra -mrpTA tlinfl mir-'
suing their avocatioa catching ' aknoef
every bead of game on tne estate. .
It is by this time pretty well ascertained
that , most of these appearances, which
consist of a glow without a Same, are due
to pUosphoresence. u The'. strange sub
stance phosphorus exists in all animal or
ganisms ; and. when, the organism is de
composed after death, the phosphoreus
makes its presence visible in the way so
familiar to those-.who have ever seen stale
fish in a dark cupboard, - But when the
phosphorus enters, into new combination
with hydrogen and other gases, or when
these gases form inflammable mixtures
without phosphorus, spontaneous combus
tion is likely to arise, and small flames to
be producid. , . ' .
If decaying animal substance yields
more phosphorus than decaying vegeta
bles, the latter . are . a more s abundant
source of inflammable gases ; and hence
the. fact tbat bogs, marshes,' morasses,
swamps, moors, damp meadows, ditch
sides, etc., are the piacea in which the
dickering noctural lights are mostly to be
seen produced by the combustion of the
gases liberated from haif-decomposed
roots, stems, branches and leaves. Par
ticular states of ihe atmosphere hasten
decomposition, and the light are more
abundant at such times.
There is also another agency which has
to be noticed, electricity, a power that
flies about all terrestrial things in a way
not yet so well explained as chemical
combustion and ignition. Electricity
does, undoubtedly, produce" luminosity,
more or less vivid, and under varying con
ditions. When we rb the furry coat of
a cat backward in the dark, a luminous ef
fect is well known to be produced; and
similar instances are numerous. There is
a phenomenon known as St Helen's fire,
gradually corrupted into St Helme's fire,
and St Elmo's tire, consisting of lights
seen on the tips of soldiers lances, the
top-masts of ships, the spires of churches,
and other pointed object. Whenever
they appear the air is in a peculiarly elec
trical condition ; and they are now reck
oned among electrical phenomena, de
pending on the same principal as the light
which streams off from points connected
with an electric machine. AH the Year
Bound. " ' ' ' '
They tell a good story of an old-fashioned
miser. ' He was never known to
have anything in the line of new apparel
but once; then he was going on a jour
ney, and had to purchase a new pair . of
boots.. The stage left before day, and so
he got ready and went to the hotel to stop
for the night Among a whole row of
boots, in ihe morning, he could not find
the old familiar pair. He had forgotten
the new ones ; he hunted and hunted in
vain. The stage was ready, and so he
looked carefully round to see that he was
not observed, put on a nice pair that fitted
him, called the waiter and told him the
circumstance, giving him ten shillings for
the owner. The owner never called ! The
miser bought his own boots !
Two brothers named Smalltubs, recent
ly married in Maine, took the names of