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From the Atlantic Monthly for August.
DOROTHY IN THE GARRET.
BY F. T. TROWBRIDGE.
In the low-rftered Ram, stooping .
Carefully over the creaking boards.
Old Maid Dorothy goes -Rroping
Among the dusty and cob ebbed boaris; -
Sacking some bundle of patches, hid
t Far uuder the eves, or bunch of sage, ;
Or satchel hong on its nail, amid
The heirlooms of a bygone age.
There is the ancient family chest,
There the ancestral caras and hatchel;
Dorothy, sighing, sinks down to rest.
torgetinl-et patches, sage, and satchel.
Ghosts of faces peer lrom the gloom
, Of the cluuney, where, with swifts and reel.
And the long-disused, dismantled loom, .
btands the old-fashioned spinning-wheel.
She sees it back ta tie clean-swept kitchen,
A part ef her girlhoou's little world;
Her mother Is there by the window, stitching;
Spindle busies, and reel is whirled
Withmmya click; on her littls stool
She aii a. a child, by the open door, '
Watching and dabbling her feet in the pool
Of sunshine spilled on the glided floor.
Her sisters are spinning all day Ion g;
To her wakeaing sense, the first sweet warning
O dayhpht come, is the cheerful song
To the hum of the wheel in the early morning,
Benjie, the gentle, red-cheeked boy, -
Oa his way to school, peeps in at the gate;
In neat, white pinafore, pleased and coy.
She reaches a hand to her bashful mate.
And under the elms, a prattling pair.
Together they go, through glimmer and gloom
It all comes back to her, dreaming there
In the low-raitered garretpioom;
The hum of the wheel, and the summer weather,
The heart's first trouble, and love's beginning.
Are all in harmony linked together ;
And now it is she herself that is spinning.
With the bloom of youth on cheek and lip.
Turning the spokes with the flashing pin.
Twisting the thread from the spindle-tip,
Stretching it out and winding it in,
Tu and fro, with a blithesome tread.
Singing she goes, and her heart is full.
And many a long draws golden thread
Of fancy is spun with the shining wool.
II er father sits in his favorite place, -
, Puffing his pipe by the chimney side;
Through curling clouds his kiwrfiy face "
Glows upon her with love and pride.
Lulled by the wheel, in the old arm chair
Her mother is musing, cat in lap,
' With beautiful drooping head and hair
Whitening under her snuwnrhite cap.
One by one, to the grave, to the bridal,'
They have followed her sisters from the door;
Now they are old, and she is their idol
It all comes back on her heart once more.
In the autumn dock the Learth gleams brightly,
The wheel is set by the shadowy wall
A hand at the latch 'tis lilted lightly.
And in walks Benjie, manly ana tail.
IIik chair is placed ; the old man tips
The pitcher, and brings his choicest fruit;
- Bi basks the Mase, -ami sips - x . ..
And tells his story, and joints his Ante;
O, sweet the tunes the talk, the laughter;
They fill the hour with a glowing tide;
But sweeter the still, deep moments after,
: When she is alone by Benjie's side.
1 But once with angry words they part;
O, then the weary, weary days!
Ever with restless, wretched heart.
Plying her task, she turns to gaze t
-Far up the road, and early and late
' She harks for a footstep at the door,
' And starts at the gust that swings the gate, -
And prays for Benjie who comes no more.
Her fault? O Benjie I and could yon steel -
Your thoughts toward one who loved yon so ?
Boiace sne seess in the whirling wheel, - -
- In duty and love that lighten woe;
'Striving with-labor, not in vain, " 7"
- To drive away the dull day's dreariness
Blessing the toil that blunts the pain - .
" Of a deeper grief in the body's weariness.
"Proud, and petted!, and spoiled was she;"
A word, aud allher life is changed 1
Bis wavering love too easily
- In the gnat, gay city grows estranged;
One year: she site in the old church pew;
- A rustle, a murmur O Dorothy 1 hide
Your iace and sh trt from ytrar soul the view I '
'Tie Benjie leading a white-veiled bride J
Now father and mother have Ion;,' been dead.
And the bride sleeps under a churchyard stone ,
And a bent old man with grizzled head
t alks up the long dim aisle alone.
- Tears blur to a mist; and Dorothy
Sits doubting betwixt the ghost she seems
Ana the phantom of youth ; more real than she
T That meets her there in that haunt dreams.
. Bright yonng Dorothy, idolized daughter
Sought by many a youthful adorer,
- - Lite, like a new risen dawn on the water,
Shining an endless vista before her !
Old Maid Dorothy, wrinkled and gray,
Grrping under the farm house eaves
-And life is a brief November day
That set on a world of withered leaves t
Yet faithl ulrese in the humblest part
Is better at last than proud success.
And patience and love in a chastened heart
Are pearls more precious than happiness;
And in that morning when she shall wake
To the tpringtime freshness of youth again.
All trouble will seem but a flying flake.
And lifelong sorrow a breath on the pane.
A POSTAL COURTSHIP.
She is really the prettiest little creature
I ever saw, said Mr.; Willoughby Vane, as
be turned from tbe window for the fiftieth
time that morning." -'Jane,' he added, ad
dressing the housemaid, who was clearing
away the -. breakfast things, 'have yon any
- . idea whorthe people are who have taken
' ' old Mr. Adderly's house opposite?'
- - ,, WeJL yes, 6ir, if you please,' returned
the housemaid. 'I met their cook at the
grocer's, the other day, and .she said that
her master's name was- Black Captiug
Choker Black and that he was staying
- f ' here on leave of absence with his wife and
" daughter, 6ir.'
Oh, indeed ! . Did .she happen men-
' tion- the young iady's name 7
'Yea, sir. She called her Miss Eva.'
'Eva! What a charming name!' mur
mured Willonghby to himself; and than he
'" That will r3o,vJane;-thahkyon.' " -Mr.
Willonghby Vans was a bachelor, 28
year? olLsYich indoientand tolerably good
looking! As JiVedvwitba widowed mother
in a pleasant house on the Clapham road,
.n iB.a4 hariDg-netcing-ftlM to do,- had fallen
.Ut-4paratcry in iosa with bis pretty, "neigh
bor, and anxiously sought an opportunity
for an introduction. However, having dis
covered the came of his fair enchantress, he
(determined to.addresa.her, anonymously by
j .- t f " i f r.
ipdrf takingthis step, the
Having aeciaea u
next thing to be done was to put it into
execution; end, having shut himself up in
bis little study, ater tunny futile attempts,
--,- betfbeeededin framing'aH fpislleto the
" "" "' "lady toUiistatisfaction; begging her, if she
valued her peace of mind, to retunf an
answer to 'W V., The Postoffice, Ciapham
common.' That done, he went out for a
Valkyanl dropped the I&Uer "In the near-
'est doxT V.- - -
Regularly three times a day, for a week
afterward, he called at the postoffice to see
whether an answer had arrived for him. As
' Uie-HreeYadVance'd,' rVinougiby began to
lube ms pr.ivj uiiaigrcw su x.iaea tuiu
irritable that Mrs. Yane, like a tond mother,
fancied that her dear -boy was unwell, and
begged him to' consult their medical at
tendant. But her son laughed at the idea;
- -knowing vrell Chat . his complaint was be
yond the doctor's 6kiil to cure.
He was beginning to despair of ever re
ceiving a'reply, when to his great delight,
.- on the seventh, morning, a letter was hand
Wd thimiby tL.post-mi6tiei, written in
a dainty female hand, and addressed to
"t W.' ; ' ! Almost anable to '"conceal his
emotibn,'he rftrittedUheljopr-broke open
the seal, and drank in the contents.
They were evidently of a pleasing nature
for he read the letter dver and over again,
kissed the envelope, put it into his breast
"; 'coat poeket, ahd hurried nme to see his
' ' inamorata looking "Out of the window of
the opposite house, as usual.
For a moment his first impulse was to
salute her respectfully; but immediately
afterVard iio-bfUrOugilt Himself that as he
was still incognita, the young lady would,
, . perhai,' feeL insulted by the -action. Be
; I J sidas hw coqld sle have any. idea that he
Wks tWAJV.?'. So he, went indoors, and
amused himself for three hours in inditing
a teply to her letter, which he posted the
0ame (rftemobti,' aad, in due -course, a Bec-
, :.- ond answer arrived.
- -. And 0' , matters went on, a constant in-
terchange of letters being kept up for a
fortnight, during which ; time . Mr. Wil
, longhby Vane spent his dajB in running to
l ' and from the postoffioe, writing letters
" and watobing his fir, neighbor from the
' window of the dining room. . -'".
CJbnfound it I' he would -sometimes 6ay
- to hunatlf. ' 'How very provoking the oar
girl is! She will-never look tbfs way. I do
wishj culd catch'heinpye, if only for a
ihmuti iWhi horridly sour-looking
. old crab the mother is! Depend . upon it,
J Willonghby,' that poor child is anything
" ' ' " but happy at" home with those old fogies.
Indeed her letters "hint as ' much. And
, having jjiven vent to his ftelings, he would
i I i V j I8 V? t4h postoffice,
or shut himself in nis room and compose
lajjdtBeT'iiGW l9 his 'Dearest Eva.
At length, three months having flown
Wpidty anwfy in this manner, he received a
;, letter one mbmiog from, the yoang lacfy,
" which tan asfoflowp:
To W. V. Sir: As it is- useless to con
tinue a correspondence in this manner, I
think it is now time to throw oft your ttn.
VOL. IV. NO. 49.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19;
WHOLE NO. 205.
cognilo, and reveal your true uame m.
position to one to whom yon are not totally
indifferent. Believe me that nothing in
spires love like mutual confidence. Prove
to me that I have not been imprudent in
answering your letters and by at once in
forming me who you are. It is with no
idle curiosity I ask this, simply for our
Yours, &c, Eva,'
To which Willonghby replied by return
DeabestEva: If you will permit me to
call you so ! Have you not for weeks past
observed a young man with his hair brush
ed back, anxiously watching you from the
window of the opposite house ! And, al
though you- have apparently never taken
the slightest notice of him, I trust that his
features are not altogether repulsive to you.
I am that individual.
Charmed by the graceful magic of thine eye,
Day after day I watch and dream; and sih;
Watch thee, dream of thee, sigh for thee alone,
Fair star of Clapham may I add, mine own?
To quote with some alterations, the noble
stanza of the poet .brown. And now I nave
a favor. Whenever you see me at the win
dow, take no notice ol'Me at present, lest
my mother should observe it. In a tew
days she will be going out of town, and
then we can throw off all restraint. Till
then, adieu ! Adieu, my adorable one.
adieu ! My eves are ever on yon. Your
own. Willouohbt Yake. '
To which epistle oame the following an
'Deab See : Your explanation is perfectly
satisfactory. I may also add that your fea
tures are not at all repulsive to Eva.'
'Bless her ! What a delightful little soul
sbe is !' ejaculated Willonghby.
And ne went out. ordered a new suit of
clothes, and had his hair cut.
'Willy,' said Mrs. Vane to her son the
next morning, 'I wish you wouid do some
thing to improve your mind, and not waste
your time by looking out of the window
all day as you have lately done. Come and
read the Parliamentary debates to me, if
you have nothing else to do.'
The worthy lady was a red-hot politi
cian, and for three moital nours she kept
him at this delightful task; at the expira
tion of which tune he succeeded in escap
ing to his own room, where he wrote tha
following note to Eva :
Dearest Eva: I am overjoyed at the
contents of your brief communication. If,
as yon say, my features are not altogether
repulsive to you, may I hope that you will
consent to be mine mine only ?
Back came the reply next morning:
'Deab Wuxotjghby : Your replv has
made me feel very happy. It is very dull
here. Na society except father and mother.
long for more congenial companionship.
In this delightful manner the days flew
balcyon days, too, tney were lor Wil
longhby, and sweetened by the interchange
this and similar lover-like correspon
dence. On the following Monday morning
Mrs. Yane left town on a visit to some
friends in Devonshire, leaving her son to
keep house at home. . That same afternoon
one of Capt. Black's servants brought the
following note for Willonghby :
hxie : Have you any objection to my
telling my dear father all ? Matters have
gone so far that it will be impossible for
either of us to retract what we have written.
Let us take papa into our confidence. I
know his kind and generous nature well,
and have no fe-u that he will oppose our
union. Pray send me line by bearer.
The answer was as follows:
'Mi Own Eva: Do whatever vou consid
best. My fate is in your hands. Hyour
should refuse his consent, I But I
not think of anything so dreadful
Fear not that I shall ever retiacr. Life
without you would be a desert with no oats
lours until death, Wiixoughbt.
That evening, just as WTilloughby had
finished his dinner, he heard a loud double-
knock at the street door; and on its being
pened a strange voice inquired, in a loud
Is Mr. Willonghby Yane at home?'
His heart beat violently as Jane, enter
ing the room, said:
'A gentleman wishes to speak to you in
the library, sir.'
And sue handed him a card, inscribed
Capt Choker Black, C.B.. H.M.s 1, 794th
I will be with him in a moment,' said
Willonghby; and he swallowed a couple of
glasses of sherry to nerve him for the in
terview. Capt, Choker Black, I believe-?' he said.
he -entered the library, .
Your servant, sir,' said the gallant cap
tain, who, glass in hand, was busily en
gaged in scrutinizing an engraving of the
battle of Navarino.
'Your servant, sir. Have I the pleasure
addressing Mr. Willonghby Vane T .
Then, sir, of course you know the busi
ness that has brought me here ?'
Terribly nervous, and scarcely knowing
what answer to make, our hero bowed
Come, come, sir, don't be afraid to
speak out ! My daughter has made me
her confidant, so let there b6 no reserve
between us. Eya has told me alL
.HexexKir Willonghby blushed tip to the
roots ol his hair.
'You see I know all about it; you have
fallen desperately in love with the poor
girl; and although you have never ex
changed two words together, yon are al
ready engaged to be married. " Mighty ex-.
peditious, upon, my word ! Ha ! ha 1 ha !
Pray excuse for laughing, but the idea is
As the captain appeared to be in very
good humor, Willoughby's courage began
'Don't mention it, sir.- You are her lather,
and "have a right to do What you please.
Bat I sincerely trust that you have no ob
jection to offer.'
'I ? None 1 Believe me, I shall be delight-'
to see my Eva comfortably settled. But
harkye, sir, business is business. I am a
plain, blunt man, and 15 years' sojourn with
one's regiment in India doesn't help to pol
ish one. First of alL then, what are your
And the captain drew a note book from
pocket, and proceeded to. examine our
.hero aa if ha Fas in a court of justice.
'1 ou are an only son, 1 believe i
"Good' And down went the note in the
Your age ?'
'Twenty-eight n"xt birthday.
Twentyeight, Good. Is your constitu
tion healthy ?'
I believe bo. I have had the measles,
whooping-cough and mumps.'
Disorders peculiar to infancy. Good.'
And the captain scribbled away again,
.'Are you engaged in any business or pro
fession ?" - - ;
Then how on earth do you live?'
On my private income, captain.'
Then all I can say is, you're an uncom
monly lucky fellow to be able to subsist on
that, I only wish I could. What is the
amount of your income?"
'About sevpn hundred a year.'
'Iskr'iu house prcperty.shares in limited
companies, or tbe funds ? If in public pro
perty, I should be sorry to give two years'
purchase for the lot.'
"In the new i per cents.'
"Good, I think 1 may say very good !
What sort of a temper are you ?'
"Well, that's a rather difficult question
answer,' 6aid. Willonghby, smiling for
tbe first time.'
'Hang it, sir, not at all ! returned the
captain. 'If any one asked me my tem
per, I should say 'Hasty, sir confound
edly hasty ! And Choker Black's proud of
sirproud of it T ? n - ' . r
'Say about the average, answered Wil
longhby, timidly. - ; - .
'Temper average,' said the captain, jot
ting it down. 'I think these are about all
he questions I have to ask you.
know my daughter by 6ight?'
'I have had the pleasure ot seeing her
frequently from the window, sir."
And you think you would be happy
Think, captain, I am certain of it'
Very good. Now harkye, Mr. Willongh
by Vane. Marry her, treat her well, and
be happy. Neglect her, blight her young
affections by harshness or cruelty, and
hang me, sir, if I don't riddle you with
bullets. Gad ! sir, I'm a man of my word,
and I'll do what I 6ay, assure as my name's
'I have no fear on that score, captain.
Unite her to me, and if a life of devo
tion I know all about that,' said the captain.
'Keep your fine phrases for the girl'B ears.
Give me your hand, sir. I've taken a fancy
You natter me, captain.
'Hang it sir, no; Choker Black never in
dulges in flattery. Don't be afraid to grasp
my han3, sir; it's yours so long aa I find
you plain-sailing and straightforward. But
if ever I suspect you of any artifice or de
ception, 111 kcoote-yon dava with, iw - too
now I hope we perfectly understand each
One word more," said Willonghby.
Am I to understand that you consent to
our union ?'
Certainly. You can be married to-mor
row, if you please, bir, the nappmess ot
my dear child is my first consideration.
Gad, sir, I am not a brute not one of those
unnatural parents people read of in novels.
Choker Black may be a fire-eater in tbe
field, but at any rate he knows how to
treat his own flesh and blood.'
Captain, you overwhelm me with grati
Say no more about it Clap on your
hat and come across the road with me,
and I'll, introduce you to my daughter at
Scarcely knowing what he was about,
Wilionghby did as he was told. They
crossed the road together, and the captain
opened his door with a latch-key.
"One moment if you please, said Wil
longhby, who was titivating his hair and
an tinging his era vat
Are you ready now? asked the ccptain.
Mr. Willonghby Vane,' orled the cap
tain, ushering our hero into the drawing
room. Then, waving his hand, he added,
'Allow me to introduce you to my wife and
Willonghby looked exceedingly foolish
as he bowed to the ladies. On a couch by
the fireside, sat his enchantress, looking
more bewitching than ever; her vis-a-vis
being the tall, thin, angular woman in
black that he had frequently noticed from
over the way.
What a contrast,' thought Willonghby,
'between mother and daughter.'
'Annie, my dear, Mr. Willoughby Vane
is nervous, no doubt You know the adage,
Let us leave the young people together,
and he'll soon find his tongue then, I'll
wager,' the captain said, addressing tbe
younger ol the two ladies, who immediate
ly rose from her seat
'Stay, sir there is 6on.e mistake hare,
said Willonghby. Ihisladyis ' and he
pointeu to the gaunt female.
My daughter, sir 1' said the captain.
My daughter by my first wife.'
And this ' ejaculated our hero, turning
to the young lady.
'Is my second wife, sir T
Mr. Willoughby Vane fled fiom his home
that night About a mouth later his al
most broken-hearted mother received a
letter from him explaining the whole
affair; and the post mark bore the words
A Eexhoscekce of 179L Verdun was
besieged by the Prussians. The place was
commanded by one of the best officers in
the French army, the commandant Be&u-
repaire. The citizens wished to surrender.
Beanrepaire blew his brains out in pre
sence of the council of war, to avoid sub
mitting to this humiliation. Nevertheless,
the capitulation was signed; the garrison
was to march out with all the honors of
war, carrying off its arms, its baggage and
two field pieces with their caissons.
According to the custom the young
est omcer in the garrison had to
carry tne capitulation to tne lung ot
Prussia. The list of officers was examined,
and Marceau was called. A young man of
twenty-two, with long fair hair tailing over
his shoulders and a pale countenance,
stepped out of the ranks, and advanced to
receive the capitulation from the hands of
M. de Noyon. But before taking it he
said, " ColoneL can you not charge some
one besides me with this mission? "Im
possible," replied the commandant, "the
laws of war assign the duty to you obey
them." Then Marceau drew his sword
from his sheath and broke it "What are
you doing ?" asked M. de Noyon. "I do
not wish," replied Marceau, "that it should
be said that I carried to the enemy a capit
ulation which dishonors us, while I
wore by my side a sword with which I
could defend or kill myself." When he
was introduced to the King of Prussia,
who received him in the midst of a staff
of princes, dukes and generals, Marceau
tried to speak, but at the first words, tears
choked his voice. The King tried to con
sole him, but Marceau raised his handsome
head, and, smiling in the midst of his
tears, with all the confidence of youth in
the luture, said: "Sire, there is but one
thing which can console a Frenchman for
a defeat, and that i3 a victory."
The Courier des Etats Unis, from which
this anecdote is taken, adds: "Tbe war
cry which urges on France to-day is the
echo of this speech of Marceau; 1870 must
be the consolation for 1S1C."
Disco veet or Fossxl Hzmaxss. On Sun
day, June 19th, the well-known mountain
eer, Augustus Miller, was at Dr. Warder's
ou Dry Creek, Stanislaus county, California,
eight miles (more or less,) from Knight's
Ferry, the county seat of said county, and
in the afternoon about four o'clock, he went
down to a pool of water to bathe. While
there he noticed some curious formations,
petrifactions, etc, which drew his attention
and excited his curiosity to the highest
point He went to the house and said he
thought he had made a valuable discovery,
asked and .obtained permission to make
every necessary search. So on Monday
morning he went to work. His discovery
is "a fos-6il" remains of a nameless animal
of the antediluvial species; a portion of the
head, one tooth and one horn is all that is
so far discovered. Tbe tooth was boxed
boxed up. He Bays it is about fourteen
inches long,, and twelve inches in diameter.
The ear is four feet wide, and the horn is
nine feet five inches long, and eleven inches
in diameter. This much was all in a bluff
bank, imbedded in a cement of sand, rock,
No Apology Wanted. Yesterday a well-to-do
citizen was down town until late in
tbe evening, and the society of a number
of friends had somewhat disturbed the se
renity of his mind. In getting into a car,
to return home, he staggered a little, and
tangling his feet in a lady's skirt measured
his length on the floor. He struggled to
his feet and looking around, indignantly
demanded to know who struck him. A
gentleman present remarked, sotto voce:
"You fell over that lady's feet, nobody
struck you." The salubrious citizen turn
ed round and surveyed the cause cf his ac
cident a moment, and then, as if by no
means satisfied with the reason of his mis
hap, said: "Madam, you've got the biggest
feet I ever saw." "Sir !" aspirated the
lady, flushed with anger. "Pray don't
apologize, madam," interposed the man.
"I'm aware it aintyour fault, but take my
advice, ' sit sideways in the future, and give
them the full range of the car," and taking
a seat he looked the essence of sublime in
difference A- 0. Picayune. ,
A papeb out West has for its motto:
Good will to all men who pay promptly.
Devoted to news and mTring money."
CAVES IN THE OZARK MOUNTAINS.
Explorations by a Party from St. Louis—
Voyage up a Subterranean River
—A Forest of Stalactites—A Motionless
River of Alabaster.
From the St. Louis Republican, Au, 1.
The existence of several remarkable
caves in tbe limestone regions of Missouri
has been known to the general public lor
years. Some of these caverns have been
explored and descriptions written of the
subterranean wonders contained therein.
One of the most remarkable of these cav
erns is located on Dr. Fischer's land (.bout
six miles and a half southeast of Spring
field, Ma, among the Ozark Mountains.
It was visited last week by a party from
this city, and as little has heretofore been
known about its peculiarities, a brief ac
count of its striking features from one of
the visitors may not be devoid of interest
The mouth of the cave is at the bottom
of a deep ravine, to which a rather steep
descent is made for nearly a mile. The
cave is in one side of rather an abrupt
hill, and from its month there issues a
cl ar and cold stream of water, thirty feet '
in width and four feet in depth. A boat I
capableuholding ten persons was in
reaamess witn a gome to ascena tne stream ;
candles were provided and all necessary
preparation made for a voyage into the
dark recesses of the cavern. Thus pro
vided, the ascent against the current was
made without much difficulty. The air
was cool, the lights were reflected upon
the water, and the moisture from the ceil
ing, which fell in round drops, resembled
a shower of pearls. The average height of
the roof above the stream is about fifteen
feet Hundreds of beautiful stalactites
were seen banging from the natural arch
way, some in clusters. The outside of
these stony icicles were encrusted with a
substance of a "grayish yellow" hue, but
the tips had a vitruous appeaiance, and in
some cases were translucent Xhe tips
were hollow, but tbe tubular form soon
became -solid where the stalactite was
The length of these pendant cones, caus
ed by the constant accumulation of carbon
ate ot lime gathered from the dripping of
the water from tbe ceiling, was from two to
After proceeding some distance, the ex
plorers came upon an arm of the cavern,
which branched off into a huge pocket or
chamber which was twenty yards across,
and wedge shaped. The floor of this cham
ber was paved with a multitude of small
basins or cups, formed - by constant drip
ping of the water upon the floor of the
cavei a. The drops falling upon the soft
substance excavated these dish-shaped ves
sels, the rims of which rose above the gen
eral surface of the floor.
These natural cups were filled with lim
pid water, Lorn which the party drank
freely. Leaving this singular bjkh, the
voyagers resumed their trip up the under
ground stream, and after proceeding about
200 r.rds they came to a small cascade
The lull is caused by a ledge whieh crosses
the cavern stream, and is about three feet
higher than the level of the stream below.
The roaring of the water of this chute was
heard at some distance.
The depth of the water below the fall is
five feet, and it was estimated that they
were half a mile from the point Above
this fall the cavern bifurcated into two
branches. The main stream comes down
the right fork, but leaving their boat the
explorers went some distance up the left
fork. The cave narrowed and widened al
ternately, but at h-ngth the roof got bo low
that they were obliged to proceed in a stoop
ing posture. This mode of progress be
coming too fatiguing, further progress was
abandoned, and the explorers set out on
their return. The boat floated down rap
idly and a halt was only 'made to observe a
beautiful formation, on the right shore,
within only 200 yards of the mouth. This
was apparently a sheet of alabaster, rolling
gracefully over a jutting table of lime rock
resembling a flowing stream of milk sud
denly frozen. The party soon made their
exit to open air much gratified with their
exploration. The excavation of this cav
ern was doubtless caused by the ceaseless
action of th9 stream that still carries on its
rasping, denuding work, and consequently
not due, as is the case in many caverns,
to causes which have long ceased to operate.
The Will of Charles Dickens.
The will of Charles Dictens is published
in full in the London papers. It is de
scribed as having been wiitten in blue ink
on a sheet of ordinary letter paper. : The
main body of the text .was evidently copied
from the careful draft of a competent legal
man. A provision of the interest on eight
thousand pounds for life is made for Mrs.
Dickens. To Miss, Hogarth he gives eight
thousand pound and all his personal jew
elry except his watch ("the gold repeater
presented to me at Coventry"), which, with
the chains and seals and all appendages,
he bequeaths to John Forster, who is also
the legatee of such of the manuscripts of his
published works as remained in his posses
ion at the time of his death. To his eld
est son Charles he bequeaths his library of
printed books and all his engravings and
prints. Fo.- the other legacies, "Miss Hi
lt n Lawless Ternan, late of Houghton
place, Amptbill square, in ; the county of
Middlesex, receives one thousand pounds,
and all the servants who have been in the
family for one year, have nineteen guineas
each. In a codicil the property in "All the
Year Bound," is given to "Charles Dickens
the youneer," a designation ot his son
which would seem to imply that he desired
this gentleman to assume such a title,rath
er than "Charles DickenB, Jr.," in like
manner with the younger Colnian.
After having fully expressed his inten
tions in legal technicalities, Mr. Dickens
concludes his last will and testament as
And lastly, as I have now set' down the
form of words which my legal advisers assure
me are oeccHary to the plain objects of this
my will, I solemnly ' enjoin my' dear children
always to remember how much they owe to
the saidtieorKinailocarth, aud cever to be
wanting ic a grateful and affectionate attach
ment to her, for the 7 know well that she baa
been through all tbe stages of their growth
and progrtds their ever useful, self-denyiDp
and devoted friend. And I deeire hero
simply to record the fict that - my ifo
since our separation by , consent ' has
been in tbe - receipt from me of an
annual income of six hundred
pounds; while all tbe great charges of a nu
merous and expeneire family have devolved
wholly upon myself. I emphatically direct
that I be buried in an inexpensive, unosten
tatious, and strictly private manner, that no
public announcement be made of the time or
place of my burial, that at the utmost not
more than three mourning coaches be em
ployed, and that thoae who attend mv funeral
aear no scarCcloak, black bow, long hatband,
or other tuch revolting absurdity. I direct
that my name be inscribed in plain English
letters on my tomb without the addition
of 'Mr. or 'Esquire. I eonjure my friends
on no account to make me tbe subject of any
I rest my claims to the remembrance of my
country upon my published works, and to
tbe remembrance of my friends upon their
experience of me; in addition thereto I com
mit my soul 4.0 the mercy of God through
our Lord and Savior Jeeus" Christ, and I ex
hort my dear children hnmbly to try to guide
themselves by the teaching of the New Tes
tament in its broad spirit, and to put no faith
in any man's narrow construction cf its let
tei here or thore. . In witness wheraof I, f t
said Cbarlis Dickeua, the testator, have to
this my last will and testament set my hand
this twelfth day of May, in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight buudred anj
sixty-nine. Chaei.es DiCKras.
A CEBTACi genial, bald-headed gentle
man, while in Paris, went one day to the
Zoc logical Garden. The weather was oj
pressive, and he lay down." upon a' bench.
Presently ha went to sleep, but was soon
awakened by warmth about the head. An
infatuated ostrich had come along, and,
mistaking his bald head for an egg, settled
down with a determination to hatch it out
Hon. Eobebt C. Winthiiop is engaged
to deliver the oration at the - two hundred'
and-fiftieth anniversary of the Pilgrims-' in
Plymouth. Fifty years ago Daniel Web
ster delivered the address.
DEATH STRUGGLE WITH A SNAKE.
A Young Man Attacks a Rattlesnake
—Both are Killed in a Fight.
A correspondent of a Southern newspa
"Last Saturday morning I was the wit
ness ef such a scene as I pray God I may
never see again, l oaheld a combat be
tween a young a an and a rattlesnake, in
which the former Was bitten, and died in
ten minutes thereafter. The particulars of
tne lemuie anair are as lollows:
"On Friday last a young man named
Graynor asked me to spend tbe night with
him and go coon hunting with him the
next morning, to which request I readily
assented. We started oat about three
o'clock a. m., and near day the dogs open
ed on a trail in the swamp of B.'ar Creek.
Jnst after sunrise the deep baying of the
dogs informed us that the game had taken
a tree. We proceeded to make our way
through tne bogs and tangled brush and
vinos in the direction of the dogs, until we
came to a small space of firm ground
wbioh was covered with a low growth of
oak busies. . Here we halted a moment to
listen for the doga
"We had barely paused, when we were
startled by a loud, strange, ratthng sound
issuing from beneath a low, thick bu6h
within a few feet of us. Though I had
never heard the peculiar noise before, I
Knew instinctively that it was a rattlesnake
and I sprung back in terror, remarking.
uraynor, let 8 leave nere.
"wnat, a ,- said he, are you
'Yes,' 6aid I, 'I am afraid.'
'Well, S ,'he coollv remarked.
am going to kill the snake; it would be a
pity to leave such a fine fellow here. So,
"While Graynor was speaking. I caucht
a glimpse of the snake, which, as nearly as
I could judge, appeared to be about eight
ieet in lengtn and three inches in .diame ter
in his larger part He was lying coiled up
in a perfect circle, with his head drawn back
in a terribly graceful curve, his small eves
sparkling, his slender forked tongue
aarting swiiuy bnck; and forth, and h:s
brown neck swollen . with fatal wrath.
while ever and anon he twirled the warning
rattles in the air with a harsh,' blood
curdling sound. '
" 'For God's sako, let's go,' said L, shud
dering at tne tomble sight
" 'Don't get scared,' said Graynor; just
climb a tree, and he woa't bite you. It
ain't every day that a fellow meets with
such a fine large . snake as this, and it
wouldn't do to lose him. .
"He had picked np a small stick about
yard long, and while speaking was draw
ing DacK tne bushes from above tbe snake
so as to get a sight of him.- He threw his
foot around over the bushes, and tramped
them down in such a manner that the
monster was fairly exposed to view; but
just as he did so, and before he had time
to strike, the snake made a sudden spring
at him, and I turned away my face in hor
ror. The next instant Graynor exclaimed.
'I've got him, by George !'
"I turned to look, and with his right
hand he was grasping the snake by the
neck in such a manner that he could not
bite, while the monster was gnashing his
teeth most furiously, and twisting and
writhing m huge folds around Graynor's
arms. All of a 6udden, in some unac
countable manner, . the snake freed his
bead, and quick as lightning plunged his
deadly fangs into Graynor's right cheek;
when, dropping on the ground, he glided a
few paces and again coiled himself up.
keeping his head erect and ringing his
fearful rattles. Graynor turned deadly
pale, paused a moment, and then with a
little 8 tick advanced toward the snake. As
he did so the snake made a spring at him,
but Graynor struck him with the stick and
knocked him back.
" A second time the snake sprang at him,
and he again knocked him off with a stick;
but before he could strike a third blow, the
snake had made another wound in Gray
nor's arm. This time Graynor again man
aged to seize the monster by the neck; and
dropping the stick he drew forth his knife
with one band, opened it with his teeth.
and then deliberately cut off the snakes
bead. Blood spurted from the trunk, and
Graynor, 6till grasping the snake, whose
huge folds flapped and writhed around him
turned towards me,. staggered and felL I
rushed up to him and asked him :
" 'Whst in the name of God, can I do
for your ! " : :' ;- . .
'Nothing,' said he calmly.. '1 am dy
ing. ; Tell then), good and his features
became frightfully contorted, his eyes roll
ed over 'as if starting from their sockets',
and bis black, swollen tongue protruded
from bis mouth. Then he -fixed his red,
wild, staring eyes upon me, and heaved a
deep, piercing groan; a shiver passed over
his frame, 'and then all was still. ' I was
alone with the dead. :- i: -j: ' !-
"Marking the place M well as I could,: I.
hastened to a house we had passed 'on the
road, some half a'niife distahffroin the
mile distant from the
latal tragedy ' Enhners Weft' sent through
the neighborhood,- and in the course of two
hours some twenty of the .neighbors had
gathered. :, We proceeded, to the place,
where I found no difficulty in pointing out
the body. , j i .
"Good heuvensl what a sight net our
view. The faee and. bwdy ' bad turned to
deep purple, and -were swollen to three
times tbe natural s'ze, presenting the most
horrible appearance I had - ever witnessed.
the snake 4 v where he' had been thrown
and was still writhing. ,,. ,
A litter of bontbs was hastily construct
ed and, with heavy hearts, wo took onr way
to the residence of1 hift parents. I will not
attempt to describe the heartrending scene
when they saw the body. Orief like theirs
cannot be portrayed.' 'J. ,,' , -
Two' Men in Life and Death Unttto. i-
at No. 13 Colgate street,-' Jersey City, re.
sided Dennis Tuohy, a tinsmith. J. Three
or four: doors ; around the corner from
Tuoby's in "Stiveirth "street, rekided his cou
sin, John' Wallace, also a tinsmith.' The
men worked together; and were cdn&Unt
companions, i Une would not feel comfor
table at an excursion or pic-nic without the
other. Ou Tuesday they took a ramble
through the city, had some drinks and re
turned to their homes an the evening.
About fifteen minutes past nine o'clock.
Tuchy ;was sitting . on . a chair3 about
to take his supper, when he fell to the
ground and died in a few moments. Some
of the inmates of the house ran around the
corner to call in Wallace, and on entering
bis-house found confusion jeigning there,
Wallace had just tumbled off his chair in a
similar manner, and death ensued hv two
minutes. Both men were : apparently in
good hsalth up. to. the hour of their depar
ture from this, world. . Whether they, had
swallowed any liquid that was poisonous
during the day is a'question for the Coron
er s jury. Coroner iinrns oruered post
mortem examinations to be made, and the
results are awaited with much interest.
Tuohy was thirty-four years of age, and
leaves a wife and four children. ' - Wallace
also' -leaves a -wife, and be had just com
pleted his thirty-fourth year. This fatality
so remarkable that no opinions : can be
formed till the inque6t takes place.
OsTBrcHEa, rGoUanikh's .Natural His-
toiy, atone time a very popular "school
book,' contains many amusing tffdrs".' Thus
states that the ostrich laytrher' i?gs in
the earkl, and. leaves them "to be. hatched
by the heat pi the son.- .The. Acclimatiza
tion Society of, Australia,, however, alleges
that this statemeni is untrua. ' A flock of
ostriches was sent up the country by the
Society, and placed under the charge of an
inquisitive and zoological squatter, the
guardian reports that the ostnehes have
tormed nests, moneof whlca twelve young
birds were hatched. Darin thfr period Of
incubation. About -aix weeks, tha male and
female sit upon the nest by turns, both be
ing seldom absent at the same time. The
built in a .-sandy hollow,. without
erass or rubbish.' and the eces aie entirely 1
-.llz--tJ i ' .ij.
A uqht after-pieoe a pheasant's tail. I
—Both are Killed in a Fight. CURRENT PARAGRAPHS.
They tax dogs in New Orleans.
A DEAD CEBTAINTT Julius CaBSar.
Oxrx three suicides this morning.
Fotjb counts are now rusticating at New
Omaha has had another sensation love
steam omnibuses in Montreal are suo-
Bogus tax eatherers are plentiful in New
The backs of the Rhine have all atones
become a great place of resort
Edwakd CBEiGHTOjf has 3.000 sbeeD four
nines iroin umaba, on Saddle (Jretk.
The 3d ward of S:. Louis has 21.000 in.
Habitants according to the new census.
a wo luousana ousneis oi grain were
shipped East on Saturday last from Oinah x
Twestt-theee car loads of stock, horsrs
and mules, landed m Omaha, ftorr.IJrj.
Gen. Salomon's German emigrants, for
Masmngton territory, passed through
The New Orleans Republican reports tbe
Kepabiican party well organized and ac
uve in tuai city.
The Omaha Ee publican urges the plant
ing of shade trees. Rather late in the
season for such jobs.
Gband Rapids is working hard for the
location oi tne machine shoos of the G. JL
s. l. it. Li. at that place.
The inmates of the prison at Camb
ridge, Mass., have formed an opera troupe.
a is not a traveling company.
two hundred and fifty Mormons iust
irom r.urope, nound lor Salt lke. passed
mrougn umana Saturday.
Three floating corpses were found in the
Mississippi Saturday; two at St Louis and
the other near Sawyer s Bend.
Thb first bale of new cotton, shimied
from Urownville, Texas, was sold at auc
tion last Saturday at New Orleans.
The descendants of Jonathan Edwards
are nrrangmg for a meeting to be held in
Stockbndge on the 6th and 7th of Septem
Thk Union Pacific Bailroad commenced
to sell excursion tickets for parties of ten
or more, to Denver and Salt Lake, ilon
Twelve car loads of Texas cattle from
Schuyler passed through Omaha, Friday,
ior inicago. An umana jeweler wanU
rough .frock y mountain abates.
A popular essayist says: "Perhaps the
great inumpn or ail moral writings, includ
ing sermons, is, that they have produced
buiuo nweei ana innocent sleep.
Sec Cox orders that hereafter all pro
motions in the Interior Department shall
be based upon merit, and that candidates
must submit to competition.. This is
Thb Austin (Texas) Dailv Journal aavs
tney naa snow Dauing there on Julv 6.
This luxury was due to the working of an
ice machine recently established in Aus
tin. Ihe snow-balls were made of ioe
A new style of shoe or slipper has iust
ueen introduced, called the Uaeen Anne.
has the pointed toe, high heeL and in
evitable silver (?) bucklo, and bids fair to
find favor at the watering places.
Feaxce lost 80,000 men durincr the Crim
ean struggle; the Italian campa!cn carried
off 60,0(t0 more of Napoieon's braves; while
65,000 Frenchmen were sacrificed in the
Chinese and Mexican wars.
Wit and Humor.
Euoesie graciously permitted the ladies
leave on their trains at Fontamebleau,
on account ot tne neat
Napoleon has shown himself to be a
abins in Pans. It remains to be seen
whether he will prove a Caesar on the
An experienced physician has discovered
the course of a long and varied practice.
that f-very one wishes to go fo heaven;
aiso, that most people are willing to take a
great deal of very., disagreeable medicine
hrst. . ., . ... ' . . .
Wbttem; of experience in natnr fmn-L.
recommend the use of mosquito curtains
tropical regions, xs a precaution agains-t
malara. :Thev "sift" the air, ;andbesides
tend surprisingly to keep the . temperature
within them uniform. -.; yo.ij ..: .
Mllb: of tbe Paris opera! ' ' has verv
pretty teeth; and ink order to -exhibit her
a gmie. A RDitffnl lit tin Wiv frin,i
hers said to her the other evening-, "You
know, m rtear you can c'mse np vonr h.
nine exhibition a little. .We, Uiave; teen it
I . i ' -
"A totjJ-oate keipeb was recently bro't
before a magistrate on the charge- of cru
elly treating his daughter. He had dis
covered that the girl, who was .frequently
left in charge of the gate," used to allow her
.sweetheart, a young butcher, to irrve bis
cart through, free. . Khe ;never told her
love.,; . . .,'
; An Illinois justice rl?oently dtoided, in a
suit by a. surgeon against a man for pro
fessional services in operating upon the de
fendant's wife's eyes.' that, -under thut provision-,
of . the"; law permitting a wife to
testify where ber huband is a party in
controversy about ber separate property,
the wife was a competent witness, because
ber eyes were her own- separate property !
With much earnestnass, the -justice, in
quired: . "Ain't them ejeshern?". v
So sis cfjue stanzas in the metrical ver
sion of tbe Psalms used by the United
Presbyterians remind the Christian Union
the following Verse said to be in a hymn
book used on Block Island:-
-Ye miehtv mfftiBters of the dMiri-
Your Miiif' praises spout ( -Ye
littla cojluiga on the Lea h,
Waggle? onr tails about! - '
Chinese Servants for St. Louis.
From the St. Louis Republican 24th.
We are informed on reliable authority
that about hundred gentlemen, household
ers " of this 'city,' have completed arrange
ments for the introduction of Chinese h.-use
servants imto their families. The neces
sary negotiations have been consummated
with the Chinese emigration society in Han
Francisco, and the first installment of Chi
nese for tit Louis will number about three
hundred almond eyed sons of the flowery
kingdom. . . ,
The housekeepers who have joined in
this, movement' recognize tho fact that
house servants are exceedingly scarce, and
that there is a vacuum to be filled in this
species ot labor without in the least inter
fering with any existing class of laborers.
They must have reliable servants for wash
ing, cooking and other; house-work, and
they rgard the. .Chinese as entirely calla
ble of filling the void. They have accord
ingly agreed with their agents in Califor
nia to pay them ' goad wages, certain
stipulated ramus, . and- to afford them
all necessary protection for the. term of
years for which "they are employed. On
the other hand,' guarantees of good service
are given by the Chinese nudes forfeiture
contracts. These .arrangementa have
been very quietly, made. in a short time
the Chinese will come in here Just as quiet
ly and at once drop intd-the homes that
have bena provided for them.' .-There is no
necessity lor any stir or commotion in any
department of industry or labor on their
advent in Sf. ' Louis, because they disturb
no one ana merely occupy waste places.
Veiter trvUAV on Haturdav. in Na
ionc, nau a mue in l minute 64 seconds to
wagon. .. .
Young Folk's Department.
THE LITTLE PET.
BY JULIA M. THAYER.
'm jnst a wee bit lassie, with a lassie's winsome
And worth my weight in solid gold, my Uncle
Job ddt says.
My early little noddH holds a thimbleful of sense;
so quiia as niucQ as Solomon's bat his was so
I know that sagar plums are sweet, that "no, my
That wht n I'm big, I'll always wear my pretty Sun-
And I can count 'leven, six, nine, five and say
Now kawe you any taffy, dea, that yon could give
I'm Bridget' "Torment of her life, that makss her
brain ruu wild."
And mamma's "La'llrjg little Elf," and gran'ma'g
Aad Uncle Johnny's Touch me not," and papVa
GTDtian Queen :"
I make tkm stand about, yen see; that mast be
wat thev mean.
for openiDg fcard, old stony hearts, I hare two
Ana One i. X you. mir; 'ha other's. If voo.
And if thee do no answer, I know soother trick;
I sqipf za two mighty t-r drops oat that melts
em pretty quick.
I'm tweet as any lily bed, and sweeter, too, I s'pose;
But that's no reason why I shouldn't rumple up my
O, won Ul I be an angel, If an angel never cries,
or soils iU pretty pinafore, a matin" nice dirt
I'.'.i but a little lassie, with a thimbleful of sense;
lad as to beintf Ti-rv wise. I best make no nretemw:
jj-ii wuen i am a woman grown, now don r von
think I'll do.
If only just about as good as dear mamma and you?
THE RAINBOW SEA.
BY AMELIA E. DALEY.
Patter, patter, patter, dash!
Down came tbe rain so heavily that Em
ily tnnis, though she ran as fast as she
could, was very wet when hoc reached
home. She rushed into the sitting-room,
and threw her boots on the table.
Why, Emily," said Grandma Ennis.
looking over her ppectacles, "yon are as
wet as a irogr
"Am L grandma?" said Emily eood-na-
ttiredly. 'It it hadn't been for tpoiling
n:y nat, i would have UKed to stay out in
the rain. Tbe shower came up beautiful
ly, n ben I left the schoolhouse, the sun
was shining. All at once it was dark, and
when I looked up, clouus had hid the sun.
On the mountain I could see tbe rain blow
ing towards me like a great gray vail, and
in a minute the vail wax wrapped around
me. it wasn t a soft vail, though, and so
I ran as fast as I could.
Emily went to her room to chancre her
dress. As she re-entered the sittiDe-room.
Jamie called out:
O mily Eunis, do come and look at
Emily went to the window, and looked
ont It was "pouring" as children say
ine gamen wains were turned into little,
swiftly flowing rivers. The large rain drops,
as they fell into these rivers, formed bub
bles which floated an instant on the sur
face, and then broke.
I'bose bubbles are ships," said Emily.
They are sailing out to sea."
A good many of them are lost before
they get there," said Jamie. "I would like
to sail my ship on tho e rivers."
1 m afraid i would go out to sea bot
tom upwards," said Emily. "The rivers
have a very strong current"
Just then the sun shone out, and the
dancing bubbles reflected all the colors of
Oh! isn't that beautiful?" said. Jamie.
"Blue, and red, and green."
thins; the rain is over now, said Em
ily. "The sun is coming out"
This was not true, however. The sun
went under a cloud again, and when Emily
went to bed she could hear the rain falling
She closed her eyes, and list ned to its
6teady patt;r, and to the gurgle of the wa
ter as it poured from thecaven. At first
the sound grew fainter, but in a few minu
tes it wan louder again, and Emily sudden
ly found herself standing on the piazza in
front of the house, and looking at the riv
ers that flowed through tbe garden paths.
They had risen so that they flowed over
the low step, and were nearly level with
the piazza. The sun was shining, but the
rain was falling, aud tbe surface of the
rivers was studded with bubbles. As Em
ily looked at them attentively, she saw that
they were little ships with ropes like spi
der's threads, and sails as transparent as
the wings of a fly. The sails glistened
with the hu68 of the rainbow. Indeed, the
entire, were blight with beautiful colors.
They "sailed very fast S imetimes one,
but there was i many of tbeni, that one
wan not missed.
"Come and nail with n-t," cVled a voice.
Emily looked in the, diructiou whence it
Camei' A bni:b t-ship larger than most of
them, fcftd floated closed to the piazza, and
had lodged agaioit a projecting tw gof the
climbing rose bush. A man about as large
as h mo-iquito stood on iu deck, and look
ed at her with to very bright eyes.
"Tbo.t would Iw a rather difficult thing
do." :Rid Emily. ' "One of my fingers
would break yonr ship to piece."
' Are yort r of that?" asked the little
man. "You h v better try a voyage.
Come." : ' ' ' ;
"Put ont your foot," s.iid the little man.
: Emily put ont her foot very cautiously,
and wa astonu-bei to see that it was grow
ing small. . . At the same instant she had
an indescribable feeling in her head and
her fingers', and he saw - that everything
around her had changed. The ceiling of
tbe piazza seemed almost as far above her
as the sky had seemed a moment before.
The crack nndr the front door, the crack
t 'rrough which she had once slipped a three
c-ut piece, was so wide tb.it she could easi
ly have crept through it -
Ob! how funnyl" cried Emily, "and how
queer I feeir
"Never mind how you feel," said the lit
tle man, "but jump on board. We have
a long voyage to make to-nght"
Emily took In outstretched hand, and
jumped on to the deck of the little vessel.
As she did so, . a light wind blew , it from
against the (iazza, and it swept merrily
along the stream. . Emily siit down on the
deck, and the little man stood beside her.
It wad atonisbuig how small she had be
come. The babble-ship looked large to
her now, and tbu little man was quite bur
ly. Thf re were several other men on board.
They were dressed like sailors. Emily no
ticed that the deck was tsannpaient and
that she could see below it a mass of rain
bow hues She looked at the other ships.
and fcftw that all were alike in form, and
that all were full of rainbow hues. - -
Are you tha captain of this vessel?" ask
ed Emily, "and are all of these vessels
bound on thq same vojager
"Yes, answered the little man. "We
are part of the great rainbow fleet We
carry the tints of which those wonderful
colored arches are made that you see alter
shower. We are bound for the Rainbow
The Rainbow Sea?" said Emily. "I
know where the Mediterranean Sea is, and
tne-lied Soa, and the Caspian Sea. I've
heard of the White Sea too, and tbe Black
Sea, but my teacher u ver siJ anything
about the Rainbow Sea, and it isn't on the
map, I'm sure."
"There are a good many things that
teachers and school books don't tell you
anything about,' replied the captain.
"They are very much afraid that young
people will Eve in the Kingdom of Fancy.
Now I'm going to show you part ot that
kingdom, that, is, I'm going to show it to
you if this ship . holds out, Put on more
sail!" he called to his sailors. "
"How soon shall we reach tho Rainbow
Sea? 'asked Emily.- .: v - : -.
"As we measure time," replied the little
man, ."we shall be there in another cUy
As mortals measure time, we shall be therr
in a few seconds. -
"What do you meaa?" asked Emily En
oi. . . : .
"Don't you know,"' replied the captain,
"that the apparent length of life is propor
tioned to the size of beings? With us one
of your minutes is a long time. Lie down
now, and rest I will call you when it is
time." Emily lay down, on the deck, and
was soon asleep.
"We are nearing the Rainbow Sea," said
the little man, at length, and Emily sat up,
and looked ataut her. Tne river was grow
ing wider. The bubble-ships had drawn
nearer one another, and were sweeping to
wards the sea. Every little captain, and
every little sailor, stood at his post Em
ily's bubble-ship w is one of the foremost
of the fleet and in a few minutes it had
passed the mouth of the river, and had en
tered the Rainbow Sea. Rainbow Sea, in
truth. Aa far as F.milv could rm. tho wa
ters danced and gleamed, violet, indigo,
blue, green, yellow, orange, red. The crest
of every wave was a rainbow. Tha foam
that followed each ship parted into hun
dreds of rainbows. Emily saw tha sea was
crowded with bubble-ships that grew
brighter in hue as they sailed further
across the sea. ,
"Oh! this is glorious!" she cried, turn
ing to her tiny companion. "Where are
they all going? r
They are going to the Rainbow Isles
that lie far away beyond the sunset. We
shall reach them by-and-by."
-Wbat will you do there?"
"We shall give our rainbow hues for the
next shower, and I and my companions
shall be dissolved into the mist of which
we were made."
'I thought the rainbow hues came after
a shower,' said Emily.
So they did, but don't you know that
nothing in nature is ever lost? I disappear
only to appear again. These hues will
mount to heaven in the bosom of themext
and you will see them from your window.
they will shine many and many a time
long after you can see them no more."
"Mount to heaven in a cloud? said Em
ily, doubtfully, "why, my teacher says that
the rainbow is caused by the decomposition
of sunlight as it passed through drops of
k. There are two refractions and one
reflection in the primary bow, and
Don t talk ot your teaoher here " said
the little man. "The explanations of mor
tals do not suit the Kingdom ol Fancy. I
juu lunt ituu'juws arc aeiiL tti lists bar
from the Rainbow Isles."
"But let m: explain."said Xmilv. "There
is one re lection, and "
At this a great shout arose from all the
bubble-ships. Captains and sailors cried,
.throw her overboard! ne want none of
the philosophy of mortals here!"
"Don't throw me overboard," said Emily.
"I'll explain. The smlight enters the
drop of water, and is refrac "
On! what a hubbub there was! The lit
tle captains shrieked, and two or three of
the little sailors seized Emily, and dragged
her to the side of the ship. Just as thev
were about to push her overboard, iust as
she could see the dancing rainbows almost
unaer ieet the strange feeling that had
come over her on the piazza, came over
tier again, and she lav awake in her little
bed, and heard the rain beating against tbe
"You've had a bad dream," said grand
ma Ennis who stood by her bedside. "Yon
can t go to school to-day; for it has rained
in torrents all night and the brook hart
risea so high as to sweep away the bridge."
imiiy rubbed ner eyes. "Well," she
sal' I, "X think it is not strange that I
dreamed about the Rainbow Sea. "Briah
The California Grape Crop.
The San Francisco Bulletin says: This
year promises an extra abundant grape
crop, and, from all previous results in Cali
fornia, when such is the case, the wines
are of a superior Quality. In 1865 and
1868 the vines bore luxuriously, and the
wine was light and of a very high cla s.
Many of the foot-hills and places whore
mining was formerly carried on are now.
for the most part largely planted with
vines, therefore it is expected that the
quantity oi wine produced this year will
be almost double that of last season. Meet
the wine was also consumed in the quar
ters wnere it was grown, bat latterly it is
being transported to San Francisco. The
amount of fruit to the vines will probably
not be as large as in 1868, but this defic
iency will be mode up by the new vines
coming into bearing. The' eastern maxket
for California wines is also gradually
increasing. There they require pure wine.
and know that they can obtaua it from the
Pacific slope, consequently the prices are
such as to repay both the dealer and the
wine grower. The demand for the higher
wuks comes almost altogether from the
East for there they reject the inferior
qualities, and are willing to pay a good
price for the better article. As the grapes
ripen iu California, the cost of the pro
duction of a good and inferior wine is
equal. There is also a great demand for
port wines and clarets made lrom foreign
grapes. Alucn of tne latter is used aa imi
tation .burgundy, there appears to be a
scarcity ot two-year old port wines at
present Last year more than half of the
champagnes wwre shipped East, over 6000
cases being manufactured by Lands be rger
Co. This year the firm expects to turn
as much as 10,000 cases. Last month
shipments were 500 cases of champagne
and 300 of still wines.-
A Yioobous f KMit.g An old woman,
sentenced to the Cincinnati workhouse as
vagrant had been placed in charge of an
officer to be taken out of the city to that
institution. She contrived to evade the
custody of the officer, but after taking two
three glasses of.. whisky, was again se
cured. The officer then undertook to take
her out in a wagon, and put her on the
seat between himself and tho driver. The
trio thus proceeded along Central av. Of
sudden, the woman knocked the driver
of the vehicle with one band, and, turn
ing, upset the officer into the bottom of '
agon with the other. Then, climbing ;
of the wagon, she seated herself on the ,
back of the horse, gave a fierce yell.
striking the nniml with her hands and
feet, so that he was frightened into extra
ordinary sped. The amused and astonish
ed spectators on the avenue were only de-.
prived of their enjoyment when, at length,
officer succeeded in seizing the hues,
and brought the horse to so sudden a halt
that the rider went, headforemost over the -animal's
ears. Th driver, coming up, as
sisted the officer to pick up the -weman.
and both the men recovered th.nr compla
cency on finding her macii qtu-l jd by her
falL ' ' ' - ' '
Raisiso Nap or Velvet. Our lady read
may, perhaps, tnan& us tor a process
which is said to be successful in bringing
again the nap of spotted or flattened
velvet For this purpose a chafing dish or
,utg pan-Sato tocoootx, 'containing a
quantity of well ignites live coaia, oyei
hich is to be piacea a sneet oi copper, mica
enough to have a certain degree of solidity.
When the metal is quite warm, a nap&ia
folded several times and immeroed in boiling
water, is to be placed upon it tue coals in
the dish still continuing to increase the
temperature Ihe wrong side oi the velvet
now to be laid upon the moist and smok
ing cloth, and very soon a thick, black vapor
will be seen disengaged, ana a son orusu is
tnen to be passed lightly back and forth
over the velvet which is to be removed
altera few minutes, and allowed to dry flit
uuon a table. When completely dry, it
will be found to- have become almost as
soft and regular as the new materaL
A last in Detroit Michigan, was awak
ened by a noise, a tew nights since, and oa
looking round the room saw the outline ol
man in the mirror. She alarmed hex hus
band, who rushed into th J ard, pistol in
hand, just in time to see a man in the act
jumping over the fence. It was subse
quently discovered that he had not been
the house at all, but the moon shining
through the window at the point where he
stood, reflected bis face in the mirror op
posite the bed o. the lady. Ihe story is a
strange one, and it it no not ail moon
shine. " they furnish some food for "refleo
tion." Pzteb Cabtwhighi, the noted Methodist
preacher, spoke at Dubuque, Iowa, a few
days ago, aud a paper of that city remarks:
"It was a strange sight, and one we may
never expect to see again, to behold a man
the pnlpit before us wiio was eighty-six
years old, "had been eighty years a citizen
the west, and who, sixty years ago,
crossed the Mississippi where is now SU
Loais. He preached iu the state of Illinois
when Chicago was unknown, and he has
spent sixty years in the saddle riding
through the great West" . . '
Economy. By noing- Mrs. Whitcomb
Sjrup for children, mauy a doctor's bill ean
be saved and much suffering averted head
the advertisement in another column.
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