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Tfcft yellow anna of Antnmn fall
Acrom tlx orchard id tha wood : -
Th Ktill ai echoes Sf SI eall,
The vise it s painted en the wan,
And til the maplea drip with biood. "
Tb netghboraeome from far and Bear,
And eat her on the broad ban floor,
To celebrate Um ripened year
Andatrrp the huak from off the ear,
That turna to fold the farmofa atore.
This la the merry Busking time,
For old asd young, ao laugh together:
And toIom all aeem now to ohiine.
A If tbay had aet to rbyme.
On purpose for this aulomn weather.
The old folks Tmfk and work and miv
To feel their blood ao aewly atlrrad
The younger feed the tUow pile.
Hunting the red eara all the while.
And omah and kiss without a word.
The golden corn that makes thn play
A buiboa bar H every ear
Twaa dropped aa aeed m early May
And in the blang August day
If ripened for the iniing year.
Twaa fan to ride the hone to plow,
ADd aet th. acare-erows in the field
Tie better fun to be here now.
And laugh and chat at finding how -. .
Theoorn hn tec light a genercni yield.
Bring in freak basketsf ul of eara.
And let them epill aboat the floor -Pu-n
on the husking have bo team
Bat earn will grow these many yean.'
Ae corn has always grown before. "
THE CHRISTMAS GIFT THAT CAME
A Story for Little Soldiers.
It was the Christmas season in Cali
forniaa season "Of falling rain and
springing grasses. There were lnter-
Tnio ii?;d, tnrough driving clonda and
firing scud, the sun Visited the haggard
hills with a miracle, and death find re-
ouxiOTuon were as one ana out of the
very throes of dee? a joyous lif e strug
gled outward and upward. Even toe
storms that swept down the dead leaves
nurtured the tender buds that took their
Piaoes. There were episodes of snowy
silence ; over the quickening fields the
jca , jjiuwbuare nam loUowed the
furrows left by thelatest rains. Perhaps
1 was for this reason that the Christ
mas evergreen whieb. decorated the
drawing-room, took upon themselves
aureiga aspect, and offered a wierd
TOutraat to the roses, seen dimlv
"TO11 tne windows, as the south-west
wuiu ueat meir soft, laces against the
" Now." said trtA Tv4.y A,r v;.
chair closer to the fire, and looking mild
ly but firmly tX the semi-circle of flaxen
heads lartrand him. " I want it distinct
ly understood before I begin my story
uit I am not to be interrupted by any
ridiculous questions. At the first one
I shall stop. At the second, I shall
feel it my duty to administer a dose of
castor-oil all around. The boy that
moves his legs or arms will be under
stood to invite amputation. I have
brought my instruments with me, and
never allow pleasure to interfere with
.t Uo you promise t "
Yes, sir," said six email voices, si
mul tan eons! v. . Tn. vnlloir wac
er, followed "by half a dozen dropping
"Silence ! Bob, put your feet down
tod stop rattling that sword. Flora
shall sit by my side, like a little lady,
and be an example to the rest Fung
Tang shall stay too, . if he likes. Now!
turn down the gas a little; there, that
will do-tlst enough to make the fire
look brighter and show off the Christ
inas candles. Silence, everybody! The
boy who cracks an almond, or breathes
too loud over his raisins, will be put out
of the room. -
Tktrewasa profound silence. Bob
laid his sword tenderly aside, and nurs
ed his leg thoughtfully. Flora, after
eoquettishly adjusting the pocket of her
little apron, put her arm upon the Doc-"
ter s shoulder, and permitted herself to
be drawn beside him. Fung Tang, the
little heathen page, who was permitted,
on this rare occasion, to share the Chris
ban revels in the drawing-room, survey
ed the group with a smile that wj at.
once sweet and philosophical. The hriit
ui it jc renaa-aucs on tne man Lei
supported by a young shepherdess of
bronze complexion and great symmetry
of limb, was the only sound that dis
turbed the Christmas-like peace of the
apartment a peace which held the
odors of evergreens, new toys, cedar
boxes, glue, and varnish in a harmoni
ous combination that passed all under
standing. "About four years ago at this tune,"
began the Doctor, "I attended a course
of lectures in a certain city. One of the
professors, who was a sociable, kindly
man though somewhat practical and
bard-headed invited me to his house
on Christinas night. I was very glad
to go, as I was anxious to- see one of
his sons, who, though only twelve years
old, was said to be very clever. I dare
not tell you how many Latin verses
this little fellow could recite, or how
many English ones he had composed.
In the first place, you'd want me to re
peat them ; secondly, Tm not a judge
of poetry Latin or English. But
there were judges who said they were
wonderful for a boy, and everybody
predicted a splendid future for him.
Everybody but his father. He ehook
his head doubtfully, whenever it was
mentioned, for, as I have told you, he
was a practical, matter-of-fact man. -
"There was a pleasant party at the
Professor's that night. All the child
ren of the neighborhood .were there,
and among them the Professor's clever
son, Bupert, as they called him a thin
little chap, about as tall as Bobby there
Slid as fair and delicate as Flora by my
aide. His health was feeble, his
father said ; he seldom ran about and
played with other boys preferring to
stay at home and brood over his books,
and compose what he called his verses.
" Well, we had a Christmas-tree just
like this, and we had been laughing
and talking, calling off the names of the
children who had presents on the tree,
and everybody waa happy and joyous,
when one of the children suddenly ut
tered a cry of mingled surprise and
hilarity, and said : " Here's something
for Bupert and what da you think it
"We all guessed. -A desk; ' 'a
copy of Miltou; a gold pen;' 'a
rhyming dictionary.' 'No I what then!'
"'A what t ' asked everybody.
" A drum ! with Bupert's name on
it. too 1 '
" Sure enough there it was. A good
sized, bright, new, braes-bound drum,
with a slip of paper on it, with the in
. . ',' Of course we all laughed, and thought
it a good joke. 'You see, you're to
mnnc a xiuuk? ill uid wisnu, aaukva
said one. "Here's parchment for the
poet,' said another. 'Bupert's last
work in sheepskin covers.' said a third.
' Give us a classical tune, Bupert,1 said
a fourth, and so on. But Bupert seem
ed too mortified to speak ; he changed
color, bit his lips, and finally burst
. into a passionate fit of crying, and left
the room. Then those who had joked
t him, felt ashamed, and everbody began
to ask who had put the drum there.
But no one knew, or if they did, the
unexpected sympathy, awakened for
the sensitive boy, kept them silent.
And what was still more singular, every
body declared that up to the moment
it was produced, no one had seen it
hanging on the tree. -. What do I think
Weil, - I have my- opinion. Hut no
auestions ! Enonirli for Ton to know
that Bupert did not come down stairs
again that night, and the party soon
after broke np.
"I had almost forgotten those things
- for the war of the Rebellion broke nnt
the next spring, and I was ' appointed
. surgeon in. one of the new regiments,
and on mv wav to the seat of war. But
I had to pass through the city where
the Professor lived, and there I met
him. My first question was about Ru
pert. The Professor shook his head
sadly : ' He's not so well,' he said ; 4 he
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has beendeolinisiralnAalAsl rn,
wnen yon aw hi
caaV fie added,- frivise it a Ion? Latin
name, 'a .very singular case. But go
and see him vouraelf," he- urged ; 4 it
may distract his mind and do him good.'
x wem accordingly to the rrcfes
sor s ftflnse, and found Rnpert lying on
sofa, propped np with pillows.
ATound him were scattered his books,
and, what seemed in singular contrast
that drum I told you about, was hang
ing on a naiL just above bis head. His
face was thin and wasted; there waa a
red spot on either cheek, and his eyes
were very bright and widely opened.
He waa glad to see me, and when I
told him where I was going, he asked
me a thousand questions about the war.
I thought I had thoroughly diverted his
mind from its sick and languid fancies,
when he suddenly grasped my hand
and drew me toward him. - - -"
'Doctor,' said he, in a low whisper,
'you won't laugh at me if I tell yau
something f ..-.
" Ko, certainly not,' I said
"'You remember that drnm?' Vm
said, pointing to the guttering toy that
uiuig against me wail! igu know, too,
howt it oame to me. A few weeks after
Christmas, I waa lying half asleep
here, and the drum was hanging on the
wall, when suddenly I heard it beaten :
at first, low and slowlv. then faster and
louder, until its rolling filled the house.
In the middle of the night I heard it
again. 1 did not dare tell anybody
about it, but I have heard it every'night
' He paused and looked anxiouslv in
my face. 'Sometimes,' he continued,
'it is olflTftd Boftlr. snmptimon Inndlr-
but always quickening to a long-roll, so
loud and alarming, that I have looked
to see people coming to my room to ask
what was the matter. But I think,
Doctor I think,' he repeated slowly,
looking up with painful interest into
my face, ' that no one hears it but mv-
I thought so. too, but I asked him
if he had heard it at any tsther time.
" Once or twice in the day-time,"
he replied, .' when I have been reading
or writing : then very loudly, as though
it were angry, and tried in that way to
attract my attention away from mv
"I looked into his face and placed
my hand upon his pulse. His eyes
were very bright, and his pulse a little
flurried and quick. I then tried to ex
plain to him that he was very weak, and
that his senses Were verv acute, as
most weak people's are ; and how that
wnen ne read, or grew
the throbbinff of a birr arfcArv TnA th i
heatinff anr-nd ha hoanl tt
to me with a sad smile of unbelief, but
ii i 3 1 i i 1 1 , 1-1 . !
mmmcu iuo, auu in a uiue wnue J.
went sway. But as I waa going down
stairs, I met the Professor. I gave my
opinion of the case welL no matter
what it was.
'He wants fresh air and exercise.'
said the Professor, ' and some practical
experience of life, sir.' The Professor
waa not a bad man. but he was a little
worried and impatient, and thought
as clever popyitt-ju-e apt to think i.hat
things which he didn t undex6taurwere
eitner siuy or improper.
" I left the city that very day, and in
the excitement of battle-fields and hos
pitals, I forgot all about little Bupert,
nor did I hear of him again, ' until one
day, meeting an old classmate in the
army, who had known the Professor, he
told me that Bupert had beoome quite
insane, and that in one of his par
oxysms he had escaped from the house,
and, aa he had never been found, it
was feared that he had fallen into the
river and was drowned. I was terribly
shocked for the moment, as you may
imagine: but dear me, I was living
just then among scenes as terrible and
shocking, and I had little time to spare
to mourn over poor Bupert
It was not long after receiving this
intelligence that we had a terrible bat
tle, in which a portion of our army was
surprised aud driven back with great
slaughter. - I was detached from my
brigade to ride over to the battle-field
and assist the surgeons of the beaten
division, who had more on their hands
than they could attend to. When I
reached the barn that served for a tem
porary hospital, I went at once to work,
Ah, Bob," said the Doctor, thoughtful
ly taking the bright sword from the
hands of the half-frightened Bob, and
holding it gravely before him, " these
pretty playthings are symbols of cruel,
ugly realities." - - -
I turned to a tatL stout Vermonter. i
he continued, verv slowlv. tracing a !
pattern on tne rug witn tne point oi tne
scabbard, "who was badly wounded
in both thighs, but he held up his
hands and begged me to help others
first " who needed it more than he. I
did not at first heed his request, for
this kind of unselfishness .was very
common in the army; but he went on :
For God s sake, Doctor,leave me here;
there's a drummer-boy of our regiment
mere child dying, if he isn t
dead now. ; Go and see him first - He
saved more than one life. He was at
his post in the panic this morning, and
saved tne bonor of the regiment.' 1
was so much more impressed by the
man s manner than by the substance
of his speech, which was. however, cor-
LrobQratedby the other poor f c llu a
stretched around me, tnat 1 passed over
to where the drummer lay, with his
drum beside him. - I gave one glance
at his face and yes, Bob yes, my
children it was Bupert
" Well 1 well I it needed not the chalk
ed cross which my brother-surgeons
had left upon the rough board where
he lay to show hew urgent was the re
lief he sought ; it needed, not the pro
phetic words of the Vermonter, nor
the damp that mingled with the brown
curls that clung to his pale forehead,
to show how hopeless it was now. I
called him by name. He opened his
eyes, lat'ger, I thought, in the new vis
ion that was beginning to dawn upon
him and reoonized me. . He whisper
ed: 4 Tra glad you've come, but I don't
think you can do me any good.'
"I could not tell him alia I could
not say anything. I only pressed hia
hand in mine as he went on.
" 'But you will see father, " and ask
him to forgive me. Nobody is to blame
but mvsel . It was a long time before
I understood why the drum came to me
that Christmas night, ana wny it .epi
calling to me every night and what it
said. I know; now. Tell itfather it is
better as it is. I should have lived
only to worry and perplex him, and
something in me tells me this is right"
- " He lay still for a moment, and then
grasping my hand, said : -
f ."'Hark!' .
"I listened, but heard nothing but
the suppressed moans of the wounded
men around me. Ihe drum, he said,
faintly; 'don't you hear it X the drum
is calling me-"
" He reached out his arm to where
it lay, as though he would embrace it".
" Listen' he went on-' it's the
reveille. There are the ranks drawn
up in review. Dont you see the sun-
licht flash down the Ion? line of bavon
At ? Thai 'fiaa .li'iii'nJl.a.
present arms mere comes tne uenerai
but his face I cannot look at, for the
glory round his head. - He 6ees nie ; he
smiles, it is' and with a name upon
his hps that he learned long ago,- he
stretched himself wearilv upon the
planks, and lay quite stilLr , J-;
" That's all No ' questions now !
mind what became of the drum, i
Who's that snivelling I Bless my soul I
where's my iU-box t " . - . i
F. Bret Habtk.
Captain Me Arthur, of Kingston, Can
ada, had a fearful adventure on the
Grand Trunk last week. ' He got up
from his seat and walked out to the
platform when the train was near Lan
caster, to find out how near he waa , to
the station. He overbalanced himself
and felL but managed - to - save his life
byicatching the couplings, and there he
hung by his arms in a position that of
fered him very little hope of recovering
tne. piatiorm aoove, m tne one case,
and a Bnre and awful death were he to
drop off, in the other. No one could be
placed in a more agonizing position.
.through his great strength, being of
great muscular power; he held himself
up wniie Uie train traveled four
miles, undergoing the greatest mental
as well as bodily sunenng. Ko one
discovered his danger, as it was night
and very dark. When his strength was
exhausted, and he saw a bridge or a
tunnel on the track ahead which would
increase the danger of his situation, he
prepared for the inevitable plunge, and,
with a prayer of despair on his lips he,
let go his hold. Instant death would
have followed in ninety-nine cases out
of a nundred, but, providentially, Mr.
McArthur fell, more dead than alive,
into a hollow or excavation in the
track. The train passed over safelv.
and lay there unconscious from his in
juries and sufiering for seven hours.
Alter aayngnt ms reason came oaca,
a ski once more he entered intq the con
templatifof an awful situa ion. He
was unatMe to walk, but dragged him
self on hands and feet to a house quite
far off some say two miles and he got
that Care and assistance which his Con
dition required. A friend he discov
ered who lived near by, and he proved
a friend indeed, caring for him as a
brother. His arms and side were quite
black from the muscular exertions he
was subjected to; his boots and a por
tion of his trowsers were torn off, and
his feet lacerated by being dragged
along tne tracK. ne got a severe in-
in the back, also by his fall. His
body presented a dreadful sight
1118 Kingston Whig says, on Thursday
ntnmiTlff lin van brmirrnt hrtmA an1
he was brought home, and
. . . . a : -
now lies at his residence under the care
of Dr. Yates. His injuries have been
very severe, but the doctor hopes to
bring him through safely.
A National Time System Proposed.
Mr. C. F. Dowd, of Saratoga, has de
vised a "national system of time for
railroads," the scientific part of which
receives the indorsement of Professor
mimi am ewton. ot-XaiajJollecB. I
Professor ttougB," oinntr Albany, rih f
servatory, and the Professor of Astron
omy at the Military Academy at West
Point, aud the practicability and feasi
bility of which is already indorsed by
the superintendents of many of our
most important roads, such as the Bos
ton and Albany, Connecticut Biver,
Hartford and New - Haven, Hartford,
Providence and Fishkill, New York
Central, Erie, Harlem, and Lake Shore
and Chicago. The work was an im
mense labor, involving eight thousand
compilations for longitude. It adopts
Washington time for the eastern por
tion of the country as standard time ;
one hour slower than Washing
ton time for the - Mississippi
Valley; two hours slower for the Bocky
Mountain section, and three" hours
slower for the Pacifio States. These
standards are designated by the small
figures 0, 1, 2, 3, respectively placed in
a little elevated position before the
names of the stations. Then, to desig
nate the minute difference between the
local time of any station and railroad
time or standard time, small figures are
placed in a little elevated position after
the names of the stations. - These fig
ures, when they indicate that railroad
time is to fast have the sign t before
them, and the sign when they indicate
railroad time too slow. If adopted, the
whole system, being very simple,
would, it is presumed, soon be under-
by the traveling public lhe
traveller could keep his own time
wherever he might go, and take the cars
by his own watch as well in one part of
the country as in another.
At a recent meeting of the California
Academy of Sciences, held in San
Francisco, Professor Geo. Davidson, of
the Coast Survey, stated that true dia
monds had recently been found in
Arizona, the specimens having been
brought in by prospecting miners,
among a great variety of minerals, in
cluding rubies and garnets. It is
stated that the miners, not recognizing
the rough diamonds, had thrown away
some large and valuable specimens,
-Drought to Ran
Francisco will, it is estimated,
three carats when cut and polished,
and will then be worth $500.
The Alta California says that
diamonds have been found in fifteen or
twenty different localities of California,
but all were of small size the largest,
not exceeding 1 trains or weighing less
than two carats. There are large so
called " California diamonds" exhibited
in the shops of San Francisco, but they
are only beautifully clear crystal quartz.
The true diamond is found in the gravel
deposits of the gold placers, but it is
asserted that washings for diamonds
would not prove remunerative, it is,
however, suggested that the Arizona
gold miners should acquaint themselves
with the appearance of diamonds in
the rough, and not lose the chance of
enriching themselves by the accidental
discovery of precious gems.
The case of Hatch vs. Coddington
was decided in the United States Dis
trict Court Thursday,- before Judge
Blatchford, at New York, after a trial
of over two weeks. The action in this
case was brought to recover $45,000 in
Minnesota state railroad bonds, held by
Coddington as collateral for the fulfill
ment of a contract made bet ween him
and the Minnesota and Pacifio Railroad
Company for 3,000 tons of railroad iron.
The points decided by the jury were
i. i o nT,wrli-ti'rnaf w.trt linrl
oeen maue, mm m ".
bonds in question to the plaintiff was.
not regular. " lhe jury returned, a ver
dict for the defendant i , ,'-
. . , i
BSJ" See advertisement of Dr. Butts'
Dispensary, headed Book for the Million M ab
biaqe Ocidb in another column, ft should be
read by all.
If you want to become
agent, marry a rich wife
a real estate
Arizona Diamonds. A TOUGH STORY.
Wooing A Kentucky Girl—The Silent
Wooing A Kentucky Girl—The Silent Warship of a Wealthy Old Bachelor—
The Girl's Unexpected Offer—Throwing
Dice—$100,000 Against a Lady's
unpretending establishment surround
never T trees and flowers, a .young lady
who wf. Celebrated for her beauty and
sccomplishments. She was a blonde,
A Louisville correspondent of the
San Francisco Chronicle says:
' There lived on street, in "an
with blue eyes, white teeth, and a heav
enly smile; had the prettiest hand and
foot that was ever seen; and was tall,
lithe, and elegant Her wit was deli
cate, pointed, and sparkling, and her
mind aa superior as . her person was
lovely. . The town was at her feet, and
her suitors were as importunate, if not
as many, as Penelope's; like whom she
was continually wooed and never won.
in the midst of her successes came the
war the end of which found her family
impoverished, and herself reduced to
want for the necessaries of life.
But she was still the same proud, im
perious mistress of hearts as before,
and she refused in quick succession
the many offers of marriage that were
now made to her; She had not thought
of matrimony as a resource, but had
other and different prospects in- view.
She proposed in fact to teach school.
A fellow townsman, a gentleman of
wealth and position and a bachelor,
had long been a silent worshiper at her
shrine. He had houses and lands
estates in the country and lots in the
city stocks, interests and investments
wherever they would pay ; and his pri
vate establishment on street was
simply palatial. Seeing how the case
stood with her whom he loved with his
whole soul, he resolved, after many
self -communings and much reflection, i
vo asK. ner to u ms wiie.
"Sir," she said, in answer to his
proposal, "I do not love you, and I
cannot marry you."
Think the matter over, my dear,"
said he, "and in one week frem to-day
give me your answer."
Upon his return on the day set she
said to him:
Sir, you have wealth, and I am
poor; you live in a palace, and i, as
you see, in a cottage; you are desirous
of having my hand, and 1 would like
very much to be rich. I will make you
proposition. X will throw the dice
with you my hand against a hundred
thousand dollars I is it a bargain I"
It is," said he. And thereupon
they pledged to each other their words
to bide the hazard.
It waa arranged that but fliree per
sons should be let into the secret; that
each should select a friend; and that
the two selected friends were to choose
the third. Miss named the Hon.
Mr. , a prominent member of the
bar, as her friend; Mr. chose the
Bev. Mr. , pastor of the fashiona
ble church on street, as his; and
these two made choice of Dr. , an
eminent professor in the medical col
lege, as the friend of both parties.
By these gentlemen the preliminaries
were arranged, and the programme was
TtmUutHJl was to give a'TalTT"aTnl5
house on a certain specified iridav
evening, at which were to be present all
the best people in .Louisville; the lion.
Mr. was to have a license in blank,
ready to be filled at a moment's warn
ing, and was to hold Mr. 's check
for $100,000; and the Bev. Mr. was
to be in waiting to perform the marriage
ceremony, if called on to do so. lhe
dice were to be thrown in the Hon. Mr.
'a study, whence the Quintette were
to proceed to the party, where, if Miss
lost, they were to celebrate the
wedding, and if she won, they were to
mingle with the guests without remark.
At precisely nine o'clock on the
eventful evening, the players and their
friends met in the Hon. Mr. 's
study. By sgreement of the parties
themselves, they were to throw poker
dice, and to out cards for the first
throw. The gentleman cut a queen and
the lady a jack, and now came the tug
of war. He was cool, calm, and pale ;
she was statuesque, imperious, and col
lected. His lips were compressed; hers
were formed into an extended arc, span
ning the whole mouth and completing
the bow. The twain sat on opposite
sides of a small table, and the umpires
stood overlooking them.
The dice box being set before him,
Mr. placed hia fingers over the
top, and with the thumb clasping the
side, he gave it a shake he threw two
fours and two deuces, mitting aside
the fours, he threw again, and threw
another four. Then, throwing the two
remaining dice, he threw two fives. He
had thrown, therefore, ft full hand
three fours and two fives.
And now came Miss 's turn. It
was a thrilling moment, and the rustle
of her silk dress in the stillness of that
room sounded like the tree tops in the
wind. She began by drawing off her
right glove, exposing a hand of exqui
site beauty, and debcacy, on the fore
finger of which sparxied a diamond.
Then, taking up the box quickly, she
gave it a long shake in the air, and
turning it down upon the table, she
threw nothing! A cloud thereupon
nrl the arn nt nar
iips assumed a more
But nothing daunted, she at once re
took the box and threw again this time
turning np four deuces, and the fifth
dice cocked. Terrible mischance!
Miserable luck ! Again she threw, and
threw deuces and two trays. Putting
all the dice back into the box, Bhe had
but one other and last throw upon
which now rested her only chance. For
the first time since she sat down she
spoke, asking for a glass of water.
Having drank a tumblerful, she sat for
a moment, pressing together her eye
brows, between her thumb and fore
finger, and then, all of a sudden, she
snatched up the dice-box, and threw
three fours and two sixes, and won.
And did she take the money I you ask
me. I answer most emphatically she
Summary of Congressional Proceedings.
Senate, Jan. 4th. Among the bills intro
duced waa one to enable honorably discharged
soldiers and sailors, their widoire and orphans
and children to acquire homesteads on the
public lands of the United States. The bill
was psraed amendatory of the funding set of
the last session, authorizing an increase of
the issue of fire per eent. bonds from $200,
000,000 to (500,000,000, and nuking the inter
est on the same payable quarterly. -Sumner's
resolution calling for information on San Do
mineo matters was sdonted without obiectkm.
Some discussion was had on the bill for the
I relief of OoniiiMwuign from importunity in
I regard to ofhcisj appointments, cut it went
over without a vote.-Af ter some farther bum
neas of seooDduy important) the bente aa-
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JO?t . v..-,,. ... . .
extend the benefits of the homestead policy to
disabled soldiers and sailors, and to widows
and orphans and dependent relations of those
who died in the service of their conn try.
Wood offered a resolution calling " upon the
President for all correspondence, papers, Ac,
! relating to San Domingo. This created some
i discussion, pending which thoHouse adjourned.
A CLERGYMAN OF THE PERIOD.
How the Remains of an Old Actor were
Treated in Madison Avenue, New York
Conscientious Scruples About His Funeral.
From the New York Evening Telegram.
A few days since the mortal remains
of the old and well-known actor.
George Holland, passed through that j
gloomy portal which is one day -to open
tit us alL Mr. Holland was known by
the prolesaion to which he added no
mean lustre, and by those .with whom
he came in contact outside, as a mild
and unobtrusive Christian gentleman.
During the long and laborious life in
whioh he followed the theatrical pro
fession, no single act can be remem
bered by the many with whom he had
become acquainted as calling lor a I
blush of shame or dishonor. All knew
him as the same affable, kind Chris
tian, It is true that Mr. Holland
walked the stage boards for a livelihood;
but hare yet to learn whether, by
supplying the highest sources of Intef
lectual enjoyment to his fellows, he had
forfeited their admiration and respect
as a believer in the same religion and
a humble follower in the footsteps of
onr great common Master. More than
that, we have yet to learn whether it be
not far below the dignity of the man
i r i i Tu-
u proiesses w ne iaiuiiui minis-1
ter of Christ-nay, whether it be not
even criminal of him-to put forth as
an excuse why the last ceremonies o
should not be peformed over !
fho ntrl wnii.-o-!
ttiuS.i v,. i,
Ua k . iU. ti,
tious scruples of a congregation must be
respected and their fedings not out-1
raged by the introduction into
church of their deceased brother.
yet it appears that in these days of
civilization and refinement a clergyman
is found so true a follower of the all-
merciful Redeemer and a congregation
such true believers m the great doc-
lilllica Ul VJiaiiiv nun iiidwv tiiiiuii 117 :
..,i,f !,. a, Jn,a -I, i, i
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of God against tb j remains of one who,
by the testimony of all who knew him,
was a devoted adnerent of that church i
and a faithful observer of its laws and
ceremonies, lee, when ueorge llol-
utuu uau pinyeu wo waa aca m i
the drama Of lime, and the CUr-
tain fell, and those who had
been his audience for the four score
years which he labored hard for their
pleasure the best and most innocent,
we repeat, of all pleasures when it was
all over, and the real life began, then,
and then only, was the voice of the
minister of religion (!) raised against
him, and then, and then only, was the
door of God's house shut against him.
Through life, when he was a living, ac
tive member of the congregation there
was no objection to him, but when he
was gone and the congregation or
church could benefit no more by his
presence, then he' ceased to be a
member, even in that holy com
munion which Christ himself !
teaches us exists between the
living on earth and the
blessed in heaven. When the old actor
had died, his friends, who were actors,
too, by the by, thought it only fit that
hia body should be taken to the church
member; and these actors, who for the
fx.ture have grave reason to doubt
whether they themselves shall receive
the rights of Christian burial when they
die those benighted men, who are un
fit to have a place in God's house,
which God tells us is open to all who
shall enter, and that He is in waiting
to receive ns all these - men set about
procuring for their deceased brother
those last rites to which we all look for
ward, with veneration and awe that
mysterious introduction into another
and a better life than this, " where
blindness shall be no more and wayside
begging no more, and where we shall
see the Lord in His true glory through
all the days that the Lord shall be."
Two of the sorrowing mendroi Mr.
George Holland waited on the Rev. Dr.
Sabines whose church is situated at the
corner of Twenty-eighth street and
Madison avenue, to make arrangements
for having his funeral service read at
that church. The gentlemen who wait
ed on the reverend doctor regarding
this charitable and, in the opinion of
the latter, very unsactorly work, were
Mr. Joseph Jefferson, of Booth's thea
tre, and Mr. Edward Holland, the son
of the deceased. When these gentle
men stated that they had come on this
errand he at once politely . informed
them " that really his congregation bad
conscientious scruples aboat having the
funeral service performed in the church,
as Mr. Holland had belonged to the
theatrical profession; but, however,
there waa a church round the corner
where they usually did these things,
and where he was sure, from the prac
tice of the minister, that no conscien
tious scruples, either on his part or on
the part of the congregation, would
interfere with the -performance of the
Having received this polite answer,
the gentlemen quietly withdrew, and
another clergyman was found to intro
duce to God his old and faithful ser
vant We wonder if any of the Rev.
Dr. Sabine's congregation ever went to
see Mr. Holland play. We are anxious
to know, if they ever djd, how iarjtheir
scruples interfered with
them on these occasions. We wonder
whether the delicate conscience of the
reverend gentleman was at all affected
when actors subscribed to his church.
It is curious with .what facility these
"conscientious scruples" can at times
be dispensed with, and we very much
question whether, in that allusion to
the "church round the corner," an im
partial observer would not say that, to
1 l-lll. t 1 XI J
speaK a iiiue proiaueiy, me revereuu
doctor was not inclined to "blind the
devil in the dark."
Hostility of the French Peasantry.
The North German Gazette, referring
to the reconnoitering expeditions sent
out by Prince Frederick Charles, says :
"These were mostly attended with
great difficulties. The cavalary were
fired at from every farm and every
distant point Solitary agricultural la
borers at their approach threw ' away
the spade, seized a gun lying beside
them on the ground and fired; every
house became a petty fortress, every
blouse a Franc-Tireur. Such persons
are daily brought in to the general
commandos, to whom the decision in
such cases is intrusted, and many of
them are accompanied by priests, part
ly as instigators and partly as actors.
Everybody taken with a gun in hia
hand, in accordance with a notice , pla
carded at the town or village corners on
entering any district, is condemned to
death. Only by Draconic
can this treacherous way of carrying on
war be repressed. The towns of Sens
snd Nemours have been severely pun
ished. In the former postal and tele
graph officials were disarmed by the in
habitants and led away prisoners; in
the latter forty-seven Uhlans were sur
prised. The isolated officer who is
sent out to get information or reconnoi
tre ia exposed to the greatest danger,";
LATE NEWS BY TELEGRAPH.
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" . a m?e,t,n? of .
m?OTa ?( Pns was he'd; t0
?,ens?r! the fIlt fo' lts "rtw
rehgion ,f' bn ?ro fallnre- wpor
ea that the 1'alace Malmaison waa set
Lojtdox, Jan. 2. Mezieres has been
occupied by the Germans. The French
have evacuated other advanced posts
northeast oi i'ans. fort Avron
other forts around Paris are silent.
A Prussian division repulsed a su-
perior French force in the rear of Ven-
dome, capturing some guns. In the
engagement near Arras, 175 French in
fantry were taken prisoners.
BoBOEAtrx, Jan. 2. Minister Oam
betta in his address, yesterday, at the
Prefecture, said the Government was
bound to defend the country, but it was
mortal, and we must not confound the
republio with persons who had been
forced by events to assume power.
These men, when the invasion had been
repelled, would resign and submit their
actions to the judgment of the nation.
The largest liberty would be accorded
to expression of opinion. - All speech
must be free aa thought but language
endangering actions hostile to the Gov
ernment would be repressed with en-
aoxdo!, Jan. 2.
The evacuation of
the Pteau before Avron by the French,
causes much depression. .
vronbvthe French .
on fire by the guns mounted at Valer-
ier and totally destroyed.
Bokdeacjc, Jan. 2.-The weather is
f ?3 troops suffer
torn Ml vj- Monr I Tnoaion on1 t vAnsK
terribly. Many Prussian and French
Buiiuuns iine iruaen iaiutoiu. Accounts
from the invaded districts show that
the most inhuman atrocities are com
mitted by many without provocation.
Besalcon, Jan. 1. The enemy evac
uated the town oi (.tray alter a severe
combat with the Franc-tircurs under
, T n.. . ,
Col. Borras. The Prussian losses were
hoa' our3 8mtllL
rJme, Jan. 1. King Victor Emman-
nei left Rome to-day, amid enthusiastic
demonstrations. Before his departure
ne ma(je a -donation of fifty thousand
tmni for rharitable nnrrxwH snd rug
ged the municipality to devote to aimi
lar objects sums intended to defray the
expenses of the festivities qn the occa
sion of his visit
THE DEATH OF MARSHAL PRIM.
Madrid, Deo. 3L The death of
Marshal Prim has intensified the ex
citement in this city. The Marshal re
turned consciousness to the last, and,
when made aware of the rapid approach
of death, bade adieu to hia friends,
and, it is said, expressed much anxiety
for the safety of the King. Great ap
prehensions of an outbreak of the con
spirators exists ; but the government is
making efforts to allay the excitement
French Infernal Machines.
wuuid ecem tu uu of bo terrible a char--wmscienttous
cter that ti,e dreaded Greek fire must
The Pall Mall Gazette says :
In the recent great sortie made by
the French from Paris, Gen. Ducrot
brought ijito nctiori o" ftf t',", nw
engines oi destruction, to the invention
of which the present war has g'.ven so
great an impetus. This in an armor
plated locomotive, furnishtd with two
powerful mitrailleurs, also protected by
armor, and originally intended for the
railway bridge at Pont du Jour,
whence it was to throw bullets on to
the heights of Meudon. This
novel machine, which weighs j
altogether some six tons, has
been manufactured at Cail's, the
well known mechanical engineer of
Paris, to whose establishment the city
is so much indebted for the extraordi
nary efforts that have been made to
supply it with cannon and other means
of defense. The Prussian invasion has
certainly contributed a great deal to
develop the inventive talent of France;
far hardly a day passes without some
new implement of destruction being
submitted to the Government of
National Defence. Under the spur
of frequent defeat they have
produced the Marekderberg mitraillenr,
firing two hundred and fifty balls a
minute, and the Montiguy, firing four
hundred and eighty, as well as the
Durant steam mitrailleur, which dis
charges no less than four thousand five
hundred in the same space of time, and
the "Faucheuse," or mower, which is
said to operate without noise, smoke or
fire, to have a range of from five hun
dred to six hundred yards, and to cost
only thirty-five francs, with all the
necessary apparatus for firing three
hundred thousand projectiles; so that,
if every bullet really had its billet,
the French by employing this weapon
might rid themselves of the whole
of their enemies for something
less than one hundred francs. In ad
dition to the above, many novel de
scriptions of shells have also been pro
posed, if not actually tried, among
which are the Gaudin fire-bonb, the
improved Menestrol shell, bombs emit
ting suffocating vapors, and so on.
But a recent number of the Gauloia
gives an account of a new projectile far
surpassing anything yet heard of for
rTfvf- whiph. indeed.
have been child's play compared with
it It is a rocket, costing little to
manufacture and easy to fire, and is
said to have a range of three or four
miles. Experiments with it, conducted
by a Commission consisting of
engineer and artillery officers
and professors of the Conservatoire des j
Arts et Metiers, have given, we are
told, the most satisfactory results so
far as the destructive properties of the
new projectile are concerned, lnnng
one of the trials a rocxet was urea
against a large iron tank filled with wa
ter, causing the liquid to boil over and
run along the ground in a sheet of
flame. A violent detonation rent the
air, the tank and its supports were
thrown skywards and descended again,
broken into small fragments. Luckily
for the Prussians, and perhaps for the
French, too, the commission were so
overcome, ao the Gaulois says, by the
results of this experiment that they
hesitate to recommend the adoption of
such a terrible weapon for fear of
placing France without the ban of civ
Last Saturday afternoon, at Browns
town, Jefferson county, Kentucky, some
men and boys filled a hollow anvil with
powder and'placed another anvil upon
i it, that the explosion might be loud.
! When the explosion occurred, one piece
! stf Vt A Anvil a t v-n . V a vtomvx in (nil liroaat
; v.: ii:,. v; ;nQf,Hv A rww in thfl
party was slightly injured at the same
The Mutual Life Insurance Co., of
Chicago, is the oldest Life Insurance
Company in Illinois,
none in the Union. -
and second to
BSTPbusstno's White Wine Vinegar
is a most superb article for table use. Ask
for it. Warranted pure.
Summary of Late News.
Nicholas Re.vnedt died at Cincin
nati, Tuesday, from falling through a
TeB loss bv the bTirnincf f tha
Rutherford Park HoteL New Xmf-r nn
Saturday, is 1110,000.
Tbs sales of real estate in Chicigo
for the past year aggregate $37,559,435,
4 in Jtq 1 !' i : tan- .
against 10,478,163 in 1865.
Ir ia believed that the schooner Eliz
abeth, from New York to Portland,
foundered at sea, and all hands lost.
A rati occurred at Quincy, Illinois,
Tuesday morning, destroying property
wortn f zu,wu; insurance about (7,000.
n - I r Tt tt
well known stock breeder and importer, i
night Loss $100,000.
Fred Bkmfler, a dairyman, was so
nearly frozen on Christmas, while mak
ing his rounds in Cincinnati, that he ia
in a pi ecirious condition.
The total loss by the fire at Totigh-
keepsje. N- Monday night, is esti-
mat f on which there
actual insurance of $46,500.
The old court-house in Chicago was
damaged by fire on Saturday night to
the extent of $5,000. The fire caught
in the room of the county treasurer.
Ik Superior City. Wis., on Sunday
last the store and warehouse occupied
by R. G. Cob urn, and several other
buildings, were burned to the ground.
Loss $30,000 ; partially insured.
Tax Central Pacific Railroad robbers,
tried at Washoe City, were sentenced
to the State Prison as follows: Chap
man, 13 years; Parsons, 20; Coickerell,
22; Squires, 23 years and six months.
Skveitt buildings in the centre of
Mifflin, Pa., including stores, dwellings
and stables, were burned on Saturday
night, causing a loss which is estimated
at from $150,000 to $200,000. The Odd
Fellows' HaU, the Democrat a id Ga
zette office, the Arion Hotel, Sulaff A
Seller's, Tilton 4 Offender's, and Hoff
man's stores, and J. C Holtbaugh's
restaurant, 'were destroyed, together
with the dwellings of the following
persons : J. Stilling, T. Hamilton, Mrs.
Reese, W. Egaff, E. L Doty, S. Parker,
N.Goshen, AG.Bonsall, J. Stambaugh,
John WrightCMcClellan, Mrs. Oswalt,
Wm. Wise, John Dietrich, Robert Galla
her, James Robison, Mrs.Dolan, Messrs.
Hoffman, Cramp .and Hazard, together
with six or eight frame buildings of Geo.
Jacobs, occupied as offices and shops.
Twenty-five or thirty stables were also
destroyed. The amount of insurance
The cold in France is said to be in
tense, and the soldiers suffer greatly.
The conference on the Eastern ques
tion will be held in London on Janu
Austria, Prussia and England have
offered an asylum to the Pope. He will
probably accept Malta.
The weather in Soothara France ia
tasonuery cold, and greatly interferes
with military operations.
The Italian Chamber of Deputies
voted to remove the Capitol to Borne,
within the next six months, by 192
yeas to 13 nays.
Advices from Valparaiso to Decem
ber 2d state that a severe earthquake
occurred at Santiago and elsewhere.
bot damage done was slight
A dispatch from Lusa announces that
the Alps were pierced through on the
25th, and that the workmen from both
ends of the Mount Cenia tunnel joined
in congratulations upon the completion
of the great work.
A flung column of Gen. Manteuffel's
army encountered and defeated three
battalions or Gardes Mobiles at Fou
quet with 'small loss, taking ten officers
and two hundred and fifty men prison
ers. Gex. MAirrECFPsj. reports that on
Saturday five battalions left BouenJ
They encountered a French brigade and
drove them mto the castle of Robert le
Diable, which was subsequently storm
ed by the Prussians. The French loss
was one hundred in killed and prison
A dispatch from Besanoon reports
that another unsuccessful assault has
been made by the Germans on the for
tifications of Belfort, in which the be
siegers lost one thousand four hundred
in killed and wounded.
Kisa Victob Emaxcei entered Borne
on the 31st ult His reception was the
most enthusiastic. The King appeared
on balcony of the Quirinal Palace
and was cheered by an immense assem
' Marshal Prim died in Madrid on the
night of the 30th ult, from the wounds
of the assassins inflicted the day be
fore. His death caused a profound
sensation in Spain.
Anecdote of King William.
A Brunswick paper gives an anecdote
illustrating the King of Prussia's kind-
hsartnrlnnM A Boldic '-ma Btargard,
in Mecklenburg, is on th) outpost be
fore Paris. Here he i 03 ved a letter
from home, and, as he had been a long
time without news, he could not re
frain from opening it immediately. In
reading it he became so absorbed that
be had no eye or ear for what passed
around him. buddenly he heard a
noise, looked up and perceived the
King and Crown Prince, with their
retinue. Startled, he let the let-
ter fall, and gave the customary
salute. The King, remarking his
confusion, stepped up
riendly way and aeked
to him in a friendly way
".Well, a letter from your sweetheart ?"
'No, your Majesty, from my father,"
he replied. " May I read the letter, or
are there secrets in it?" asked the
King. The soldier handed the letter to
the King, who returned to his suit and
read aloud aa follows : " In a fortnight
your sister's wedding comes off ; we
shall all greatly miss you on that day.
but your old mother is most of all
vexed at not seeing you here. It does
not matter, however, only go to the
French in earnest, so that the insatia
ble mouth of those fellows may be
ery soon stopped." The King returned
the letter and rode on. No long time
elapsed before the soldier was relieved
from his post He received fourteen
days' furlough, and was able, at the
King's expense, to make a journey to
Mecklenburg and attend the wedding.
The dead body of a man named
Thomas Kennedy was found Tuesday
morning near No. 91 North Wells
street Chicago, with every e7idence
' that he had been murdered.
i BL The Bev. Isaao Aikin, Pastor of
the Beaver 8L Uetbodist Church, Alleghany,
Pa. states that he has been permanently cured
of Dyspepsia, after 15 yrs uffering, by the
use of Coe's Dyspepsia Cure. This ia but ene
of a thousand who We the same experience
FARM, GARDEN AND HOUSEHOLD.
Tsb breadth of winter wheat sown ia
Ohio Is large, and the wheat is in ex
oellent condition. - - - .
A colont of Minnesota farmers have
recently settled on farms sear Madison,
Ga., and will go into the business of
raising sheep and wrr-growing. - - -
Protection or thb Water. Prpzi
Dr. Schwarz, of Breslau, gives a sim
ple method whereby w&ter may be run
through lead pipes without becoming
poisoned. .The pipes are filled with
warm, concentrated solution of sulphide
of potassium or sodium, and left for
about fifteen minutes-. when an inaolu
bio sulphide of lead will be formed
within, and line the pipe. The hint
may be worth something.
Bifk Fbctt ix Sittinq Boohs Wa
should be chary of keeping ripe fmit in
our sitting rooms, and especially be
ware of laying it about a sick chamber
for any length of time. The complaint
which some people make of a faint sen
sation in the presence of fruit, is not
fanciful ; they may be really affected by
it, for two continental chemists have
shown that from the moment of pluck
ing, apples, cherries, currants and oth--er
fruits, are subject to incessant trans
formation. At first they absorb oxygen,
thus robbing the surrounding air of its
vital element ; they then evolve carbon
ic avoid, and this in far greater volame
than the purer gas absorbed, so that ws
have poison given ns, in the place of
wita compound, interest-,.
Care of Young Fruit Trees.
Young fruit trees for the first two or
three years after transplanting should,
before hard winter sets in, be protected '
against any undue quantity ' of water,
especially in low situations. This can
be best done by making a small hillock
of dirt around the stems sufficiently to
throw off the water and not let it settle
about the roots. We have known
young trees to be killed by constant
immersion in water through most of the
winter, and have frequently known
them to be stnnted, from which many
of them never entirely recovered. On
the other hand, in summer these trees
should have the soil slightly bowled out
around them, in order that they may
have a more abundant supply of water
than they would otherwise obtain. If
we expect to be successful in fruit-raising
we must adopt all the means attain
able to insure it Oermanlotrn Telegraph.
Many horsea have tne very unpleas
ant habit of striking the toes of the
hind shoes, against the fore shoes. -r
Most horsemen will agree that it is a
fault belonging to some of the beat as
well as the worst It more frequently
occurs with young horses, and they of
ten click on the turf or soft ground, and
not on th road. It arises from the too
great activity or length of stride of the
hind legs; the fore feet are unable to
get out of the way in time; therefore,
anything which detains them, such as a -soft
or heavy soil, must assist the prac
tice. The main point -to be remedied
is the intolerable noise, from whence
the evil derives its name, and
this is often effected by mak
ing the hind shoes square at
the toe, and leaving the toe of the crust -somewhat
projecting over the shoe, by
which plan the crust receives the blow, .
instead of the shoe, and docs not make
any noise. It sometimes happens that,
from the repetition of these blows, the
crust is worn so thin at the toe aa to
produce or threaten lameness, in which
ease, the plan of shoeing mentioned .
must be desisted from, and we must
put up wiih the noise to avoid . the
greater eviL When a square-toed shoe
fails in preventing clicking, it will
sometimes happen that a shoe pointed -at
the toe will succeed, which no doubt .
arises from the circumstance of the
shoe, having so small a surface to come
in contact it may therefore fail to '
strike the fore shoe, but may go with
in, or by side of it
In fattening sheep in winter in our
severe climate, our profits are derived
principally from the price that fat sheep
usually bring in the spring, and not
from the mere increase in the weight of .
the sheep. For instance, last Deoem-
K..- .,n k.t nll Udnnl fn A
cts. per lt. were worth 8 eta. per lb. in
ApriX if moderately fat, and 9 eta. if
extra fat. A sheep that gains 20 pounds
during the five winter months may be
considered as doing welL . But this
would not pay for the food consumed if
we had to depend merely on the in
crease of weight of the sheen. We
should, at 8 cts. per 3. get only $1.60
for five month's feeding. But if we buy
hundred pound sheep for 4 eta. per lb.
and it gains 20 pounds, and then sells
at 8 eta. per lb., it would bring $9.60
and we get $5.60 for feeding, etc This
will pay as well in our opinion as any
ordinary branch of farming ought to pay.
ine real pnint in xananing aneep in
winter is to have the sheep nearly fat
before winter sets in. It will not do to
attempt to fatten the "worst lambs."
If we attempt to fatten lambs at all,
they must be of the very best q'lality,
and should have extra food during tne
summer and autumn.
We would advise the following course;
Select good, common, long wooled
ewes. Then get a thoroughbred Cots- ,
wold ram. We should prefer one that
manifests a tendency to early maturity,
rather than to extra size. . Have the
lambs come in April or the first of May.
While in lamb, keep the ewes in good,
healthy condition; not too fat
and certainly not too thin.
After they have lambed, feed
liberally, so that the ewes will have
abundance of milk. This is very
important point If the grass is not
ready, give good clover hay and bran
with roots and a little grain. We find
bran excellent food for suckling ewes,
either with or without roots. When
turned out to grass, we would continue
to supply them with what clover hay '
and bran they would eat also a little
grain, say from half a pint to a pint
per day for each sheep. This will give
the lambs a good start, which is half
the race. Let them have good pasture
during the summer and falL If the
pasture is not first-class, feed a little
oil-cake or bran and grain.
Feed well, during the winter, on good
barley and wheat straw, with a pound
of oil-cake, each, per day, and towards
spring feed clover hay; or, if preferred,
feed clover hay during the whole win
ter instead of straw and oil-cake. The
next summer feed liberally, and by the
first of November the sheep will be in
prime order. Then shut them up and
feed clover hav and oil-cake for about
six weeks, and send the sheep to the
market for Christmas mutton. By this
time the sheep should average 100
pounds each, and would command a
high price. The point we wish to
make is, that in our severe chmnte, we
should aim to fatten our sheep dur
ing the summer. In the hands of ex
perienced feeders, sheep can be fatten
ed during the winter; and those who
can purchase the right kind of sheep .
in the fall at ordinary rates, often make
a good deal of money by fattening them
for market But it is getting more and
more difficult every year to find the
right kind of sheep. And it certainly
wUl not pay to attempt to fatten sheep
that are in poor condition when winter
sett in. All that we should attempt to
do in winter is to finish off the shep,
f. (Via Itntr'liPr and
find a good market. American Agri
Mrs. George W. Chtlds, wife of the
publisher of the Philadelphia Ledger,
ia reputed to be one of the finest Amer-