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BRET HARTE'S POEMS.
Mr. Harte, who to the editor of the Onrkri
Monthly, ha counted Into a Tolnne "his fugitive
P." mm ail eoDectton. which contains
ber of pieces not known, la pabUafced by Field, Oe-
eo-UfeGo. Among the mn to tola report of
BRET HARTE'S POEMS. "WHAT THE ENGINES SAID ON THE COMPLETION OF
THE PACIFIC RALBQADS."
What waa it the engines amid,
Pilots touching bead to head
Fmcing on toe sica-le traok,
Half a world behind eachba?
Thie ia what the engines amid,
Unreported and unread!
With a prefatory sereeoh.
In a florid western speeon.
Said the engine from the West
"I am from Sierra crest ;
And, if altitude a test,
Why, I reckon, W eonfessed
That re done my knei beat."
8aid the engine from the East :
" They who work best talk the feast,
expose yon whistle down your brakns ;
What yonVe done ia no great shakes
Pretty fair but let onr meeting
Be a different kind of greeting.
T Let theea f olka with champagne (raffling,
' Hat their engines, do the pufiHQ.
1 I Vkw A.I li 1 1
Shores of snow and summer beats
- . 4 vtmx ine Indian autumn akies - r t
.i Paint the vooda with weapon dyes,. .
I hare chased the flying sun,
Seeing all he looked upon.
Blessing all that he has blest,
"" "it ' rr nn la iail '.---.'
, AQ hia TlTifying heat,
All his clouds about my arret ; : J f 1
And before my flying foot
Krery shadow mast rotoest." .,,-
Said the Western emrroe. " Phew P ;
And a long, km whistle blew.
,- "Come now. really that's the oddest
Talk for one so ray saodami I
Ton brag of your East. l'e dot
Why, i bring the East to seat . .
All the Orient, all Oathay, . -
FiDdUrrongh me the shortest way,
And the sun yon follow hers
Rises In my hemisphere,
Heally if ooe must be rode
Length, my friend, sint kmgitade."
Said the Union, " Dost reflect, or
111 run over some director. "
Bud the Central, "I'm PKion,
But, when riled, Fm quite teniae. . .
let to-day we will not quarrel, - -
. . Just to abow these folks this moral, '
-' How two engines In their Ttntnrt .
. Onoe hare met without collision."
That Is what the engines said,
Cnreusrted snd unresd ; ' i
Broken slightly through the nose, "
- . With a T-nii le at the ctoea. ,
TURNING A SCREW.
'-- " Bnt yon won't sell him, Tom I"
said Mrs. Torer.
By-the-way, my name is Tozer the
i.vevrend 'lhomas Tozer, SI. A., for
- marly of Cains College, Cambridge, and
now of Stogglesby Rectory, Lincoln-
sture Mrs. Xozer being my wife.
"My dear,".:. I said, "hnmanity is
Humanity, - but incomes are incomes;
and though the former says no, the lat
ter says yes. 1 cannot afford to turn
the paddock into a hospital for decayed
. horses. This lameness decides it ; and
old 1'nnee must go.'. . .
. . "But where shall you sell him!"
" u Well I shall not. sell him at all;
Mr. Tomson will do that for me at
Horncastle Fair to-morrow. I am going
to drive him over. 1 dare say Jrnnce
can hobble that distance. n
"And what do you suppose yon will
get for him !" said Mrs. Tozer.
"Oh, not more than ten pounds, I
"Dear, dear! What a shame it
seems to part with poor old Prince for
ten pounds!" " -
"My love," I said, decisively, in that
tone which always closes a discussion,
"it is not the tea pounds, bnt the cost
of keeping the old horse.- If you like
to do without our having another, well
and good. Stout walking boots suffice
for me in the winter." .-. - - - - -.
But Mrs. Torer seemed to think that
it would be a pity to let cur four
wheeled chaise grow mouldy in the
coach-house; and the consequence was
that the next morning at eleven o'clock
I was driving . my church-warden,
Farmer Tomson, over the half dozen
miles that intervened between Stog
glesby and the world-famed horse fair;
bnt very slowly, : for Prince's limp ia
what horsey people -call " the off fore
leg" was rather marked.
" Perhaps you'd like me to--do the
other bit of business for yon, Master
Tozer f" said my companion.
" WelL no ; thank you, " I said. "If
youll do the selling port, I shall be
obliged. I think Td rather buy for
myself. I dont boast, mind ; but if
there is any thing secular I do know
a little about, I thick it is a horse."1
Farmer Tomson chuckled.
"Well, well," he said; "don't get
took in, for they're a rough, lot down
here at fair-time." . ..
- - " That's precisely why I want you to
sell Prince for me. . I know they would
get him from me, and then there would
' be some difficulty about payment ; and
as a clergyman, I don't want to be
mixed up with any unpleasantness.
.- And besides, you see, the class of men
who go about buying lame horses are
not those with whom I care to have
" All right, parson, all right," said
Tomson ; " only don't blame me if I
dont get enough for him.- I promise
you though, that 111 bring back the
. ready cash. '
" Do your best Tomson, do your best,
and I shall not complain," I said, for I
' had implicit confidence in him, his only
failings being too great a leaning to
ward gin-and-water, and a tendency to
familiarity, as evinced in his addres
ing his pastor as ' Parson. u
We reached the head inn; I brought
out a halter, and Mr. Tomson led off
poor old Prince, the chaise and harness
-being left in - charge of the hostler, a
fresh man. .
As the old horse' was led off he seemed
to give me a mournful look, as though
he would have said, "Do you turn your
back like this upon your old friends i"
-And then he went limping out of .the
yard, whisking his gray tail about in a
- melancholy manner ; and I thought of
the many times those four white stock
ings had gone over the road with our
modest conveyance; never too fast;
never taking fright; never shying; nev
er being inserted, as to the hind stock-
' ins, in fierce kicks through the splash
. board. And I thought that if, for the
five-and thirty pounds I had placed as
; the outside sum, I ctibli get as good a
steed to dwell with us for the next ten
years, I should do welL .
I went into the ooffee-room to await
- Farmer Tomson's return, as.d somehow
-1 rather regretted that 1 had not ealled
in a veterinarr surgeon, and given
Prince a month's rest; but the next
minute I drove away the thought, and
stood at the window, looking out at the
busy turmoil of the little town -during
the horse fair. . .. " . ..
My wife had stipulated for a horse as
much like Prince as I could get ; and as
I stood gazing out, I saw one or, two
.'. goodly looking cobs, with one, two, at d
even three white-stockinged feet, out
not one. like old Prince, with four.
" But I can't study that," I thought
, to myself. ."A good sound . horse is
what I require, -and a - blnck-legged cob
' is likely to be the more durable. V -t
Before I had waded half through the
day bef ore's Times, Farmer Tomson
' was back.' '" ' '
' "Well, how have yon got enr?.-. I
"Oh, just as well as I expected, parT
son; the regular thing for an old horse
pound a leg ; and he dashed four
; sovereigns down upon the tame. . .-.
- l. I was disappointed, for I had expect
ed double, but I did not say so. Tom-
, som saw it, though. ' i ' " ' - .
- "It was its real value, parson; he
'said quietly; "the horse was lame,
- dead lame."' :?. '..!.'''
"Don't say smother word, Tomson,
pray," I sai hastily. - "I am indeed
"You're quite welcome, parson. - I
shall look in on yon in the morning
about that bit of wall in the church
yard, and then you can show me your
new horse purchase."
"But wont you let me drive you
back!" I said.
WHOLE NO. 231.
Ko, no, thanky," he said; "I dare
say 1 shall be late. Good-mominc;
and be on the look-out for sharpers."
farmer lorn son departed; and I
went about the town attending to a few
domestic commissions before venturing
npon the prime business of the day.
At last, though, I had a look round, to
see splendid carriage-horses selling at
from two hundred and fifty to three
hundred guineas a paif and hunters,
park hacks. ladiesV well-broken mares.
sturdy oobs, gigantic cart-horses every
description of the equine race; but
though I wandered about for quite an
hourjtud a half, I could , not see the
sort of cob that took my eye. Invita
tions to buy I had in plenty from cun
ning-looking gentlemen, who could see
what I wad "about; but a word from
anyof these hrsey-loaking gentry was
sufficient to put me on my guard, and
to take me to another part of the fair.
Tired at last of the noise and bustle,
the shouting horse-dealers and the. trot
ting hoofs, I began to wish that, after
all, I had intrusted some one else with
the oommiss'on ; and walking back to
the inn, I had . a gloss of sherry and a
biscuit, sat down for half an hour, and
then went to have one more look round,
intending, if I were unsuccessful in my
search, to hire a horse from the inn to
drive back, and then trust my case to
" Plenty ot norst are bought through
advertisements," I said to myself;
"and old Baldox could examine it;"
Mr. Baldox being the vet who came
round onr neighborhood.
."The very thing I want," I said to
myself the next moment; but, all the
same, I preserved a strict appearance
of want of interest : for just then a
rather red-faced young fellow, in a quiet
groom's livery, passed ma, leading a
very good-looking dark cob, very
plump-looking, full head, short, well
carried tail, four black legs, good dark,
glossy Tjoat, bnt. rather playful looking,
and given to dancing about
1 let the man pass me two or tnree
times as I looked unconcernedly on,
while first one horsey mnn went np, and
then another, wanting to try the horse.
and talking in loud and depreciatory
accents : but the groom was very surly.
and seemed as if he would have none
of them, always walking off a few
yards before he came to another stand.
Horse fori said atsaie, myiaai"
last. r . .. - -
The groom looked at me surlily all
over, his eyes resting long on my white
handkerchief. "Do you want to buy
one?" he said at last.
Well, I dont know," I said, smil
ing; "Out tnat atn i seem u me tne
way to sell him." -
"Oh- dont - it I P'raps it dont,"
said the man. I know what I'm up
"What's the price!'1 I asked, as I
walked round the cob, liking his looks
more and more.
"Now look here, said the groom.
gazing at me as seacrhingas in him lay:
"Do von want to buy him ! Because,
if you do, say so: if yon don't, just
leave me alone, please, . for I've been
humbugged eneugn for one day."
Well, my lad," I said, "you are
not very civil; but I do-want to buy a
C0b." C ; : ; - .1 : i
He looked at me again, and then a
bright thought seemed to flash across
him. "You're a clergyman, ain't
"Yes," I said, smiling. ' 1 1
" Then where s your card !"
, , He smiled triumphantly as he said
this, evidently thinking that he had
posed me ; but I drew out my card-case
and gave him a card Rev. T. Tozer,
Stogglesby Rectory when the man's
face underwent a complete change, and
he touched his hat respectfully.
"Beg pardon, sir; bnt I didnt know
but what you might be a chanter
dressed np iike a parson. Master sent
me here to sell the pony, and told me
to be very careful and not get. done,
and I ve near been cmseied o loi mm
twiste. . Here's these fellows come
round yon with flash notes and duffing
snvrings, and more dodges than you'd
ever think of, and it makes one suspi
cious." " - s -
" Who is yqur master ?" I said.
"Mr. George Smith, of Louth."
. I did not know the gentleman, but the
livery buttons on the groom's coat bore
the well known crest of the Smiths a
fist clenched upon a hammer and I
asked, him a few more questions.
" What is he parting with the cob for !"
was among the rest.
" Missus used to drive him, Sir ; but
we're going to have a broom now and a
sixteeu-hander. " It's a pity though, for
this here's as nice a little thing as ever
stepped. That quiet von may tlo any
manner o' thing with him." .
"Not vmt yonnar. my lad." I said.
knowingly, after a look in thja horse's
No, Sir, he ain t yonng; but he
ain't a old 'oss. Master's only had him
two years. I don't believe he's eight
year, that 1 don't." --. .
I had him waited ; l nad mm trotted ;
I had him tried in harness, and I drove
him myself; and then he was once more
reduced to the halter. - .
"Bather more skittish than I like,"
"Skittish, Sir!" said the groom. "He
aint skittish; but I tell yon what he is,
Sir: he's that fat and lazy, and full of
play, that he's spoiled. Just fancy
yourself, Sir, shet up in a loose box,
, 1 1 , i , :
ana tne hubbub coming ana oiuwing you
out with corn at unreg'lar times till you
blew upon it Wouldn't you be skittish !
Why, see how slow he is: he might do
two mile more an hour if he warat so
fat"- - -- ' '
.. " Well, and now"how about price!"
-. Forty guineas; sir," said the groom
'-'forty-two pounds in gold."
" Which means that five-and-thirty
pounds will buy him, I suppose I" I
said ; for I liked the horse, the man,
and the character of the affair alto
gether The groom looked hard at me for a
few moment; and then his face wrin
kled all over into a simple griiu. "WelL
sir.' master said: - Ask forty pound,
and stick to it, but if yon cant get five-
and thirty, bring him back again."
I looked the cob over and over again,
felt his hocks and fetlocks, and, with
all my manipulation, found him as
quiet as a lamb. "
" WelL my lad," 1 said, after bidding
I nun irurry in vain, ill give you tne
STTyringa," Sir. "
"WelL a check on Garfit'a bank
do I 1 1 said, smiling.
:- '" I dou't know nothing about checks
nor notes, Sir; snvrings forme, please,''
said the lad ; and the purchase was com
pleted by my fetching the gold from the
bank myself, to return finding the groom
just moving off.
" Thought it was all a do, Sir," said
the man, touching his hat and bright-
ening up ; and then, on my remember-
ing him with five shillings, he led my
purchase to the inn, where he was put
. . . , i i Til.
I to, and I drove home, delighted with
1 my bargain, for no horse could have
gone .better. -.. He required a touch or
two with the whip onoe, but, on the
whole, he trotted along most respect
ably, and was as nice-looking a plump
cob as a parson need wish to drive.
Our boy was absent on my return,
and I had to take the new horse out
myself, my wife coining to see him by
lantern light, patting him, and express
ing ner admiration loudly.
Farmer Tomson, being an early man,
was over next morning by the time we
had done breakfast ; and I proudly led
him out to the stable, unfastened the
halter, and brought on the purchase
smilingly, while the old man walked
round it, and round it again ; looked at
its head, its tail ; ran his hand all over
it ; stooped down by its legs one by
one, and tnen looicea at me.
"WelL" I said, "what ought I to
have given for it?"- ... - - .- ,
"Pound a leg!'.' he exclaimed. -"
Pooh 1 nonsense I " I said. ' What
is he worth!" - 1 ; " - -; '
" Pound a leg,' I tell you, manf. Why,
drat it, parson, . you've bought your
own old hoss again!" .
"What !" I exclaimed, laughing. -"Absurd!"
exclaimed Mrs. Tozer,
who just then joined us. " Why,
Prince had four white legs, and he d
follow me about like a dog. And so
will you some day, then a poor fel
To my utter surprise, the horse
walked up to her and put his nose in
ber hand, as I had seen Prince do
scores of times. .
I thought I knew a little about
horses, but I did not The hollows
over poor Prince's eyes, that had been
blown out hollowed out again; his
docked tail grew, and the dye wore off
his four stockings; while the dodge to
re-shoeing him, so as to give a limp in
the near fore-foot, was shown to me by
the old farmer; and I learned how
that, where two legs were lame, they
formed a pair, 'and the lameness was
But, after all, I did not lose thirty
one pounds five; for npon choking
down my disgust, and asking Farmer
Tomson s advice, he said : Turn him
out in the paddock ; the lameness may
go off; bnt dont think of trying law.
Bear the first loss, and don' throw
good money after bad. Til never siay
nowt about it
Neither did I till now ; and ia proof
of my journey not being all loss, the
lameness did go off, and we drove old
Prince till he died suddenly, five years
after the Turning of the Screw. -
Commencing Life Under Extraordinary
From the Cincinnati Chronicle.
We have just been placed in posses
sion of the facts of a case a little out of
the run, which we hasten to give our
readers. , Conductor Drury, of the Pa
cific! express train on the Pan-Handle
Railroad, which left Columbus at 8
o'clock on Friday evening last, when
between Stembenville and Dennison,
was notified that a lady passenger de
sired to speak with him. Upon arriving
at her side he found her evidently in
some trouble nd embarrassment . To
his affirmative response to the query
whether he was a married man,' the lady
stated that she was on her way from
Cincinnati to meet her husband in New
York, .and that a crisis was impend
ing, involving the appearance of an ad
ditional passenger. . This startled the
conductor, of course ; but, with a heart
as big as an elephant, he set to work to
make the lady comfortable. All the
passengers were hastily shuffled into
another car, and such female assistance
as could be procured on the train was
brought into requisition.' In a brief
time the little stranger a fine, bounc
ing girl is the phrase put in an ap
pearance, and the conductor congratu
lated himself on bis happy escape from
a dilemma. With a heart overflowing
with sympathy, he arranged an im
promptu wardrobe lor the very young
lady from his own underclothing. It
was not exactly in tho style of those
" infant outfits " advertised in the New
York papers, yet it served a good pur
pose. . '
. But here the history of the unusual
case does not end. The train left
Steubenville on time, and was soon
thundering through and around the
hills of West Virginia, when the con
ductor received another shock. This
time it was " a fine bouncing boy."
Where would all this end ! The per
spiration started npon the conductor's
brow. Two already one a Buckeye,
and "the pother a-Pan Handler! The
remainder of Drury's linen of course
went to- start the 'little fellow on his
journey r tnrougn a tne world, and
arrangements were '. abont - being
made . with some - of . the passen
gers - for a further - supply, when
the pleasant announcement reachad
him that " the mother felt very welL
considering." The engineer was then
rung " to put on steam, and in due
, , !
course oi time . tna train
Plt.te wS, d th6 Ild VT0
unticketed passengers were tenderly
conveyed to comfortable quarters at
IT;t n TTntl whoii a
gram was forwarded to her husband, in
New York. The latter history we are
unable to telL but it may be imagined
that the husband was lifted out of his
boots at .the announcement, and hur-
ried to the side of his greatly increased
A Scene no ton the Bills.
While one of the closing scenes of
the opera of "The Huguenots" was
enacting at the Boston Theatre the
other night and while the mournful
trio, in . which Valentin, Raoul and
Marcel take part, was sung, a cat ap
peared and ran across in front of the
stage.- This so frightened a lady in
one of the private boxes that she dron-!
nf rm of t.hA mmhera of tlia orchestra.
who was in turn equally astonished and
confused, but happily not injured.
Thi s unlocked for incident turned the
on the stage to anything except
what Meyerbeer intended, and the au-
laughed heartily, the wounded
and dviiiD-Marcol irriiiinir in the demon-
stration. Poor Grimalkin disappeared
in. the orchestra. .
Two families in the State of Massa-
ohusetts were aftected by trichina? dur-;
i ing the nast year, one at Lowell and
orte at Farmingham, In both instances
the disease was caused by eating pork
that was either raw or imperfectly
cooked. The State Board -of Health,;
having exammea tne matter,
1 11 . , 1. 1 . - 11 1
men tna puik, auu rop3vimij lean
i i .1 VI rt..T A v.f : 4
eaten. " 3 - -
. , , .
He were worse than a brute who
should chain a little child in some nor-
i row and dark and fetid cell, and leave
it to grow there in solitude, ignorance,
and want And what is he who binds
j the free spirit of a child to the whims
' of bis own world-worn heart, supplants
its freedom by the demands of societr
, . i . . i a .
. and makes it into a starved and art i tin-
uu man !
Summary of Late News.
Tub thermometer Sunday morning
stood 12 degrees below zero at Spring-!
ineid, mass. '
Thb report is reiterated that Secre
retary Fish will retire about the 1st of
March and be succeeded by Senator
Form vessels, of which three are
steamers, are now loading at New York
with provisions for France. They will
take out nearly 10,000 bbls. each of
pork and flour.
Thb German jubilee in Cincinnati on
Saturday night, over the recent victor
ies of their countrymen in France, was
a grand affair. The German quarter of
the city was illuminated, and thou
sands gathered along the line of the
procession. - .
. Thomas Wilson and John Gilligan,
importers of New York, have been held
in $10,000 bail each, their books and
paper seized, and their store taken pos
session of by Treasury agents, for
smmrelimr large auantitiesof dry goods.
Four thousand dollars' worth, ' which
were mostly silks and laces, were seized
with the store. Xhe purser and a steve
dore of the steamer Europe were also
committed in default of f 10,000 bail
for complicity in the same transaction.
Axothkb terrible accident is reported
on the Jackson Railroad, Mississippi,
two sleeping-cars of the northern bound
train having been thrown from the
track and badly smashed. A large
number of passengers are reported to
have been injured, many seriously. The
railroad company seem to have smoth
ered effectually the particulars of this
" Geo. Stout, son of the founder of
Stoutstadt, in Gibson county, Indiana,
stabbed his wife, a prostitute, Saturday
evening, in a house of ill-fame, in
Evansville, whither she went away trom
him. After stabbing her, he stabbed
himself, the wounds penetrating to the
lungs in both cases. She is very low.
and Stout, who is now in jail, is but
- Nettie Brown, a yonng woman for
merly from Portsmouth, in Evansville
county, Ohio, shot her paramour, Jeff
Gilman, a river engineer, Sunday
morning. Gilman says it was done
while he was asleep, and the girl scys
it was while he was in the act of strik
ing her with a hatchet
Murphy, one of the watchmen of the
Kensington Bank, has been suspended
on account of disobeying orders. The
reason the neighbors were not alarmed
by the hammering of the burglars is
thus explained: One watchman Is a
shoemaker, and has been accustomed
to bring in his bench and work at
night; when the people heard the ham
mering they thought it was him ham
mering on the lap-stone. Had not Mr.
Murphy disobeyed orders in the first
place the robbery would not have been
committed, lie was notified not to ad
mit ny one after closing the doors.
A i.abos fire occurred in Coburg,
Canada, Friday night, originating in
the store occupied by Sutherland &
Co., King street, and spreading west
ward to the telegraph and express of
fices, and eastward to McCullom 4 Son's
dry goods store, and Jeffrey & Co's
hardware store, and the Merchants'
Bank of Toronto. The whole block
was destroyed. The losses are as fol
lows: McCullom A Co., 160,000; in
surance 120,000; Sutherland A Co.,
$35,000; insurance $3,000; Jeffrey A
Co., $28,000 v insurance not known.
The Bank of Toronto saved all of its
valuables and papers. Jeffrey A Co.
saved about half of their goods in the
warehouse, but the contents of their re
tail department were lost The con
tents of the Montreal Telegraph Com
pany and the Express Company's office
were saved. McCullom owned three
stores, and Jeffrey owned three and the
bank building. The total loss will
probably be $150,000.
Peteb Moban, Wm. Brown, Jas. Clark
and Thomas Riley, the fishermen re
ported lost by the breaking away of the
ice on Havershaw Bay, at Poughkeep
sie, N.Y., Saturday afternoon, were res
cued at midnight Their hands, noses,
ears and feet were frozen. They are
now with their families, and it is
thought that with careful nursing they
will recover. About 170 persons were
caught on the ice when it started. Many
i'umped into the river and swam ashore.
Co lives were lost
The Adelphia Theatre, Boston, of
which John Stetson was lessee, bnt
which was recently occupied by John
Hall's burlesque company, was totally
burned early Sunday morning, together
with the greater part of the wardrobe
belonging to the ladies and gentlemen
who appeared in the performance Sat
urday evening. - The fire broke out
about midnight and is supposed to
have originated in the work room in the
cii. v.. tv, k.ii;
was owned by Frank Andrews. Total
, estimati t ,.50,000; insured for
.. . rp-i
kept by William D. Park, was damaged
to the amount of $2,000 by fire and wa-
decided in favor of the following can
scene ; didates for the National Assembly :
! Victor Hugo, Garibaldi, Quinet, Gam
dience betta, Soisot and Doran.
Tub Cuban insurgents were attacked
i in their stronghold at Najasa, between
Puerto Principe and Santa Cruz. Fifty
insurgents were killed, and many fami
lies token. Jesus Del SoL the famous
chief of Cinco illas, has surrendered.
Thos. Wk. Robertson, a distinguish
ed dramatist and author of Society,
Caste, and many other comedies, died
suddenly in London on the 4th, aged
Among the candidates nominated to
the French Assembly by the Moderate
party are Thiers, Changarmer and
I Emile Keller.
- At a preliminary electoral meeting
which had been held in Paris, it was
j At one of his lectures, George Fran
somewhere ' cis train shouted, "Now, then, anybody
1 can ask me questions ! " And a crazy
I Nancy got up and said, " Mr. Train, I
would like to know what majces a pot
' leg always burn in two in the middle?"
! The great American traveler was non-
ail traveler wao uuu-
He was not familiar with the
The Maine Farmer was established
' in 1 QO.O.
In commencing its 38th year
in ui . uuv
tV,A tfu3iftf innrnnriftfjilT vinH-iutrji than
1 and now. Then there were but six ag -
ricultural papers in the United States,
and but throe or four Agricultural So -
cieties. Then there was not a thresh -
mg machine, mower, reaper,
machine, mower, reaper, horse-
rake, tedder, grain-drilL broadcast-sower
in the country.
The influx of the French into Switz
erland still continues, and is likely to
cease only when there is an end of the
BY BERT HARTE,
- Coward of heroic size,
In whose lacy muscles lies
Strength we fear and yet despise ;
Savage whose relentless tasks
Are content with acorn husks ;
Robbeg whose exploits ne'er soared
Ow the been or aqnlrrel'a board ;
Whiskered chin and feeble nose,
( laws of steel on baby toes
Here, In solitude and ahade.
Shambling, ahnffling pUntigvade, ;
Be thy courses undismayed 1
Hers, where Nature makes thy bed,
Let thy rude, half-human tread.
Point to hidden Indian Springs,
Lost in ferns and fragrant grasaes,
Horered o'er by timid wings,
Where the wood-duck lightly passes.
Where the wild bee holds her sweets -Eptonrsan
rouiela, - -Fit
for thee, and better than
Fearful spoils of oangerona man.
In thy fat-owled deviltry
Trlar Tuck eliall bra in thee ;
Thou mayst lery tithe and dole;
Toon ahalt apread the woodland cheer,
Trom the pilgrim taking toQ ;
? ' Match thy cunning with his fear;
- Eat and drink and have thy AH,
Yet remain an outlaw still I
YOUNG AMERICA AT WEST POINT.
A Story of an Engine Nozzle.
The Army and Navy Journal publish
es from the " West Point Scrap-book,"
now in the publisher's hands, the fol
lowing amusing extract :
" Among the wildest men in my class
was Cadet G . His propensities for
deviltry were unparelled, as was also
his good luck in never getting caught
in any scrape. At the same time he
was very studious ; always in the ' first
section 'in everything; and when we
graduated he received a commission in
the Corps of Engineers.
"While we were 'second classmen,'
and nearly crazed with 'azimuths' and
'lunar culminations, ' no wonder that
we should have our 'looney periods,'
and many a night after 'taps' did we
rout out the officer in charge vith our
After puzzling our brains during
study hours in the evening, over our
" phil " lesson, some dozen of us would
casually meet on the porch af the bar
racks after taps, and endeavor calmly
to discuss some knotty question in the
lesson ! but all in vain, for G , backed
by "Dad," and three or four others,
would suddenly send a ten-pin ball
(taken from the bowling alley), bound
ing along the porch among us, at the
same time setting np a tremendous yelL
We could not do less than return the
ball, and the Jesuit would be a regular
"phiL riot," which was only ended by
the sudden Appearance of the officer
in charge. Occasionally for a change he
would fill " old Patrick's " iron buckets
with coaL and then gently roll - them
down the iron stair case, making enough
noise to wake the "seven sleepers."
One night G suggested that we should
all buckle on our sabres, letting them
bang down, and then dividing up into
parties of three or four, go quietly up
to the " cock-loft" of the various di vi-
sions, and come tearing down the iron
staircases, our sabres clanking, and all
yelling at the top of our voices.
" This succeeded beyond our wildest
anticipations, for the party, of which I
was one, had just rounded the staircase
on the second flight in the fourth di
vision, when we ran into and almost!
knocked down Colonel K , who was
making a night inspection.
" We four received our merited snare
of ' de-merit ' and 'extras,' but G ,
the prime mover in the affair, was not
"We never failed to awaken the oni-
cer in charge, and generally we were
successful in not getting 'hived.' I
remember one night in October, 1865,
there was a lunar eclipse about eleven
o'clock, and as we were all heavy' on
lunar eclipses, we were in duty bound
to see the thing come off.
Full . half of my class were out
quietly looking at the moon, when sud
denly from the top and sides of the old
dial stone in the centre of the area,
there appeared one of the finest dis
plays of fireworks I ever witnessed. 1
am of the opinion that I should have
enjoyed it more had it not been for the
frequent explosions, and the dropping
of bell-buttons among us. As usual
on all occasions of ceremony, the offi-
cer in charge pnt in an appearance,
and I did not stay to see the result, but
I learned afterwards that the display
was the combined efforts of G ,
'Dad,' and 'Tip,' who had made use of
some powder cartridges that 'Dad ' had
hived at artillery drill, and had manu
factured some diabolical composition,
using a lot of bell-buttons filled with
powder ior sneiis. it was a
complete success, and - no one
waa caught But all this has
nothing to do with the engine nozzle.
Yes, it has too ; for these little pleas
antries were merely avant courier of.
the affair with the engine nozzle. For
about a month we had been engaged
almost every night in some kind of dev
iltry, and it seemed as though we had
made use of every expedient that it was
possible to devise for the. annoyance of
the officer in charge. It was a critical
moment One night, as nsuaL about
twelve o'clock, we were 'owling' around
in drawers, slippers and dressing gowns,
seriously meditating a night assault on
the cadet officer of the day, when G
suddenly suggested that we should
break into the engine house back of the
guard room, and 'hive ' one of the noz
zles, and then blow the church call in
the sally-port G thought that it
might possibly inspire some of the pro
fessors' families with the idea that the
millennium had come, and that the
angel Gabriel was blowing his last
trump. It wasn't long before we had
picked the lock, and found one of the
nozzles belonging to the fire engine.
We fastened the door again, and pro
ceeded in a body toward the sally port
There was quite a discussion as to who
knew the church call best; G being
a minister's son had the preference.
The nozzle was too heavy for one o
hold and blow at the same time ; so one
of us, I forget who, rested the nozzle
on his shoulder, and Q filled his
lungs and begun.
" Great heavens ! what a solemn
sound ! and such an echo ! It was
simply grand. O tried it again.
It would have filled ' old Bentz ' with
envy, could he have heard those mourn
"On the principle ' that enough was
as good as a feast' and furthermore
..r . -. . ,
! wlL" BU C7B w A"8 "ll 't-V
night we refrained from any further
nfrn, and slowly retired, hiding the
i noszae unaer a pile vi row in one oi me
' "The next morning there was the
tallest kind of a row. The man who
1 had charge of the engine house report-
1 ed to the commandant that the engine
room had been broken into and one of
the nozzles stolen. It was of no use
to ask questions, or to hunt for it No
one kiii ..u tliing about it. We kept
low for two or thret nights, until the
row had blown ever, when we went out,
i and G blew the church-call again
in tho sally port, calmly and deliber
atoly. Once was enough for that night;
we did not dare try it again. Xhe com
mandant the next morning called npon
some of the wildest of the "yearling
class,' and told teem ne suspected they
were at the bottom of it, and that if
ne lound out wno it was that was en
gaged in it, the severest punishment
would be the result ; but they all hon
i, . .. . . . .
esuy and stoutly denied it
it was very natural mat tne com
mandant should have thought the
yearling class had perpetrated the
joke, for generally they are the most
reckless class ; but in this case it was
the dignified (?) second class, and he
never once dreamed that they were
guilty oi such a boyish freak.
" Some few nights after this. G .
with his usual audacity, treated the
residents of the post to another dose of
church call at midnight and cleared
out in time to save himself. This was
too much. ......
" The commandant the next morning
published an. order that if he should
find out who it was that blew that noz
zle into the sally-port, he would turn
him over to the civil authorities in Cold
Spring, and have him tried for house
breaking. We all concluded that the
last (h)air had broken the camel's back,
and that a repetition would certainly
result in capture and disgrace ; so one
night, in the 'we small hours,' two or
three of us suspended the offending
nozzie by a string to the academic
staircase, where next morning it was
found slowly vibrating in the wind,
with a board covered with white cloth
nailed .above it, and the aggravating
words Ki-viyi!!!, printed on it in
large black letters.
"All attempts to find out the perpe
trators proved unavailing, and we have
often had a good laugh over this scratie.
Sawyer, of Wisconsin, has introduced
into the House a bill granting land for
a railroad from Berlin, Wis., to Buy
field, Wis., with a branch.
The House has passed a joint resolu
tion, by vote of 179 yeas to 21 nays,
giving, on behalf of Congress and the
people, to the Fenian prisoners just ar
rived in New York, a cordial welcome to
the capital and the country.
The Senate .bill appropriating $109,
000 for the prosecution of the work on
the St Mary's River, in Michigan has
been concurred in by the House.
The House has passed the bill pro
viding that assistant marshals for the
ninth census, where the pay did not
amount to five dollars per day, be al
lowed increased pay to that amount
The Senate and House have appoint
ed a committee of conference to settle
the despnte between the two houses as
to the power of the Senate under the
Constitution to originate the bill re
pealing the income tax.
The House has passed a bill to extend
the bounty land system to soldiers and
sailors of the late war, and their widows
and orphans. It provides that all hon
orably discharged soldiers and sailors
who served in the late rebellion ninety
days, their widows and orphan child
ren can acquire homesteads on the pub
lic lands of the United States, or, if
discharged on account of wounds re
ceived, or incurred in the line
of duty, their term of enlist
ment shall be deducted from the time
heretofore required to perfect a title.
In case of the death of any person who
would be entitled to a homestead under
the provisions of the first section of the
act his widow, unmarried, or, in case
of her death, or marriage, the minor
orphan children,shall be entitled to all
the benefits enumerated in the act
Provided, that if such person died
during the term of enlistment the
whole term of enlistment shall be de
ducted from the time heretofore re
quired to perfect the title. Every j
private soldier and seaman, marine
and officer who served ninety days and
is now inscribed on the pension rolls
is entitled to the benefits of the act
The Senate has adopted, and the
House concurred in, a joint resolution
commending the suffering of the bel
ligerent nations of Europe to the char
ities of the American people.
Joshua Hill has been admitted to
the Senate as Senator from Georgia.
The House has passed the Senate bill
of April last prescribing the oath of
office to be taken by persons who par
ticipated in the late rebellion, but who
are disqualified from holding office by
the fourteenth amendment The . bill
provides that such persons shall take
the oath prescribed in the act of the
11th of July, 1868, prescribing the oath
of office to be taken by persons from
whom legal disabilities shall have been
The House has recommitted the bill
extending the time for constructing the
railroad from St Croix River or .Lake
to the west end of Lake Superior and
Bayfield, to the Committee on Publie
Lands. This is said to be equivalent
to a rejection. The vote stood, yeas,
102; nays, 84. There seems to be a
general feeling in the House against
any more subsidies to railroads.
Gen. Sherman on Weapons.
General Sherman, at a recent meeting
of a social scienuhe club, in Washing
ton, gave an interesting history of the
art of war and of military weapons.
He asserted that the small arms used
by the United States were superior to
those adopted by other nations, and
pointing ont the defects of the chasse
pot and needle gun, called attention to
the better design and finish of the
Remington rirle, to which he gave a
decided preference. While illustrating
from samples that the American
cartridge is superior to any yet
made, General Sherman said that
the perfection of the cartridge
opens a wide field of investigation to
inventors.- The Remington rifle, he
said, was almost perfect bnt the car-
I trid ge required was still defective. The
chassepot General Sherman regards as
I superior to the needle-gun, but the de-
fects of the latter piece are obviated by
' the German system of educating the
j young men to the use of arms. In
I neavy ordnance, he said, Kropp, with
I his 11-inch steel gun, had approached
nearer perfection than any other man-
j ufacturer, the only objection being the
i cost $30,000, while the American 11-
i inch gun can be procured for $6,500.
A bt;goe8TTVe notice is the following,
j printed in North Carolina papers, and
I headed " To owners of Bloodhounds:"
' "Any parties having a pack of blood-
! hounds which they would be willing to
j dispose of, either permanently or for a
short time, are requested to correspond
!with Sheriff McMillan, of Robeson
I county, at Lumberton, stating the
I terms upon which they can' be either
I purchased or hired for a definite pe
! The following ore ages of several
prominent New York millionaires: Wm.
B. Astor is nearly 78 ; Alexander T.
: Stewart, 66 : Cornelius Vanderbilt, 76;
; Daniel Drew, 71 ; Peter Cooper, 79 ;
Geo. Law, 73.
FARM, GARDEN, AND HOUSEHOLD.
To ctleajc Blaxkets. Put two large
tablespoonsful of borax and a pint
bowl of soft soap into a tub of cold
water. When dissolved, pnt in a pair
of blankets, and let them remain over
night Next day rub and drain them
out wd rinse thoroughly in two.
waters, and hang them to dry. Do
not wring them.
Con. Colmax, of the Rural World,
says none of the root crops save the
turnip thrive well in the latitude of St
Louis ; that all roots, even the potato,
thrive best in1 cooler climate, and that
on account of the dry summers and
comparatively dry springs they can not
raise one-fourth the quantity of roots
that con be growa further north.
Long Wools and Merinos—Feeding
The improved long-wooled sheep will
not pear neglect as well as the unim
proved Mcnno. But will one of Mr.
Hammond's choice, high bred, "im
proved" American Merinos stand neg
lect any better than a Cottswold or a
South-down I Will it do any better on
low, wet land, or on coarse herbage I
Will it thrive any better on a ferment
ing manure heap! Instead of telling
farmers that improved long-wooled
sneep win net bear "herding" that
they cannot be kept in large flocks it
would be better to tell them that they
will not bear neglect starvation, and
general bad treatment, as well as com
mon Merines, This would be true, and
it is of all improved animals, or, for
that matter, of all choice varieties' of
of plants, seeds and fruits.
If Dr. Randall uses the term "herd
ing " in this sense, I quite agree with
him ; but it would be much better to
use some other term, as this one con
veys no distinct idea or if it does, it
is an erroneous one. It confounds
cause and effect Some one will be
telling us by and by that Short-Horns
and Devons will not " herd " as well as
the Texas cattle and there would be
just as much sense and meaning in the
term as there is when it is said that
Cotswolds will not " herd " as well as
On Mr. Lawes' farm at Rothamstead,
the first winter I was there, one hun
dred and twenty Hampshire Down
wether lambs were put "on the
boards," under a thatched shed, about
the first of October, and never taken
out until they were ripe for the butch
er; and to the best of my recollection
the whole lot t about a year old,
averaged twelve stones, or 96 pounds
dresseil weight each. I forget the exact
size of tha shed, but should say it was
about ten feet deep with a feeding
trough in front ; and that the length of
the shed was only a little more than
was necessary to allow each sheep to
stand at the trough and eat Never did
sheep do better.
"Ah, but," I hear the Doctor reply,
"these were Hampshire Downs, and
this breed 'herds' better than the
Cotswolds." But all that need be said
in reply to this is that Mr. Lawes' cel
ebrated experiments on the " fatten
ing qualities of the different breeds of
sheep" were made in similar sheds,
and that the Cotswolds not only re
mained healthy, bnt gained much more
than any other breed.
Can you keep a greater weight of car
cass in one of these sheds with Merino
sheep than with Cotswolds, and will
they stand this kind of " herding " any
better Ask Junan Winnne. He feeds
about a thousand sheep every winter,
long-wools nd Merinos, and keeps
them in very close quarters, and the
long-wools do better than the Merinos
or at any rate, he says he can make
twice as much money in fattening them
as he can from the Merinos. But mark
you, Mr. Winne gives his sheep the
best care and attention, and this'is all
there ia to the question. If they have
the necessary food, given regularly and
so distributed that each sheep can get
its due proportion ; if their apartments
are kept well ventilated, and free from
all fermenting manure; long-wooled
sheep will " herd " just as well or bet
ter than Merinos. Small nocks are de
sirable simply because of the greater
ease of attending to these particulars.
The great secret of success in the
winter fattening and managemsnt of
sheep is to attend to them yourself. A
hired man who will feed at a given hour
every day, and - in the accustomed or
der; who will exercise a little judg
ment as to the amount required feed
ing a little more grain and hay daring
a cold, stormy day, than during a warm
one; who will see that the sheep never
want for water, and that they never
have to drink: water that is reduced al
most to the freezing point by snow and
ice, - but who will, on the contrary,
pump them fresh water three or four
times a day, and always at a fked
hour; a man who knows how to fodder
the sheep in such a way that they are
tempted to eat as much as
they can. possibly digest, without
leaving any to get stale in the racks ; a
man that will litter the sheds and yards
two or three times a day, doing it with
judgment, and never allowing any part
to get dirty, but having at all times a
nice, clean bed for the sheep to lie on;
a man that will do all this, and who has
a quick eye to detect the slightest
symptoms of disease or lameness, want
of appetite, derangement of the stom
ach and bowels, nervous restlessness,
etc. ; a man that can telL from the eyes
and ears and general aspect that a sheep
is not doing welL and who has prompt
ness and energy to separate that sheep
at once from the flock, and give it the
requisite attention ; a man, I say, that
will do this, is a treasure indeed.
never hope to find such a man, ready
made. Possibly by taking a bright,
intelligent boy that is willing to learn,
you can educate him up to it.
This is the real reason why so few of
our breeders of improved stock ever
attain eminent success. They are gen
erally men of wealth who do not attend
personally to their stock. They pay
large prices for the best animals, but
cannot get them properly attended to.
Taking this view of the matter, does it
not seem a pity that intelligent farmers
who take care of their own animals
should waste their time in attending
poor stock ! When we think how diffi
cult it is to hire this kind of care, judg
ment and attention, it would seem that
a farmer could raise much better ani
mals than those breeders who leave
their stock to the care of men not per
sonally interested in them. J. Harris,
in American Agriculturist.
The beautiful hymn, " I would not
live always," was written forty-six years
ago by Rev. Dr. Muhlenberg, rector of
St Luke's Hospital, New York. As
now used, the verses aro but half the
original number. They were written
without a thought' of being used in
public worship, and whon first nrged
upon the general convention of the
churcli, were rejected by a committee,
j one member of which., oddly enough,
was tha unknown nutiior him::el, who
voted against it in consequence of a
I satirical criticism by a brother member.
When a man who is involved .com
mits suicide, and thus pays only "the
debt of nature, " does he make nature
a preferred creditor!
MoNOGSAJfS have broken ont fiercely
in two new places the corners of gen
tlemen's collars and the gauntluts of
ladies' glove. , j. s. . : j t.
A wrssKRAii eortege waa stopped by a
Soliceman in Troy, N. Y., the other
ay, and one of the mourners arrested
for horse stealing. -
"lam going to the postoffice, Bob ;
shall I inquire for you 1 " " WelL yes,
if you have a mind to, but I dont think
you will find me there." -
It is proposed to sell eggs by weight
In such owe, purchasers would still
have the privilege of picking out the
largest eggs from the different lots, but
they would have the additional priv
ilege of paying a little more for them.
A breach of promise suit is to be
tried in Bridgeport, Mas., wherein a
gay young fellow of fifty claims damage
for lacerated feelings by the neglect of
a widow of seventy-four to unite heart
and hand with him for the journey of
life.. . . . .
A Columbus (Ohio) photographer
presented a revolver at the head of a
gentleman who was sitting for his pho
tograph, with the cheering remark;
" My reputation as an artist is at stake.
If yon don't look smiling m blow your
brains out'' 'Ha smiled.-. ... ....
A would-bb school teacher in Ala
bama recently replied to a question of
one of the examiners, " Do you think
the world is round or flat I" by saying
" Well some people think one way and
some another, and I'll teach round or
flat just as the parents please. " .
Decks rs have been issued granting
to the widow of General Prim the title
of Duchess ' Prim ' (to descend to- her
daughter), and of Captain-General of
the Army, and to her son, Don Juan
Primey Aguero, that of Duke (instead!
of Marquis) of the Castillejos, with no
bility of the first order in both eases.
People will do well to remember that
the snow, if left on the grass, acts as a
blanket, and does a great deal toward
keeping it alive over winter. Many
who have ft strip of grass between curb
stone and pavement clear off the snow, -which
allows the grass to winter-kill,
and next summer it will need returflng. '
especially after this open winter. Keep
it covered all you can.
A resident of Taunton, Mass., has
obtained his ice for summer use, for
several winters past, in the following,
manner : " Procuring about fifty emp-,
ty flour barrels, at a cost of twenty
cents each, he gradually pours in water
until each contains a solid, mass of ice.
The barrels are then put awav in his
cellar and entirely covered with saw
dust As ice ia required a barrel is '
tapped. v ..
While a fire was raging the other
day in Milford,' Mass., an Irishman
went into the apothenary store and con
fiscated a bottle of whiskey, as he sup
posed. Carrying it home he placed it
on the table. His two children got
hold of it and drank some of the liquid
and almost instant death was the re
sult When too late it was discovered
that the contents of the bottle was
strychnine. ' -. - " ' '
Last summer a Boston establishment
tanned fiity anaconda skins for boot
leather. The boots are valued at $00 a
pair. The largest of these skins was
forty feet in length, j The tanning
processes are similar to those observed
in the manufacture of alligator leather, '
the product being a very beautiful and
highly finished quality of leather, glotv
sy, mottled, pliable, and from-the ap
pearance of the grain exceedingly dura
ble. . - ; J -!..- ! .- ;
Amoho the South Sea Islanders the
compound word for hope is beautifully
expressive. ' It is manoolnna, or the
swimming thought faith floating and
keeping its head above water, when all
the waves and billows are going over.
A strikingly beautiful definition of
hope, worthy to be set down along with
the answer which a deaf and dumb per
son wrote with his pencl in reply to
the question, What was his idea of for
giveness ! " It is the odor which flow
ers yield when trampled on,"
The wilds of the state of Maine still
supply a large trade in furs and skins,
though it is small to what it formerly
was. Muskrats are the most abundant -of
all the far-bearing animals, and 40, -r
000 are caught every year. Sable skins
of a bright color to the amount of about
1,500, and some 4,000 mink skins, are
sent to market yearly. Moose and deer
are becoming very scarce, but about
200 bears are captured yearly. The
caribou, or reindeer, which had almost
disappeared from the state, havtr- be
come numerous of late. -
The Losdos School Board. The .
London Lancet recently stated that
Miss Garrett who by 47,000 votes was '
elected a member of the Metropolitan 1
School Board, would forfeit her posi
tion by contracting matrimony. - This
statement, however, it appears, is incor
rect as the only disqualification im-
posed by the education act are crime,
bankruptcy, and composition with
creditors. The law of the relations of
husband and wife, it is nevertheless '
cantended, operates as a disqualifica
tion, but in answer to this position, it
is stated, that during the discussions
in Parliament on this subject the elec
tion of the wives ef clergymen to the
school boards was an event contem
plated by the advocates of the law. -Another
reason given to-wit : that Miss
Garrett when she is married will chango
her name, but, on the other hand, it ia
argued, that members of Parliament
have often changed their names without
vacating their seat. The report that :
Miss Garrett on becoming married
would be obliged to vacate her seat ob
tained extensive currency and belief,
and this fact ia cited as a curious illus- -tration
of the aspect in which matri
mony is regarded by the English
The Grave of Daniel Boone.
The grave of the pioneer Daniel
Boone, says a writer from Frankfort,
Ky., is marked by a monument rather
imposing in size, bnt the chief impress
iveness is from design rather than size.
It is a square block or blocks of marble
without profuse ornamentation. There
are four scenes from the grand pioneer's
life, one on each of the four sides. On '
the south side he is represented as be
ing engaged in a death struggle with
Indians. He has his foot upon the
breast of one already slain, and is
making a thrust at another who has .
Lis tomahawk raised to strike. The '
relio vandals have broken off a part of
the arm of one of the Indians, and the -left
hand of Boone. On the west side .
Boone is represented as being in a dense
forest with his rifle by his side, and
siain buck at his feet This picture is
perfect, except that the same unfeeling
brute has broken off Boone's nose and '
taken it away. On the north side the
picture is so defaced by relic-hunters
that it ia hard to tell what it was the t
intention of the designer of the picture
to represent On the other side Boone's
wife, Rebecca, sits at the door of her .
log cabin milking a cow. One of the
cow's horns and part of the milk bucket
have been broken off by wicked sinners
after relics. '
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made on the sea shore, from fresh, se
lected livers, by Caswell, Hazard A
Co., New York. It is absolutely pure
and sweet. Patients who have once
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cians have decided it superior to any of
the other oils in market