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The Poet's Corner.
THROUGH THE WHEAT.
ST FLORENCE PERCY.
Once, when my heart and I were young.
We wandered, restless, by sea and strand,
and lingered a little epac- among
Tne grassy valleys ol Switzerland,
Where watchful summits forever frown,
Through blue air slanting, clear and keen,
Wearing proudly their icy crown,
n iiile happy hamlets smile between ;
Where rapid torrents rejoicing run.
Leaning the cliffs in strength and pride,
Like snow-white ribbons, in wind and son,
Flntiering down the mountain side;
Waere smoke-like cloudlirgs of tender blue
Aapple the sic pes in tender spots.
And sweetly change on a nearer view.
To drills of iairest forge me-nois.
Often at eve, when the sun was low,
And the mountain shadows grew dark and vast,
I watched the cottagers wending slow
Home to rest when their toil was past.
Two walked lovingly side by side,
E peaking softly, as lovers speak
He with an air of manly pride,
She with a blush on her sun-browned cheek -
Hand in hand, through the evening red sweet
They went tnrougn uie snaoows damp and
Choosing a narrow path that led
On and on through the growing wheat.
Sunset touched him with rosy light,
Sunset brightened her loosened hair.
Poor and piain, they were fair to sight.
If or youth and love are forever fair.
And often as sunset charms the air
For the time and scene are vanished now
I think of that simple, loving pair.
And wonder whether they kept their vow
Whether under some mossy roof,
Their wedded spirits serenely blent.
They weave the even warp and woof.
Of their quiet lives in calm content;
Or whether they parted in scorn or wrath,
As myriad lovers have done before,
And choosing each a reparate path.
Were thence divided for evermore;
Or whether still, as across the land
The Aeirj sliadowaerow damp and sweet;
Perennial lovers, with hand in hand,
Xhey walk, knee-deep, in the growing wheat.
Harpers Magazine lor July,
THE DARK HOUR.
A STORY OF CHRISTMAS EVE.
I can't stand it any longer, Jane, 111 go
out, and perhaps bomething will turn up
'It's a cold night, Robert
"Cold, yes! But it's not uracil colder
outside than in. It would have lieen bet
ter for you. if you bad married John Tre-
niain," be said bitterly.
uon t say mat liobert, l ve never re
gretted my choice."
"Not even now, when there is not a loaf
of bread in the house for you and the chil
"Not even now, Kobert. Don't be dis
couraged. God has not forsaken us. Per
haps this Christmas eve the tide will turn,
and better days may dawn upon us to-morrow.
Kobert Brice shook his head despond
ingly. "1'ou are more hopeful than I, Jane.
Day after day I have been in search of em
ployment, I hare called at fifty Laces,
only to receive the sanie answer every
where." Just then little Jimmy, who had been
asleep, woke up.
"Mother," he pleaded, won't iou five
me a piece of bread? I am so hungry.
"Ihere is no bread, Jimmy darling, said
the mother with an aching heart.
"When will there be some," asked the
Tears came to the mother's eyes. She
knew not what to say.
"Jimmy, I'll bring you some bread, "said
the father hoarsely, and he seized his hat
and went to the door.
rus wiie, aiarmeo, laid her nana upon
uu sieeve. one saw tne look: in his eyes.
and she leared to what step desperation
might leaa mm. -
"liemember, Kobert," she said solemnly
it is nara to starve, but there are things
mat are worse.
He shook off her hand, but not roughly,
ana without a word passed out.
Out in the cold street! They would be
his only home next, he thought. For a
brief time longer he had the shelter of
cheerless room in a cold tenameni house.
but the rent would become due at the end
of the month, and he had nothing to meet
Robert Brice was a mechanic, competent
and skillful. Three years since he lived in
a country village, where bis expenses were
moderate, and he found no difficulty in
meeting them. But in an evil hour he
grew tired of his village home, and re
moved to the city. Here he vainly hoped
to do better, lor a while he met with very
good success, but he found his tenement
house in whieh he was obliged to live, a
poor substitute for the neat little cottage
which he had occupied in the country. He
saw his mistake, but was too proud to go
"Of course I can't have as good accom
odations here as in the country," he said,
"but it is something to live in, and to be
in the midst of things.
"I'd rather be back again," said his wife.
"Somehow the city doesn't seem like home.
ma w . . ...
xnere x usea to run in ana take tea with a
neighbor, and I have a pleasant, social
time. Here, l know scarcely anybody.
"You'll get used to it alter a while," said
She did not think so, but did not like
But a time of great depression came, and
with it a suspension of business enterpris
es. Work ceased for Robert Brice and
many others. If he had been in his old
home, he could have turned his hands to
something else, and at the worst could have
borrowed of his neighbors till better times.
But the friendly relations arising lrom
neighborhood, do net exist in the city to
the same extent as in the country. So day
by day he saw his scanty sum of monev
waste away, and no one extended a hand.
Day by day he went out to seek work, only
to hnd himseit one of a large number, all
of whom were doomed to disappointment
If he had been alone, he could have got
along somehow, but it was a sore trial to
come to a cheerless room and a pale wife
and hungry children, with no relief to offer
When on that Christmas eve. Robert
Brice went i&to the streets, he hardly knew
how he was going to redeem the promise
he had made to little Jimmy. He was ab
solutely penniless and had been 60 for three
days, There was nothing that he was like
ly to find to do that night
"I will pawn my coat," he said at last
"I cannot see my wile and children starve."
It was a well worn overcoat and that
cold winter night, he needed something
moie to keep him warm. Weakened by
enforced lasting, he was more sensitive to
the cold, and shivered as he walked along
'Yes," he said, 'my coat must go. I
know not how I shall gel along without it,
but I can't see the children sUrve before
He was not in general an envious man,
but when he saw sleek, well led citizens
buttoned up to the throat in warm over
coats come out of the brilliantly lighted
6hops, provided with presents lor happy
children at home, while his vue starving,
be suffered some bi.ter thoughts upon the
inequality of Fortunate's gilts to come to
Why should they be so happy and he so
There was a time, he remembered it welL
when he too suffered not the Christmas eve
to pass without buying some little gilts for
Jimmy and Agnes. How little he dreamt
then that they would ever want bread.
There was one man, shorter than him
self, warmly clad, who passed him with
his hands thrust deep into the pockets of
his overcoat There was a pleasant smile
upon his face. He was doubtless thinking
of the happy circle at home,
Robert knew him as a rich merchant,
whose ample warehouse he oiten passed.
He had applied tc this man only two days
before for employment and been relused.
It was, perhapB, the thought of the wide
difference between them, so far as outward
circumstances went, that ledRobert Brice
to iollaw him.
After a while, the merchant Mr. Giines
drew his handkerchief sal ely from his pock
et As he did so, he 6Ud not perceive that
his pocket book came with it and fell to
He did not perceive it, but Robert did.
His heart leaped into his mouth, and a
sudden thought entered his mind. He
bent quickly down and picked up the
pocket book. He raised his eyes hastily
to see if the movement was noticed. It
The merchant went on unheeding his
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"This will buy bread lor my wile and
children," thought Robert instantly.
A division ot the comfoit which this
money would bring that cheerless room,
ighted up his heart for an instant, but,
then, for he was not dishonest there came
another thought The mouty was not his,
much as he wanted it
''But I cannot see my wile and children
starve," he thought again. "Il it is wrong
to keep this money, God will pardon the
offence. He will understand my motive."
All this was sophristy, and he knew it
In a moment he felt it to be so. There
were some things worse than starvation.
It was his wile that had said that just be
I ore be came out Could he meet her
gaze, when he returned with food so ob
tained?. Tve lived honest, 60 far," he thought
I won't turn a thief now."
It was with an effort he came to this de
cision, for all the while before his eyes
there was that vision of a cheerless home,
and he could hear Jimmy vainly asking for
food. It was with an enort that he step
ped forward and placed his baud on tti
merchant's shoulder, and extended the
hand that held the pocket book.
"Sir," he said, hoarsely, "you have
dropped your pocket book."
"Thank you," said the merchant, turn'
ing round, "I hadn't perceived my loss.
"You dropped it when you took out your
"And you saw it, and picked it up, I am
very much obliged to you. .
"You have reason to be," said Robert,
in a low voice. "I came very near keeping
"That would have been dishonest," said
Mr. Gaines, his tone altering slightly.
les, it would, but its hard on a man
to be honest when he is penniless, and his
wile and children without a crust"
"Surely you and our family are not in
that condition, said the merchant earnest
'les, said Robert Brice, it is only too
"And you are out of work?''
"For two months I have vainly sought
for work. 1 applied to you two days since.
"I remember you now. I thought I had
seen your lace before, lou still want
"I should feel grateful for it"
"A porter left me jesterday. Will you
take his place at twelve dollars a week?1
".thankfully, sir. I would work iorhalf
'Ihen come to-morrow morning, or
rather as to-morrow will be a holiday, the
day succeeding. Meantime take this for
your present necessities.
tie drew lrom the pocket book a bank
note and put it in Robert s ban a.
"It s fif ty dollars 6aid Robert Brice,
"I know it This pocket book contains
a thousand dollars. But for you I should
have lost the whole I wish you a merry
"It will indeed, be a merry Christmas,
said Robert with emotion. God bless you
sir, good mghtr
Jane waited for her hmsband, in the cold
and cheerless room, which tor a few days
longer she might call her home.
"Do you think father will bring me some
bread?" asked little Jimmy, as he nestled
in her lap.
"I hope so, darling," she said, but her
heart misgave her. She feared it was a de
An hour passed there was a step on the
stair her husband's. It could hot be, for
this was a cheerful elastic step, coming up
two stair3 at a time. She looked eagerly
to the door.
Yes it was he. The door opened. Rob
bert radiant with joy, entered with a basket
full of substantial provisions.
"Have you got some bread, father?"
asked Jimmy hopefully.
"Yes, Jimmy, some bread and meat
from a restaurant, and here's a little tea
and sugar. There's a little wood left, Jane.
Let's have a bright fire and a comfortable
meal, for, please God, this shall be a mer
ry Christmas eve."
"How did it happen? Tell me, Robert
So Robert told his wife, and soon a bright
fire lighted up the before cheerless room,
and there were four happy hearts that wait
e I in joyful hope for the dawn of a "Merry
lhe next week they moved to a better
home. They have never since known what
it is to want Robert found a firm friend
in the merchant and has an account in the
savings bank, and has reason to remember,
with a grateful heart, God's goodness on
that Christmas Eve.
Napoleon in London—A Reminiscence.
A writer in the Jjouisvuie Commercial
relates the following bit of narrative:
"In 1848 turope was convulsed with in
ternal dissensions and revolutions, lhe
Bourbon power was trembling in France,
and the 'nephew of his uncle' was loafing
in London, haunting localities where he
met men and women of unquestionably
bad character. He watched, undoubtedly
with considerable interest, the progress of
the Chartist party in London, day by day
growing more bold and troublesome. Per
haps in his cream of royal honors he fore
saw that an experience ot mobs and riots
might be advantageous to him in that fu
ture of which he never despaired. Hence
he wandered about an observer of the ele
ment which, in 1848, was occasioning the
English government no little uneasiness
ind trouble. When the Chartist party
mustered in that vear, and announced their
intention of marching to Hyde Park fifty
thousand strong, rumors of violence and
riot stirred the heart of the great city.
The Bank of Lngland, 10 which every
Englishman looked with solemn awe and
respect, was to be attacked and pillaged
the law was to be trampled under foot if
the demands of the party were not consid
ered. "When the day came London surged
and heaved, and the Tory loyalists mus
tered to the defence of law and order
in great numbers, and became, for the time
being, sworn officers to serve the peace.
'An old gentleman, now an Assistant
Assessor ot Internal Revenue in this city,
was then the head teacher of a parochial
school in the hamlet of Radcliffe Stepney,
in the eastern part of London. His school,
with others, was dismissed for the day,
and a magistrate swore in the teachers
and every man in the neighborhood who
would volunteer, as special constable, to
assist in preserving law and order.
Scores of volunteers were mustered and or
dered to rendezvous in the school building
of our old lriend, who was directed to as
sume command of the specials. Among
the men under him that day was one Louie
Napoleon, then a reputed lounger or loal
er about London, now the Emperor of
France. He was well known at the time,
and by his dignified bearing attracted the
attention of his fellow-specials, who were
not acquainted with his person. His dreams
of future greatness were so unreal then
that few regarded him more than the dis
solute, rather worthless, nephew of the
"Fortunately, the services oi tnespeciais
under command of our friend were not re
quired that day. and at 6 o'clock, when all
possible danger had passed, the trustees
ordered a lunch of bread and cheese and
porter lor the whole command. Napole
on, with the rent enjoyed the lunch, and
was shortly alter at liberty to leave the
"Dn xod ever happen to see that most
soft spoken and velvet handed steam en
gine at the Mint? The smooth piston
slides backward and forward as a lady
might slip her delicate flager in and out of
a ring. The engine lays one of its fiingers
calmly, but firmly, upon a bit of metal; it
is a coin now, and will remember the
touch, and tell a new race about it, when
the date upon it is crusted over with twen
ty centuries. So it is that a great silent
moving misery puts a new stamp on us in
an hour or a moment as sharp an impres
sion as if it had taken half a lile time to en
A STRANGE STORY.
Flirtation in New York and St. Louis
—A Tragical Conclusion.
The St Louis Democrat of the 6th
lishes this remarkable story: .
"Everywhere around us sit the sister
Fates weaving the myriad webs of mortal
destiny, nor does one human being escape
their toils. On every hand moves tragedy,
romance or comedy, weariug tho mask of
every-day life. Rarely the mask is lilted,
and thrilling truth, 'stranger than fiction
allows us a glimpse of its marvellous fea
tures. Such a mask was Uted in the pres
ence of our reporter yesterday, furnishing
him an o'er true tale,' 'a shallow story of
deep love' that combines the elements of
romance and tragedy, not without a spice
There lived and still lives in this region,
though she is at present temporarily ab
sent at a watering place, a divinity in dim
ity, whose calling it was to ply with delt
fingers that flashing fairy shaft, the us.e
dlv. Not to put too fine a point upon the
wedle, she was a fit&mstrebs. But as sue
batted and stitched and sew J, she basted
and stitched and sewed the hearts ot f.nd
adorers many, and with no feeling ol the
cruel business. In other phrase, she co
quetted. She sewed hearts herself with
more delight than she took in sewing but
tons to dresses, and with as little compas
sion for the hearts as lor the buttons. And
when she tired of the heart, she would
just slip it off and let it fall and leave it in
the dirt and carelessly Etep on it, as she
would do a very cheap button. Tens ot
thousands of pretty girls do the same every
day, and exactly the same number of bad
boys are no bit better.
But our heroine chanced to be in New
York city lat September, as the compau
ion ot a St Louis lady visiting there, and
put up at the Fifth Avenue HoteL Now it
is not every heart-conquering St Louis
seamstress, of experienced eighteen, who
has an opportunity to do havoc with her
charms at the Filth AvenHe HoteL So she
campaigned more than ever, and soon
transfixed the smitten soul of a personuge
no less than the assistant steward of the
great metropolitan hotel. The impaled
steward struggled in vain with his growing
affections; they gave him no peace, and he
courted the St Louis maiden.
"In sooth, she was both fair and good,
and meant not the harm she did to the
loolish hearts of men. She encouraged his
attentions, and though he was nearly twice
her age, for he had in him the fires of thir
ty-four years, yet the twain seemed mutu
ally fain and fond. When parting came he
obtained her permission to correspond
with her by letter, and for months after
her return to St Louis his ardent epistola
ry missives passed through the stone pas
sages of the happily fire-proof St Louis
pest office. She would reply kindly and
assentmgly to them playfully she meant
it, and intended no tragedy. But he took
it in deadest tamest while she, last Janu
ary, met her magnet at last ana actually
fell in love or seemed to with a St Louis
dry goods clerk on Main street
Yet perhaps this was but coquetry, too.
In such cases, who can tell ? At any rate
she plighted love, and the marriage was
agreed upon, to take place 6ix months later.
For he was a salaried clerk, and commonly
such are not rich. Then she felt it some
what improper to continue the New York
correspondence, and the sighing steward
lound his letters unanswered. Now all
history and biography show, leaving
Shakespeare and Fowler out of the ques
tion, that true love will not submit to have
its letters unanswered. It will know the
"So our steward set out upon a pilgrim
age to St Louis, and missed no train, nor
lost a moment on reaching here, but im
mediately marched straight to the door of
his fair, knocked and craved admittance.
It so fell out that the Mam street dry goods
clerk was just at that very time with her,
discussing of their mutually agreed upon
marriage. Awkward, wasn't it ? Looking
through the bunds she saw he steward,
and was astounded. She bad scarcely time
to beg her young beloved to retire, for
heaven's sake to retire into another room
when the New Yorker v. as ushered in.
Young St Louis did not retire in good
order, and elder .New xork, having come
predisposed to 'smell a mice,' smelled a
prodigious rat The lady's discomposure
did not enable her to smooth things, but
rather made them utterly uusmoothable.
There was a full understanding that had
the portents of a grave misunderstanding.
Youthful St Louis in the next room heard
saw too all that passed. He sustained
the honor of his stadt and indignantly left
the held. J. here was after waid an inter
view, in which she wavered in her preler
ence. The man from Manhattan was in
fierce earnest, and had money and prop.
erty, and would marry her at once. She
now scarcely knew what to do, so she was
left to the conqueror from the Fifth Avenue
Hotel, whose sudden advent and terribla
determination and dimes had shaken her
devotion to her avowed (!) true love.
"The new match was lormaJy arranged,
a.e haa business at liock island, and on
his returning thence they would become
one. Some seventeen hundred dollars he
put in bank, left the check for it with her
and set out for Rock Island. It was on
Wednesday of last week that he encaged
passage on the steamer Saliie. Hardly had
got on board when, as the boat was
swinging off, a swaying spar struck him on
the head, gashing it frightfully, and knock
ing him senseless. This accident to Mr.
Maurice Condon, a stranger from New
York, was duly reported in the Democrat
next day. He was taken to the
Sisters' Hospital, and early the following
morning his betrothed heard of the disas
ter, and went thither to see him. He had
regained consciousness, but his condition
was deemed very critical. At his wish the
priest was called, and the marriage was
solemnized. We should have mentioned
that both were Catholics, and that in de
ciding for Condon she had followed her
The next Sunday tne newly-made hus
band died, and on Monday last he was
buried in the Calvary Cemetery. She has
name and effects, and no doubt laments
him sincerely. This is substantially the
whole of the strange, sad story, which we
may have treated with too much levity in
beginning, since it ends 6o t: gically.
Agr.inst the lady's repute there is ho breath
save that she trifled unwittingly with
hearts. The deceased, we learn, has a
mother and four sisters living at Quebec,
Xaibvoyakce. Among the many won
ders claimed by clairvoyance or somnambu
lism is the faculty ol sight without the use
the organs of vision. A contributor to
Journal of Psychological Medicine (Dr,
Schwabe), in treating of Modern Supersti
tion, observes that we hear of "times innu
merable when the artifice has been per
formed of reading sealed letters laid upon
chest It is therefore a cause of great
wonder that the premium of ten thousand
francs, which the Paris Academy of Science
offered more than forty years ago, has never
been claimed. That sum, it is known
was promised to any somnambulist who
will prove herself able to read, before a
committee of the Academy, a sealed
document prepared and laid upon her
chest by the former. As I stated this pre
mium has not been claimed yet, and if I
rightly informed, not a single somnam
bulist has, within this long time, ever
applied for the opportunity of submitting
that examination in spite ot all public
advertisements. 1 suppose the somnam
bulists themselves know best, that it re
quires some preparation in order to read a
sealed letter with the Etomach, and above
seaieti letter wii.ii me bwiuacui nuu nwo
that they mu t know beforehand the
contents of Buch letter." If, however, the
matter is susceptible of proof, why is not
bounty offered by the French Academy
claimed, and the singular magnetic phe
nomena in question brought into the do
main of well attested scientific facts.
grappling with the social
—A Tragical Conclusion. AMONG THE FRENCH PEOPLE.
Inconveniences of the War—The Proposition
to Establish a Paper Currency.
Enthusiasm of the People.
The correspondent of the London Times
writes from the Frt nch Capital on the 25th:
In Paris we begin to e xperience some ol
the inconveniences of war. People old
enough to remember the time when silver
was almost the exclusive currency in
France, and when, if one "drew LOOO franc
at a banker's, he had either to pay a high
premium for gold or to carry home . the
lumbering dollars, will appreciate the in
convenience implied by the announcement
that we have returned to very nearly the
same state of things. The
Bank of France now makes
its payments only in silver and paper.
Gold is at five per cent premium at the
money-changers'. ' There is an enormous
accumulation o! gold in the Bank, but jt is
not put into circulation. There is fear of
its being exported to England and Bel
gium, thence ta be taken to Prussia. , I
hear that a Paris banker has recommended
the Government to establish a forced paper
currency, 'lhe objections to this are ob
vious, end we have only to look back to
18C6 for an experience of the evil effects of
such a measure. In Italy the compulsory
paper was immediately at a htavy dis
count, while the exchange on foreign
countries rose in proportion. The conse
quence, of course, was that everything
brought from abroad rose greatly in price,
and this reacted on home produce.
Throughout Italy everything became
dearer, aud although the premium on col
not long afterward fell to five per cent, and
has even, 1 believe, since been as low as
three per cent, shopkeepers' prices, ser
vants' wages, and in general all the neces
saries and luxuries of life have never since
fallen again in proportion. A forced paper
currency is a real curse to any country
entailing also the i.sne of innumerable
small notes in Italy they have them down
to half a franc, miserable little shinpiasters
while tne local banks issue twenty-cent
notes, which d not pass out of their own
town or district; for when there is no silver
or gold, the copper also disappears.
Meanwhile, the Bourse is well supported
considering that we are on the brink of a
terrible war, and financial men speak
cheerfully ot its prospects. There have
been no catastrophes yet and we are hop
ing that the next settling day (July 31)
win go on as the last.when everybody paid
up. My own conviction is that there is
hardly a moneyed man, a banker.mercbant
or '-adesman who would not gladly have
averted the war, but, 6inee it is inevitable.
aey put the best face on lt.and gird them
selves up to support the burdens it mnst
inevitably entail. To quote their own
proverb. ' 'The wine is drawn and mn .t be
drunk," bitter though the draught
may te, and more akin to worm
voou than to the grape juice.
0:ie class of persons, upon whom
the war imposes a heavy tax is that fathers
ot lamilies whose sons are to draw in the
next conscription, and who are not dis
posed te let them serve. A case came to
my knowledge two days ago, that of a
friend of my own, whose son is studying
for the bar, and who is not disposed to let
him break off those studies and be con
verted into food for powder. He tells me
that if the young man draws a number low
enough to include him in the levy he shall
have to pay 5.UUU Irancs for a substitute.
The usual price in peace time is about
1,500 francs, or little more.
That the martial and patriotic spirit of
France runs high at the present moment
proved by the fact of 100,000 volunteers
having already enrolled themselves. Oth-
proofs are not wanting of a willing deter
mination to make sacrifices in support of
the government and of the war. The
percepteur, or chief tax-collectr, of one of
the districts of Paris, informs me that all
the tax-payers in his district have volun
tarily paid up the whole of their taxes for
the year 1870. and that many of them have
offered to pay immediately those for 1871
it would be agreeable to the government
The present warlike aspect of affairs be
tween France and Prussia will render the
following description of a military review
by the King of Prussia, recently teld at
Berlin, of especial interest to our readers.
It shows the kind of Iroops tho French
have to deal with. This review was in honor
of the Emperor of Russia, while oa a visit
to the King at Berlin:
lhe troops present numbered about
twenty thousand, and the exercises took
place upon the plains of Kreutzbere. a
short distance from Berlin. Tne day was
beautiful, and had it been prepared for the
occasion could not have been in anv wav
better adapted. A slight rain fell early in
the morning, which laid the dust, and when
the troops arrived upon the crounc it was
in splendid condition, and the sun shone
out most beautifully. The men, tLt- arms,
the horses, and all the equipments were in
splendid condition, and it seemed as though
every one and every thing were showing to
the great Unssian I:. at all was ready, and
m order at any and all times to detend and
fight for Prussia.
lhe firing of artillery was wonderfully
rapid, and all the movements of this most
essential branch of his service were finally
executed. The cavalry was composed of
as fine looking a lot of men as I have ever
seen, and the equipments and horses were
most magnificent As the snn shone upon
the bright helmets and breastplates of the
Bismarck Legion in the distance, it seemed
like a mass of silver moving around. Fol
lowing were regiments of lancers, hussars
and a mass ot iufantry. The marching,
and in fact all the movements were per
formed with the utmost precision. After
some time spent in various exercises, the
troops were divided and a sham fight was
had, aud soon the whole field was envelop
ed in smoke from the firing of artillery and
mianlry. xet as the wiuu earned it away
you could see the movements of the differ
ent legions as they attacKed each other.
and officers could be seen riding with
breakneck speed conveying the orders of
the commander to various divisions, regi
ments, etc. I have never witnessed
anything that was more ad
mirably done, or any spectacle finer.
The "Rifle Artillery performed wonders
in the quickness ol their movements, the
handling of their guns, and rapidity of fir
ing them. The infantry was all their King
could wish, and he n:ay well be proud of
The platoon firin was as though one
gun had been discharged, and their move
ments and changes of position were so well
and quickly made that you would think
they were made by magic.
lhe action closed by a grand charge of
the cavalry. It was a wonderful sight to
see about nine thousand horses rush across
the plain the infantry and artillery on
both sides supporting them. A gun" was
fired from headquarters; the action in
stantly ceased and all the troops imme
diately reformed and then passed before
their King, his royal guest and their va
rious staffs, some of the regimental bands
performing the national airs of Russia,
while others placed their own great favor
ite "I am a Prussian; do you know mv
Me. Sptjbqfos made remarks tit the lay
ing of a corner stone of a Baptist chapel a
A ' 1 ' 1 , .
ween or two since, in wnica ue saia:
'It makes me Pick at heart to find out
the great seers who have been telling us
we are getting near tne millennium. It
seems to me they are something like the
Irishman who could foresee backwards. I
wish these kings of the earth would sone-
, . ... ,
would not be a bad idea if Napoleon and
the King of Prussia would come over to
England and fight it out I am quite sure
the police would wink at the matter, and
for my own part I would be quite willing
to hold their coats, and I would cheer each
one on, and sa, llit him hard; I think
he deserves it V
An Interview With Him in His Retirement.
Some months ago, wiys the Bostou Jour
nal the Boston Lyceum Bureau commis
sioned a celebrated lecturer to travel
in Europe u;ilii Le found Kossuth, and. a
was reported that he was poor, to offer
mm a series ot lucrative engagements with
mo tiuneu otaies. We are
permitted to quote lrom an interesting let
ter just received from the gentleman re-
ierxei to, dated Geneva, July 18:
riin nerves stia quivering from the
dizzy Alpine cliffs over which the Cc-nis
iwtuway has just launcl.ed me here from
Italy, 1 hasten to- report the executi m ol
the commission which you entrusted to
me. in a retired quarter in thn
royally-forsaken city of Turin, piazza fa
vour, over an tumble wins tavern, 1 found
the lonely Magyar- a mild, sodate, rather
dignified-looking gentleman of apoarcntlv
eixiy yyuni oi age, wnose aeineauor.tuouch
TTwiy tsjiioited mucn anabiiity aud cour-
'-When 1 had laid your proposition be-
xore nim, ana conveyed au assurance of
the delight which his acceptance of it
would afford the republic, he expressed his
j A. a1 a. ...
ueep regret, mai it was Deyona his power
to entertain , averring that he tad re
tired entirely from public life and was now
a recluse from worldly affairs. To this, as
a rejoinder, in order to remove any im
pression that a visit, such as was proposed
to America, would involve his interference
in or contract with political mat
ters. I described to him the
character and organization of
American lyceums, and the work done by
the Boston Lyceum Bureau for them,
showing that the discourse you desired
from him would require only his vievt s
upon some literary topic, apart from
the atmosphere of politics altogether. I
added likewise, that while gratifying and
instructing others, it would scarcely fail to
be a subject of intense interest to him to
have an opportunity of comparing the
American of his day with that of the pres
ent and of observing what twenty years
could do in the Great Republic.
lie then warmed in conversation, and
said: 'I dislike giving you a cold n-pa-
tive, but I am not the man I was; I Lave
had heavy domestic afflictions; I want
nerve, and as for addressing a number of
people, I have almost forgotten whr.t pub
lic 6peauing was. l am m truth a chance
ling. Were I to go anywhere, it would be
to America. 'But he added, 'why want
me ? Are you not a nation of orators !"
But I said, 'none, Signor KossutU.
sucn as you.
I then touched upon the dolicate
ground of pecuniary considerations, and
he immediately observed: "I have verv
little money, but I have very few wants and
i am content
" 'Will nothing move you, Signor?"
I repeat," he added, 'were I to go anv
where it would be to the grandest country
in tne world, your America; but 1 think,
from the sample before me, you can do
without Kossuth.' O ! spare mv blushes !
but I am a faithful witness, and he had to
pay a compliment in retuan for mine.
"lhe upshot however, was his emphatic
determination to speak in public no more
unless duty to his own country demanded
it tie requested me to say, however, that
he felt highly nattered by the invitation
and gratelul for the consideration regard
ing his circumstances '
An Interview With Him in His Retirement. Thomas Christian's Adventures with
Anything pertaining to the early history
of the Maumee Valley, whether of a civic
or military character, is read with interest
by all classes of citizens, and should be
placed in form for preservation. We
herefore take pleasure in transferring to
our columns the following account of Tuos.
Christian's adventures with the Indians at
the celebrated defeat of Dudley, lrom the
Paris, Ky., True Kentuckian:.
Soon after the defeat of General Win
chester, near the river Raisin, by the Brit
ish and Indians, under the British General
Proctor, which occurred in January, 1813,
there was a call by our country for more
help, to which many of us responded by
volunteering our services to her assistance.
Companies and regiments were scon
formed in every direction. One of Ken
tucky's bravest men, CoL Dudley, raised a
regiment which assembled at Lexington,
and which I joined at that place.
As soon as our regiment was made
up and ready for traveling, we were
hurried across the country into Ohi -.
to Fort Defiance, in the fork of the St Jo-
eph's and Angalaize rivers. In the mean
time General Harrison had built Fort
Meigs, at the rapids of the Maumee river,
and anticipating an attack we were called
mniedutely to his assistance, and when
we arrived there the fort was already be
sieged by the British and Indians, under
Proctor and Tecumseh, whom we attacked,
and being dismayed at the arrival of rein
forcement! and our bold attack, they re
treated leaving their cannons, which we
piked and ran into the Maumeo river.
The enemy wan apparently so demoralized,
and ourselves being flushed with victory,
and being fresh troops and unaccustomed
to Indian wariare, we were easily decoyed
into the woods in pursuit of them ; but we
had not pursued them far until v.e foi:nd
ourselves involved in a labyrinth of diffi
culties from which but very few of us were
ever extricated. Col. Dudley and many
of our regiment were soon killed, and the
remainder surrendered to Proctor; but Le
was hot able to protect us from the Indians;
and then commenced the sickening details
ot butchering unarmed men. The couu
tenances of the Indians were distorted by
the most heartless and hellish pations
that ever dtf irnied the human face.besidei
being painted in the most hideous manutr
that could be invented by savage ingenuity-
rhey robbed and insulted all ot us, aud
then went arouud maiming and murdering
tho meu in the most malicious man
ner. Tho British seemed to have some
sympathy for us, and ordered us into an
old doerted fort about a mile distant,
which they thought might be some protec
tion to us. But the Indians contiuued to
murder our men as we hastened to the tort
Several men were killed very near to me,
and I expected all the time to be killed.
Just as I got near the entrance of the fort
several Indians grabbed me, and being a
stout mau and feeling the necessity of mak
ing a desperate effort I sprang forward,
tka l.nHrtnc flaw a n t T lff m n nnat on.l . i. !
Indians behind; but as soon as I escaped
they tomahawked an old man by the name
of Bradshaw so close to me that his blood
and brains flew all over me. The lort did
not afford much protection after all, for
t!ie Indians invaded it, and would have
murdered every one of us, had not
even tho savage heart of Tecumseh
sickened at the revolting spectacle, and
caused him to withdraw his Indians. As
soon as the Indians were withdrawn, the
British conducted the remainder of us to
the Maumee River, put us upon some
small flat-bottomed open boats, and floated
us down into Lake Erie and put us aboard
a British man-of-war, where we were inhu
manely treated by a reckless set of adven
turers; but we were finally paroled and
turned loose on land at the mouth of Huron
river, without anything, to make our way
as best we could through a wilderne s back
to our friends.
The fresco-painter lays the colors on
the damp wall, and they seem to fade
away. Nothing is there. Again he applies
the brush, and the colors are gone. But
he patiently applies them again. They do
not fade away; they strike in, and remain
to shine brilliantly, and the peculiar genius
of the artist is left there for centuries. So
with your work. Bepetition fixes your in
fluence and lays upon the soul ot those
yen teach, the colors of your own cha
racters, there to remain more enduring
than the fadeless frescoes of Michael An
gelo. When are thieves like leopaids ? When
they are spotted.
FARM. GARDEN AND HOUSEHOLD.
now to Move Stooks of Coen. I have
a usemi implement ou my farm that
uave never seen with any one else-thatis,
of the same kind and for the same purpose.
ins a ooar, ior drawing stoo': or shock
corn, made in the following
five sixteen feet stock boards, one toot
wide of first-class quality, and bolt four
pieces across the top of them at equal dw-
uiuces. mo one at tne iorward end had
better be made of hard wood. Then take
a chain and attach it to the
neaa piece so tha! it will pass be
tween the two outer and the three mid
dle pieces that compose the bottom,
and have it extended forward about a foot
where it should be attached to the double
tree, where you can hitch two. three or
even four horses abreast. This is decided
ly the best thing that I hava ever used for
moving stpok or shocked corn. It will
draw easily over tho grass in the fall or
pp.-ing, and if in winter there ia a slight
fall of snow, so much the better. Last
winter I drew twenty acres of corn
and liked it very much, it was so easy to
load and unload. The corn, of course
should be placed on the boat
and if it is dry a very large load can be
taken at once. Any farmer can make one
of these contrivances in one or two hnnra'
time. o o
How to MiKE Cuttings Gunar Whn
alluding to the manner of propagating cut
tings, the New England farmer says that
it has been ascertained that a cutting will
develop roots much sooner in moist sand
han in rich soiL Bat the sand cannot
mnintainits growth lor any length of time.
To prepare pots for raisinc cnttinao
should be filled nearly to the brim with
rich g.trden loom dark and
clayey and soggy; then pour in one inch in
depth of scouring sand sea sand will do as
well as the yellow sand. Wet this thorough
ly and place tho cuttings, from which all
but the three or four upper leaves have
been removed, close to the side of the pot;
the contact of the ware aeainKttlm ct,i
the cutting promotes its growth. Press the
wet -ana hrmly around the tin v stem. A
great deal of your chance for success in
raising slips or cuttings depends upon this,
Plant a many cuttingsnsthe pot will hold,
from six to a dozen, according to tha
of your pot; when they are firmly set in the
.-ana two or three can be inserted in the
middle of the pot, set them away in a dark
warm place for tweuty-four or thirty-six
a uus cuttings win grow quickly in
a not uei, oecause t he temperature is not
dry. Their growth depends a great deal
upon lignt, neat ami moisture if a bud is
close at the base of a cutting, it will strike
root more easly is not so ant to demv
The roots shoot from a bud, and the lower
oown it is, the surer your success.
hen the leaves drop, the plant is com
uieucing to grow; u they wither on the
stem, it has began to decay. By following
tnese directions no one can fail fo grow
mi Kin' is oi nouse plants. Roses and all
the rarest flowers of the green house are
propagated in this manner.
The Purple Beech. This is one ot
most strikingly beautiful lawn trees.
tpnng or early summer, when the leaves
are still tender and bn'. panially devel
oped, the efiect produced on them by the
bright sunshine is really marvellous, and
wnen the loiiage is viewed under certain
conditions, is beautiful in the extreme.
the tree is brought in the range of vision
between the spectator and the sun, it will
have the appearan-e of being on fire, and
lit up, as it were, with an intensit y of color
th t any painter might love to dwell on.
lhe purple beech is a native of Germany,
ana an me varieties which now exi-t.
sprang trom a single tree which was dis
covered by accider t in a wood sometime
during the last centurv. Th
many hue specimens ot this beantitnl tr,
to be found in many parts of the United
Both in nurseries and in private L'rounds
it it by mucn aumired that wherever it ia
known m this country, the demand haa
been generally greater Chan the supply.
i he. e is a variety of tbis which is alo
vtry conspicuous in its foliage and is much
6ou-ht alter. It is called tho copper beeth
on account of the foliage being of a deep
copper hue, that continues to grow darker
as the season advances, until it becomes
almost black. It has always been my aim
to luiroonce me purple beech and its vari
eties into both private and public grounds
as the opportunity presented itself, and
the trees couid be obtained, as obiecttt wnr-
! . , ' .. .
mv ui a prominent place on the lawn; as
is stilted to almost any kind of soil that
dry, but grows with most vicor nn a
- , TI - :i TIT 1 . -
iunuj. tuium neosier, in Horticulturist.
it appeabs, from the Nashville Jeurnal
Medicine and Surgery, that the tea-plant
now successmiiy cultivated near Knox
vine, lenn. it has been raised t iere tor
last ten years, the original plants hav
ing been obtained from the Agricultural
fepartuient at Washington in 1858. The
plant is said to be hardy, and need.i no
protection from frosU Good judges pro
nounce u to oe not interior in trat ranee
and flavor the to imported Young Hyson.
Here are four gocd habits punctuali
ty, accuracy, steadiness aud dispatch.
Without the first of tbest time is wa ted;
without the second, mistakes the most
hurtful to our credit and interests aud that
others, may be committed , without the
tbird, nothing can be well done: and with
out the fourth, opportunities of great ad
vantages are lost, which it is impossible to
llow to Treat Kicking Cows. A friend
told us the other day cf a method of treat
ment that no had found successful in cur
ing cows of the habit of kicking while being
ini.Keu. it is as follows: At the cow
stauds ia the stancheon, he puts a bull
ring in her nose, throws the rope attached
the ring over a beam or girt above the
head of the cow, and drawing her head as
high as possible without raising her feet
from the floor, makes fast the end of the
rope. The cow cannot kick while standing
this 6t rained position, and the milking
process is then conducted gently and rapid
As soon as she learns that she has
nothing to feur from the milker, but every
thing to fear from the ring and this
knowledge she is aid to acquire lapidly
is cured of her disagreeable habit. A
young heifer may often be cured by a
PurssiNo's Vixeoab. As the pickling
season is now at hand, and many house
keepers are concerned about getting Vine
gar that will keep their pickles, we deem it
duty to inform our readers that Prus
sia's Vinegar is admitted by all who have
fried it to have no superior in the market
this purpose Mr. Prossing warrants'
Vinegar to be free from all poisonous
acids, and to preserve pickles. His works
the largest of the kind in the United
States, and owing to the extra quality ot
Vinegar, it is rapidly superseding all
others with the city and country trade.
Dealers and consumers should not fail to
for it when replenishing their stock-
Sprinjfied (Id.) Journal.
One op tux census marshals t-as he has
luc across a woman in Portland whi os
years ol J.and who is "smart as a crick
et." Two years ago she fell down a steep
bank and broke a leg and arm, but they
healed up in good time; although some
what lame, she keeps about and does all
work of a large household. Her hus
band is 81. and married her 38 years ago,
when he found that he must look out for a
fond woman to take care of his five children
motherless by the death of his wife.
Another notable case was found in the
same city two days ago a woman 49 years
who has eighteen children.
It having been announced that Garibaldi
hereafter devote himself exclusively to
literature, a contemporary remarks, "that
trim t riii jave to do if he wants to
learn how to write. -
CURRENT P ARAGRAP
Gmuo butter is a delicacy in Spain.
Metz, France in 170 miles from Paris.
The Norfolk oyster fleet has goue to the
Tkb only church at Ogdtn is the railroad
California olives are more pleutv than
In a Georgia Nehixd the head bov is aped
9 and tho Ull boy 40.
Hat w said to be in treat denied lor
the Jiiuropean markets.
l he yellow lever has made its aboear-
: -- l.i . t . .
uco in riiiiaaeipnia.
r . . - i - , . .
v-axirvfiuiA is oeing oiessea by heavy
ituus, iuui were long needed.
The New York Daoers comr.lir. f tv,
.i. it , . 1
uci. cia o me detective system lu that city
ttuniauTUN complains that, lta nrnun
grinders begin their operations before day-
Temupin Tower, the old lookout at Nia
gara, is partly undermmded and must soon
go over the i dlla.
The power of committees in Hnnr.,. .,
; . . . .
B"-cto, iir eiceeus imything recognized
"J x uruameniary custom.
A new traction engine h hen int
duced ; into bcotland, which for cheapness
is said to be superior to horses on the rail-
A A .
aji extensive business in cement is ear
ned on in Clarke county, Indiana, on the
banks of the Ohio, and large quantities are
The last rail of th Xor ririi,,,,. r.,i..? .
& Chattanooga li .il way was laid on Satnr
day. The road will be open for traffic at
an American, uow traveling in Euron
reports that Sweden is the only country he
. wuno me meeping apartments
are lighted with gan.
A colored student has been a.lmitted to
Yaie, having passed a very good exsniina-
uuu. no is said to no ii -ri,ut- ..o
money to stran-
black ink we suppose they mean.
The Darmstadt Gazette, tha official or
HQ rt 1 1 . . S ILn. a. WT
uuitTumeui oi ilassee, coni-
uieuung on the rrench Emperor's declara-
nuu irmi ne nao no idea of aggrandizement
aia uiai omy a born idiot would believe in
The small pox and hot weather in Taris
droy- thousands of str ingers to German
springs and Switzerland this summer.
Ihone who went to Germany are now goin"
In South Bend, Ind.. the home of Vice
President Colfax, according to the Bible
agent's report, there are one hundred and
thirty families without the Scriptures, and
of this number sixty-one refused to receive
Such is the habit of borrowing money in
Chicago, that the Michigan Central rail
road have two large painted signs in their
aepot, as loiiows: "Caution
era. Do not lend
Chicago is said to have a divorce case
now in which the happy coudK, had onlv
(.n r.,. -.I . 1 e 1 J
"""""I wut uuys. inev ara lnnrnv.
ing on it ail the time, and will soon have
u so you can get a divorce the first night.
French i.joounts declare that the needle
gun recoils so badly that themrkmen are
soon compelled to lire from the shoulder-
sWm aV f..i
uui me laifcsc telegrams show that fhia
"hitting from the shoulder" is a vrv dis-
-uuus piece oi Dusiness lor the party hit.
a lady writing in the New York Mil
says to husbauds: "The fresh air of the
country, the relaxation from toil, which
win inspire you with new lite and hope.
mill l.nV I l .. 1
uriuK oacK ice ronK to unn
wife '8 pale cheek, and the old gleam ol
loveiiKUi, to her eyes.
1HE desire for honor drinkincr BAAma tr,
be ou the increase in PuiladelDhia. Th
Clerk of the Court ol Quarter Sessions has
just issued 3,819 tavern licences. It is a
pity the fhuadelphians can't contrive to
enjoy their "orotherly love" without the
aid of liquor.
At Kingston, Canada, a dry goods clerk
was recently accommodated with th I nan
ot a revolver to blow out his brains with,
in order to spite a lady who had rejected
u"" marrieu Biiomer. un sober sec
ond thought, he sold the revolver and got
The progress in marine guns dnrinr tha
lorn, atcaae has oeen very great. In
the bS-pounder cast-iron gun uas the most
powenui weapon. At present there are
WJU-pounder, 2a ton guns, best es 18-ton
14-ton, 8-ton and 64-ton guns. Tha lieht-
est of these guns is more powerful than the
oo-pounaer, and coo Id pierce 4 J mch arm
or ou a ship side at 200 varda. whiln th
25-ton guu would probablv Dierce most
iron-dads at a range of two miles.
AluarNO the prevalence of the cholera
the summer of 1832. the old artillerv of
Troy was sent down on the road between
that city and Albany to fire cannon to keen
. i. i . ... r
un iuc epidemic, as cannon hnng im
pregnated the tir with sulphur, the philos
ophers of ttiat day tupposed that the dis
ease could bo successfully resisted with
siege guns, lhe firing did not amount to
much, lhe cholera was not frightened
by the artillery. The pestilence invaded
Troy aud remain there lor over. two
ahe youngest elopemeut on record took
place at Hudson, Mich., last w ek. Master
fcrederick Tnbbs of that town, aged five
years, took Miss Schermerhorn, aged three
years, combt-.i her hair, put the doll's
tuings in a box, and proceeded v.ita her to
the depot, w here they got on the rear ulut-
lorm oi me westtrn bound train without
being noticed till the conductor received a
dispatch lor them. Thev we e out off at
Oeseo, and rtturned on the next train well
pleased with iheir trip.
Gen. Sheridan has arrived in London.
Prince Arthur has arrived at Osborne.
The Chiiits'i excel iu the drama aa thev
always nave tueir queue.
Adder is tow past eighty-eight years old.
a letter to a friend, he complains that
his old chief disease is
A son and namesake t t James G. Tir-
ney, whose portrait will be found in many
New England homes was the hrst Presij
ential candidate on the abolition ticket, is
cadidate lor Congress from the Sixti.
Mrs. Julia Moset has sued the Trov
authorities in tho sum of $20,000, for in
juries received in the north part of the city
last winter, Dy supping upou the ice lett
the carelessness of the city servants.
Cat. Eeharo, of the Bavarian arm v.
published the first volume of au elabo
rate military history of the Palatinate,
Franconia, Swabia, aud Bavaria. Parts ol
these countries at least are likely to be
again the battle-ground of Europe.
Dr. F. Eldripge, of Elinira, N. Y., i
constructing a beautiful park, with foun
tains, trout ponds, a mineral spring, au el
egant pleasure lake, and all the appropriate
surroundings, at his own private exense,
the benefit of the public.
Hon. Ezra CoruelL founder of the fa
mous Cornell . University, Ithaca, New
York, arrived in .Minneapolis yesterday,
traveling on a tour of pleasure and recrea
tion during the University vacation. He
accompanied by Messrs. Thomaa X
Booker aud W. F. Fuller, ot Brooklvn.
The Pope is in a bad way. He refused
heed the French warnings against bo
oming "infallible," and now even the
pious impress i.uginie is inflexible,
even to importunities on bended knee.
France withdraws from Some, and Italy
Young Folks' Department.
MAMMA'S BAREFOOT BOY.
BY A. H. POE.
Long lie li stoned to the story
Of the poet's "Baretoot Boy ;"
Listened hiently and earnest,
CariL nsog-lit for bail uor toy;
Ai.d the eyes ol brown (rrew browner.
And the cheeks of pins, grew red.
And upon his nana he rested
Thoajihuullj, his early head. "
For a hile he teemed to ponder,
Then he slowly went away
To a dim, unnoticed corner,
Where he sometimes hid ia play.
There at tasseled shoe and stocking,
Bravely tugged with all his mUlit;
Off they came, at last, revealing
Dimpled balls of pink and white.
Softly, softly, o'er the carpet.
Strayed the little pearly feet.
Till he rested close to mamma,!
Kested bluahinly and sweet;
Half abaHhej and half emboldened,
Kaised his eyes, so brown and coy;
"Mamma," and the lips were smihrnt,
"Isn't l 'oor barefoot btyt"
BY S. W. LANDER.
Do you want to know why little children
wear mittens, and not gloves, like grown
persons ? Listen, and 1 will tell you.
Ouce upon a time, a mother wnt nut
and said to the five little fingers, "Children,
when I am not at home, behave well, and
do what I tell you. If von are kin.i n.
obedient, I will bring each ot you a little
uuue, wuere you can live when it is cold in
"O, mother P exclaimed the five fingers,
"we will certainly mind; only tell as what
we must do 1"
Then the mother answered,
"The fore-finger must point abroad.
The middle linger can ouiy nod,
lhe third linger etrict gourd mtui keep
Leot the Utile one into miochief creeu
And the baby thumb must watch and set.
a hat all the rest obedient be."
"Now go, mother dear," said the fore
finger. "I ll certainly be attentive, aud
point prettily, if you will only bring me
Then the middle-finger cried out, "I will
promise to be polite, and bow nicely il
you wi.l bring me a httie house too, for
x in uie uiggest one 1
"I will certainly keep watch that mv
little brother does not get into miiT
? 1 wlU ao JH8t WCat Joa
mother had only been
cried the ring-finger; "but my house must
be the prettiest!"
"Ao 1 uiinel exclaimed the little finer
mine must be prettier than all the ri
and then I won't make a bit of noise!"
iut the baby-thumb only said, Mother,
very few minutes, when the fora-finr
"It is very stupid and tedious to ttm an
good, and to point all the time. I want to
rest a minute." So he lav down.
"Ah, you lazy thing 1" reohed tl
dle-huger; "it is so much more fatitrnimr
to be so industrious, and bow all the time,"
laid he was going to lie down too; but the
ior-finger jumped up, and gave him a
b ow crying, "How dare you find fault with
iue ! lou are lazy yourself, you wicked
ihen the middle-finger struck him aiaii.
and the lore-finger returned it; and who
knows how long they might have fought, it
tue ring-finger had not called out
Aren t you ashamed of vonrsivp
One of you is as bad as the other. See,
how 1 torture myselt, and stand here,keep
lng watch all the time. I mean tn tnr
and rest, and let you great fellows keep
guard over your little brother !"
"W hat I exclaimed the lore-ti
middle-finger, "you little rogue, do von
pretend to dictate and find fault with your
biothers i l'iiere. stoo now I"
lYeu they boih began to beat the iin...
fiugtr. He turned, with all his strength.
and struck the litUe-tinger, which he had
the care of. The little one gave a dread
lul scream, and began to kick and m-ti.
well a he could. But just as they were
the hottest ot the fighi the door
and their mother came in.
O, how frightened the four nam?htv fi n.
gers were ! They hung their heads, and
were so ashamed they could not speak.
.fciiiaily, the middle-finger said that the
fore-finger was lazy, and that he would not
allow it. Hat Ai ioron8er hud the blame
the middie-fihger, and said he began
the quarrel. The ring-finger blamed mem
both, and the httle-hnger complained of
Then their mother spoke and said, "You
lour naughty, disobedient children,
who ueserve to be punished. See here,
what I have brought lor you V And drew
beautiful glove out ot her pockeC On it
were lound five houses, juat as large a the
five fingers. One was lor the thumb, one
the icre-fingor, one lor the middle-finger,
anu one tor the UtUe-finger.
"But you caioiot nave these pretty
houses now," said their mother. Then
weut out, and soou returned with
another kind oi glove.
MjOo I she exclaimed, "this haa only
separate house, which belongs entire
ly to hide thumb, because he is good and
obedieut. You others must live tcgether,
as soon as you become kind and obe
dieut, then you shall have a house ot your
And there it was; me tour lingers might
entreat as mucu aa they cool a. it would
ueip them, liver since this time, so
many little children wear mittens; but
when they grow tail, and become good.
then they can wear gloves. Jikit y Btiia.
BY S. W. LANDER. What a Man About to be Hung Thinks
O Mrs. 1 httle did I thuxa. when
I saw you in Ohio, that I would come to
such a condition as this ! Little did I
think I would ever come to the dishonor
able death 1 am doomed to die, and break
tue heart ot my poor old mother, ana dis
grace all my relatives 1 O my God 1 my
heart will burst ! I never kihea Wood, but
1 was drunk, and 1 was present at his mur
der. Had I not been drunk, I would nev
er have been there. It is whiskey
that has ruined me! Whiskey
led me into bad comoanv.
and it u whisky that has brought me to the
gaiiows! Yes, Mrs, . the whisky-shop
has been to me the road to hell; and now,
u 1 was able, 1 would have printed over the
uoor ot every whisky shop in Dubuque,
aud everywhere else, in bi- let teas that
everybody could see, these words of truth:
"Iris is the road to hell!
Poor fellow! He never thought he
would be brought to such a sad state. If
we had our way, we would have writ tea
over the door of every rum shop just what
lias young man says above. Little folks.
please to remember that you will never get
drunk if you let liquor alone. The less
you have to do with it, the better it will be
privilege of placing them before so many
About Fair Stories. We used to have
great dislike for nury stories, and we
now most sincerely despise most of the
hobgoblin things called by mat name.
But there are some of these creations of
ituicy so exquisitely beautiful, and if ap
preciated oy the reader, so thoroughly
instructive, that we are proud of th
is but another name for
paiable, iu which Christ continually
taught the most beau til ul and important
lessons mau ever learned or refused to
learu. The proper object of parables, al
lf.jories, metaphors, and fairy storiea ia
to teach something by illustration.
it would aiturd u real delight to sit
beside some ot our readcis who dislike
htiry stories, and read together some ot
the gems ol that name which we have
printed. It would be a surprise, indeed,
il sou did not, after a careful analysis
with us, pronounce them "capital. " We
thank those of you who have written us
m criticism of our paper. Please con
tinue to do this. We may not follow
your suggestions; but they are of value
to us, more, perhaps, thau you suppose.
xou win, oi course, remember these
two things: you are but one reader, aud
the paper is printed for a hundred thou
sand; God created the flowers for their
perfume and bvauty as well aa fie stur
dy oak for its lumber.
Enjox Your Work. No man in ever
successful, in its completest sense, who
does not enjoy what he ia doing. If your
business is dull and umnterresting, and
you are always wishing to leave me old
homestead aud get a place elsewhere,
your hie will be a miserable failure; but it'
you love your work, give to your business
your best though', enter upon the activ
ities ot the opening year with energy, born
of contentment and hope, you will be both
a successful and happy man, aud no change
in the currency or mutation of the mar
kets, that so perplex and trouble other
men. can possibly hinder it. P to pie.