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Poetry.
Poetry. IN THE LANE.
BY CELIA THAXTER.
Br cottage wall the !n blow ;
Rich spikes of perfume stand and sway
At open easements, where all day
The warm wind waves them to and fro.
Oat of the shadow of the floor,
into the go den morning air.
Comes one who makes the daj more fair
And summer sweeter than before.
The apple-blossoms might hare shed
V pon her cheek the bloom so rare;
The son baa kissed her bright brown hair.
Braided about her gracefa. head.
Lightly betwixt the lilacs Ull
She pas-es, through the garden pate,
Across ine roaa, taa ays w wait
A moment by the orchard wall ;
And then In gracious light and shade.
Beneath the blossom-laden trees,
'Mid song of birds and ham of bees
Ebe stays, unconscious, unafraid.
Tni swiftly o'er the grassy space
Comes one whose step she fain wonld stay;
uih as uic uvwij-ruMsa ay
He stoops to read her drooping lace.
Her face is like the morning skies,
, Bright, timid, tender, bluriiiog sweet;
She dares not trust her-own to meet
The steady splendor of bis eyes.
He holds her with resistless charm.
With truth, with power, with beauty crowned.
aduqi ner sienaer watst is wouna
The strong, safe girdle of his arm;
And np and down, in rhade and light.
They wander through the flying hours,
and all the way is strewn with flowers.
And life looks like one long delight.
I happy twain t so frost sball harm.
A o change shall reach yur bins so long
as Ktrcus lu D ire uin i -1 1 r; 1 11 1 nrniir.
CT . ; 11. 1 . . , ,,
cue jnua oi mat ioioing arm.
Could you this simple secret know.
No death in life would be to fear.
Ere in another fleeting year
By cottage a alia the lilacs prowl
Atlantic Monthly.
Miscellany.
Mr. Jack Littlegame's Opinion of
Base-Ball.
Who should I meet bat Sam Skinrame.
made np like a regular swell, full suit of
DiacK, stove pipe flat, patent leather boots,
and alL
" What's the lay, Sam ?" sez I, " What's
yer mue game ?
u The Nashunal game," sez Sam. Tm
- a member and stockholder of the ' Dirty
D&OCKingS. "
-res, but whats the gamer Is it
bones or papers f vz I kinder ignorin
the stockins.
"It's the one-ball game," sez Sam. "The
Nashunal Game of Base-Ball. Want to
liner"
WelL 1 don't mind," says I, "but Td
. like to be left out of wearing the stockins
till cooler weather."
"Stow that," sez Sam. " Dirty Stock-
ins is the pet name of our professional I
nine.
So Sam a creed to let me have some of
nis stock an some brads to pay for mem- I
bership, and we went np to the Cheatem
grounds to see the nrst game lor the cham-
pionship between the Dirty Stocking and -.concerning
the Soiled shirts of Sedalii. It was hot I
as blazes, but you may pick me up for a
uai ii mere warn t more than three thou- go
sand people sitting there in the sun. to
.rreny soon me game began, i he nrst
wing iney aid was to select an umpire, not
umpire s duty is to stan' out one side
" " maao sum uuug vi it,
every once in a while he sings out, " One
bawl!" "Two bawl I" After they had
stood the umpire out in the sun, one of
the Dirty stockins picked up a big club
and stood over a little iron plate like a
pavior with a rammer. Three other chaps
- went and stood on three little sail-loft
cushions ; three other fellows winked at
each other and got as tar out in the field
as they could ; another man planted him
self about fifteen feet from one of the
little cushion. Sam says they call this
man "short stop," because he don't stop
there long before his head is caved in by
. the ball. Then a player stood behind the
cnap on tne iitue iron plate, an another
went in tront of him an began to pitch a
ball at his head, and he dodged it, an' then
the chap behind would chuck it back.
Bime-by the feller that held the full
hand of clubs got mad, struck the ball an'
drove it into the short stop mans
. stomach, flung his club back an' knocked
oat the front teeth of the man behind ;
then he ran at one or the chaps on the lit
tle cushions, knocked him down and
stomped on him, and went for the chap on
the next cushion; but the ball got there
somehow before him, an' the chap on the
second cushion grabbed it an fetched him
- a pelt side of the head as he come up.
Then the umpire yelled. "Out!" The
crowd cheered, the wounded was carried
off in an ambulance, new men put in their
piaccs, and inty began ail over again.
I asked Sam if anybody ever got hurt
- piaytn the Nashunal game?
. - " Not enough to interfere with the
game," says Sam. "We've located our
, grounds pretty near the city hospitals,
have our own ambulance, coroner and
undertaker, and the doctors bring the
' medical students over to all the matches to
study surgery. We did have a life and
accident insurance agent ; but the first two
matches tailed his company.
' Sam says that when the Nashunal game
was rust introduced, men used to play for
- xne run an- exercise; but sense John Mor-
rissey. Jim Irish; and our kind have taken
the game up, they have to pay a member
, of the professional nine a thousand dollars
for the season, his doctor's bill, an' all he
can make through his friends in side bets.
Yon can bet your pile the Nashunal
game's a big thing.
had
five
and
was
fine
the
a
jack
ting
her
with
and
wash
some
Will
lortn
in?
and
ed
with.
and
had
baby.
large
the
for
school
not
again,
ing
house
The
where
Tell-Tale Tomatoes.
".Whkbb did you get them tomatoes?"
. asked an old Long Island fkrmtr.the other
. morning, oi a neighbor whose real estate
yielded s product of ntZ, and on which
there was not a tomato-vine.
His basket was full of very fine, ripe
specimens, which the farmer thought he
recognized. It wasnt the first time that
suspicion of his impecunious neighbor's
T . V .1 : , ; .
- jMiuevty jiau anseu iu nis xmno.
"" Where did you get 'em ?"
Bought 'em.'
Who did you buy 'em of ?"
, " Bill Van Brunt, on Crow Hill."
" Ah ! let us look at your hands."
With his basket on his arm he held out
both hands for examination. " What do
yon want to look at my hands for ? There
am t nothing onto em .
The old tanner was washing his own
.hands at the time in a tin basin of raw
water, with a wooden bowl of curdled
brown soft soap before him.
"Nj; there ain't nothing on 'em that
; Tou can see; but see here, set downyrnrr
basket, and wash 'em. Its: wery coolin',
and your face and hands look hot." So
saying, he emptied the basin, filled it with
cold water, pointed to the soap dish and
relieved the bearer ot his basket.
Bone
called,
1
tinued.
sprang
the
along
groped
with
it.
used
coal,
A
what,
with
below
the
had
the
but.-
gazed
ed
up
far
about,
The
on
and
The first immersion and friction of the f shook
mds in the water let the cat out of the river
' hands
: bag. It at once turned green: grew preen
er and greener every second, and at length
. was an intense dark green.
" Here, Jim," said the old farmer to his'
tow-headed son, " take in this basket and
empty it and bring it out agio." Then
turning to his honest neighbor, he said :
- l ou hooked them tomatoes from my
patch not half au hour ago. Three or four
of the top ones I knew in a minute. Here's
your basket!"
If any reader of the Evening Pott in the
country would test this discovery of a
theft, let him pick one or two tomatoes,
separating the vines wit his naked hand,
and then wash it. There is a mysterious
something about the plant, perfectly color
lass, that instantly impans the green,
which ennnot be seen until water removes
"it Nob York PotL
Boms curious genius has been investi
gating beer, and among the ingredients
used in making up that beverage, he says
he found sugar, honey, molasses, liquorice,
alum, opium, gentian, quassia, aloes, coccu
lus indicus, amora, tobacco, nux, saltpeter,
jalap, salt, maranta, green copperas, mar
ble -drat, oyster shells, sulphate of lime,
: hartshorn, shavings, nut-gall, potash and
soda.
Tax boys are advised to get their
smoked glass ready for the next eclipse.
It will come off in June, 1954, and will he
total through a large part of the Unitd
States.
sat
back
Don't
the
quickly,
ready
tening
creaking
his
fright
"
father
ed
down
out,
nice.
"
father
nas
She
" No,
be
herself
get a
floor,
bread
They
:
fira.
EASTERN
VOLUME I.
McCONNELLSVILLE, OHIO, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1871.
NUMBER 23.
A NIGHT'S ADVENTURE ON THE
OHIO RIVER.
An Incident the Flood of 1832.
" Titk river rises wonderfully Cist, wife,"
said Jack Mirtia, as he wiped his hands on
the roller-towel behind the door, before
sitting down to bis supper, "it is almost
up to the top of the bank ; never was
known to be so hish : and Wilson really
seems scared about it."
"Do vou think there is 'any dancer."
asked 2rs. Martin as she pound out his
tea.
No, we are not going to be carried
away because it is a few feet above high-
water mars, it will go down as it came
up, when it is ready. Come in." This was
said iu answer to a knock at the door, and
was followed by tlie appearance of a bov
about thirteen j ears of age.
" Mother is sick, Mrs. Martin." he said.
approaching we tabic, axd the sent toe
to ask yen to come over. Granny Hays is
down with the rheumatiz, and she hain't
got no one with' her."
1 expected it, said Mrs. Martin.
What shall I do?"
" Go, of course," said her husband. "Yon
can't do anything else. "
She is very bad." said the dt, " and 1
am to go around and fetch the doctor."
Well, draw up and get some supper,
Joe," was Jack's answer; "then I will put
Dolly in tee wagon, and we will go the
upper road ard tatce the doctor in.
-Hut the children. lather 7
" Now don't begin to worry, Molly.
can take care of the baby, and I will
not be gone more than an Hour or so.
Ton can get alone, can't you. Sally?"
I guess so," was the smiling reply oi a
brieht-eyed girl of some thirteen years
who sat beside him.
The creek is running like a mill-race.
and the water is spreading all over," said
Joe. "lie trees looked standing in it
when I came over the hill. I dont be
lieve we could ret along that road."
wTh walpr ta Tw-jbiriO- tin thpfl "
said
Jack ; "but it is too cold for it to rise much
farther "
Mrs. Martin made a hurried meal. and.
bavins stowed various articles in a basket.
was "ready by the time her husband had the
wagon at the door. With charges to sally
the baby, she stepped in, while
Jack locked the house door and put the
key in his pocket, telling the children to
to bcu as soon as tney naa set t nines
rights, but to be sure and have a good
nre and keen a iurht burning. lor ne would
be long gone.
Jack Martin and his young wife had left
jjew England when they were nrst
married, and settled upon the Ohio some
distance above Cincinnati. Here Jack
built a small frame-house and
begun to cultivate hislland, and here his
children were born, two of
whom had died Sally and Will
the baby being all that were left. Jack
a happy, light-hearted, industrious
man. who worked his i.trm and took
things easy." Kis land was productiveiis
crops had sold well, he had built a
bam, and had good out
houses, but his own dwelling was
shabbiest part of the premises. It was
frame of but one room, with a loft above
which had been put up for present wants
when he first settled there, but it was
plastered snug and tight. Every year
had thought he would add to it, and
when his wife represented that it was get
very old. and was really too small for
growing family, he would put her off
a promise ol building next spring,
a compliment to her housekeeping.
Alter her parents left, bally proceeded to
up the tea-things. The baby, a child
ten months old, was asleep, min
ing up the end of the brown table-cloth.
got out his slate and arithmetic, and
began to cipher, while bany went oacif. and
trom the cupboaKi to tne table, sing
and nnttintr the thincs away.
Will was slow at figures; he put down
rubbed out : and bothered and scratch
.his head ; and finally appealed to Sally,
"Just show me this Dart.
Thus an hour passed, ine baby awoke
was fed and played with, and the two
getting sleepy they prepared lorr bed.
Usually they slept in the ion unless tne
weather was very cold, but this night they
been told to get in below with the
Before undressing they rolled a
log on the fire, and put a candle in
lantern, as they had been taught to do
salety.
Tired with their walk oi two miles trom
in the wind, they were soon asleep.
Suddenly Sally was awakened by she knew
what, and was turning to go to sleep
when there was a groaning, creak
noise, and she thought she felt the
move.
Thoroughly aroused, she sat up in bed.
lantern was dark, and from the hearth.
she had left a great fire, came a
sound, and there was only the
of a dull burning log. She thought
one was putting out the fire, and
"father! father!"
here was no answer, but the sound con
Without waking William, she
out upon the floor and ran towards
fire-place. . As she reached it her feet
splashed in the water which was running
over the floor. Quick as light the
thought came, "The river is up!" She
for a candlestick, and found one
a small piece of candle remaining in
Taking one of the long sulphur matches
in those days, she touched it to a
and had a light.
quick glance around told her at once
was the matter. The hearth laid
heavy stone had sunk several inches
the floor of the room, and up through
crevices of. this came the water, which
almost nut out the fire, leaving onl
logs burning. The door was locked
raising the window-curtain she
out The house was- surround
by water ( . the waves -were- washing
against it and over the doorstep. As
as her eye could - reach, all around
was water. only water, with trees
standing in it.- -
girl had been brought up to depend
herself, and- she had both resolution
courage. -Running to the 'bed, she
Will. " Get up, Will get up! The
is all around the house. The boy
up, rubbed his eyes stupidly, then 6ank
again. "Get up, Will, do get up!
you hear? the river is coming in
house." She sTiook him again. "Dress
and don't wake baby." She al
had her own shoes on. and was fas
up her drees. There -was the same
noise, and the house shook. Will
comprehended at last, and while putting on
clothes ran to the window,
"What are we to do?" he asked in af
" If father was only here ! "
We must ro to the loft and wait until
comes," she answered.
Taking the baby in her arms, she climb
stairway and laid it on her own bed.
wrapping it up warmly. When she came
again, Will, who had been looking
stood with the tears running down his
Where is father? O Sally, where is
? I am so afraid he.is drowned ; he
not come nome I
hugged the tender-hearted boy close.
Will, no, father is safe ; -he will only
troubled about us." She shuddered
as she reassured nim, . He will
boat and come."
Finding the water was covering the
they carried to the loft all the art i
cles they couid move, not forgetting some
and a crock of milk for the baby.
then took refuge there themselves.
While they were thus engaged they
frequently felt the house quiver.
Itwas cold. ,. They had a light, but no
So, wrapped in comforters, they
"
us."
and
the
The
the
the
baby
ly's
and
and
the
them,
other
to
They
on.
began
. "
thing
coop,
and
down,
Sally
of
going
against
back
waters,
it
plank
had
old
frantic
with
auiver
or
make
draw
opened
in,
W
energy
knew
which
a
tened
beads
river-bank
After
nailing
placed
pitating
she
at
dngou's
They
the
were
On
thickly
Now
and
An
frantic,
times
them,
fretted
soothed
-
who
held each other close, not daring to go to
bed. They crouched near one of the win
dows, of which there were two in the loft,
one looking back on the hills, the other in
front on the river.
Th eir father did not come.
It was not a dark night, and they could
see that tho water spread over the
meadows almost to the hills. The barns
and ail the out houses stood surrounded.
They couid hear the geese gabble in alarm,
and the ducks quack, for they had been
driven from thtir shelter.
It was a strange sight, and one well cal
culated to fill them with fears. Thev
spoke little as they sat hugged together,
except to say, "What is that?" as the
creaking noise they had heard grew loud
er. Will, who had always been delicate,
was a dependent, loving, sympathizing
boy, whose bravery was shown in bear
ing he was uncomplaining but sympathet
ic bally, who had often kept the house
for weeks together when her mother was
ill, and cooked her father's meals, and
even done the washing, was sturdy, and a
little rough to others, but to Will she was
always tender. Now her heart ached for
the lad she held in her arms. -
The little wooden clock on the mantel
shelf below struck two, and a moment after
there was a great noise, as of something
tearing away a jarring and a jerk
ing; the housQ swayed to and
fro, and, as if struck with some
thing, went down one side, and up the
other. With smothered exclamation,
the children covered up their heads and
clung closer to each other.. A violent
motion was followed by a calm. They
looked up. There was a tearing and
pushing along the sides of the house, a
violent thump, the window glass rattled as
broke and fell, and the opening was
darkened by branches of trees. A moment
more, and all was quiet again. They were
still. Presently Sally stood up and said,
We are moving, Will ; the house is mov
ing ! " She ran to the front window and
looked out They were afloat on the
broad Ohio. Alone, without help, in this
old house, they were moving down the
surging stream.
With a wild scream bally sprang across
the floor, and looked out at the back win
dow. She saw the barn and the wood
housa and the tops of the fences, with
chickens roosting on them. Great trees
which had been uprooted, and in whose
branches wood and logs and other debris
had caught, were swaying where the house
had stood, snnarentlv pinned hv some
thing remaining there. Even as she gazed,
the distance between them and these fa
miliar ohiectsincreased, and she knew they
were on the broad, swift current of the
river, helpless.
The boy saw the terror in her face, and,
clinging close to her, he looked up and
said, soitly, as a big tear swelled irom
under her lid and fell upon his upturned
cheek, "Don't cry, Sally; God will help
The girl, always more given to de
pend upon herself than to seek higher aid,
clasped him, and relieved herself by a
loud burst of sobbing.
Awakened by the noise, the baby cried.
had to be taken up and fed ; this took
attention of the children for some
moments from themselves and their situa
tion, which they .could not fully realize.
raft of trees and driftwood coming
against the old house, already swaying in
water, had forced it trom its founda
tions and swept it out into the open river,
bearing it past the great trees on the bank,
boughs of which had broken the win
dows and tore off some of the weather-
boarding from the side.
somewhat nerseu again, Baiiy laid the
down, and, drawing Will with her,
crept to the window. Crouching, they
looked out Just then the piece of candle
flared up, sank again in the socket, flick
ered and went out "It will soon be
morning, the boy said, in answer to Sal
clasp as they were left in darkness.
Then the people will see us and- come
take us away," was her reply.
The clock had struck lour. Kneeling
there, they passed villages and high bluffs,
saw distant towns, all of which
seemed submerged, for there were lights
gleaming from upper story windows in the
houses, and moving about as though on
water. Dark objects went swiftly by
and every, little while the house
would din and rock, as a log or tree or
weighty object struck it
Heavy as their hearts were, tney spoke
each other of the great flood and
likened themselves to Noah in the Ark.
were in the current and went swiftly
Five o'clock struck, then six; they
to see objects distinctly in the
dawning light
See 1" exclaimed Will, " there is some
on that bale of hay, and there is a
full of chickens too !"
iiook at that settle and those chairs I
their is a dog-house turned upside
and tho poor dog is clinging to the
outside with his paws ; he is chained to it"
pointed towards the spot.
Hay. straw, articles oi turniture, bales
cotton, wood, and timber of all kinds,
strewed the face ot tne river.
Oh !" The house careened as though
over, as some large object struck
it, and the children were thrown
upon the Boor, it righted again, and
tremblingly they continued to watch the
their thoughts diverted from them
selves from what they saw.
There was a strange noise at the back
window, a scratching and clawing and
thumping. They drew near to see what
was, and found that the cat, which had
probably been on the shed, that plank by
was falling away from the house.
sought the refuge of the window-sill
without, where she was disturbed by the
ram, also on the shed, and making
effort to reach the same position
puss, as he felt his unsafe foothold
beneath him. As he bounded up.
climbed against the house, striving to
away with his horns, the cat would
back . and spit and hiss at him.
Amused despite themselves, the children
the window and the cat bounded
to
its
his
a
to
the
of
is
of
it
so
The
from
the
to
Last
head
the
and
from
the
now.
cents
at
He
an
was
tacked
"Buy
Uenid
his
Care
gun.
one
the
for
while the old ram was left to his fate.
ith the light all Sally s resolution and
came back to her.
They passed towns and villages. the
they must be n earing Cincinnati, of
she had heard, and there, she had
vague idea, they would be rescued.
Taking the sheets oil the bed, she fast-
them to a couple of slats from the
tea d, and put them out of the win
dow, as she had seen persons do on the
when they wished to attract
attention and get a steamboat to stop.
several attempts she succeeded in
the slats to the window-sill.
Stationing Will at one window, she
herself at the other, her heart pal
with expectation.
sun had now been np some time ;
had a clear view of the scene, and be
gan to realize the danger and to shudder
every creak of the timbers of the house.
They passed a solitary dwelling half
immersed, then several, then a town with
steamboats at the landing, and skiffs and
paddling through the streets.
were sure that the men in them saw
house they pointed to it, and they
talking of it ; but still no help.
they went The waters were more
turbulent the surface of the stream more
studded with floating articles.
it spread out so wide it seemed
boundless, and again it would contract,
on the high ground would be dwell
ings not yet reached by the the flood.
hour passed, oaiiy was almost
and began to despair. Several
she had seen people make signals to
but none came to help. The baby
and cried, and Will took it up and
and gave it milk.
jat a oa, will, eat a bit," said Bally,
was herself almost exhausted through
wantofileep and excitement The lad
only shook his head and looked up. There
was an expression in his face beautiful to
see.
" We are coming to a town. This must
he Cincinnati. See the houses !"
Sally leaned out of the window amd
wildly waved something she had enatched
up, raiang her voice at the same time ai.d
Shrieking lor aid.
" Pul the baby down, Will, and come
and wave and holler," she said, looking in
at him, and Will obeyed.
"They see us! Why don't they help
us?" the exclaimed in wild excitement
"It is Cincinnati! Why don't they
come? See the boats!" She came
near falling out of the window.
They passed the suburbs ; people faw, and
shouud to them, but seemed to have no
power to reach them. They were coming
in front of the cry, tho lower part of
which, with Covington and Newport, lay
in the water. The steamboats appeared
to be away up in the town, and many
skiffs and other little crafts were plying
upon the river."
Now they were indeed seen, and their
shouts were answered, but the skiffs could
not get near them. The current of the
river was strong, and there were too many
largr oDjects on its surface. Encouraged
by a knowledged that they were seen, the
children increased their exertions. Sally
broight the baby from the bed and held
it up. Presently a large boat, which was
mamed by men who were at work trying
to save some of the lumber of a saw-mill,
shot out and came towards them. Slowly
and steadily it moved in and out, avoiding
or pushing off the driftwood and other
articles floating by.
People who had been obliged to retreat
to the second story of their dwelling put
their heads out at the windows to see the
strtnge'sight a house afloat and waved
and shouted and threw up their hands
when they saw that it had inmates, and
these inmates were children. Meantime
ths house was floating on and the boat was
nearing it. . A few lengths and it would be
at its side. Just then a nuge saw-log,
which had -been lying like a great whale
on the surface of the water, was struck by
something, and, changing its course,
dashed into the side of the dwelling. A
startled shriek was given by the lookers
on, as, thrown down by the concussion,
the children disappeared, and the water
dashed over the parted timbers.
While the frame turned and whirled in
the eddy, the log moved on. Taking ad
vantage of the clearer space, the boat
gained by a few clever strokes the side of
the ruin ; then, while one of the crew sue-
ceeded in making it fast, another climbed
the window, where the children had
again appeared, and lifted them out A
moment more and the house fell over on
side.
"I thought God would take care of us,"
whispered Will to Sally, as they were
safely set ashore.
Jack Martin, who had reached the vi
cinity of his home to find it gone, was
soon informed of the safety of his chil
dren, and ere long the family were to
gether again. Need we say it was a joy
ful meeting? Our Young Folk.
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it
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Business is Business.
Tots editor of the Colorado Herald had
occasion to leave town for two or three
days, and he committed hU paper during
absence to the charge of a young man.
novice in journalism, whom he had just
engaged as assistant Before leaving he
instructed the ambitious young editor not
permit any chance to go unimproved to
force the paper and the very small size of
subscription price upon the attention
the public. " Always keep before your
mind the fact that the object of this paper
to extend its circulation," he said ; "and
whenever you see a chance to insert a puff
the Herald in any notice you make, pile
on as thick as you can. Keep the peo
ple stirred up all the time, you understand,
that they will believe the Herald is the
greatest sheet in the United States." The
parting tear was shed, and the editor left
following night, while he was away
home, his wife died very suddenly.
Upon the assistant devolved the duty of
announcing the sad intelligence to the
public. He did it as follows :
" GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN."
"We are compelled this morning to per
form a duty which is peculiarly painful to
able assistant editor who has been en
gaged on this paper at an enormous ex
pense, in accordance with our determination
make the Herald a first-class journal
night death suddenly and unexpect
edly snatched away from our domestic
hearth (the best are advertised under the
of stoves and furnaces, upon our first
page), Mrs. Agatha P. Bums, wife of
Kufus P. Burns the gentlemanly editor of
Herald, (Terms, three dollars a year,
invariably in advance.) A kind mother
an exemplary wife. (Office over
Coleman's grocery, up two flights of stairs.
Knock hard.) ' We shall miss - thee,
mother, we shall miss thee.' (Job print
ing solicited.) Funeral at half past 4,
the house just across the street from
Herald office. Gone to be an angel
(Advertisements inserted for ten
a square.)
Well, the editor arrived home that day
noon. Slowly and sadly he was ob
served to arm himself with a double-barreled
fowling-piece, into which he insert
ed about two pounds and a half of bullets.
marched over to the office, followed by
immense crowd. The assistant editor
busy in painting a big placard to be
on the hearse. It bore the legend,
your coffins of Simms, over the'
oflioe." Th assistant - editor cast
eye around and perceived his chief.
sat upon that wan cheek, and thun
der clothed bis brow. . He leveled his
The assistant did not wait With
wild and awful yell he jumped from
second story window, and struck out
the golden shores of the Pacific It is
believed he eventually swam over to
oi
site
son
and
felt
and
All
this
men
shut
not
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your
care
out
to
cases
says
he
all
from
it
only
forth
is
and
men
and
for
-
he
may
most
A Ludicrous Telegraphic Blunder.
The London Court Courier relates the
following anecdote resnectinir a noble
lady who is young, beautiful and good!
uunng tne Army Dili debate, her nooic
husband who is as proud and fond of her
as he should be, was just about to rise and
delivers violent attack upon something
or somebody, when a telegram , was put
into his hands. He read it, turned pale,
and quitted the House, called a cab, drove
to the Charing Crces station, and went to
Dover, and was no more heard of till the
the next day, when he returned to his
own home, and to his first inquiry was
told that the Countess was in her own
room. He hastened to her, and a terinc
row ensued, the exact words of which no
one knows but themselves. At last, how
ever, he burst out, Then what did you
mean by your telegram?" " Mean ? What
I said, of course. What are you talking
about ?" " Read it for yourself," returned
the still unappessed husband! She did
read : " I flee with Mr. to Dover
straight Pray for me." For a moment
she was startled, but then burst into a
hearty fit of laughter. " Most dreadful
telegraph people. No wonder you are out
of your mind. I telegraphed simply, I
tea with Mrs. , in Dover street Stay
for me.' " His lordship was so savage at
the laugh he had raised against himself
mat ne was at nrst inclined to make a par
liamentary question of it but, listening to
more judicious advice, refrained. ,
When a man puts up at a Chicago
hotel he sees in the paper next morning
that he has "reined in his foaming vali;
at the iremont
there
and
sure
There
many
one
do,
that
going
body
should
say
still,
and
mostly
When
with
trouble
ii
Unintended Influence.
BY WM. AIKMAN, D.
Did you ever stop to explain the effect
nuica ine mere presence ol some persons
has upon you ? They may cot speak a
word, scarcely give you a look, yet they
iuiiuruuc you. iou ieci tu.-in without
either loach or sign.
There are persons whom you speak of
uaviug a cuuung manner, wnicn at
once repels you. The coming of such a
one into a circle where a moment ago all
was cordial symyathy and pleasure, is like
the floating of an iceberg into the tropics;
mo air oecoracs nyperoorean where sum
mer was reigning.
So there are those whose personal pres
ence you can well describe in no other
way than by saying, it is sunny. They
carry with them an air of health and joyous
ness. Their step in the house makes the
children smile and the circle grow full of
talk ; it is, even in the sick chamber, like
a breeze of spring; you cannot tell
why; you only knoie that the place is
Dngnier ior mere being mere.
This effect of mere air and manner goes
much farther than the emotions and spirits
of those who feel it ,- it has a bearing upon
cnaracter ano shapes lite. JNo one can
tell how early it is felt and how last
ing are its results. The infant in its
mother's or its nurse's arms is perpetually
a recipient ot it That miant may be
catching hour by hour the disposition and
character of her upon whose bosom he is
held. It is not material food only that he
draws from the mother's breast power is
emanating in word and manner, nay, in
the subtile unnamed outgoings of thought
and feeling from that bosom, and the little
one makes them part of his life. The
fretfulness or petulance of the mother is
seen to reproduce itself in the child.
Many a mother who has been impatient
and perhaps angry at her infant because it
was "cross perhaps, were she willing,
might find the cause of it all in her own
disposition. How could he catch sunshine
out of a cloud ? How could he gather
material ior smiles out ot the perturbed
place where he had been nestling?
It is most probable that the character
and disposition of chil Iren are formed
mere by these silent influences than by
woras and precepts, indeed, in a multi
tude of cases these latter are wholly over
borne by the former : the direct and an
nounced teachings are in one direction,
the secret but mighty overflowing are in
aaother. Arctic navigators drifting
northward sometimes see a huge iceberg
crashing its way southward through ice
heios the unseen under-current has a
mightier hold on its mass than the sur
face drift
You may call it what you will or you
may be unable to name it at all, yet there
are lew who are not cognizant of the in
fluence the simple presence of certain per
sons have upon them. Women know it,
though they may not be able to explain it
The quick instinct of a woman ! how keen
is to discern character, and to recognize
simply by this unseen outflowing oi the
soul ! Perhaps it is because the nature of
true woman is more keenly sensitive
than man's. A needle floating delicately
the water s surface feels the faintest ap
proach ot a magnet
Laura Bridgeman. the deaf, blind, and
dumb girl, was a very striking illustration
this recognition ot unintended influ
ence. Before she was taught self-restraint,
had learned to guard her demonstra
tion of feeling, she would show, on the
moment or introduction, the most oppo
emotions toward those who approach
ed her. On taking the hand of one per
she would at once dash it from her
turn away with every expression of
annoyance or, possibly, disgust; while
touching the hand of another, she would
endeavor to pass her own hand caressing
ly over the arm and cheek of its possessor.
Deprived of the ordinary means of knowl
edge, her abnormal sensitiveness actually
the emanations of the stranger's life
character.
But extreme instances need not be cited.
persons are more or less affected by
occult power. One man niakes you
easy, another disturbs yon merely by his
presence, and you may not ne able in
either case to explain the reason; and
what we feel as flowing out from other
is perpetually streaming out of our
selves.
Every man carries with him a power
which he cannot but exert He cannot so
his soul within his body that it may
go forth. Take attar of roses and fold
hands tightly as you may, will no
perfume go forth ? ' The words of the old
Book are true, "Ointment in the hand
betriyeth lvelf. The aroma of your
moral life will go out l ou may guard
lips, you may shape with minutest
your acts, but your inner life will go
and some one will be touched and
shaped by it
Here is a new and intense feeling given
every man s mo. it is not in most
so much what he does or what he
that makes his influence it is what
is. That which is within he cannot by
his power keep from going forth. He
cannot help it if he would. It streams out
him like the unseen magnetism that
R
Every man is perpetually at work, not
in hours when he purposely puts
his powers, but when most of all he
thoughtless of it- Indeed, the thought
less hour may be the hour of most lasting
power, since it gives the truest revelation
throws out the most subtile influence.
Responsibility goes farther than most
imagine, it does not end with words
acts. He is responsible for what is
within, since that will inevitably go forth
good or ill.
That unintended power is often the tru
est influence of the man, as it is the
mightiest It may be the reverse of what
wishes it to be. His words, his acts
be in one direction, while the influ
ence of his inner self stretches out in
another. Many a parent lives down all his
carefully inculcated lessons. His
life is mightier than his spoken
What we want is to be right within.
Phrenological Journal.
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made
and
oil,
the
cends
sides
are
Hints to Carpenters.
The American Builder believes that
is much labor in vain in the orna
mentation ot houses, especially wooden
It tells carpenters, before making
fixing a quantity of ornament, to be
that it is good, and goes on to say :
are many things that you do, and
others that an architect if there be
in the case will often instruct you to
which are neither tasteful nor in good
construction. Of course there are excep
tions. You may be sure of this, however,
the more elaborate and covered with
ornament a building is, the more you are
on the wrong track. Real beauty
consists not in added features but in the
of the work itself, and this fact
always be borne in mind.
The principle of carving wood for out
side ornament is wrong. We would cot
it is to be discarded altogether, but,
we have that leaning. Cut work,
that of the simplest kind, is the best
Complexity in forms and ornaments is
bad. It not only requires unnec
essary labor to produce, but there is actu
ally vexation in the mind of the spectator.
peoplo sec a thing that is crowded
intricate work, that it takes them
to make out, it is tolerably good ev
idence that such work is not exactly what
wanted.
Give great attention to the sizes and
proportion of doprs and windowj,-.ait4 pay
special attention to the construction ; ana
iron
and
has
than
at
out
be
hand,
place
place,
not
ing
when
can
that
the
kee
would
"
those
might
never, if possible, conceal its DrinciDles.
but let them form the basis of ornament.
Moldings, cornices, and miters are not
to be put m exposed positions.
it is surprising what an excellent effect
can be produced by cutting, even with
little or no molding or carving.
we do not stick mncn molding or carv
ing about a ship. How plain, yet how
beautiful it is, simply because of its pro
portions ana because it looks like work.
The Curfew Bell.
Many have heard of the " curfew bell.'
but not all who know its origin. Its his
tory in England runs back to the time of
William the Uonaueror. who ordered
bell to be rung about sundown in summer,
and eight o'clock in the evening in w inter,
at which time fire-lights were to be put
out and the people to remain within doors,
and penalties were imposed upon those
who neglected or refused to comply with
mo iaw. mis was catiea tne curlew, a
word derived from the French eouvrefeu.
cover fire, and so the appropriateness of
the name is readily seen. The old King
iiaa oeen generally cnarccd witn institut
ing this custom in order to impress upon
nis Buuiucts a sense oi meir auiect condi
tion; but as tho "curfew bell "was rung
in France long before William's time, as a
saicguard against hres, it is not improbable
mat ne orougnt ine custom with him into
England from the continent and that he
has been slandered as to his motives. At
any rate, he has sins enough to answer for
wiiuout mis.
In the sixteenth century " bellmen "
were added to the night watch in London.
They went through the streets ringing
their bells, aud crying : " Take care of fire
and candle ; be kind to the poor, and pray
for the dead." It was the bellman's dutv.
also, to bless the sleepers as he passed their
doors, in " 11 I'enseroso," Milton refers
to this custom:
The bellman's drowsy charm.
To bless the doors from nightly harm."
Poets have often referred to the curfew
or cover-tire bell. Gray begins his beau-
uiui - r.iegy witn :
- ine curlew tolls the kseU of parting day."
Longfellow, too, has a pretty little poem
teuing me story oi mis bell witn charm
ing simplicity:
Solemnly, mournfully dealing iu dole,
n't... .... r I M i v .. .: ... 1
1 Cover the ember, net ont the llffht-
Toil comes with the morn in--, and rest with the
nigni.
Dark grow the windows, and quenched is the
are.
Sound fades into silence, an footsteps retire,
No voice in the chambers, no sonnd in the hall.
Ditrcp iiu uuiitiuu reign over ail.
King William died, and the original ob-
bligations of the curfew were at last re
moved about the time of Henry I., in 1100 ;
but tne custom oi ringing an evening bell
still kept up in England with variations
to the hour. The " nine o'clock bell "
familiar to most New England people
wnicn Benas so many young people home
and to bed, and which in the early history
our country, was almost as rigidly
obeyed by all, both old and young, as the
old curfew, traces its origin almost directly
the cover-fire bell. In Longfellow's
Evangeline" the custom is well de
fined .-
u Anon the bell from the bclfrv
Sang out the hoar of nine the village earfew
and straightway
Hose the guesteand departed; and silence reigned
In the household.'
But now the customs have changed .- and
though the bell still rings out on the even
ing air, in country village and city streets,
has lost its power, save as a tell-tale of
passing time. Let the old bells ring on ;
love the sound ; or, in the words of
Moore :
Those evening bells! those erenini bells 1
How manv a tale their music telle.
Of youth, and home, and that sweet time
When last 1 heard their soothing chime."
Hurai JSeiB Xorker.
in
Oil in Boilers.
Dr. Jentz made the following statement,
an answer to a communication of Dr.
Morgan, relative to the oily water in the
boilers at the West Virginia oil
wells:
About twenty-five years ago. while Dr.
JenU was practicing chemistry in Phila
delphia, an extensive fire occurred in that
city. Among the buildings destroyed
were two containing oil and saltpeter.
When the buildings had partially fallen,
many explosions occurred among the
ruins, creating such consternation among
firemen that they refused to approach
buildings again, and merely devoted
their euorts to prevent the spread of the
names, these explosions caused consid
erable speculation among scientific men.
so much interest was taken in the
subject by the public that the City Coun
cils of Philadelphia were induced to offer
large reward lor the solution of the
mystery. Dr. Jentz made experiments
saltpeter ana water at nrst without
success. He then began experimenting
on and water, when he discovered
the explosions at the fire were u
doubtedly caused by the heated walls fall
ing into the oil and water in the base
ment of the building.- This he explains
follows : When oil becomes attached
any object hot enough to produce a
combustion, gas is generated ; and unless
gas has room to expand, an explosion
surely follow. Before the doctor had
concluded his investigations, and had
noted the chemical changes through
which the oil must pass previous to reach
ing the explosive point, he came to New
ork and resumed the practice of medi
He did not publish his discovery.
because, though confident on the subiect
uiiuseu, ue couiu not make it clear to
others without further investigation.
At the time these experiments were
petroleum had not been discovered,
the oil used was common lubricating
such as is still used on machinery, and
careless use of which, the Doctor
claims, has caused many boiler explosions
which have apparently been involved in
mvsterv. Water, he savs. in boilin?. as
from the center and descends at the
of the boiler, and oil floating on the
surface will be carried down with the cur
rent If the inside of the boiler be oxi
dized or sealed, some portions of the oil
likely to be caught by these scales and
with them. Then when the
and the oil come in direct contact
the former is hot enough to cause the
combustion of the oil, an explosion must
follow. The Doctor also claims that water
no explosive power. Ii a boiler is
subjected to a greater pressure of steam
it will bear, it will burst generally
its weakest point, the steam will rush
people may get scalded, but no such
explosion as that on the Westfield could
caused by steam alone. On the other
explosions caused by oil will take
at the point where combustion takes
whether it is the weakest point or
The vessels the Doctor used in his
experiments were open on top, with noth
but a lid laid loosely over them, yet
the oil exploded they were burst in
fragments, and scattered in every direc
tion. The Doctor will immediately re
sume his experiments, and as soon as his
apparatus is completed, he claims that he
demonstrate to the most simple mind,
one simple drop of oil will explode
heaviest boiler. -
"A foreigner who heard of the Yan
propensity for bragging, thought he
beat the natives at their own game.
Seeing some very large watermelons on a
market-woman's stand he exclaimed:
What ! dont you raise larger apples than
in America?" Tha quick-witted
woman immediately replied: . "Anybody
know you was a foreigner; them's
currants ! "
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MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS.
Nature's Tailoring. A potato patch.
Bowrxo to circumstances, according to
i. unci, m lureeu politeness,
Provids for your old age with a policy
in the Washington Life InsurancertJom
pany, of New York.
Tna Mutual Lifo Insurance Comnanv.
of Chicago, is prudently managed, and its
claims are promptly met Insure there.
A man and his wife, who had not met
for eight years, recently found each other
in a Chicago police court, both charged
with drunkenness.
Uktil the 1st of July, seven persons
committed suicide this year at German
watering-places, in consequence of losses
sustained at the gaming table.
A man in Galveston, the other day, who
complained of being over heated, affected
a permanent core by drinking six glasses
of ice water, without the aid of a physi
cian. He was cool when the Coroner
came.
WaTERBTJRY. Conn- has a " Bachelor's
ieague," whose articles of association
a
be
hA
punish, by a heavy fine, any member being
seen twice consecutively in company with
the same woman, and with expulsion from
ine oroer ior a third olfence.
Related by Marriage.
a As my wife at the window one day.
Stood watching a map with a monkey,
A cart came along with a broth of a boy,'
Who was driviog a stout little donkey.
To my wife I then spoke, by way of a Joke,
'There's a relation of vnnr in that rim.ml
To which she replied, as the donkey she spied.
Ah V... . mUiIa. K- M. l,
Is driving a London underground rail.
road tunnel, we are told that in one nart
of the line the cuttings were made through
mass of skulls and bones, sixteen feet in
the ground. In another place a forgotten
secret passage, twenty feet wide, was dis
covered, supposing to date from the four
teenth century.
A woman with three lighted candle in
each hand, traversed the streets of New
Bedford on her knees the other evening,
not in payment of an election bet. . micrht
be readily supposed, but as a religious
penance in lumilraent of a vow for the
safe return of her husbaud from sea.
A schoolmaster in Brideecort. Conn
who asked a small pupil of what the sur'
face of the earth consists, and was prompt
ly answered, " Land and water varied
the question slightly, that the fact might
ue impressed on tae Dov s mind, and
asked, 44 What, then, do land and water
make ?" to which came the immediate re
sponse. "Mud."
As a specimen of Berkshire old am. th
Pittsfisld (Mass) Eigle says that one day
recently. Mr. Cecil Soring, of Worthinir-
ton, aged ninety-six, went into the field of
Horace Spring, in Hinsdale, with hi son.
grandson and great-grandson, and assisted
mowing a field of grass that yields two
tons to the acre. The old gentleman took
the lead of the four, ancUhe way the grass
went down before these four generations
was a caution.
Thb tomato vine, it Is stated bv the New'
York Evening Pott, is covered with a col
orless dust or dve. Derfectlv nndistin-
guishable by the eye, and only to be
rcuuguizeu aiter immersion m water, to
which it communicates a dark green color.
After picking; a few tomatoes, the hands.
though in contact with the vines, will ap
pear perfectly clean. If the hands, how
ever, be washed the water, it is stated,
will exhibit a decidedly green shade.
Ax aged woman In North Adams.
Mass., relates that many years ago. while
attending a social dance, a young mechanic
asked her hand for one ot the dances. She
indignantly refused, feeling very much
mortified that he should make such an
offer. Years have passed, and she has
filled an honorable but humble position in
life, while the young man whom she then
scorned has been Governor of Massachu
Tub ex-Empress Carlotta has recently.
her insanity, caused her guardians and
relatives a good deal of trouble. She in
sists in remaining in the open air all the
time, and any attempt to take her back to
apartments brings on frightful parox
ysms of rage, in which she refuses to take
food for several days in succession. The
Queen of Belgium passes every day six or
seven hours in the company of the unfor
tunate lady. Carlotta 's favorite language
Spanish, and, to gratify her, both the
king and queen have learned to speak that
tongue since her return from Mexico.
A Maixb paper relates a little romance.
is to the effect that a New York mil
lionaire,who was spending the summer with
wife and daughter at one of the Dirigo
State's moit noted watering places, was
called away on business, and before going
his daughter some f 300 as pin-money.
did the daughter promptly send to
lover in New York city, w ith a request
he should present himself forthwith.
Thus advised, so he acted, aud on arriving
and his true love hied them away to a
clergyman and were made one. And now
await the paternal blessing.
A woman living in Portland, Me., keeps
brood of ducks, and of one of them the
Press tells the following : " Lately she no
that the largest and finest tne of the
brood appeared to be ailing. She doctored
to the best of her knowledge, but in
The duck finally died. The woman,
being anxious to ascertain the cause of the
fowl's death, cut it open, when a singular
presented itself. In the crop of the
was a large frog, like any other (ex
that it was covered with a very thin
through which the blood vessels
be plainly seen), completely filling
crop, thus causing suffocation. It
seems that when the duck was young it
have swallowed a little polly-wog,
this polly-wog had grown and thrived
its singular habitation.
Tub St Joseph (Mo.) Gazette says : " A
or two ago, a gentleman, who had
probably been used to eating gennine
country butter, arrived in the city, and put
at one of our hotels. When dinner
announced he took his seat at the
and after gazing with evident de-
to
the
few
and
to
to
you
the
to
take
stand
you
and
have
same
can
you
trust
a
find
still.
of
much
"
about
broad,
not
pools
to
low,
which
house
They
the
legs
pole,
is
wishes
again
earth,
tail,
ditches
of
in
rivers
seasons
their
These,
one
was
old
which
in
with
good-natured
sport
a
fight,
at the
divided
and
public
on me lengmy ana attractive om oi toaT
made his order.' It was promptly niai
and he was indulging in the hope of
luxurious feast, when, helping himself
- imxi", "vii6 ui uu.iuuua Dame
a long hair, evidently from some
human cranium, came curling out on his
Be held it up, gazed suspiciously
it for a moment and then motioned for
waiter. The latter individual prompt
ly entered an appearance, when the guest,
holding the knife up before him, and
pointing to the capillary attached to it
exclaimed in a voice loud enough to be
by the whole table : ' Look here,
friend, have you any bald-headed but
ter about the house f "
Thb 8t Paul Pioneer says : "A strange
of equine affection and solicitude was
to us yesterday. A teamster near
fair grounds, has for some years driven
certain span of horses about the city. A
time since, he turned them out upon
prairie to feed during the night, and
morning was disappointed at not find
ing them, as usual, near his house. He
searched for them in vain for eleven days,
had about come to the conclusion that
had been stolen, when he discovered
of the span, about half way down the
precipitous river bank.a short distance from
stable. Upon approaching the spot
found the mate lying dead away down
the foot of the bank. Examination
convinced the man that the -horse had ac
cidentally fallen over the bank, and broken
neck, on the evening of the disappear
ance of the span, and the remaining horse
descended as far as it dared to go to
ward its lost companion, and had stood
over the remains for eleven days.'
music,
banners.
mission
on by
field.
longer,
great
Saxe,
of
but a
Austria
see a
fight
and
beer
think,
In
mention
rapids
after
Our
Is
and
Youths' Department.
MY BOY.
BY LAURA D. NICHOLS.
- Waking np early,
' - All vigor and else,
Keutllntf and whispering.
Tiil he has waked me;
Taking bis moptiiluls.
And spilling his milk.
Dulling my tcissors.
And snarling my silk;
Slow t his alphabet,
iikk in all play,
Devising new mischief
Each hour in the day;
Wnbtling and whittling.
And beating bis dram;
Losing his handkerchiefs,
Cutting his thumb;
Breaking the windows
With ball, stone or bat; -Making
the dog bark.
And teasing the cat;
Losing his mittens.
And spoiling hia hat;
Scaring his sister.
And tearing his cloths; -Fighting
bis mates
Till he bleeds at his nose;
Muddying the carpet.
Knraging the cook;
Softening my heart
With his sweet "sorry" look
Source of anxiety.
Pride, pain ana joy
My brave blue-eyed darling.
My five-year-old boy.
Merry's Muunm.
ON STILTS.
BY GEORGE ASPINWALL.
The best stilts are made to fasten firm
ly to the leg, leaving the hands and arms
free. The toot-piece should be four or five
feet from the ground, or even higher,
according to the aspirations of the walker
and the upright piece should extend far
enough above that to "reach the knee, just
below which it is to be lashed. Skill is
required, however, to walk safely on such
pair, and a fall with them is dangerous.
A very good pair to practice upon can
made in half an hour by any school-
wHl )Aa fl,A MiweMM anil ma.
trial at lianrl flhrv t.- tnnr .ty,H.
ards,or upright pieces, two plain, straight
strips of wood strung enough to bear your
weight and long enough to reach to the
tops of your shoulders after you are
mounted. For stilts to learn on, the foot
piece should not be more than fourteen
mches from the ground, or even less for a
small boy, for you will find it necessary
step on and off a good many times be
fore you have learned to walk securely.
The foot-piece is nailed or screwed to the
standard, from which it projects at right
angles on the inner side, just far enough to
form a comfortable rest for the foot It
should also be supported by a brace on
under side.
The implement I have described was
known to nearly every lad in America a
years ago ; but of late stilts seem to
have gone quite out of fashion in some
parts of the country. I am surprised at
this, since they afford a really fascinating
exercise to alternate with base-ball, kites,
marbles, and can be mastered by every
owner of a good pair of legs, hammer and
nails, and a jack knite. -
Your stilts completed, the next thing is
mount .them. Rest the ends, on the
ground, grasping the handles in a manner
bring them behind the shoulders; set
your left foot in its place and spring up,
bringing the right foot to its place while
are in the air; at the same time hold
standards close to your shoulders, un
der your arms and partly encircled by
them, with the hands near the hips, press
ing forwards. It will take you some time
learn to perform this little teat and re
main mounted until you are prepared to
a step. Once well poised on your
stilts, you will find it easy to keep your
balance as you walk, but not so easy to
still.
Of course you will choose hard, smooth
ground for your first exercise. Afterwards
may lengthen your stilts, cross brooks,
step over fences.
To become a good "stiltist" one must
courage and a pretty large " organ of
weight" It brings into play much the
faculties that skating does. If you
wear stilts made fas to- year legs,
will be a skillful walker if you can
yourself upon them without carrying
pole. Your arms set at liberty, you will
a long light pole wonderfully con
venient in fording streams, passing rough
places, or resting, when you wish to stand
The nature of the soil and the character
the streams have brought stilts very
in use in some countries. On the
Landes" of Gascony, in France, they are
as common as shoes. Over those
marshy and sandy plains the shep
herd goes stalking on high stilts, which
only enable him to pass the deep '
and wet places in his" way, but also
overlook his flocks feeding among the
thorny shrubs and brushwood with
the region is partly covered. He
mounts his suits, from the roof of his
or his stable roof, early in the morn
ing, and does not quit them until night
are made fast, not at the knee, but at
thigh, in such a way as to allow the
to move freely. He carries a long
which serves several purposes. It
his shepherd's crook ; and with it he
steadies his steps when necessjry, sup
ports himself when he wishes to rest,
easeshis descent to the ground when he
to He down or sit and gets up
at pleasure. Thus lifted above the
he goes striding like an immensely
thin-legged giant over hedges and
and bushes, with perfect ease and
security, and sometimes running with re
markable speed, like some grotesque, half
human crane.
Races on stilts are a favorite pastime in
Gascony, and other countries of ths South
France.
The people of Namur, in Belgium, be
came early famous for their use of stilts,
conseqence of the overflow of the
Sambre and Meuse, which period
ically flooded the city streets. In the
of high water men and women
out of their windows, going about
business and making calls, on stilts.
introduced at first as a matter of
necessity, at lcnglh became a source of
amusement and made Namur famous for
of the most remarkable games on re
cord. . .
This was the battle on stiita. The city
divided into two sections, balled the
and the new town, the inhabitants of
like those of many another town
our own day were constantly at strife
each other. There feuds were of a
sort, however, though they
sometimes resulted in some pretty rough
Namurois were fond of games ; and .
hundred and fifty years ago the stilt- .
introduced nobody knows when, was
height of its popularity. The com
batants, five or six hundred in number,
into two bands, regularly officered,
distinguished by the colors of their
costumes, advanced upon each other in the
sauare, mounted ' on ' stilts
fee h,eh. They were un
. Knt wn-Mtline- and kiekin and
thrusting with the stilt-leg sometimes a
dangerous weapon were allowable. The
begun witn tne souna 01 maxtiai
and the armies were led with gay
Women followed their lovers,
and husbands to the fight, their
being to encourage and cheer them
their presence, to support the fall
ing, and to assist the wounded from the
These battles lasted an hour or two, or
the combatants often fighting with
spirit and determination. Marshall
who, in 1743, witnessed one of these
encounters, said of it 11 two amies en
gaged showed as much valor as the youths
Namur, it would not be merely a battle,
butchery."
Once when the Archduke Albert of
passed through Belgium, the Gov
ernor of Namur promised that he should
battle in which " the warriors should
neither on foot nor on horseback,'
got, up a stilt-combat for his entertain
ment The Archduke was so much de
lighted that he at once exempted the
Namurois from the payment of the tax on
a privilege which they enjoy, I
to this day.
conclusion we must not forget to
the Yankee who crossed tho
of Niagara on stilts a few years ago
all, the most daring feat of stilt
walking of which we have any account
Young Folks. ,
Germany and German Austria, twenty-one
humorous ' papers are published,
all of them are well supportad.

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