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Poetry.
LITTLE BY LITTLE.
: Wmm the new yean come and the old jean go.
How, little hy little, 11 thines growl
All sings grow nd all decj
Little by little pawing away.
Little by little, on fertile plain.
Ripen the harvests of golden grain,
Waring and flashing in the inn,
When the cummer at last Is done.
Little by little they ripen so, ' ,
As the new yean come and the old yean go.
Low on the ground an acorn lie.
Little by little it mounts to the skies,
Shadow and shelter for wandering herds,
Home for a hundred singing birds.
. Little by little the great rocks crew.
Lone, long ago, when the world was new;
Slowly and silently, stately and free.
Cities of coral nnder the sea
Little by Mule are bailded while so
The new yean come and the old years go.
tittle by little all tasks are done;
80 are the crowns of the faithful won,
fist la dcii In nnr Hdtafta harnn
With work and with weeping, with laughter and
unie ey i
r little, the longest dsv
And the longest lire are passing away.
rasmg witnoat return while so
The new years come and the old yean go.
Miscellaneous.
Aphasia—Meaning one Thing and
Saying Another.
A curious and very elaborate book has
Deen written by an rJ-iglisa physician. Dr.
Batemaivof Norwich, on the remarkable
disease whieli doctors call aphasia.
Aphasia is the general name for a disease,
usually, bin tot invariably, connected
with some serious affection of the brain,
which causes those who suffer frum it fre
quently to articulate sounds or words very
:, - f , ,
uiUL-reai, iroin ine sounds or words they
are aiming at. An aphakic laiy Las been
known, tor instance, to come forward to
f'ict a tru'-st wr.u a cordial smile and out
strttcbAd ha&d. and then articuUte. " Pie.
brute, stupid fool!' in the place of the
wofds 0! welcome really expressing the
thctjght in her mind, while in other eases
tile Words articulated when tic pitient
was intending to read aloud, turned out
simply gibberish. Thus of one patient it
is recorded :
in order to ascertain and place on
record the peculiar imperfection of lan
guage which he exhibited, Dr. Osborne
selected the following sentence from the
Dy-lawsot me College of Physicians, viz.;
' It ha!l be in tiie tooicer of the CoLUm to fx
Online or not to damHi any Licentuits, pri
tiou to hit admission to ftUotttHp, at Uuy
tnaii Unfile jit: Having requested him to
read this aloud, he read as folio ws : ' And
the be what in the temotker of the trotiotodoo
it run or that enidrut' fin einkrat'rai
tnttreit to ketra tot rtnbnidei to rafromireido
axtfiat, kekntett, where, as the physi-
cian rcniarked, the ptfient, though unable
to articulate the words and letters before
aim, did yet articulate Combications of let
ters and words much more difficult. '
Again, there is a case registered where a
man with this affection lost nis way, as
one may say, only in relation to a single
letter always substituting c for, so that
asking (in German) for Kaffee (coff.-e), he
appeared to ask for Eazze (sounded like
Katie, cat,) (Dr. Bateman, p. 53 ) Again,
another case is given (p. 1UJ) of a gentle
man who, af;er a blow, on the head, lost
his Knowledge of Greek, aud did not ap
pear to have iost anything else.
In some cases the mind seems to go in
search of the right sound or word, and to
seize the wrong one, through some confu
sion in the action of the proper nerves or
muscles; in some cases not to know even
.t which sound to aim at 1L Now, what
if) th proper mental interpretation of such
facts as these Uow is it to be explained
that, without any loss of intelligence, the
great " instrument of thought," as lan
guage has been called, should so complete
ly defy the flower which produced it aiid
defined its exact sphere of duty ?
The case of the patient who, by a blow
on his head, lost completely the knowledge
or Greek, without appearing to suiter any
wjher ks whatever, would to many sug
gest, as the physician who attended him
(Dr. Sooresby Jackson) remarked, that the
Hrerk know ledge was 111 deposited in It
particular square inch of brain, the injury
of which just destroyed this knowledge,
without invading any other sphere of the
intellect. - But thisfrind of fact does not
ftand alone. A French priest, attended
by 1L Piorry, after an attack of paralysis
lost entirely the power of employing sub
stantives, while retaining in general the
full command of all other parts of speech.
Thus, when he wanted to ask for his hat,
he said: 11 J)oinez-moi ce qui ee met tur la
" but he could not remember the
word for " head " any better than the word
for " hat" ; and his physician adds, " muit
le mot ' tete ' nelui vetta.il pai" and goes on
to say that he sought to express the Bame
thing twenty times, but that he always got
tr an insurmountable, difficult?- whenever
lit uune to a noun substantive.
Again, a Dublin physician, Dr. Graves,
had a case in which a patient could not re
call any noun substantive (Common or
proper, but could always recall ls initial
fetter. - De tKerbiote ciade himself a pocket
dictionary of the words in the most gen
eral use, including the proper names of his
children, and servants, and friends, and in
conversation would alwavs refer to this
tl'ctlonary. &cd tun bis eye 'down the initial
Jjttter he recalled till he reached ihe name
ji which he was ia search, "keeping his
finger and eye lited on the word until he
had finished his sentence;" but the mo
ment he had closed the book lie again fir
cot the name, though he never forgot the
Initial letter, and cauld always agaiD re
cover it by means of his dictionary. Mow,
take tbsse three cases together, budwe ob
serve that in one case the whole network
of associations contained in a single lan
guage was lost through the agency of the
disease; in the next case; only all the ex
amples rf a stable part of speech (Doun
Substantives) in one language, in the last
case not even this, but all the examples of
the same Dirt of speech, minus tne initial
letter, which was uniformly retained.
There is a case of a patient in the Edin
burgh Royal Infirmary, under Dr. Paird
Her, whose loss of language was so coin
piete that he couid communicate with
other people only by fcigns. Alter a time
Dr Gairdner observtd that the. other pa
tients in the infirmary thoi'ght this roan
was shamming, and the reason they gave
was, that though he conld rot speck in
any olher way, he could swear freely;
Yet this patient soon after died euddenly,
and his brain was found to be mucn eaten
fcWoy with cancer.
Matrimonial Superstitions.
The lately revived custom of throwing
shoes after a newly wedded couple for
luck is a very old one. . la the Isle of
Man, th shon is thrown alter the bride
kud bridegroom as thev leave their resrjec-
Uve abodes, but the ceremony is generally
performed elsewhere upon the departure
of the hero and heroine of the day Icr the
honey-moon trip. In some pan a of Kent,
shoe throwitut does not take place until
afcef they have gone, when the single
ladies range themselves in one line, and
thp bachelors range themselves ia another.
An old shoe is then thrown as far as the
thrower's strength permits, and the ladies
race after it, the winner being rewarded
by the assurance that she will be married
before any of her rivals. She then throws
the shoe at the gentlemen, the one she hits
laying the sane pi asing unction to his
heart Something like this is nracticed,
too, in Yorkshire and Scotland." In Ger
many it used to be a rule for the bride, as
she was being conducted to her chamber,
to take off her shoe and throw it among
the guests, who battled for its possession,
the successful he or she being destined to
be speedily married and settle L Ia some
places the threshold is kept warm for
another bride by pouring a kettleful of
warm water down the door-steps as
soon as the bride and bridegroom have
taken their departure; the fancy being
that before the water is dried np another
match will be made np, or " flow on, " and
that it will not be very long before another
wedded counle vasses over the same
around. In Prussia, the method of in-
vokine bless in irs on a newlv-married pair
used to be the more expensive one of
smashing crockery against tne aoor 01 tne
house in which they were domiciled.
Vlumoer s Journal.
Dispatches from various rx)ints in
Colorado are delayed by the inconvenient
naDii tne sewers have ot hanging horse
thieves to the telegraph wires.
m
VOLUMKI.
EASTERN
McCONNELLSVILLE, OHIO, FRIDAY, JULY
INDEPENDENT.
7, 1871.
NUMBER 11.
HOW KAISER WILHELM'S SISTER.
WAS WON.
It wlli be remembered that the Em
peror William 1 of Germajy, immediately
after the preliminaries of peace had beeH
signed at Versailles, sent to ot. Jfeiers
burg a telegram in which he expressed to
the Czar his gratitude for the. fiiendly at
titude which Russia had maintained dur
ing the progress of the Franco-Prussian
war, and in which he frankly admitted
that Germany was indebted to this sincere
friendship of her powerful Eas'ern neigh
bor for the comoaratively limited dimen
sions of the gigantic Con2:ct. Unctues
tionably the political interest of Russia;
and above all, her well known policy in
the Eastern question have mainly con
tributed lo hef partiliy for Prussia; but
not an insignificant share in his pariisli'y
must be attributed to personal considera
tionsto that near relationship which for
upwards of half a cen'ury has existed be
tween the dynasties of lius-is and Prussia;
for Alexander the Second, the present Em
peror of rtnsna, is a son of the Princess
Charlotte of Prussia, the sister of the
present Emperor of Germany.
The betrothal and marriage of this Prin
cess with Nicholas, who was then only
Grand J'uke, but afterward .Emperor ot
Russia, forms one of tic ewtst and
most romantic love episodes in the world
ot European courts, which is usually so de
void of love and romance, and would, on
that aocotitit alone, deserve being remem
bered, auite reeardles8 of tae mstoncai in
terest which will henceforth adhere to all
the members of the family of the con
tiueror of France.
Princess Charlotte ras born in the year
1798, and was the eldest daughter of ixiag
Frederick William the Third of Prussia,
and his beautiful and accomplished wife.
Queen. Louisa. Her early childhood
elapsed ahiitist sceieS of terror "nd humili
ation for the royal family of Prussia, and
nobody would at that time have ventured
to predict for her the brilliant carctr
wntrih .Providence kept in store lor tnis
child, born s hd bf oligHt up "n'ler such fatal
auspijes. We might, indeed, make an ex
ception in favor of her mother, who, with
tnat prophetic in tun ion wnicn seems to
have been the distineuishintr feature of
that high minded woman, wrote one day
to her lather, the Cuke of Mecktsnburg,
the following lines about her daughter :
" Charlotte is given to silence and re
serve, but nnder her apparent coldness
she conceals a warm and loving heart
Iler indifference end prid are bnt the dull
outside of a diamond of the purest water,
which some day will shine forth in its
brilliant lustre. Her bearing and manners
are noble and dignified. She has but few
friends, and these few are warmly attached
to her. I know hef value; and predict for
hef a brilli&nt future, if she lives lone
enough."
The young Princess was, indeed, a very
frail and delicate creature one of those
tender flowers which seem to wait for the
hiid hnd of the irardener to transplant
them into a warmer clime. SSe was
charming and handsome ; but her beauty
was rather tbst of a pale lily Iran that ot
a bloorhiog lose.
Charlotte was tun sixteen, when, in the
year 1814, the Grand Duke Nicholas, on
his way to the camp of the allied armies
in France, passed through Berlin, and was
warmly welcomed as an honored guest at
the royal palace.
I he description Which those wno saw
a?d knw the Grand Duka a that time
have given of the incomparable graces oi
his person and mind makes it easy for us
to imagine that the near; oi a younir gin
just budding into tromssbood was capti
vated and charmed Dy mm almost at nrst
sight. Well he might have said, like
Csar, " I came, I saw,. I conquered.' The
Princess fell in love with iliiiL ad fortn-
natcly for her the young Grand Duke re
turned her love fully as passionately.
The Urand Duke Nicholas had the repu
tation of being one of the handsomest, if
not the very handsomest man of his times ;
and his majestic and .stately form; which
measured no less iLaii sii feet wo Incites,
was considered unequaled in beauty, not
only in Russia, but in all Europe. He
was vigorous,. , strong, full of life and
health, .with broad, shoulders and chest,
while his small hands and feet were of the
most aristocratic elegance; his whole
figure realized the perfect model of manly
and commanding beauty which the.de vine
art of a sculptor of tntiuit7 has immor
talized under the features of the Apollo
Belvidere. His features were cf the Grecian
cast forehead and nose formed a straight
line and his large, blue, s'tLcere eyes
showed a singular combination of com
Dosurei stnre8ssi self-reliance, and pride.
among which it would have been difficult
for the observer to name the predominant
expression. Those who would have looked
closely and attentively into those r mark
able eyes would have easily believed that
their threatening glances would suffice to
suppress a rebellion, to terrify and disarm
a murrlerer; or to frighten away a suppli
ant ; but there wouiu have been cut few
to believe that the sternness of those eyes
could be so entirely softened as to beam
forth nothing but love and kindness.
Among these few was, however, the young
Prussian Princess, who had drunk deep in
their intoxicating fervor. It is true that she
was thtt only person in the world in whose
presence the Olympian gravity of his fea
tures ave way to a radiant cheerfulness,
which made his manly beauty perfectly ir
resistible. . . ,
In such moments his magnificent brow,
always the seat of meditation aud thought,
exhibited the serene beauty and Attic
grafte of a young Atberjina the serious
Pericles seamed, by the invisible wand of
a magician, to he been transferred into
the youthful Alcibudes.
Such ia the flattering picture which his
co temporaries have drawn of the personal
appearance of the Grand Duke Nicholas
at the time of his arrival at Berlin.
At that time, however, the matchless
personal charms of the Grand Duke were
not enhanced by political prospects of the
most exalted character. He was not even
eventually considered an heir to the im
perial crown of Kussia. it is true Alex
ander the First, his brother, bad no chil
dren, but in the case of his death, which
could not be expected soon, the Grand
Duke Constantine was to inherit the
throne of Peter the Great, and leave to
Nicholas at best but the position of a
Prince of the first blood. Nevertheless,
Frederick William, charmed alike by the
beauty and intellect of his guest,, and by
the hone of unilinsr the sovereirrn houses
of Prussia and Russia bv the close ties of
a family union, greeted the prospect oi a
JU&rriaee between tne urami uuao auu
his daughter with enthusiasm, especially
when he discovered that the young folks
themselves were very fond of each other.
then delicately insinuated to
his daughter that if she had taken a liking
to the Grand Duke, and had reason to be
lieve that the Prince entertained similar
feelings toward her, their marriage would
meet witn no OD.ecuon uu ua iu .
But the voun? Princess, although se
cretly delighting in a hope which so fully
responded to the secret wishes of her heart,
was either too proud or too bashful to con
fess to her father her love for the Grand
Dnke, who had not yet made any declara
tion to her.
In this manner the day approached on
which the Grand Duke was to leave Ber
lin. On the eve of his departure a grand
gala supper was given in his honor at the
Roval Palace, and. by way-of accident or
policy, the young Princess Charlotte was
seated oy uie siue ui uer uuuuguuucu
admirer. .
The Grand Duke was uncommonly taci
turn during the evening. His high fore
i head was clouded, and his gloomy eyes
seemed to follow in the space vague phan
toms flitting before his imagination. Re
peatedly hi neglected to reply to questions
addressed to him, and whm Me was asked
to respond to a toast which one of the
royal Princes had proposed in his honor.he"
seemed to awake from a profound dream
which had entirely withdrawn him from
his surroundiegj. ,
Suddenly, as if by a mighty effort of hi
will, he turned to his fair neighbor, and
whispered so as only to be .understood by
hef
"Sol shall leflve Berlin to-morrow !
He paused abruptly and loote4attbe
Princess as if he waa waiting for an Zti
swr which expressed sorrow aud gii -f on
her part. Jht the Prioctss was fully as
proud as the Grand D2ke,na overcoming
the violent throbbing of her li&srt; she
said politely to him :
" VYe are very sorry to see your Imperial
nighncss leave fls eo oon. Would it not
have been possible for yoU to oefer your
departure?
" You will all be very sorry f muttered
the i?fild Puke, not-entirely satisfied with
the vagueness of sorrow which these
words of the Priucess implied.' " B"t you
in particular, madame !" he added, after
some hesitation. " For it will depend on
you alone whether I shall stay here or
depart.".
" Ah !' replied Charlotte, with her sweet
est smile, " and what have I tr do to keep
your Imperial Highness here!
" You must permit me to address my ad
miration and homage to you."
"Is that all f
" And you must eficoTage me to please
you."
"That is much more difficult," said the
Princess, with a deep blush, but at the
same tiue lief ey beamed forth so much
affection and delight tnaitSe Prine could
see at a glance that his fondest hopes had
been realized beforehand.
" During my short stay in Berlin," the
Grand Duite cnt'niel in the same tone
of voice, " I have taken paiC3 to study
your character and your affections, and
this study has satisfied me that you would
rendpi me very happy, while on the other
hand I have SOfne ouajit Vs . which would
secure your own happiness.
The princess was overcome by emotiori,
and in her confusion did not know what
to answer. At last she said. " But here,
in the presence of the whole court, at
the public tallc, yen pnt such a question
to me ?"
Oh," replied the Prince," you need not
make any verbal reply. It will be suffi
cient fqr you to give me some pledge of
your aiieciioit I se there on your hand
a small ring whose possession would make
me very happy, ttive it to me. -
" What do you think of? Here In the
presence of a hundred spectators ?"
" Ah, it can be easily done without be
ing Been by snybddy. Jfow we are chat
ting so quietly together that there ia not
one among the guests suspects in the least
what we are speaking about Press the
ring into a morsel of bread and leave it on
the table ; I will take the talisman, and
nofndy will notice it."
" This riiig is really a talisman."
.' I expected so. May I hope to hear Its
history' , - ,
"Why not? My first govefns was a
Swiss lady by the name of WildermatL
Once she went to Switzerland in order to
enter upon an inheritance which had been
bequeathed to her bf a distant relative.
When she came back to Berlin, a few
weeks afterward, she Showed me quite a
collection of pretty and costly Jewelry,
which formed C par of. the inheritance.
' This is a curious old ring said I tC hef;
as I put this old-fashioned little ring on
f.y finger. Does it not look queer and
cunning ? Perhaps it j an old relic or tal
isman, and may have been worn centuries
ago by a pious lady who had received it
fiJSlhsrVn'rbt. startiryr for the Holy
Land.' I tried to take tne ilht froif my
finger again, but I could not get it off; for
I was a little flashier then than now," said
Charlotte smilingly,
" My governess insisted cm my keeping
the ring as a souvenir. I accepted her
pf-csirt; nr1 the riijg has been, on my
finger ever since. boiaeil2f5 fft.rward,
when I was contemplating its strange
workmanship, I succeeded in pulling it
from ny fiuser, and was much surprised
at seeing engraved on tis inside .some
words which, though nearly rubbed out
by the wear of time, .were still legible.
Now, your Irt'Derial Highness, what do
yon think were the words engiaved ripon
it? I think when you hear them you
will take some interest in the ring."
" Ah ! and pray what were they ? "
"The words engraved upon the inside
were. 'Kmprett of Sutna.' This ring has
undoubtedly been presented by an Empress
of Ruia.totke Relative of Mrs: Wilder
matt, for I was toid tHat both this lady and
her mother had formerly belonged to the
household of the Czarina, your august
crano mother.
" 1 his is really remsrsaoie.-" sata me
Grand Duke, thoughtfully. "I am quite
superstitious, and I am really inclined to
regard this rinir. if I should be happy
enough to receive it from you as & pledge
of your love, as an omen oi very auspicious
significance."
In answer to this second and even more
direct appeal to her heart,, ths Princess
took a small piece or bread, played care
lessly wth It, and managed to press the
ring into the sou fs:t?i Then - she
droiwed it plavfullv on the table qulUS
close to the plate of her neighbor. And
after this adroit exhibition of skill as an
actress slie tontlnfod to eat as uncon
cerned as though she had pef formed the
most insignificant action cf her life.:
With the saihe apparent coolness and
indifference the trrand Duke picked up
the bread enclosing the ring, took the let
ter out of its ingenious envelope, and con
cealed it in his breast for it waa too small
to fit any of hU -fingers. It was this ring
both the pledge of Charlotte's love and
the auspicious omen or his own eievauen
to the imperial dignity which Nicholas
wore on a golden chain around his neck to
the very last day of his life, and which.
if we are not mistaken, has even aescenacu
with him into the vault of his ancestors, -
Three vears after, m 1817. Princess
Charlotte," then only nineteen years of age,
and in the full splendor of beauty and
happiness, made her entry mto Bt Peters
burg by the side of her husband, whose
eye had never looked prouder, and whose
Olympian brow had never been more se
rene than at this hanniest moment of his
life. Aslhe looked down upon the vast
multitude who had flocked together from
all parts of the vast Empire to greet the
young Princess with shouts and rejoicings,
and then again upon nis iair young unuu,
perhaps the inscription of the ring recur
red to his mind : for. bending his head
quite close to Charlotte, he whispered,
"Now Empress of the hearts, and soma
dav. nerhans. Empress of the realm."
At this moment the procession reached
the main entrance of the Winter Palace,
where Alexander the First, the Emperor,
surrounded by a brilliant suit or generals
and courtiers, came to meet his beautiful
sister-in-law, and conducted her into the
sumptuous drawing-rooms of the magnifi
cent palace of the Czars. Who would believe
that eight short years afterward the bril
liant young Emperor had breathed his
last, and that Nicholas and Charlotte
would succeed him on the throne of Rus
sia? Truly the incription of the engage-,
ment-ring had proven prophetic! ?. ;
m m m -j
A Hard Cask. Dying, without money,
without property, no life insurance policy
in the Washington insurance iompnuj,
of New York, yet leaving a wife .and
small children.
Wees does a man feel girlish? When
he makes his maiden speech.
I
Very Little Fellows.
Thk keenest eys aee but very little of
the handiwork or wa. j.very drop oi
water teems with Jite. rou can not
quench your thirst, even with the purest
water, without swollowing scores of puny
lives. The ocean is etirreJ bjr the huge
leviathan, who maketh it to boil like a pot
Anl therein, also, in myriad varieties, are
the leSscf forms of life, running down to
the animalcule, so small that one hundred
and fifty millions of thtrn weigh less than
a grain!
The atmosphere is full of life, and the
Srf land swarms with animals of unwrit
ten nun and unknown orders, crawling,
burrowiug, crccpine, boring, leaping,
running, hopping aud flyinsj creatures.
Out of sight and b;-yond the Loarin? of
nieS sre innumerable living things. 1 hey
inhabit the t4r w breathe, the water we
drink, the food we eat Tbey move and
have their being in sweets and sowra in
th tcmgheBt flint as well as the mellOvT
pulp of tfc- teneh- m blossoms and frmta,
in buds and leaves, in roots and branches.
In the bodies of animals- verily, in our
own human bodies are tiny tenants pop
ulous colonies of little inhabitants, dwell
ing and moVin n our flesh, all too minute
to be seen or compftliendi.
Life is every wh .-re. Little Uvea are en
veloped within large .lives. Our little
lives are free and isolated independencies.
We recently looked through a microscope
in the office of Sanford C. Hi!!, Esq., the
almanac maker of East Liverpool, Ohio,
and examined a drop of rain water. In
that single drop we counted near a hun
dred playful little creatures, apparently as
large oa the common house fly, frolicking
and frisking about a merrily as minnows
in a meadow brook i
Then we reached a hook from tne shelf
end detected a speck of white insect hur
rying off at fi donljle-quick to hide behind
a grain of dust ; fof s bad opened on
him by surprise. The little fell?- ws re
treating rapidly; the shaking of a book
lia?, or even ns much of a leaf to tremble
as would hold C cinjie letter, was to him
a commotion equal "to a hfndredearth
ntiakes. But we pursued him. excited as
he was. until we chased him on a bar of
p'o!ihd brass, and, by a grand stratagem,
drove hiia into n entrenchment on the
bar.- . - ,
He was smaller than the dot of fin in
vour pocket Bible. But we pressed him
into our ftervice, a prisoner in his house of
brass, and sndjly covered htm py a glass
slide, until we reviewed hm beneath the
microscope. His prison was less roomy
than the eye of a fine cambric needle, yet
unde r the microscope, his liberties, as well
v'i. ,1 1 A Thit
OS lliS U.U, V IVnLtJ CUUUgCU.
creature, to the naFed ejre so small, was
now apparently, as large as 3 Iwej and
white as snow, with limbs of perfect sym
metry and proportion. We were affected
by his efforts to be free. He hurried from
side to side of his prison-house, and tried
to force the walls apart! Through his
clear, transparent flesh could be seen the
beating of his heart and the puf pie Veins
of his blood. His movements were rest
less and pitiful as those of a newly caged
bird. If we could by some magnifier of
sound, have heard his voice and under
stood his language, doubtless it would have
been a plaintive cry for liberty.
Kow wonderful are the works of the
Almighty Hand ! In wiselom he hath made
them all. How vast the lessons brought
to our minds by the telescope, from worlds
afar, and by the microscope, from marvels
so near, that to the naked eye they are all
unseen. Journal of Microscopy.
Gesture-Language in Italy.
Is Southern Italy there is current a ven
erable story, which is here given with all
reserve, as the diplomats ray; in other
words, it is totally unworthy of belief
Ths storyrs this:. A stranger present at a
cabinet-council ii Naples, after some
silent pantomime had taken pace, asked
when business was going to begin, and
was told that it was over.
But" objected the astonished stranger,
"nobody has said a word."
"Tne,"wi!S the answer; "but surely
yon observed waft was s?ing on 7
r L saw noinmg going ui, wu iuc
stranger. " except a few shrugs and grim
aces and the king signing his name. You
doii't rcecn to say you call that business?"
rtf nA: " Koathp nrawpr What's
W 1 iuuioV) ' " -
thense of along lalk. when we can ex
press our meaning as well, and more
quickly, by signs."
The story, .tnougn an exaggeration, i-n
nevertheless, not so utterly absurd as it
seems to the English reader. Southern
Italians use a great deal of gesture while
speaking; net because they are deaf or
dumb, for they are quick of hearing, ever
lasting talkers, and remarkably intelligent,
but becsuse they have picturesque instincts
and are not satisfied w:lh expressing their
ideas by feeble words ; while tucy satisfy
tluir natural impatience by using gestures
in lieu of whole sentences, and can, and
do, occasionally carry on conversations
without any sp ech at all. For example :
ta- oeen a man m a paicony near me
top of a house narrate entirely by gestures
his day's adventures to a friend on the
ground floor of a house on the opposite
uticorasirect
he itestors-lan'uage is believed to be,
in tne maiivthe s:ime all the world over;
till, in plaees widely apart, in which the
habits of life are very different it is natu
ral to expect a correspcrcatpg aitie.ience in
a language which is plainly imitative, and
nothing else. In Mr. T.vlor's work upon
the " Early History of Mankind," which
contains a very interesting account of this
langusge, it is stated that, according to the
general practice oi manuuu, nuamiig me
head is the sign for the negative " No."
In Southern Italy, however, shaking the
heal never means " iNO," dui always, i
don't understand you; what do you
mean?" while "No "is expressed by ele
vating the chin and protruding the under
lip a little ; and a still stronger negative
by the same movements, to which is added
scraping the under-eido of the chin with
the tips of the right-hand fingers, holding
the knuckles outward, and the lingers
slightly bent In the curious affidavit in
support of the will of a deaf-and-dumb
man, unable to read and write, quoted by
Mr Tvlor, which explains the signs used
by the testator to express his testamentary
wish, tt is to be observed that the testa
tor expressed his death by laying the side
of bis head in the palm of his right hand,
and then lowering the right hand, palm
upward, to the ground. In Southern Italy,
a Catholic countrv. death is expressed by
making the sign of the cross with the first
two fingers of the right band held to
gether, upiiktht before the face,
that being the. final action of the
priest when administering the
sacrament to a dying person. The gesture
by which the English deaf and-dumb man
expressed his death would, omitting the
lowering of the hand, mean, in Southern
Italy, sleep. In this country we beckon a
person toward oy noiiung a nana or nuger
with the tins upward. In Southern Italy,
hovever, the tips are held downward, and
the English manner of beckoning is used
for salutation. The verb " go" is express
ed in Southern Italy by holding the open
hand, the palm perpendicular, to the
ground, and pointed in the intended direc
tion, and shaking the band np and down
from the wrist ; while in this country we
simply point with the index-finger. In
Sothern ttalv. hunger is expressed by ex
tending the thumb and first finger, keep
ing the others closed, over the mouth, and
giving a rotary motion from the wrist
The reader is at liberty to try this upon
any unrun-Kriiiuer 110 iuccib, m uwa w
result " To-day" is expressed by closing
all the fingera or the right nana except
the index, then pointing downward, mak
ing a rapid slight movement of the hand
np and down ; " to-morrow" is the same,
except that the movement is greater, and
from the elbow. Numbers, of course, are
shown oy holding up the fingers. Appte-
HWI flUVtUfc.
Reminiscences of Old Bob Carson.
In the town of Arrow Rock, on the
Missouri River, the celebrated mountain
eer and trapper, Bob Carson, yet lives; is
hale, stout and heart v. able and willing to
make many more like trips. He is full of
anecdotes, and gives us many hair-breadth
escapes from mountain storms and Indian
fights.
He says the last tight place he got into
was in the year 184'.), during the Mexican
war. The Mexicans were committing
depredations, and had stolen some of our
government horses and mules. Captain
Price afterward Gen. Sterling Price
was in command of a company of United
States -eiunteers, who were ever ready
for a scout or a fight" ne was ordered to
make a detail of twelve of his best men
and send them in search of the stolen
property. Twelve choice and tried men
were chosen. Then came the query who
is able and willing to take command of
this squad? It must be some man who
can talk with the different Indian tribes
through which they may have to pass in
pursuit of the Mexicans.
Luckily for the squad, at this moment
Bob Carson rode up, well mounted on his
favorite hunting horse, ueo. A snout
from the twelve brave men bid him wel
come ; their object stated and requesting
him to take command. Nothing suited
Carson better than this.
He told Cat. Price that he could fol
low a cold trail as fast as any living man
could, and to give himself no uneasiness,
that he would bring his twelve men back
and not lose a scalp.
" The sequel shows how hs succeeded.
The second day out they struck the
trail ) late in the evening they saw in tne
distance ft large party of Indians, and as
they were on friendly terms with the dif
ferent tribes, Carson and his band hurried
to overtake them, hoping to gain some in
formation eQncemtng the stock.
The Indians ssvr tbem approaching, ana
halted for them to come np. As Carson
and his men came up, his keen eye discov
ered that they were on the war-path, bat
knowing no fear, he rode np, and the In
dians, four hundred strong, closed wings,
and eomnletelv surrounded them. Sandi-
vere, the chief, rode up to Carson, ex
claiming: " Teds mdoly" you are my prisoner.
Carson, aftef questioning the chief a
short time, found iiat they were also in
pursuit of lost stock, stoleU, at they con
sidered, by the United States troops.
Th feicans had told him this tale to
screen tkemscrviw. But all of their in
trigue could not mutiti Jsandivere to re
lease him and his twelve meii.
The next morning the old chief coffl
menced making preparations to shoot and
scale his prisoners. Carson called him
aside for s talk, and finally persuaded him
to send one of his best runners to Cap
tain Price's camp, and if things Were not
found just as represented, that on the
fourth dav of departure of said runner, at
twelve o'clock, he might do with his pris
oners as he pleased. The runner started.
Carson and his men, sanguine that every
thing would prove satisfactory to the
chief, remained their prisoners cheenuiiy
and happy. - ,
Us the morning oi tne iounn uay b:i
were momentarilly expecting the runner
to appear. Ten o'clock came and no run
ner in sip-tit : 11 and no runner in sight
Everything In camp waa excitement and
commotion. BandiVere was certain that
his runner had been foully dealt with, and
in his anger made preparations fof sum
mary vengeance. Twelve o'clock, and no
runner in sight as far a3 the eye could
reach.
Carson thought his hour had come, as
preparations were made; and, well know
in the terms would be complied with, he
called Sandivere and told him ha would
like to have a talk with htm before he ana
his men were shot Carson and Sandivere
commenced their talk, Carson in the mean
time walking slowly and leisurely from
the camp, telling the chief that the horses,
saddles, blankets, tUL, were all donated or.
willed to him, the great chief, and that he
was not compelled on account of this do
nation to divide them among his warriors.
The chief waa much interested and '
pleased with this donation, and by this
time they were eighty or one hundred
yards from the Indian camp, when Carson,
witn the aextenijoi su urn uiuuuuuirai,
pulled from his boot leg an ugly-looking
hniotnr nistol. cocked and presented it
directly at the face of the old chief, ex
claiming :
istana, sir, you are a prisoner.
" What do you mean ? asked Sandivere.
'T mean iust what I say if you move
one inch you are a dead man."
The Indians, seeing their chief in dan
ger, started to his rescue, but Carson told
him to motion his men back, or he would
shoot him on the spot The old chief,
well knowing the man he had to ueai witn,
instantly complied, and motioned his men
back. Carson men tout aim w muct
hi twelve men with their horses just as
he had received them, and Leo with them.
This was instantly complied with.
Carson then mounted me oia cniei oe
hlnd one of his men and started for Capt
Prira'a camn. where Sandivere found
things as represented by Carson. The
runner had been there but hal lost the
trail, which bad caused the delay. Capt
Price gave the cniei many pre stum, uu
escorted him to his tribe. He afterwards
was a true friend to the whites, and in
many instances did very valuable service.
Thus by the coolness, cunning and
downright bravery of Bob Carson this de
voted band oi twelve oravu uieu scic
rescued from certain death.
Benefits of Laughter.
PmlH there is not the remotest cor
ner or little inlet of the minute blood-vessel
of the body that does not feel some
wavelet from the great convulsion pro
hT? r,efrtlniitrhter. shaking the cen
tral man. The blood moves more lively
nrobablvits chemical, electric or vital
condition is instinctly modified it conveys
a different expression to an me orgauo u.
the body, as it visits them on that particu
lar mystic journey, when the man is laugh
ing, from what it does at other times. And
thus it is mat a goou iuugu .wu6ii- -man',
life hiT vinveving a distinct and ad
ditional stimulus to the vital forces. The
time may come when physicians, attending
more closely than they do now to the In
numerable suDtie influences wuieu mo i
exerta noon its tenement of clay, shall
prescribe to a torpid patient "so many
peals oi laughter, to oo uuuci8u-"
such and such a time," just as they do
th.t far more objectionable prescrip
tiona pill, or an electric or galvanic
shock, and shall study the best and most
effective method of producing the required
effect in each patient
Thr Salt Lake City News says that, a
short time since, while some men were
engaged in clearing out a spring in that
from which the people obtain
water for irrigation, they found, standing
arxt in the nri n st. what had been a two-
year-old heifer, in an advanced state of
petni action.
A German waiter at Bingen on the
Rhine has displayed a talent for fraud
worthy of Saratog. A lady found
chicken in her egg, and called his atten-
- . , .
tion to the circumstance. He charged ner
ior a ooueu am;.ci.
Turning Everything to Account.
Neither large salaries nor extensive
facilities for making money ensure a com
petence for man. What one's future ma
terial condition will be, depends not so
much upon what he receives as upon what
he saves. Generally speaking, the differ
ence between the individual who becomes
independent and the one remaining de
pendent all his life, represents that dif
ference between careful saving and reckless
spending. .
Some become rich on what others throw
away. During the last century, a poor
emigrant and his wife who had landed in
New York, finding nothing else to do, be
gan to gather cigar stumps about the
streets and bar rooms, and manufactured
them into snuff. They were industrious,
prospered, and laid the foundation for what
is now one of the largest tobacco houses
in the world. The gardener enriches his
soil with the dressing given away by the
improvident neighbor. The Celt fattens
his cow and hog on the slops thrown out
at back doors ; and many chiffoniers, in
large cities, fish out snug lit tie fortunes
from waste barrels and gutters. There is
scarcely anything In the house that can
not be turned to account sooner or later,
no matter how valueless it may appear at
the moment
There is no wsste in Nature's laboratory.
In the numberless transformations and
combination of things, material and im
material, nothing is lost or laid aside as
valueless. By how much man imitates
Nature in this respect, by so much he in
creases his worldly substance. Corpora
tions and companies amass fortunes,
through the application of genius and in
ventive talent to what is looked upon as
refuse and of no account An article oi
commerce is now made from the water
employed in gas works. Sawdust which
was once cast into streams, blocking up
their channels, is now extensively used in
manufacturing oxalic snd formic acids,
paper, gun-cotton, volatile oils, and blast
ing powder. It has proved highly service
able in curing hams, polishing jewelry.
cleaning furs, and for a variety of other
purposes. Ivory dust, iron nungs, sea
weed, coal dust, and bones, which were
once cast away, are turned to good uses.
It is now proposed to utilize the slag of iron
furnaces ior block pavements. The dead
body of a horse, which owners were for
merly in such a hurry to pnt out of sight,
is noweonverted intoa vast numberof uses.
The mane and tail, says a contemporary,
are serviceable for hair-cloth, sieves, bow
strings, and brushes. "The skin isconverted
into ltalhcr for cart-harness, for boots and
shoes, find strong collars. The hoofs are
used for combs, horn-work, glue, and in old
times were the chief source of hartshorn,
now obtained from the gas-house. The
flesh is boiled down in the rendering vat
and mneh oil and fat ia obtained from it
The stomach and intestines make valuable
strings and cords for musical instruments.
Out of the bones are manufactured but
tons, toys, tweezers, kniie-hanules, rules,
cupS, dominoes, balls; and the residue
from all these things ia burnt into bone
black, to be used by the sugar refiner, who
Tints in a second claim on the dead horse;
and some parts of the bone-black Is burn
ed white, to be used by the assayer in test
ing gold s and when the assayer and refin
er have finished with it, it is converted
into superphosphate to serve as a valuable
manure on our land. The teeth are used
as substitutes for ivory. Some portion oi
the bone-black h converted into phos
phorus for the manufacture of matches,
and lately a valuable bread preparation is
made of the phosphate, and medicines are
prepared fof the cure of consumptives."
Inguenuity and eronomy of this character
have but to be exerciseef in our household
affairs in order to ensure a competence,
however limited may be our incomes.
Hearth and Home.
The Gospel of correct Living.
T iv sometimes lost In delight as I read
the confident and generous directions of
some man who has solved the problem of
correct living and given his gospel to the
world. How much better for any imagined
milennium will that be when we conform
all our vile bodies to his body; what a
sweet uniformity when we all eat ana
drink and sleep and dress and exercise ex
actly as he has found it best for him. The
process oi natural selection um ueeu tar
ried ouite far enough. Let us be of one
mind and one diet; bran of one bran, flesh
of one flesh. We shall all go to bed at one
hour, and that right early except the edi
tors of morning journals, who will have
dispensation to die early. We shall all
rise, like a bed of crocuses in the spring,
at a very early hour, and all together.
Sickness will not excuse us, ior mere win
be no excuse for sickness. At the same
moment we shall all be engaged in taking
an air bath, a sponge bath, a dry rub ; and
then, dressing according to a laoutar s i
of figures, furnished by the central authori
ty, showing the proper weight of each gar
ment according to the temperature indi
cated by the thermometer, we shall all
take a brisk walk of eleven minutes. We
shall all saw wood for half an hour, if we
have no lifting machine, and then sit down
to breakfast, to consist of half a pint of fil
tered water (free lrom ail animal eud
stances) and two quarters of a dried apple,
or any other fruit in season, to be eaten
with the utmost cheerfulness, and even
with a little moderate hilarity. A dried
apple without hilarity is to be avoided.
After Drtaktast, we are to go w our va
rious occupations with a clear mind and
an elastic frame. By 12 o clock we shall
be quite ready for diuner. This meal is
to be varied every day in the week dif
ferent kinds of bran bread, different kinds
of cracked wheat, different kinds of dried
apples, and other sorts of fruit which do
not contain a certain kind of acid which
is hostile to the standard stomach of the
reformer whom we follow, to be eaten
with a great deal of merriment (no matter
who has died or wno nas gone uivu uaun
ruptcvl. to be eaten in large quantities.
In fact, we are to eat all we want at this
king meal, with one restriction, we are
to leave off hungry and hilarous. Our
dinner is not to cost over eight cents, ex
cept when you dine with a friend, and he
pays the bill. After dinner you may take
a siesta of twenty minutes and nap in your
chair; but do not lie down and sleep with
your mouth open in fly-time, for animal
food is absolutely prouiDiteeu inese
directions may seem unimportant;
but nothing ia trivial to an immor
tal man, as you will feel when you go to
vour business with a springing step, a
sparkling eve. glowing cneeas, nre in
every limb, txultant blciod in every mus
cle, and the consciousness that you have
no butcher's bill, grocer's bill, or milk
man's; that you owe no man a dollar, and
can keen all the commandments Just as
easy as you can wink, as you waia aiong
the street, you occasionally jump uihi iud
air four or five feet, or leap over the
boundary fence and back, and laugh aioua
At supper it is pest ior you to eai noui-
ing, except your own cheerfulness. But,
if nature will have something, try a little
brown bread, raised without yeast, slowly
masticating it, thinking about butter, and
beint? carelul to call up no image of ex
cessive laughter, for this is the time to
begin to tranquilize the mind and prepare
for self-satisfied slumber.
Of course it must be understood that all
von eat must be carefully weighed. This
not only guards against excess, but it in
duces a careful and methodical habit of
mind. When you go out to dinner, you
will carry your own scales with you and
weigh your own food at the table. It is
important to notice that beans, nncon
taminated by pork, may be eaten on Sun
days and the 4th of July. CD. Warner
in Independent.
MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.
A Pitched Bat-ilk A fight between
two tars.
Dogs beat dentists. They insert natural
teeth.
Fat men do not seek greatness it is
thrust upon them.
A polict of life insurance creates an
estate at once, which cannot be taken from
your wife. Insure in the Mutual Life, of
Chicago.
An ingenuous youth in the oil regions
lately hire hands to commence boring.
The foreman asked u what kind of a wall
he wanted to put down," meaning with
large easing or smalL "Well," was the
reply, " I guess you'd better sock down a
hundred-barrel well ; that's as high as they
run now, ain't it?"
Three young men, not long ago, called
at a beer-saloon in New Albany, "Ind., for
a drink. The keeper of the establishment
told them to drink quick, as his daughter,
up stairs, was dying. He adtled. "She
will soon be dead, and yon can call again
in short time." While the party was
drinking the girl died.
" Cuffee, what do you tink Je moge
useful ob de plannets, de sun or de moon?"
" Well, Sambo, I tink de moon otter take
de first rank in dat 'ar tickler." Why do
vou tink no. Cnffee " Well T tell vnn
kase she shines by night when we want
light ana the sun shines by day, when wc
don't!"
American readers aro often amused
with the names of Chinese. To them Li
Po Tai and Chy Lung look very funny.
But perhaps it is only in the way we print
it Suppose some of our own were given
thus : Da Vis and Gree Ley, Schuy Ler
Uol f ax and V al Lan Dig iiam. Aew
lone lvmes.
Oscr when Marshal McMahon was col
onel of a regiment, he had an altercation
with a subaltern and threatened him for
disobedience of orders. The officer drew
a pistol, but fortunately the cap snapped.
McMahon instantaneously ordered hiin to
be confined in the guard-room for fifteen
days ior having his arms out of order.
The punishment for drunkenness among
the Passamatiuoddy Indians in the sum
mer is to strip the victim, bind him hand
and foot, and place him on the ground
where he is exposed to the bite of black
flies and mosquitoes, in which position he
is kept until he repents. Some -of the of
fenders have been known to endure the
punishment for twenty-four hours.
Thr following inscription can be seen
on a white gravestone in an old cemetery
at Newmarket New Hampshire :
TIE ABB
Ly
Bodr oF Is
6IAH HvnT
on dyd IVnB
je S3: 98 A
GEJ8.
Truthful James, made" so familiar by
Bret Harte. is an old Califomian product.
He appears in John Phoenix's sketch of
the return of the Collector from Stockton.
Squibob quotes a statement of one " Cap
tain J B ." familiarly known as
" Truthful James," and in the postcript to
the narrative he remarks that "Truthful
James" comes to inform him that the Col
lector did not arrive. The queer charac
ter who rises to explain at Bret Harte's
instigation, had a name to live in the early
days of California, and long before his
present manager had any use lor him.
s Truthful James " is a revival and not an
original production.
A otjstrt merchant who wanted two
tailor's irons, several years ago, ordered
them of a firm of hardware merchants in
the city. He first wrote this order:
Please send me two tailors gooses.
Thinking this was not grammar, he des
troyed it and wrote this one : " Please send
me two tailor's gecsc." Upon reflection
he destroyed this one also, lor tear he
should receive live geese. He thought
over the matter till he was very much
worried, and at last, m a moment of des
peration, he seized his pen and wrote the
following, which was duly posted:
" Messrs. So-and-so .- Please send me one
tailor's goose, and, hang it, send me an
other!" A pleasant instance of poetic justice
is reported from a town in Oregon. One
morning a young man caiiett upon tie
editor of the only paper in the county, and
asked permission to look at the bound files
of that paper for 18G9. It was granted.
While the editor was in bed waiting till
his wife could wash his shirt, that young
man carried away the file, nor was it ever
seen airain. until his lawyer offered it in
evidence during the trial of an action for
15,000 damages, tor an aiiegea iiDei.wnicn
that young man brought against that
editor. It is gratifying to learn that the
plaintiff recovered 6 cents damages, and
waa arrested by the editor on a charge of
stealing books, convicted, and sentenced
to the penetenuary ior seven years, ne
now masticates mush and molasses in the
penal institution aforesaid. Let tho;e who
would not share his fate, profit by his ex
ample.
Rather a remarkable case of cereorai
affection has occurred at Somerville, Mass.
A lad named Dickinson suddenly elisap
peared from his home. T wo days after he
returned in an exhausted condition. He
stated that after indulging in vigorous
play with other boys, and witn nis Doay
heated, he went into the water to swim.
The next day he went to school, feeling
ill, and studied hard. In the afternoon he
went for a walk, and remembers nothing
more until he found himstlf in Manches
ter N H. When his senses had returned
he started homeward, ana wameu on uw
way. tits Shoes ana sitJcmngs were wuiu
out He is now in a serious condition
from fatigue and fever. The danger of
bathing when heated should induce great
caution.
The Reindeer and his Travels.
Wb know that domestic animals are
often compelled to take long journeys, in
obedience to the will of man ; but did you
ever know that whole companies of peo
ple are sometimes compelled to take long,
wearisome journeys because of the migra
tions pt animals? The reindeer, in those
cold North countries where he is the main
staff and stay of the people, takes his long
journeys at the regular seasons in search of
the reindeer moss ana me peculiar ucnens
which are its main food. There is no help
for it ; but the people who depend on it for
food, and clothing, and almost every other
necessary of life, must follow Its wander
ings. Fortunately there Is little portable
property to transport; ana even me muu
children are hardier than most men with
us. A little thing of two years waa seen
hv T)r Kane to take his knife and cut into
the walrus fat along with the rest of
the family, consuming a quantity so enorm
ous it seemed almost incredible. They
early learn to take care of themselves, so
that little children are small hinderance to
their narents.
Those frozen regions could not be in
habited except for those haray creatures.
Their keen scent shows them where the
moss is hidden even beneath six feet of
snow. Where every thing else would -perish
of hunger, it finds sufficient food. In
turn it furnishes food for the poor inhabi
tants, and when domesticated, gives them
milk, butter, and a sort of -cheese; while
its skin is put to innumerable uses besides
the common one of furnishing them with
warm clothing.
It seems wonderful to us that people
can bear to live in such a region, and that
it seems a beautiful land to them. No
doubt they would soon tire of the conven
iencea of our enlightened homes, and
would think the most common customs of
civilized life very irksome and disagree
able. iresbjftertan.
Youth's Department.
BEEFSTEAK AND FAIRIES.
Aunt Lucy came home looking very
tired. Aunt Lucy was a teacher and often
came home locking so, especially on Fri
day afternoons. " I gu ss Aunt Lucy'a
head aches," whispered George, who, at
once stopped his noisy play w ith Frisky.
Pretty soon Aunt Lucy forgot the head
ache enough to laugh, and a merry laugh
it was, and the children caught it and
wanted to know the secret of it
"Poor Cyrus, poor child," said Aunt
Lucy as if to herself, in a tone of pity, but
with the smile yet in her eye.
" Who ia Cyrus, Auntie, and why do
you feel sorry for him?" asked Fanny.
" He is one of my boys at school. Listen
and I will tell you about him." The
children were always glad to hear about
Aunt Lucy's boys and girls at school, so
they were ready to listen at once.
" This afternoon I read a kiry story to
them, and afterward talked about it and
among other things asked them this ques
tion: 'Suppose you were told you could
have anything you wanted, what would
you kk for ? Now think a moment, and
when you are sure you have made up your
minds raise up your hands.'- Up came the
hands in a twinkling, the most of them; s
few took a moment to think."
" What did they ask tor i cried ueorge
eagerly.
"I guess the girls most all wanted
dolls, said his sister, whose dream was a
lovely wax doll with flowing curls, blue
eyes and dressed in pink silk and slippers.
" You may be sure," said Aunt Lucy,
"there were many things asked for. Ida
wanted a 'gold watch and chain;' Oscar
wanted "some ' nice furniture ; Levi, the
little miser, wanted 'money; Hatty, a
' blue silk tlress ;' four or five wanted
' books,' while a great many dolls, tops,
balls aud other small toys were wanted
by the little boys and girls. Finally, I
asked a poor, forlorn-looking boy what he
would have. With as pleased and eager a
look aa if he was sure of getting it right
then, he shouted out, ' beefsteak !' All the
boys and girls laughed, and, I am sorry to
say, some looked at him with a proud,
scornful air, as if they thought he had dis
graced himself by asking for something to
cat Poor Cyrus ! he hung his head and
looked ashamed, and nearly all the bright
happy look waa gone from his face, but I
brought it partly back by saying that his
was a very sensible wish, for he had asked
for something that would do him good,
and I was not sure but that some kind
fairy might send him a nice one. Some ot
the older boys and girls looked as if they
knew what that meant, but I closed school
without saying anything more about it"
" Has he any father cr mother to buy
him anything to eat?" asked Fannie,
who had been quite interested in poor
Cyrus.
" Yes." said Aunt Lucy. " he has both :
but hia father is very poor, and I don't
doubt but that he has often been
hungry."
"f know who the fairy is that is going
to send him beefsteak, " said George with
a very knowing look.
"Who is it and how do you know?"
cried his sister.
" Oh ! I know I am sure of it now. "
he added, seeing the smile on Aunt Lucy'a
face.
" Oh ! yes, I know too, now ; it is Aunt
Lucy, isn't it? "
" Do you think I look like a fairy ?
said her Aunt
4 No, I don't think you do, " said Fanny,
looking a little puzzled; then her face
cleared up, and she went on ; " but you
act like one. "
Well, I think I shall try to, for once. "
' But how will you do it Auntie; will
you take one to school with you, and tell
him a fairy sent it?
" No, I shall not do that As to morrow
is Saturday, I think I shall make visit to
his mother a
" Oh ! may I go with yon. Aunt Lucy?
Do say yes, please, " cried Fanny, in eager
haste, while George, who secretly thought
he would like to go to and see the fun, was
pleased to hear Aunt Lucy say: .
" Yes, you may go, and George may go
with us and carry the basket"
So it was settled, and Fannie ran on to
tell her mother of the fairy surprise in,
store for Cyrus on the morrow. In the
morning Aunt Lucy made np quite a bas
ket First she placed in the bottom a pair
of pants which George's mother had given
her for Cyrus; they were quite good
then a iacket two shirts and a pocket
handkerchief,- over these she folded a clean
paper Fannie s last bunday school paper
and over all a nice clean toweL Then
their mother put in a fresh loaf of cake
and a blackberry pie, and they were ready
to start On the way they stopped at the
market, and Aunt Lucy bought a large,
tender steak that would have looked
tempting to any hungry boy or girL Then
they started again for Cyrus' home. After
a short walk they reached the house. The
door was opened by bis mother, who was
very much pleased to see the teacher,"
and dusted the large rocking-chair for her
to sit in. George and Fannie were in such
haste to see Cyrus, and give him the "fairy
basket," that Aunt Lucy at once mked for
him.
" Oh ves." said Mrs. Crewton, "he is in
the yard, and will be right glad to see the
teacher." She went to the door and called,
and in a moment he came in.
" Well. Cyrus, do you still think beet-
steak would be nice?" asked Aunt Lucy,
after a moment's talk ; then she said to his
mother, " You see, Mrs. Crewton, we were
talking yesterday about fairies, and I asked
the children what they wanted most, and
Cyrus thought a beefsteak would suit him
best, and as he has been a pretty good boy
at school this year, somebody has sent him
this basket" baying mis, sne too me
basket from George, and handed it to Cy
rus, telling him not to be afraid of it, there
was nothing in it to hurt him. Tiu3 en
couraged, Cyrus took n ana ses n on mo
table. Lifting out the first parcel, he saw
the steak. " Oh, mother, there is a beef
steak!" he cried, his eyes shining wilh de
light "Sure an there is, an' a beautiful
one it is, too," said his mother, looking not
much less pleased man tjyrus nimseii.
" Rut what is that?" she added, lifting out
the other parcels and opening them ; " a
una pie and a beautiful cake. May the
saints bless the fairy that sent you the
basket" While his mother was iK.VsXag
the pie and cake to one sido Cyrus had
taaen out ms new oui ui uuuico.
his delight knew no boundi Aunt Lucy,
with George and Fannie, had been happy
lookers-on all this time, and, taking the
basket, she rose and said : " Well, Cyrus
I hope you will enjoy the beefsteak, and I
shall expect to see you oa Monday morn
ing in your new suit.
Mrs. Crewton was full of thanks and
praises for the basket, and in the midat of
it they took their leave. Fannie could
scarcely wait to gel away irom me uwi
before she began.
" Oh. George, wasn't he glad, and how
do you think he will look in his new
clothes?" . .
" I guess his mother thought me ocei
steak was pretty good, too; don't you
think so, Aunt Lucy f
" Yes, I expect so; and I hope they will
enjoy it all." Then she added gayly:
" Well, how do you like fairy visits ?"
"Oh, I think they are jolly," said
George. .
" And I think they're ever so nice, said
Fannie. "I would rather go with you
again than to go and see Rosa, I believe,"
and that was saying a great deal, for Ross
was her dearest friend, and they had had
such pleasant times when they visited
each other.
They walked on in silence a moment,
then FanDie said, " I wonder why we feel
so happy this morning?"
Is it not because it is more blessed to
give than to receive?" said Aunt Lucy,
softly. Christian Union. -
A man painting the cornice of a house
in Hartford, fell from a ladder, and it was
supposed that he was badly hurt Imme
diately after the fall, a young man ran to
to tho store to inform the painter of the
misfortune that had overtaken his work
man. The " boss " listened to a thriving
description of the Ml, and, the J1"
ing passion still strong within him. aekeel,
anxiously, " Did he spill his paint ?
A xtlatto woman called Madnm Ac
gelo has Just walked 1,0s 0 miles in Eng
land, in as many consecutive hours, being
the third person known who has achieved
this teat

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