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Poetry.
THINGS THAT NEVER DIE.
TJ? '"Tnlw of iwordlr.n pruvor,
-T , ,"m of lov ""t mth ;
TTib loncln? ner tomothlnf loat :
Th .trlvlriiriirtpr hotter Sopen
Then things shall ncvar dio.
Tha timid hand rtr-rrt-d forth te Kid
A brother la hit xirA
That klndl? word In irrlr dark honr,
""! I,r",, the friend Iniloort ;
The plea of mcrrv -oWy brontlwl
' "fn W""' thrrtcn nluh : '
Thf"owof rnnlrilo nuart ''
Tac things b.all ncvor dla.
Tt!?m'n""7 a claiming hind: 1
Theprwnr of i kits,
And sfl the trllto, .we-t mil frail.
- i TnMiBsk np Hre's first hH-;
, " with a firm, miehsnitlni faith.
" nl1""Trntandlii(rh,
vHHH?' h?!l'l.thrM lp hive motif"-thing-(hall
uover die. ,
Tha cruel and the hitter word,
lhat wonnderi a. it fell)
The chillln wast of sympathy
feel, hot nevar toll,
TQ?'l,rd repulse that chills the hart
vt hose hopes are bnnndlng hlirh
In an unfading rernrd kept,
-These things shall never m. "
Let aoth1nt pM't fnr orrrr hand
Mnst find somo work to dn;
Lose not a chance to waken love
lie firm, ami ut. and trne :
' So shall a llfht that cannot fade .
Beam on thiw from on htph, '
And anpel voices say to thee:
Thoi,tlilnge shall never dio.
FORBIDDING THE BANNS.
BY JOHN HOWE.
. I""kbt publish mirriaffehanns
'o'ween these ripe Blickrontli;nans
And my own mouth ; If any know
V.?."' ennae, or reason they ran show,
why they shonlrt not nnlted be,
It them declare It now to me ;
.. Or fcit all fui ure olanior cease,
And ever henceforth hold their peace 1 "
Thns snoko the boy and held to view,
I A hunch ol grapes, still wet with dew, ',
Not knowing that his act and word
, was hy the " Master " seen and heard ;
l et there he stood, behind the screen,
Observing, bat himself unseen ;
- A nd when this new It married pair
. Went off to school, ho too was thero.
."Attention, all I " the Master said.
And placed his hand upon the head
Of this same boy; and raised his cane, ,
; As If to strike with might and main:
"I hereby pnblish marriage banns,
Between the stick now in my hands
And this boy's hark; if any see
Why they shonld not united be.
Let them declare it now or nevor.
And hold their peace henceforth, forever 1 "
Agreoingwlth the Rubric's rule,
lie paused, and looked around the school
For answer ; when, to his snrprlso,
lie saw another sehoolhnv rln.
Who, holding lip his ontstrerchod hands.
Kald, " Stop, sir I I forbid tho bnnns I "
"WhoreforeJ" the Muster said; " take heed I
"The parties, sir, are not agreed I "
Ho dropped his cane, and muttered low
"Your reason's good tho boy may go I "
—Western Rural.
—Western Rural. Selected Miscellany.
THE BLEECKER STREET MYSTERY.
In the summer of 18, towards the
close of a sultry day one of those days
.during which the very air stands still, re
fusing to breathe, I sat at tny window
and vainly endeavored to cool mvself oft
with the aid of a palm-leaf fan.
Various thoughts were running through
my brain, foremost among which was tne
singular conduct of the young couple who
occupied the first floor of tho opposite
house. I bad noticed them frequently and
formed my own ideas as to their history,
which is generally the mutual amusement
of opposite neighbors. But that night,
thoy, like myself, were endeavoring to
catch a breath of air, and both windows
being open, I could see everything in the
room with perfect distinctness.
t - It was a large square room with an al-
cove at one side, where I supposed the bed
to be, though I could not see it. Directly
opposite my window was a looking-glass,
which nearly occupied a third of the wall
at the end of the room, and as a bright
light shone from the pendant chandelier
it gave the appearance of two apartments.
As I said before, my attention was first
attracted by the singular conduct of the
couple. The lady was, if I might judge
from tho partial glimpses I got of her, quite
young. She was of about medium height,
with dark hair and eyes, very small, and.
always dressed in whito.
. The husband, as I supposed him to be,
was about twenty-eight; very tall and
handsome, with dark hair and eyes, a clear
olive complexion, and a heavy black
moustache, through which gleamed the
wniiest oi teetn. lie was Home a great;
deal during the day, and was evidently
very much beloved by the lady, as l could
distinctly see. She was always caressing
him and fondly leaning over his chair or
sitting on a foot stool at his feet, I could
see the lips move in speech, and fancied I
knew the endearing terms used as she
smilingly looked up at him.
I had formed a pretty little conceit about
the domestic bliss of tho couple until the
conduct of the lady made rather an un
pleasant Inroad upon it a few days before
tho evening which I particularly mention.
I had been the pleasant witness of the
usual domestic picture. The gentleman
sat in front of the looking-glass with his
back towRrila thfl window anil t.hn lalv aat
at his feet. For a long time they seemed
to be conversing ordinarily until suddenly
the lady rose to her feet, put her hands to
her head, and drawing out the comb
which confined her dark ha;r in a large
mass, let the coil unwind itself. I never
saw such beautiful hair. With fin a flwppn
of her hand she flung tho rippling mass
over her face like a veil, and fell upon her
knees. Something in the attitude must
h&Vll Rrvokpn t.n th frpntlflniftTi for vnoa
angrily, Dent over iter kneeling figure,
and I could see his dark face flash,
While his lips seemed hissing words into
her cars. Lower and lower she bent, as
tho words came quick and fust. I could
see his hands clenched, and the face which
I had thought handsome in repose, looked
like the face of a demon. I rose, almost
breathless from excitment, not knowing
what would come next. But I had no
cause for alarm. The gentleman drew
something from his bosom, what it was I
could not seo, and held it towards her. It
must have been something very small, for
it was hid in the hollow of his hand. But,
whatever it was, it had a potent effect
upon the lady. She flung back the hair
from Jher face, shewing a countenance
ghastly in its paleness, and as I could see,
bathed in tears. Reaching out her arms,
she seemed to beg and plead for something,
almost clutching his limbs in the intensity
of her emotion. At lajst he seemed to re
lent and grew more oalm as she continued
her passionate supplication. I could see
f AvsasMU. auw SEJV
um turui ireiuuio, una turn eaiue to con
ceal the agitation. Her lips continued to
move quickly, and at last her words did
their work ; for he turned, held out his
arms, and she, with a cry which I could
distinctly hear, flung herself upon his
bosom.
I confess I breathed a. alirh r,f inform
V ! C . , . 1 . ; l
relief at the termination of the domestic
pantomime, and ever since I have been
racking my braia for a solution of the
mystery.
, JJU
) uric it the day evervthinir want nn .a
usual I saw nothing of the lady, but had
unucuuj aucu uio duubuuji pass in and
out with a repose of countenance one
would little expect after witnessing the
dreadful scene of passion. This explana
, tion will be sufficient to give an insight
into the singular conduct of the couple.
It was evident there was tome great mys
' tery, not unmixed with guilt, and my
woman's curiosity may be pardoned fur
undertaking the task of Its unravelment.
Nothing, however, of any consequence
occurred, and, although nearly a week
passed, I was no nearer the end, until the
sultry night I speak of showed ma the
windows were open and the room lit up in
its accustomed brilliancy.
While I looked with newly awakened
curiosity, I saw the gentleman cross the
room to the alcove and .disappear for a
moment. But only for a moment.
1 He almost inst&ntlr emerged with
a vial ef some liquid, walked to the
centre table directly under the chandelier,
poured a few drops into a glass, which
glitjtenetl like molieu irnbiea as he slowly
counted them out. laid the vial unon the
table and seciucd to listen, with his face
halt tureisd towards the alcove. EvKkat
' ly satistied that all was rivht. ba took a
small powder of something from his breast
pocket and emptied its contents into the
Kiasi, i coiuu Pttuuy ee An lace, as iv
7 if V EWV-v ' ' ' ' : . ! ' ' -- .
ilie f ewliii liiiiii
- ' 3 ;: " X . . w J to
VOL. XVI.-NO. 20.
PKliKYSBURG, WOOD CO., OHIO, FRIDAY, NOVKMliKll l.J, 18(18.
$2.00 IN ADVANCE.
light shone full upon It, which was almost
livid. I saw him ratae the goblet, look at
It between the light, slowly turn it around
In his hand, as it to diraolve the powder,
again set it on the table, and with one
hand press his forehead, while with the
other he crushed the small piece of paper
wuitu unu i-iuiiaineu vne powuer.
Perhaps he stood thus ten seconds,
though It seemed much longer to me, when
he suddenly walked to the window and
flung the particle of Daner out. tlipn took
up the glass again and with a quick step
uiNippuareu wunin uie aicove.
This time he did not onmn nut an nnlrV,
ly, for it seemed a lone time to me as I aat
there, in the suffocating atmosphere of that
summer aigni.
1 One by one the lights began to disan
pear In the nelchborinn houses. I had
frown tired of my watching and began to
ozo in the chair by the window, while
the gas jets in the room opposite resolved
themselves into fantastic torms. first crow
ing dim and shadowy, then blazing up into
a minaiure uiuminauon, as tne drowsy god
took possession of mr brain.
I must have been sleeping, as I awoke
wun a suauen start, l or a minute I could
not collect my thoughts, and when I did
so my first glanco was at the opposite
winuows.
All was dark. Every lieht In the nlace
was out " It must be vcrv late," thought
i, una waiaing to my arcssing-roora 1
looked at tho time. Two o'clock I Good
heavens I was it possiblo I had boon slecn-
ing by the window so long I Forgetting
all about my opposite noighbors, I pro
ceeded to disrobe mvself for bed.
I was Just in the act of unfastening my
dress, when I heard a scream I not an or
dinary scream, but one which is seldom
heard, and when heard curdles the blood
in the veins, A woman's scream a hor
rible sound, that rings through the brain
with a nameless dread of tomelhinff. A
vague, undefined terror seized me, and not
well knowing what I did, I sprang to the
front window, as the sound came from
that direction.
One look at the house of my opposite
neighbors was enough. Again the light
streamed from the windows and two fig
ures came between the looking-glass and
the light. In a moment I recognized tho
white robe of the lady, which clung to
her form like a shroud. Iler long, black
hair fell in twining masses to her knees,
and sho was struggling in tho arms of the
gentleman I had seen in the early part of
me mgui. in me silliness or tne sultry
air I could plainly hear the voices.
" Minnie, be silent, I say," came in sup
pressed tones from tho man. But the
woman was eviJcntly too much excited to
heed him.
"Oh, George, bring help to me; lam
dying I llelpl" Again the scream more
prolonged, more terrible than before !
By this time there was a sound of foot
steps in the street. Tho noiso of raising
windows in tho different houses, and the
quick clatter of opening blinds.
All during the short interval shorter
than it takes me to write it my eyes
never left the opposite house. The cou pie
continued to struggle. Now close to the
window, now far in the room. At last the
woman's sereams grew faint, then ceased
altogether. The man held her passively
in his arms and carried her into the alcove.
As his figure passed from sight, a police
man ran up the stoop and rang the bell.
It seemed an endless period of time until
it was answered, and I may be pardoned
for the confession when I say that my
heart was beating so loudly that I could
hear it There was no light in tho hall
when the door was opened, and I could
only see the shadow of some one, though
I could hear the words spoken quite
plainly:
' What is the matter here ?"
"I was not aware that you had any
right to enquire as to the every-day occur
rences of a private house." In this
voice I recognized the man whom I had
a moment before seen disappear in the
alcove.
"Iam but doing my duty, sir. When
anything unusual occurs in a private
house we have the right to enquire. I
heard a lady's voice several times before,
to-night, and it's my duty to see that there
is nothing wrong in this."
' You deserve credit for the manner you
fulfill your duty, but I fear that vou will
be disappointed in your calculations as to
a discovery of anything sensational here.
My wife has been ill for some time dan
gerously ill, and to-night sho is delirious.
Is there anything in that fact which calls
forth your assistance?" There was a sar
castic ring in the voice, but the good na
tured officer did not seem to perceive it.
Or, if he did, preferred not to notice it. .
"I beg your pardon, sir. I presume its
all right," and with the apology he walked
away.
The man stood at the door gazing after
him then suddenly looked across the
street at the window, where I, half lean
ing out, was watching him. I didn't know
what impulse made him cross the street,
but he did, walking straight to the win
dow, and looking up at me said : " Mad
ame I pardon me for troubling you. You
evidently are acquainted with the un
pleasant occurrence of to-night May I
request that you come over and render
some assistance to my wife 1"
What could I do T I am not courageous
at the best of times, and I confess there
was a strange dread of something I knew
not what. I suppose I hesitated so long
in answering that he expected a refusal.
" Indeed, Madame, you will confer a
Seat fa'vor upon strangers by coming,
y wife really needs some assistance from
one of her own sex, and we have no ac
quaintances in the city."
" Wait one moment, sir. and I will be
down."
Here then was a chance to satisfy all my
woman's curiosity. I entered my dress
ing room, turned down my light, and fling
ing a light shawl about my shoulders, hur
ried down stairs. He was waiting for me.
Without a word I followed him into the
opposite house. Up the long, dark flight
of steps to the second floor. Through the
brilliantly lighted room to the alcove.
She lay on the bed her Jetty wealth of
hair in coiling, trailing tendrils covering
the pillow and the white robe resting
upon the floor. A deathly white face, that
was beautiful in its marble purity. The
dark eyes were closed, but the lids were
so white and transparent that the eye be
neath was defined in shadow. The lashes,
black as ink, lay like a fringe upon her
cheek. But the expression of the coun
tenance; the utter misery the mortal
agony written in the pallid, beautiful face,
God keep me from ever again seeing !
The voice of the man at my side
aroused me from my contemplation.
" This is my wife Mrs. Randolph
my name U George Randolph. As I said
before we are strangers here."
. V"?61 ?y eyes frora the face on the
bed and looked at him. -
The first tnnUl question was
" W.h,y I,ever u hand
some 1 The features were good, and at
the short distance of across the street
were toftened, but now close beside him
there was a harsh, erud look about the Up
cold glitter in the eves, and altogether a
bad, reckless expression of person. He
smiled as he noted my keen glance, and
displayed the whitest of teeth.
" I hope yon are not afraid to remain r"
" Oh, no,'" I answered, " but what can I
do t What is the matter w ilh her 1"
" She has been ill for some time quick
consumption. She has been much worse
for the past week, ami to night, I think,
will bring a change," -: . . , ;
" Have you had a physician for her ?"
"No. She did not desire one."
This soundui rather strange, and added
tQ the mystery la y ni.
"Is there no person in the house but
yir who and yourself?"
. "No, we rent tho house furnished, and
our servant left yesterday. But nardon
me. If you have a family which requires
your presence I will not ask yon to re
main. I see that you are an elderly lady
and I would prefer somo one like yon, but
If yon cannot remain I must manage with
flllnnie alono. .
"I did not speak from that cause, sir. I
have no claims upon me. I am a widow
and have had dtuchtcrs of mv own. I
willingly offer myself to assist your wife,
u l can oe oi service.
" I thank vou." He placed a chair beside
the alcove for me, and I could do nothing
out passively occupy it i turned my at
tention again to the figure on the bed.
She seemed to be breathing quietly, but
tne iook oi agony was sun tne same.
I must have been sitting there over an
hour, when I noticed her largo eyes slowly
open and fix themselves UDon mo. I lean
ed forward and looked at her. Her lips
moved only. I bent lower. Only one
word came: " Mother 1" and, making an
effort, sho tried to reach out her arms to
me. . .
Mr. Randolph came softly to my side
ana spnkc :
" Minnie, are you better?"
She shook her head, again made the ef
fort to reach out her arms, and with the
enort a gray shadow fr H upon her face.
The light died out of the eyes, and with
a low moan tho waxen lids closed forever I
There was no passionate grief in the
long drawn sigh of the husband. It sound
ed to me more like relief, and the first
words spoken by him were :
"Well, she has gone. How lone does it
take for a body to cool ?"
I looked at him in horror I tho tears
dimming my eyes as I thought of the
young life gone out of existence so lone
ly, so forlorn were almost frozen back by
such a question.
" It is necessary for mo to bo in Phila
delphia to-morrow. I must have the body
removed as soon as possible t I believe
there is some foolish prejudice against
putting a body In tho coffin while warm,
but I nave no time to wosto with non
sense. I suppose you can assist me in
placing it there?"
Was this a man or a fiend ? All sense
of decency was outraged in the beastly
expression of sentiment ; and with every
iceiing ot indignation aroused, 1 asked
him if he supposed me capable of counte
nancing any such proceeding.
" Surely,' said I, " you cannot put aside
the body of the woman who has been
your wife as you would the carcass of a
brute?"
Ho smiled, and stepping to my side.
caught me by the arm, hissing in my car :
" To-morrow do not trifle with mo
tli has known what it is to triflo with my
will do as I desire, or two bodies will have
to be disposed of instead of one I"
" Villain I you poisoned her then, as I
supposed I" '
" Yes, anu tnero is enough lctt lor you I"
What could I do? I was a weak
woman.' In that house all alone with
the human fiend and the dead. .1 could
only comply.
Walking to tko side of the looking class.
which I described as occupying the end of
tho room, he touched the frame. Slowly
it moved, until it opened like a door, show
ing a dark closet at its back. For a mo
ment he disappeared in the darkness, then
came forth, carrying O my God 1 what ?
A coran i
I braced myself against the side of the
alcove, as I watched the horrid thing,
placed upon two chairs directly in front
of me. Then I seemed sirking down
down. I thought myself rapidly fainting.
But as my eyes were closing, they rested
upon the silver plate of the coffin, which
bore plainly written on its face the in
scription :
MINNIE RANDOLPH.
AGED 19.
Down, down, I seemed to sink, until I lost
all power over myself, and struck my
head against tho window sill, with terrible
force ! The pain of the concussion soon
brought consciousness, and I awoke to the
realization of knowing that I had fallen
asleep at the window and dreamed the
whole matter. I could scarcely realize
that it was a dream, and perhaps, woman
like, I was a little disappointed in being
cheated of my ideal sensational. Of
course, after rubbing my head and trying
to ease my pain, my first glance was across
the street. Everything was as quiet as
possible. There was a brilliant light in
the room but there sat my opposite.neigh
bors laughing and chatting as lovingly
and affectionately as nsual. I rubbed my
eyes over and over again but that was no
dream. Not a light was out in the ttreet.
On going to my dressing-room, I saw it
was scarcely ten o'clock, of a summer's
night and that I had really been asleep
only about 'twenty minutest The next
day I amused my landlady by detailing
my dream, when she explained the foun
dation for my brain's vagaries, by inform
ing me that the young couple who oc
cupied the " second floor front" were mem
bers of the French Theater and often re
hearsed new pieces at their own home.
So- much for the Mystery in Bleccker
street Jiochcater Democrat,
Gradations of a French Newspaper.
When "NarmlpAn ncennn tmm "Pit,,!
returned to France, the Monittur an
nounced tne event as tollows :
Tlrat. tnnnnnrAmAiiLtl VopaIi 1Q1RC
The monster has escaped from the place ef
nis Danmument; ne nas run away lrom
Elba." 2d. "Tho Corsican dragon
(l'ogre) has landed at Cape Juan." 3d.
"The tiger has shown himself at Gap.
The troops are advancing on all sides to
arrest his progress. He will conclude hit
miaArahln fi.rivflnt.iirA hv homminv a wan
derer among the mountains ; he cannot
1 1 ii ... . . ... . . ,
puBsiuiy escape. iu. ine monster nas
rejtllv arivanepil aa far am nrannKU a
know not to what treachery to ascribe It"
K.t. UITI A . 1 . 11 . . w
uvu. i uo lyrau. is actually at iyona.
Fear and terror seized all at his appear-
to approach the capital to within sixty
hours' march.". 7th. " Bonaparte is ad
vancing Dy lorceu marcnes, dui it la im
possible he can reach Paris." 8th. Napol
eon will arrive under the walls of Paris
to-morrow." Oth. "The Emperor Na
poleon is at Fontainbleau." 10th. " Yes
terday evening his Majesty the Emperor,
iiiKuu uia jmuuu cutrv, auu arnvea at tne
Tuileries; nothing can exceed the univer
sal joy !" , .
m t m
The Great Victory.
a.
The people have spoken. Grant and
Colfax have carried 203 electoral votes
out of 204. Seymour and Blair have
carried 45 electoral votes all Southern
States. There are 47 electoral vote still
in doubt, including those of New York.
Giving all of these to Seymour and Blair,
they Lave U3 votes, leaving a majority of
110 for Grant and Colfax in the Electoral
College. The New Y ork Tribuns concedes
that State to Seymour bv 8,800 ma-
Jortty. .We have received no return
wmon indicate thia nult, and we do not
vet concert th Ci.t. r
on the electoral vote, although Hoffman
is undoubtedly elected Governor. The
oiaveoi uregon, which is placed on the
doubtful list, has probably gone for Grant
uu vuuM, v. uu v.auioina and .Nevada.
it is certain Hint ucneral Grant has re
ceived a majority of all the votes in the
Electoral College, without counting any
of the reconstructed States, so that no
question con arise ai to the decisiveness of
th'j result. L'hiCKgo yribvv.t, i'.h,
I
VARIOUS ITEMS.
A fair future protty toon.
A wrktciikd time mcan-whllo.
London has 350,000 houses.
Slight of hand refusing an offer of
marriage.
Tub most fashionable Parisian milliners
are men.
How to prevent a conspiracy from leak'
ing out Let the plot thicken.
Mrs. STKr-HKNs, a dauehter of Tlntcke
ray, isn Boston.
Tub fear that is life to us -Tho atmos
phere.
At night London streets are illuml
nated by 800,000 lamps.
Switzerland purposes adopting tho
pusiai money oruer system.
Marshal Skurano, President of the
Spanish Junta, began life as a journalist
Tn largest advertiser In Franco Is a
man who has Invented a patented bait for
nsn-nooKS.
A nor of eloven has Uistiile.l at Airn
in Switzerland, from tho sting of a venom.
ous ny.
Nkw York city has contributed $2,1,000
lor tne suncrcrs ny tne recent earthquake
in oouin America. i
Ik nature abhors a vacuum, why does
sue permit so many cmpiy-nta ica people
to live ?
If a revenue officer ongages actively in
Solitics, in England, ho is fined $.00 and
ismisscd from office.
Thkuk are over forty thousand Second
Adventists in the United States, who, from
religious scruples, do not vote,
: Why Is it important for a physician to
" keep his temper ?" Because if he did not
he would be apt to " lose his patients "
(patience).
Mrs. Tolly Kbnt, a sprightly Massa
chuscttsdameof eighty-one years, rocently
walked fifteen miles in five hours and a
half.
If a human being could make as much
noise in proportion to size as a lociiBt, he
would be heard to sing from Chicago to
New York.
A few days ago, half-a-dozen of the
urchins in the Meriden (Conn.) Reform
School mutinied, threshed tho overseer,
and escaped.
An Inhuman English Captain and mate
who turned adrift two " stowaways," on
the ice near Newfoundland, have been
committed for murder.
A drunken fellow in New York, who
lived unon the charitv of his wiilnnnil
sister, fatally stabbed her tho other
night becauso she objected to his beating
her.
A Californian writes to L tho nanera
about a snake with a head as lariro as a
milk-pan and eyes like apples. He saw
twenty feet of Bnake, and didn't stay for
tne resu
A mot at Lisbon. Me., fired a hav-mow
a few days ago, to "break up" a setting
hen. He was amply successful, and his
father will proceed to rebuild the barn.
A twentt-year-oi.d Connecticut vouth
has lately married a blooming widow of
fifty, who has seven children, the oldest of
wnom u six years .older than his new
papa. i
Louisa Mciixbacu, tho authoress, is
poor. In a recent letter she says that sho
would like to have money enouch to buv
a small house and garden, which she
, A- 1 A 1 . .
uugu. leave to ner two uaugmera.
A boy living In Allechanv Countv. N.
Y., while leading a horse to water, tried
the experiment of attaching the halter-
strap to his ankle. Result the horso be
came frisky and the boy a corpse
Never attempt to do anything that Is
not right J ust as sure as you do you will
get into trouble. If you even suspect that
anything is wrong, do it not until you are
sure your suspicions are groundless.
A Philadelphia policeman, tho other
day, escorted to the police station a
woman troubled with an unusually large
and unshapely Grecian Bend, composed
of a stolen shawl and other articles.
The Berkshire Courier savs of a ladv
who sent In some manuscript called poet
ry, that " she had far better been darning
stockings she can't write poetry worth a
darn, anyhow." Ungallant, very.
A fellow was detected at iDSwich.
Mass., the other day, in weighing a load
of hr.y that he was selling, with four hun
dred pounds oi iron, which, of course, he
meant to smuggle out of the way before
the hay was delivered.
An unclaimed exniess package was
opened in Memphis, the other day, previ
ous to its being sent to tho sale of a quan
tity of such bundles to pay expenses of
transportation, and found to contain
twenty-five thousand dollars in counter
feit iraQtlonal currency. -
A woman was lately by mistake shut in
the vaults of a small village church in
Sweden, where she remained eleven days.
When found she merely asked for some
water, and, being treated with great care,
perfectly recovered ii a few days. -
A valuable horse belonging to a
farmer in Addison county, Yt. was re
cently bilteu on his fetlock by a rattle
snake, and died in nity minutes, in great
agony. The reptile was trampled to
death by the horse in its roarings and
plungings after the bite.
A woman in Vienna is realizing a for
tune by means of trained goldfinches that
draw numbers from a small bowl. Policy
and lottery players attach great prestigo
to this humbug, and pay fabulous prices
for the numbers.
Col. Drake, who sunk the first oil well
on Oil creek, and gave the world the ben
efit of his grand discovery, is at Titusville,
living in extreme destitution, with no
source of maintenance except the uncer
tain charity of friends.
Gen. FAiRoinLDS, of Wisconsin, who
received an empty lift sleeve In battle, re
cently presented to Gen. Stannard, of Ver
mont, who has an empty right sleeve for
the same reason, a hair dozen pairs of odd
dress gloves.
It may not be generally known that
the bodies of trees grow only in the fall of
the year. The sap commences to rundown
into the trunk from the upper branches
when the first frosts come upon us, thus
giving a fresh impetus to the body of the
troe.
A fashionable portrait painter, when
asked what are his terms, invariably an
swers : " I have no scale of prices. In
fact I generally leave it open to the liber
ality of my patron. I have but one rule
to guide me in taking likenesses, and that,
to be candid, is, ' handsome is . who hand
tome does.' "
Seven members of the Hoagland family
dined together recently, at Lexington, Ky.,
whose combined ages amount to 630 years.
The oldest is 00 and the youngest 66.
There were originally eight brothers and
sitters. Only on hat died, and he at a
very advanced age.
A practical joke recently had a fatal
issue in Bolton, England. A man was
holding a boy over a canal, " in fun," of
course, when the struggles of the latter
threw In both. The perpetrator of the
"joke" received such injuries that he died,
and the boy was very seriously injured. .
Do AXXi in your power to teach your
children self government. If a child is
nussionate, teach him by put'.ent and gen
tle means to curb his temper. . If he is
greenly, cultivate liberality in him. If he
U sellish, promote generosity.
In digging a plaee to lay a foundation
wall, in Jacksonville, Oregon, a few days
ago, the laborer found a deposit of J 10
so
ii
if
in
of old California mintage gold pieces. It
la supposed to have boon buried there a
number of years ago, by a miner, who has
since been killed by Indians.
Wnii.K the Montreal post-office was
threatened with Are, a few nights ago, and
business men were hurriedly demanding
their letters, a lady was noticed to walk
coolly up to tho letter-box and drop in a
letter. fcdie then crossed tho street and
placed herself in a good position to ob
serve the progress of the flames.
One of the wickedest men In tho world
lives In Buffalo. He filled a little boy
eight years old with whisky until he was
too drunk to walk, and then rnllod him
from his shop to the sidewalk for the
amu'scmenl of the passers-by. The little
fellow was taken by a policeman to the
station house, where ne slept off the effects
oi the poison. The name of this wicked
est man Is not given.
A rkmarkaiilk cavern has been recent
ly discovered in Salisbury, a township In
the northwestern corner of Connecticut,
which promises, when fully explored, to
take rank among the natural wonders of
ourcountrv. it nas been partly explored,
and found to contain many beautiful
chambers, adorned with snowy stalactites
ana gypsum lormauons.
Mkihcinr Wolf, a Cheyenno chief,
who was killed a few weeks ago in West
ern Kansas, had forty scalps, which he
wore for a necklace. All were Xhoso of
whito people somo taken from gray
headed men and women, and somo from
very small children. A piece of the chiefs
own scalp is to be made into ft vest chain
for ono of the party who killed him.
Henry Ward Beri'Hrh preached at
Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, on a roccnt
Sunday, and, before his sermon, ho stated
that by a formal vote of the church bap
tim was forbidden to auy child both of
whose parents wero not members of the
church. Ho would conform to the in
structions, ho said, although he did not
believe in their propriety, and, outside of
the church, he would administer tho bap
tism to any child, one of whose parents
was a Christian.
A sharf student was called up by tho
worthy professor of a celebrated colleen.
and asked the quustimi : " Can a man see
without eyes?'1 "Yes; sir," was the
prompt answer. "How, sir," cried the
amazed Professor, " can a man see with
out eyes ? Pray, sir, how do you mako
that out?" "Ho can seo with one, sir?"
replied the ready-wittod youth! and tho
whole class Bhouted with delight at tho
triumph over metaphysics.
A letter from Tau savs that Ouccn
Isabella has been requested by tho Empe
ror and Empress to occupy the palace as
long as she thinks proper. It is now sup
posed that her Majesty and sulto, which is
numerous as to require accommodation
out of tho chateau, will remain in France
for the winter. The Qyeen spends her
mornings in the chapel, rides and walks
during the day, and receives somo of tho
Spanish emigrants in tho evening.
Nothing annoys a man more tlinn to be
eagerly questioned when ho comes home
urea. Give liim a neatly served dinner,
a pair of easy slippers nnd a cup of
tea and let him eat and drink in peace,
and in tlmo he will tell you of his own
proper notion all you wish to know. . But
you uegin at me tacK too soon, tne
chances are that you .will bo rewarded by
curtly spoken monosyllables. Put down
that piece of wisdom in your note book,
girls ; it will serve you well somo day.
An artist writes from Pompeii on a late
visit : " I must notice one fact concerning
this place, for which I was not at all pre-
fiared ; and this is, that the city is more
ike a doll's model than a habitation for
human creatures of the size of life ; and
yet Pompeiians were this ; for one of the
skeletons was found to be a little taller
than myself, and I certainly want a house
and rooms larger than a cbest-drawcr.
They have been discovering some paint
ings on glass, examples of which they had
not before obtained, although from Pliny,
I recollect aright, it was known that the
art was practiced. I am sorry to learn the
melancholy fact that the pictures on the
walls of the houses, and even those in the
museum aro gradually losing all their bril
liancy and clearness are in short slowly
disappearing through exposure to the air.
A few days ago a Mrs. Krotz, residing
Baltimore, left her house, with two
children locked in it, one a little girl, aged
twenty months, and the other a boy, aged
four years. The youngest was In a crib
asleep when sho left About half an hour
after, tho little, boy, from an upper win
dow, gave an alarm, when tho neighbors
burst in the door and found the crib on
fire, and nearly burnt up. The child was
almost literally burnt to a crisp, with scarce
ly a piece of clothing upon it It Is sup
posed that the little boy by some means
got hold of some matches and set fire to
the bed clothing and to the crib.
It is claimed that swoet potatoes dried
and ground mako the best imitation of
coffee that is known. It is asserted that
the South can derive a large rotorn from
the cultivation of this vegetable, whfSh
can be raised at a cost of sixty cents per
bushel The saccharine matter in the
sweet potatoes renders it necessary to keep
them from the air in order to prevent
mold. As nutritious food and a preven
tive of disease, this vegetable is said to
be a most excellent article for ships'
stores.
James Parton writes in Packard
Montldy : "If you look into the early life
of truly helpful men, those, who make life
easier and nobler to those who come after
them, you will almost invariably find that
they lived purely in the days of their
youth. In early life the brain, though
abounding in vigor, is sensitive and very
susceptible to injury and this to such a
degree that a comparatively brief and
moderate indulgence in vicious pleasures
appears to lower the tone and impair both
tho delicacy and efficiency of the brain for
life. This is not preaching, boys it is
simply the truth of science." .
A Texan, stopping at one of the first
class hotels in New Orleans, a few days
since, after looking over the bill of fare.
gave a servant his order for dinner. After
an absence of nearly half an hour, the
servant returned with ten or a dozen side-
dishes, containing, as he thought an am
ple repast for the hungry man, but Judgt
of the bewildered servant's astonishment
when, after a few moments, the Texan had
devoured all on the plaUs, and remarked
to the servant that he liked the sample
very well, and hoped he would bring Lin
his dinner immediately.
Herb is a bee story which the reader
can credit or not, as his apiarian experi
ence and creiulity may dictate : " There
is a farmer at Menu who keeps many
swarms of bees which come into Lis room
every morning when he opens the window.
They buzz and fly about Lis head until he
bids them alight They then settle down
on his arms and he looks as If ha wore a
Lpalr of immense muffs. When the ser-
ly, without being told, proceed to the table
and cover the space not occupied by the
dishes. Before commencing to eat the
farmer orders his honey makers to their
hive, whither they go after having in turn
touched his tttce as if to kisa him.
Tax scoundrels of Lima the plunder
ers and robbers who make their head
quarters there turn even earthquake to
an advantageous account. They; lately
buried large quantities of powder in a hill
near t lie town, intending to explode it,
and while the frightened inhabitants, imag
ining earthquakes, volcanoes, etc., were
hurrying to the neighboring pampas, the
fobbers wuu4 haye had. a mdn.niflovni op
portunity to select and appropriate the
most valuable content of the dttaerted
houso. The scheme exploded before the
powder it anil tha wrotnhs. wm nt In
Jail. '
Tub Humboldt Medieil ArfMvtt men
tions several cases of tetanus (vulgarly
palled lockjaw) which had been success
fully treated by a local application of
chloroform to the entire spinal column by
means of cloth saturated with it, and
evaporation prevented by covering the
cloth with oiled silk. . The application wa
made Just at the approach of paroxysm.
Aa a result of the application the
paroxysm was averted, and tha patient
Ml loto a calm and natural sleep. On
foolinff a rpturnlno namvv.m tha ..ma
application was made, and the paroxysm
bhiu aveneu. r or lorty-eignt nours tne
occasionally threatening Ictanio symp
toms immediately yielded to the appllc.
Hon of chloroform, and subsequent con
valescence was vory rapid.
Since the California earthquake tha
question, what causes earthquakes? has
come up for discussion. A writer in a
New York paper delivers himself aa fol
lows i Earthquakes are most common In
the vicinity of burning mountains, and
these are situated near the sea. Tha con
tents of their caverns burn until the crust
that separates them from the ocean be
comes so thin that bv its nrewnira it
forces its way in, when the generation of
steam is so rapid and extensive that the
earth la upheaved and rendod, as we see
It in what we term an earthquake. A
Similar result attends the letting In of cold
water Into a heated boiler, and my im
pressions are that all earthnuakes are oc
casioned by water flowing Into these burn
ing caverns, euner irom tne sea or some
other source. Large bodies of scalding
water are thrown from Vesuvius at the
time of eruption, and these could not come
In contact with tho fires without produc
ing a power that would upheave and rend
the earth.
The National Debt.
Tho fact that the vlows of several of tho
representative men of tho country, on the
question of paying the national debt, have
lately been sensibly modillod, may Jnatly
be regarded as a most encouraging Indica
tion. The political canvass has developed
the faot that the sentiment of tho peop'e
Is unoauivocallv airalnst all form nfrnnu.
diatlon. The masses recognizes tho fact
that to pay the Five-Twenty bonds In
paper promises, which aro already dishon
ored, is to sacrifice national credit and
national honor ; and hence tho disposition
On tho part oi tho few leaders, who had
advocated the payment of tho bonded debt
in. an miiaiea paper currency, to place
themselves right on tho record. It is to be
hoped that their cxamnlo will bo emulated
by all representative men, who advocate
this species of repudiation. Then, we
might reasonably look for such a strencth-
cning of the public credit, as would en
sure an early return to specie payments,
wuicu ia lnuispensauiy necessary to com
plete prosperity. ... Public faith is the
scource of credit, and on credit alone,
nations stand In . all their International
relations. It Is on the broad and only
safe ground of a moral obligation that we
insist tnat notmng snort ot punctual pay
ment of Interest and principal f the whole
national debt in coin, as tbo same shall
fall due, should for -one moment be en
tertained. The war which caused the
debt was carried on upon the trust which
the people reposed in the honor ot their
race. The government was their agent,
and they loaned their money as a princi
pal means for the perpetuity of the Union.
A4.IW MVJ , BUbl U1UUI MU. Ul UUI CUIIIU,
who loaned upon the same basis of faith,
advanced, constitutes an enormous bur
den upon the resources of the nation.
Unquestionably it extract a heavy taxa
tion for its interest, and adds in every
way to the cost of supporting life: but ft
1 nevertheless a just debt, and a debt
means an obligation, which, if it does not
rest in morals, rests no where ; and if it is
founded in morals, is as obligatory as any
thing that can affect the conscience of men.
The magnitude of the debt, the way in
wuicn it is now nem, or tne amount givon
for it by original or present holders, have
no more to do with the duty of paying it,
both interest and principal, when due. than
the fact that a merchant's notes are nu-
merous.and have been heavily shared, does
with his duty to pay their face at maturity.
There is aa abstract morality, inexorably
coercive of nations as of men, unless mor
ality has, Indeed, no higher origin than
Eersonai interest; and posterity would
avo small room to thank the present
generation for money saved, at the cost of
credit and honor. The nation has demon
strated that it i abundantly able to pay
all its indebtedness, according to the terms
on which it was contracted, and as soon
aa all forms of repudiation cease to be
tallica or, tne public credit will advance,
and the difference between gold and paper
money will gradually cease to exist jyi
York Hhippxng Lilt.
"Swinging the Circle."
Andiikw Johnson's policy of "awing
ing round the circle" was followod by
Mr. Seymour, and with even worse results
than those that attended the original trav
eler. The first point Mr. Seymour struck
was Buffalo, and that Democratic city re
sponded with a majority for Grant Erie
and Cleveland, after hearing that the Re
publicans had repealed the cotton tax
years ago, Increased all their previous ma
orities for that parly. Chicago, which
had gone so far in the way of reaction as
to elect the Democratic candidates last
April, when told how much she was in
debted to the National Bank for her
prosperity and how greatly she had been
outraged by not having more of these
bank, voted for Grant and for Peace, and
gave over 9,000 majority against the taxa
tion of bonds, the depreciation of the cur-
renny, or the abolition of the National
liana.
The gentleman who had become ao en
amored to the West that he could not
refrain from visiting it and proclaiming
hi admiration at every cross-roads, went
hence to Indianapolis, and lol Grant's
majority is six or elgh time aa great aa
that given to Baker in October. Hi
visit to Cincinnati and Columbus, and
his speech along the route, aroused the
people, and Ohio, which in October voted
only 18,000 majority, now give Grant 40,
000. Tha apeeeh of Mr. Seymour in Pitta-
burgh wa particularly moving. He
pointed out with a fore tbat wa over
whelming that each one of the twenty
thousand mechanics of that county had to
work two additional hour each day to
pay his share of tha taxes called for by
the terrible expense of the rebellion of
1801 by the Democratic party. On this
point he wa extremely lucid. He left no
room for doubt that ii Hampton, Preston,
Forrest and some sixty other delegate to
the New York Convention, htdnot in
1H61, with Jeff Davit and other leading
Democrat, taken up arms and made war
upon the United States, we should not
now have any pubUo debt, should be free
from taxation, and each man would not be
compelled to work two hour additional
each day to pay off that debt After bear
ing such a convincing s poach aa this tha
workmen of Allegheny county voted by
11,000 majority against the return of these
rebeU to tha control of tha Government
and against a renewal of the already most
expensive war.
- Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and all other
points at which Mr. Seymour made
speeches, have given increased Republi
can maturities, thereby nrovins that tho
repellttBt ett'w.U of Andrew JrlH5'u
oratory In ISflfl have even Wen surpassed
by those of Horatio Seymour In 18(W.
It Is well known that Sevmonr waa
driven Into this last demagogical expedi
tion bv assurances that victory wa cer
tain If he would only lower hlmwlf
we n may ne now repeat bis famous e.tf la
matlon " Win re are the victories that
you promlsod?"
With these melancholy ex nerlrnrei of
Johnson and Seymour will end, In all
probability, the egotistical assumption that
the people aro to be diverted from their
purposes or their opinions chaneed bv the
condescending phrases or executive bully
ing of any aspirant for office. Andrew
Johnson's coarse declarations of what be
might do ir ho would, or If the people did
not do as he wished, were aa unavailing as
the exhibitions of Seymour' "hands
email, soft and white, Ilk those of a
woman." The people had made up thiir
minds, and those thine only made the de
claration of their will tho more earnest
and the more emphatic Chicago Tribun.
The Popularity of Grant and Colfax.
To tub superficial observer it would
seem from tho October election that the
Democratic party bad some prospert of
carrying mo t'resnieniiat election. The
Republican majorities were small, less, in
many Instances, than the Demoorallcgalns,
as coinpnrcd with the vote of 1800, A lit
tle more time and effort would, one might
suppono, give the Democrat the victory.
But to one familiar with the real oonditton
of affairs It was hardly leas, certain than it
is now that the Democratic State tickets
would poll more votes than the national
ticket. As a rule, the Democrats made
good selections for the formor; notmdy
supposes Seymour and Blair made a strong
ticket. Hendricks In Indiana, and Hoff
man In Now York aro two among a few
of tho Democratic leaders who are per
sonally popular with tha people. Their
political enemies gavo them credit for abili
ty and Integrity. Tho contrast betweon
tbo State Democratic tickets nnd tho
weakness of the Presidential ticket was
too Btrlklng to bo overlooked or denied.
When, therefore, one State after another
went Republican, tho last ray of Demo
cratic hope was extlngulahed. But tho
cause of this was, after all, more in the.
popularity of Grant and Colfax than n
tho unpopularity of Seymour and Blair.
Even if the opposition had put in nomina
tion their very best men, tho result would
nave been substantially the same, In the
Democratic party there aro no men
at all to bo compared with them, Han
cock and II ond ricks are their best men,
and now small and mean they would look
standing side by sido with Grant and Col
fax I The greatest soldier that this or any
other country ever produced. Grant has
shown himself hardly less competent to
cone with the difficulties of civil service.
Of him, no less than of Washington, may
it be said, " First In war, first lu peace,
first in tho hearts of bis countrymen."
During tbo throe years since the rebellion
closed ho lias been subjected to tho most
severe tests, but in all things and at nil
times ho boro himself most nobly. His
geulus for oommon sonso has already made
him equal to the emergency. As fir Col-
lax, no nas long Deeu among congress
men what Grant becaino among Generals,
and in tne aiiections and conQdunce of tho
people his placo waa by tho sido of Grant
even boforo their names woro coupled
togcthor. When the Chicago Convention
piacca lucm on tne samo ticKct tno na
tional heart beat In responsive sympathy.
Tho personal popularity of six months
ago has been greatly increased during the
campaign by their conduct Each com
ported himself most admirably. Looking
Lack upon tho campaign wo cannot see
how either could have dono better. It
only remains for them to maintain in tbo
future the same course they have hitherto
pursued, aud they will stand with pos
terity even better, if possible, than with
tho present generation. Chicago Journal,
Our National Wealth.
Why. there exists no nation in tho
world so capable of paying Its debts as
this nation. The American Union is tho
richest Commonwealth in the world a
proposition easy of proof, into the details
of which it is not necessary on this oc
casion to enter. It is tho richest com
munity that ever txltted, and it is as ab
surd for us to pretend inability to pay as
it would be for the richest man in town
to repudiate his monthly bill or grocery
book because of inability.
now much do we owe? rj.noo.ooo.
How many of us aro there T I suppose
something less than 40,000,000. We owe
on an average perhaps f (M her head, at
tins moment vv lien uio debt is
due, say twclvo or fifteen years hence,
there will be at least 00,000,000 of us
say about $10 apiece to pay, supposing the
debt not to havo disappeared altogether by
that time, which it may easily bo made to
do. .Nine dollars a year a bead, and we
are paying that now, would extinguish
the whole debt Interest and principal, be
fore fifteen years are gono. If the foul
word repudiation had never been breathed,
our difficulties would be over already, and
the capitalists of the world would be glad
to take our securities at as low a rate as
the most favored nations enjoy.
This is the richest country in the world.
The accumulated capital of the British
empire may be one-third larger, although.
it is probable tnat tne results or tbo United
States census of 1870 will make surprising
revelations ; but the annual products oi
the United States is now fur greater than
that of the British empire.
On the most moderate calculation, our
population doubles every twenty-three
years. In the hecado immediately preced
ing the civil war, the ascertained value of
private property in tne country increased
more than 123 nor cent : doubllntr. there
fore, id less than eight years. At a mod
erate estimate, the population, fourteen
years hence, will be 00,000,000, and the
valuation of property f 60,000,000,000.
J. Lothrop Motley.
Remarkable Superstition.
Tub Monongahela Republican has the
following : Not very long ago, the young
and beautiful wife of one of our citizens
was called to her final account leaving
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41V. I1IMUMIU HHI. U101Ulini'UW, UM UV1CII.
She was buried in the adiaoent cemetery,
and the husband returned to his desolate
home, but not to fortret the loved nna.
She was present with him by day, in
spirit and In his dreamt at night One
peculiarity of hla dreams, and one that
haunted him being repeated night after
night was this: that the spirit of his
wife came to hia bedside and told him that
the undertaker had not removed from her
face the square piece of muslin, or nap-
sin, wmch baa been used to cover her
face after death ; but had screwed down
her coffin-lid .with it upon her, and that
she could not breathe in her grave, but
wasln unrest on acccunt of the napkin. He
tried to drive the dream away, but it bided
with him by night, and troubled him by
day. lie sought tha consolation of re
ligion, and his pastor prayed with him
and assured Lim that it wa wicked to in
dulge such morbid fancy. It wa the sub
ject of hi own petition, before tha Throne
oi uraoa ; out sua tne spirit cam and told
anew tha story af her suffocation. Ia de
spair, he sought the undertaker, Mr.
Dickey, who told him that the nankin bad
not been rumoved, but urged him to fur
get the circumstance, aa it cou hi not be
any ptemittie annoyance to Inanimate clv,
While tho gentleman fiunkly acknowl
edged thia, he could not avoid the anparl
tion, and continual stress upon Vis miud b-
to teJJ upon. IjIh heftitli. At JepUt be
determined to nave tho body disinterred,
and visited the undertaker f' tnftt Pu'
poae. Here be wa met with e same ad
Ice and persuasion, and, conv'ncC"1 onco
more of hi folly, the haunted man re
tnmod to hi home. That night mora
vivid than ever, more terribly real than
before, she csrno to hla bedsi'lo, and up
braided him for Ms want of affection, and
would not leave him until ho bad promised
to remove the causa of all her uffering.
The next night with a friond. he repaired
to the sexton, who waa prevailed npon to
accompany them, nnd there, bythe light
of tha coltl, round moon, tho Twh! wm
lifted from Its imrww bed, the coffi!'. lid nn
arewetl, and the napkin removed from the
face of theoorpso. That night b coma
to hi bedside once more, but for the last
tlmo. Thanking him for hi klndncM.
sho prosncd her cold lips to hi check, and
came again no more. Reader, thla la a
true tory ; can you explain tho mystery
of dreams?
Thomas H. Benton.
Tnic Washington correspondent of tha
Cincinnati (inmmrrtial tell thi tory of
Thnma H. Benton ;
Shllllngton i an Irish bookseller hero,
of credit and renown. Benton waa a
nelehbor and friend of his, and made
Shllllngton cut out of books and newspa
pers every conceivable articlo on the Pacific
railway and bring It to him. Ho also em
ployed Slillllngton to select from the Con
vreiirional Globe, which were brought to
his house In O street by the cartload, the
matter that he wished In publishing hia
" Abridgement of the Debate of Con
gress." " It wa a strange and remarkable
study," said Shllllngten, "to see that old
man lying there flat on his back, unable to
rise, his spectacles polsod on the tip of hla .
pose, looking through the long- debate,
whoso huee folios he held on his breast
He knew that he had but a week or two
to live, and he waa running a race with
death to get the book finished : for he be
lieved that It was the vital thing to keep
the country together. He used to send
me word four or flvo time n
np there, and the people said laat 1 WaJ
his slave. If I did not come promptly on
time, tho old gentleman seemed feel
that I was In somo wny derelict In my
duty to the country. Ono day, when the
shop was full of people, word came down,
'Mr. Berfton want you to come at 8
o'clock to help him on an Important mat
ter.' A soon aa I could possibly leave, I
wont round to his dwelling and fonnd him
asleep, breathing vory hard, with a large
volume of the Globe on his breast. I
lifted tho book off and set it on a tablo a
little out of reach. Then, seolng he did
not yet awaken, hastened back to my
work. In about two hours I returned,
and the old man looked very aevorely at
me.
" I sent for you, sir, two hour ago. I
have but a month at most to live, sir; and
It Is Important for tho country that thia
beok shall bo finished boforo I die. You
did not come, sir.'
" ' Yes, Mr. Benton. I did. And I found
you asleep.' -.
" 1 nave not slept Tor fitly hours, sir! It
was impossible that I could sleep, sir. with
ao much on my mind.'
lienton never trusted a man that told
him a lie, so I found It necessary to clear
mysolf.
" ' Mr. Ronton,' said 1, 1 you wero aslocp
with a volume of tho QMie on your breast
when I entered tho room, and I found you
breathing hard, so I put the book on the
table yonder.'
"The old man's eyes lighted up.
" 'Well now, sir,' ho said, 'I know I had
that book on my breast or on the bed
somewhere, and I wondered how it got off
thero so far. Perhaps I did doze a little
unconsciously. But come, sir, we must
Sot to work. I havo but a little time to
o a great deal of work In.'
- " When Bunion was about to dio, ao
vital did ho think his advice was to tho
country, ho sent for Buchanan, had the
door closed, and solemnly devoted his last
hours to impressing upon the President
his opinion of the mode in which the
country should bo administered. If ever
there was a man " concluded Shellington,
"who thought that in his mind and reason
lay the truo destiny of tho Union, it waa
Tom Benton. His family, his fame, hia
future were all subordinate to the love of
country."
To Remove a Tight Finger Ring.
It is seldom necessary to file a ring
which is too tight to readily pass the joint
of the finger. If the finger is swollen, ap
ply cold water to rcduco the inflammation,
then wrap a small rag wet in hot water
around tho ring to expand the metal, and
soap the finger. A needle threaded with
strong silk can then ba passed between
tho ring and fore finger, and a person hold
ing the two ends and pulling the silk while
slowly slid around the periphery of the
ring may readily remove it If the ring
is a plain hoop this process ia easy; if it
has a setting or protuberance more care
will be required. Another procesa ia to
puss a piece of sewing silk under the ring
and wind the thread in pretty close spirals
snugly around the finger to the end.
Then take the lower end that below the
ring and begin unwinding. The ring is
certain to be removed unless the silk ia
very weak. The winding compresses the
finger and renders tho operation leu diffi
cult -
Soft Shell Doughnuts.
A few day ago, George S., a salesman
of " renown," having a Western customer
in tow, dropped into the Cafe Haven for
lunch. Boston cream cakes and coffee
were ordered and discussed, to the delight
of the Western man, to whom the cakes
were a novelty, and the quality of the
beverage a surprise. The next day he
was eager to repeat his pleasant experi
ment, and wanted George to lunch at the
same place. Arrived at the saloon and
seated at the tablo. the Hoosier summon.
ed one of the attendant nymph and said :
" We want strong coffee for two, and
and "but the words cream cakes had es
caped from his memory, so turning to
vBinfiu, uu m.cii in a ucavy a&iue,
which attracted the attention of the room:
"What s the name of those soft cake
we had yesterday, Georgle?"
George wnispered a word in hia ear.
and ho turned to tho expectant darasel
with
Strong cofleo for two. and a nlate of
them soft shell doughnuts !" Commercial
BulUiin,.
Mrs. L. M. Child tells of a little cirl of
her acquaintance who took upon herself
the burdens of life very early : While be-
j i i r v j T i a
lujf unureancu jui uou, una uigut wnen Sue
was about six years old, she heard her
father read from the paper an account of
a mechanic whose arm was torn by ma
chinery. No one supposed that the child
took any notice of it, bu when sho went
up stairs she began to sob violei.Uy.
When asked what was the matter, she ex
claimed, " O dear I what shall I do if they
marry ma to a machine man?" Her
mother, scarcely able to repress laughter
replied, " Don't cry about that, my child ;
perhaps you will never be married." " O,
ye, I shall," she responded, "trying to
swauow ner suds; tuey wiu marry me
to somebody, and likely as not h will Ha
a machine man ; and if he break hla arm
all to pieces, I shan't know nothing what
to do."
Thb Little Corporal. A lata num.
ber of thia original magazine for boys and
Kiria, auu tur uiucr people wno nave young
hearts, has found lu way to our table, and
is so redolent of every rare and delicious
thing for young hearts that we art, con
strained to herald its uncommon merit.
i ne stories are aengnirui and invariably
Instructive. The poetry la simple, tender,
pretty and high. The compoaitiou ia ex
cellent English ; and, in a word, the con
ductors seem to enter into the spir of
their great task, to know the nature of
young hearts, and how to cater to their
Immortal longings. National InUiliMn
w, Sep- 10, iStSS.
Tns Little Corporal it now pub
lltihed lu ui&gatino form, und cowts otily
omj dollar a year. All who subset the now
for lUUS receive, tho Nowmber aud De
cember numbers of HM ifve. Addrrna
Alfred L. Sc-well, I'ublio'nT, Chicago, Illi
nois. Beautiful premium are given f.r
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