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SELECTED STORY.
PRINCE AND PEASAKT.
I'KOM 1 II K (IKIIMAN.
A fuw years ago, n young Itussian
Prince, lmiiilHuiiiL', rich, of fine culture,
nnil an nmiablo character, visited tiio
baths of Libenstein, in Thuringia. JIa
IlmI ii quiet uud Hccluilcd life, avoided
fashionable society, and passed much
of his time in solitary rambles about
tl;c hills and woods. One day, lost in
thought, he was slowly sauntering near
the ruins of an old castle, which stood
among the trees apart from the high
way, when his attention was arrested
by a pleat-ant voice calling him from
behind. He turned, and saw a beauti
ful peasant girl stepping briskly along
the path by which he had come, in one
hand holding n bunch ol llowers (it
was May;, and in the other u handker
chief. "Is this yours, hit ?" flic asked sim
ply, and with n pleasant Miiile holding
out the handkerchief.
He took it mechanically, surprised
out of courtesy, for the moment, by the
lovely apparition. The girl was tall,
graceful in shape, and fresh and beau
tiful as the llowers she had plucked.
Had the prince been acquainted with
Kuglish poetry he would have been re
minded of Wordsworth's description of
Lucy :
"Slie fliall Iran tier car
In man a turret plan:,
W here riwiU't ilaurt- lliclr wayward ruiinJ,
Ami ln-aiitv burn ol iiiurimiriii -diiikI
Shall iias fnto liurlace.''
But being a itussian Prince, he only
said to(himself,"Vhat a beauty she is?"
Thuringian fli.ihiou, she wore a gay
colored kerchief wrapped turban-likc
nbout her head, concealing her luxur
iant hair, but leaving her forehead ex
posed ; while her tasteful peasant-dress
set ofT her figure to the best advantage.
She was already tumiug away when
the J'rince, coming suddenly to his
senses, courteously thanked her for her
trouble.
"There is nothing to thank me for,"
she answered with a pleasant smile , "it
was no' trouble to pick up a handker
chief." ".May I ak for whom you ha;e
gathered these flowers?''
"Only for home. To-morrow is .Sun
day you know ; and I always like to
have llowers in the window on that
day."
While talking, they had approached
the edge of the wood, and the Prince,
from delicacy towards his companion,
parted with her there ; but not without
having begged permission to visit her
home on the morrow. It was rautod
with a charming frankness and simplic
ity that completed the conquc.it of his
heart.
The remainder of the day passed
heavily with the young prince. Twen
ty times before night came, he wan
dered up and down the path where he
had met the peasant girl; and when,
after bourn of restless waking, he fell
asleep, it was still to dream of her.
The next morning he went to church ;
but not to listen to the good village
pastor, whoso excellent sermon past un
heeded by his ears, while his eyes
rested on a beautiful face,- and his
thoughts followed them. Leaving the
church, immediately after service, he
was proceeding to join thu young girl
and her parents, when he heard a fam
iliar voice calling him by name. The
next moment his uncle Dimitry had
grasped Ins limit, ami, in Itussian man
lier, kissed him on the forehead, mouth
and cheeks.
"Thank (Sod, I have found you at
last, my dear Alexander," he exclaimed
in a hearty voice ; "I have been hunt
ing for you more than an hour in this
miserable village. Hut you don't seem
to bu very much elated by my coming.
Am I in the way of anything, young
man?"
".No, dear uucle , 1 am only on my
wuy to pay a visit."
"Oh, there's time enough for that.
Wc will order dinner at the hotel, and
incauwhile I can tell you about homo."
Alexander followed his uncle to the
hotel ; but while they sat talking on
the piazza it did not escape tho exper
ienced man of tho world that his
nephew was fitting on pins and nee
dles all tho timo. More amused than
vexed, ho suddenly changed the con
versation, and, by udroit questioning,
soon discovered that Alexander had
inado no acquaiutanco with the guests,
or with the resident families of rank
and fashion. "Then where tho devil
have you thrown your heart?" ho de
manded at last, somewhat peremptor
ily : "for it is evident you aro over
head and cars in love. Fooling your
timo away with bouic pretty peasant
girl, eh ?"
"Now my dear uncle"
"Tut, tut, whore's tho harm? Ono
must do somofhing to kill timo in such
u holo as this."
I don't seo why you call it n holo,"
said Alexander, feeling a little foolish,
and anxious to change tho conversation.
"I novor saw more beautiful scenory,
more roniantio"
"Quit your enthusiasm about beauti
ful sconory and rouiantio what-nots. I
have been borod to death in tho most
beautiful plaoo in tho world, where I
could not find ptfoplo to my liking. I
shall loavo for Badon-Badon this eve
ninir, and leavo you to puisuo your
lovo affair till you aro tirod of it. It is
only a littlo past noon ; go to your in
amoraU, and return at fqur. Mean
while, I will tak'o n cigar, and amuso
myself os best I can."
Alexander was not slow to oboy.
There was something in his uncle's
tone and manner which made him feel
uncomfortable, and ho was glad to
make his way to the littlo cottage where
his quick eye had seen the peasant "girl
and her parents enter on their return
from church. The ftttnily were just
sitting down to their simple noonday
meal ; and he would have turned away,
for fear of causing annoyance, had not
tho daughter caught sight of him. Her
parents inado him heartily welcome,
and Mario ho now heard her name
for the first time placed a chair for
him nt tho table. Simple as the meal
was, the princo thought ho had never
made so pleasant a dinner. He was
charmed with the sterling good sense
and frankness of the old people, whose
respectful demeanor had nothing ser
vile or fawning ; and as for Marie, she
was all grace and perfection in the eye
of her adoring lover. After dinner,
coffee was served in the little garden ;
and Ihcre they sat in delightful conver
sation until Alexander was compelled
to keep his engagement with his uncle.
"Is that the young woman?" asked
uncle Dimitry, later in the day, catch
ing a blush on his nephew's cheek, as
Marie and her parents passed them, on
their way to afternoon service. "I must
say you show good taste. How long,
pray, have you known this wild flower ?"
".Since yesterday 1" replied Alexan
der, with a conscious look.
"Since yesterday 1" repeated the un
cle in astonishment ; "and to-day
courting in church, and a long visit at
the house I Quick work, I must say.
Your father wouldn't believe it, if I
were to tell him ; and to tell you the
truth, I hardly believe it yet myself,
you scape-grace."
Angered by the sneering tone in
which these words were spoken, and
still more by their implied slur
on Marie, Alexander would have mude
a stinging retort ; but he waa able to
master his indignation, and refrain
from words that might recoil upon his
beloved. Happily his uncle maintained
his resolution, and that evening ed
parted for Badeu-Kadcii, leaving Al
exander to make the best use of his
opportunities. The Princo was not a
dilatory lover. He made himself at
home iu the little cottage, which had
become iu his eyes more precious than
a palace; and iu order to be constantly
near Marie, he would even go into the
fields, where she and her parents were
at work, and take part iu their labor
It made people stare to see a Prince so
madly in love with a simple peasant
girl ; and many shook their heads, and
(aid it would turn out badly, while
others called her a sly fchemcr, or
something worse.
The strangest part of tho affair was
that Marie herself was all this while
ignorant of her conquest. She never
suspected the Prince of loving her.
The rich patients at a small watering
place like Libenstein arc apt to do
strange things to pass away the time,
and she thought it nothing extraordi
nary that the Prince, who had noth
ing else to do, should amuse himself
with amcteur farming. She kncwlhat
he liked her, and that she liked him,
and that it was to both a pleasure to
be together ; of a warmer feeling she
never dreamed. But the time came
when she was undeceived. One Sun
day evening, after church, she and the
Prince were sitting together iu the cot
tage garden, softly conversing. Ho
had taken her baud, and was lookiug
into her frank blue eyes, when with a
sudden and irresistible impulse, he
threw his arm round her waist, drew
her close to his side, and kissed her
passionately on tho foreheard. "Dear
est one!" he whispered, as the startled
anil surprised girl tried to tree herself
from his embrace ; "Dearest -Marie,
will you be my wife ?"
"your wife I O, sir, what have I
done to dc.-ervo this from you?"
Alexander drew tho trembling girl
closer to his side. "My darling," said
lie, very tenderly, "you cannot bo
licvo that I do not mean what I say,
Iu what way could I better show my re
spect, my' trust, my love, than by mak
ing you my wilor
"Ah, Unit can never be. You can't
make a line lady out of a poor peasant
girl like me. The gulf between us is
is too wide and deep.,'
"Mario is right," said her mother,
who came into tho garden iu timo to
hear tho last words, and who easily
guessed what had been said before.
"Such unequal marriages never conic
to good. No marriage is happy whero
tho parents blessing is withheld, and
yours will ucver cousetit that you
should marry u peasaut girl."
Tho Princo would have protested
stroiigly against this ; but tho mother
with a decision of tone which con
vinced him that nothing would change
her purpose, begged him first to
ncquaint his parents with tho Htory.
"God knows you have becomo dear to
us,' she said; "but for Mario's sake
and your own, it is heft that their con
scut should bo obtained boforo wo talk
any further. If theirs is grauted, you
may bo suro ours will not bo with
hold." This was so reasonable that tho
princo could not but acquiesco, hard as
it seemod from tho lovers point of view.
Ho could not, however help stcaliug a
look into Marie's oyes; aud though
sho had not said a word sinco hor
mother came in, ho knew from that
moment that sho also loved. With a
silent prcssuro of hands tho lovors
parted.
II.
Princo Michael, Aloxandor'a father,
wan every iuoh an aristocrat, and his
CAIRO. ILLINOIS.
wrath, when his wife, timidly and w:
many misgivings, gavo into his hoi
1 with
muds
the fetter in which Alexander declared
his love for Marie, and begged permis
sion to make her his wife, was some
thing indescribable He raved for an
hour, like a madman; aud then dis
patched a furious letter to his son, en
closed in one to Dimitry, in which ho
commanded his brother to bring Alex
ander homo without delay.
Dimitry at once obeyed. Without
losing an hour he hastened back to Lib
enstcin, and immediately sought his
nephew's lodgings. Alexander was
away ; but there was trusty old Peter,
who had tended him as a child and al
ways accompanied him on his travels.
Still undecided what course to pur
sue, iu order to break tho news of his
father's anger to the weak-minded boy,
for such ho thought him, Dimitry al
lowed old Peter to guide him to the
field where his nephew, Maria and her
father were at work. Alexander was
the first to perceive his approach.
With a sad foreboding at his heart, the
young man greeted his unci)! in u man
ner that attracted the others' attention.
Marie's loving heart also divined some
thing wrong, and she came instantly to
his side. "Follow me to your mother's,"
ho said gently ; "this is my uucle
Dimitry. He brings news from my
father." Deeply moved, Marie spoke
to her father, who immediately left hi
work, ami, hand in baud with his
daughter, followed the other two to
wards the little cottage. Not a word
was spoken.
The good mother met them at the
door. Dimitry greeted her with the
utmost courtesy ; her fine intelligent
features, and the worth cxprcssscd in
her kindly eyes, made a deep impress
ion on him. "I am heartily sorry,"
he said, after tho usual greeting, "that
I must cuter this house as tho messen
ger of bad news. My nephew, who.e
love for your daughter I begin to un
derstand, has entreated his parents to
consent to his marriage with her. Hut
his father has other views for him, aud
withholds his permission."
"I expected this," replied the
mother, simply, but with true sorrow
in her voice, "and have often told your
nephew that it must be so. It is not
possible that a rich Prince should let
his son marry a poor peasant girl. If
1 have let him be with my daughter
every day, aud to use our house as his
own, it was because I could trust them
both, and they were so happy together
that I could not bear to part them.
Your nephew has a right noble heart,
and I am sure that I could not choose
a better husband for my child. But
the difference is too great, as I have
often told them. Alas ! I am afraid I
have done wrong, for they love each
other too well, aud it will be hard for
them to part."
Alexander and Marie sat near to
gether ; but neither spoke a word uor
looked at tho other.
Dimitry looked with true astonish
ment at the simple hearted woman, and
a sentiment of respect aud admiration
stirred his heart as he listened to her
words. He felt that every word was
true ; that she was cutirely free from
intrigue aud ambition, and had not in
any way sought to entrap his uephew
into marrying her daughter. "You
are the best woman I ever saw," he
said, warmly pressing her hand ; "aud
what you have said makes my crraud
harder than ever. If I thought my
brother could be persuaded to relent
but it is useless to speak of that.
Alexander, hero is your father's letter,
read it for yourself."
An icy shudder ran through the
young man's heart as his eye glanced
rapidly over the contents of the letter.
"O God I I have not deserved this I"
he cried out springing to his feet.
"My father's curse if I marry you 1"
He fell unconscious at Marie's feet.
Very tenderly, very sorrowfully, the
two women raised him from the .floor
mid laid him on tho bed. .Mario bathed
his temples with cool water, and old
Peter weut off on the run for a physi
cian. A long fever succeeded, during
which Marie and her mother never left
his bedsido except to catch short inter
vals of needed rest. Weeks past be
fore ho camo to himself. Tho first face
ho saw was his mother's : then ,ho saw
that sho was sitting hand iu hand with
Mario, aud deep peaco aud contentment
filled his heart. By degrceB ho learued
that his father's curso had been re
moved, aud that his full consent to the
marriago had been given.
"It comes too late," ho whispered,
pressiug his mother's hand, and turn
ing a loving look on Mario ; "but I
shall dio happy with you here, and
knowing that you lovo her, too. You
will bury mo hero ; will you not?"
Tho promise was given and kept ;
aud every year, on tho anniversary of
her son's death, the Princess visits Lib
eustoin, to strew flowers upon hisgravo,
Sho is never alouo ou theso sad visits ;
for Maria is always at her sido. Many
times sho has asked the young girl
to go, as hor dearly beloved daughtor,
to her Itussian homo ; but Mario will
not consent to leavo hor parcuts and
her lover's grave. Nor will sho accept
any of tho rich presents which Alex
ander's mother would gladly bostow
upon her. Thoso which her lover had
given her, in tho first happy days of
their acquaintance, sho lias treasured
up as sacred rolics. But sho always
wears u gold crucifix, his last gift,
clasped about hor neok by his dying
hands. I)vm The Aldine for October.
James Russell Lowell has left Lon
don for tho United States, aud it is re
ported will appear iu the October At
lautio' with a now poem.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29. 1872-SUPPLEMENT.
MISCELLANEOUS.
LOUIS JACQUES DAVID.
Louis Jacques David is considered
the great historical painter of his na
tion. He was born in Paris iu 1748.
He endeavored to restore art in France
by reviving tho taste for antiquu beauty
He took an important part in the events
of the revolution; impassioned by tho
republics of Greece and Rome, he
hoped to transplant their institutions to
Franco. He was named member of the
convention in 1702, and was remarka
ble for his republican ardor; ho voted
for the death of Louis XVI., sat with
the Montaguards, and was for a short
timo president of the assembly. The
death of Murat furnished him with a
subject for a celebrated painting. At
the end of the year 179G, ho gavo up
politics and devoted himself entirely to
art. Upon the restoration of the Bour
bons, David was exiled, and died at
Brussels iu 1825. Tho government
would not even permit his remains to
bo brought to France. The Bel
gians erected u monument to him.
Among his pupils wcro Gerard, Giro
dot, Gros, Ingres, and Leopold Robert.
Iu most of tho works of David one
feels his ardent love for the grand old
heroic stories from Grecian and Ro
man history, for the subjects of his
finest paintings aro drawn from these
sources. His works are characterized
by elevation of thought, simplicity and
clearness in the arrangement of the
composition, boldness and truth in
drawing, and warmth and delicacy of
coloring. Several of his largo histori
cal paintings aro at the Versailles.
They are iu glorification of Napoleon
I. In my opinion his finest works
arc at the Louvre. "The Bape of the
Sabine Women." and "Leonidas at
Tlieruiopyliu," are placed among the
great pictures of the French school.
Iu the picture of the Sabine Women,
David has seized the moment when Sa
bines and Romans alike seem absorbed
in witnessing the games in honor of
one of their gods. At a given signal
the Roman youths seize all the mar
riageable Sabine women. The work is
full of energetic action and strong ex
pression. Sabincs and Romans aro
fiercely fighting ; iu the foreground
Romulus stands, about to throw his
javelin at the Sabine chief, who braces
himself to avoid it, his shield ready to
guard his body from a mortal .wound,
his eye keenly watching every moment
of the antagonist. At this instant the
wife of Romulus is trying to part tho
combatants. At one side an old Sabine
women is striving to protect her young
daughter from a Roman soldier who is
about to carry her off. The old women
of David are never old hags, a9 are
ofteii tho old women of Poussin ; they
arc venerable and full of dignity, even
iu misfortune.
To me the most charming of David's
works is tho one called "The loves of
Paris aud Helen." Paris, seated upon
an antique chair, a lyre in his hand, is
turning to look at Helen, who is stand
ing just behind him and leaning upon
his shoulder; in front of them is a
fountain, and back of them is a couch,
draperies, etc. Tho great charms of
this picture are the glowing, yet deli
cate flesh tints, and tho expression of
quiet happiness iu the faces. It has
wonderful powers of fascination ; iu
looking at it one can almost believe
that tho flesh is warm and palpitating
with life. Lt Belle Jlrlenc does not
look at all like the beautiful but (also
wife, who caused a long and dreadful
war, but is as demure, sweet and modest
as the most exacting of husbands could
desire. Tho picture is very beautiful
and if one can makcduo allowance for
tho ecceutricity iu the morals of thoso
old Greek myths, one may derive much
plcasuro in contemplating this exquisite
piece of art.
Nearly opposite to this picturo or
Paris and Helen is ti full length por
trait of Madame Recamier. Sho is
dressed iu white and is lying upon a
couch of antiquo form. On tho left
stands a larco bronze caudelabra. In
this picture Madame Bccaiuier is repre
sented as quito young, and tho faco ex
presses tho sweetness aud lovableuess of
character for which sho was as re
nowned as for her beauty. Theso
grand masters introduce ouo into such
delightful company that ono is betrayed
into forgetfulucss of timo, nnd I must
now leave tho Louvre, hoping, however,
that the readers of 'Tho Art Review
will soma timo take another quiet walk
with mo through its cnohautiug halls.
Art Review.
FURNACE HEAT.
The warming of houses by hot nir
furnaces presents many advantages,
among which aro tho avoidanco of
draughts, the better distribution of tho
heat throughout tho halls aud rooms of
tho building, tho continual introduc
tion of fresh air from without, aud tho
confinement of the coal and ashes to
tho collar. On tho other hand, there
aro certain disadvantages attending tho
uso of this method of warming which
have so important a bcariug ou tho
health of tho porsous subjected to it
that they cannot bo disregarded with
impunity.
Prominoiit among theso disadvanta
ges is tho dryness of such artificially
heated air. It is true that the cham
ber of tho furnace may contain a water
Eau, and this may bo filled with water,
ut iu tho great majority of instances
it is too small to accomplish tho pur
pose for which it is intended. Hot dry
air is consequently inhaled, aud, com
iug iu contact with tho dolicato mem
branes of tho air-passages, removes too
largo a proportion of inoisturo from
them, aud tlicreby produces an irrtta
tion which frequently causes discaso of
tho throat nnd lungs.
When diseases of the throat and
lungs already exist, it is of the utmost
importance that this deficiency of mois
ture should bo corrected. The remedy
is very simple and may bo applied iu a
variety of ways: 1st. By increasing tho
surface of tho water-pan iu tho fur
nace chamber, or by adding one or
more pans, placing them at a littlo dis
tance over each other. 2d. Bysprcad
ing a wet towel at n short distance in
front of the hot air register, and dip
ping its lower edge into water placed in
u shallow tin vessel. Ud. To throw
steam into the air of the room by plac
ing n tin vessel containing water ou a
small gas stove, or at a height of sixor
eight inches over the lighted gas burner.
Another and perhaps more serious
difficulty is the escape of the gases of
combustion from the fire-box into the
air-chamber. To prevent this, tho ut
most care should be taken at the com
menennent of the winter to close all
scams and cracks iu the iron-work with
fire-cement, and remove all the soot
and ashes from the radiator aud pipes.
Even when this has been properly done
theso insideouly poisonous gases will
still find their way through tho red hot
iron of the firo box. This can only bo
prevented by the use of a soap-stouo or
fire-brick lining, by which the iron is
kept below a red heat. Tho lining will
obstruct tho free passage of the heat,
but the loss from this cause may bo
remedied by increasing the surface of
the radiator in the hot-air chamber.
Nature mid Science in Scribncr's fur October.
ABOUT SHOES.
Shall wo say a word about shoes?
and that nowhere in Europe are they
so well madoas here? Our mothers sent
to Pans for their bottines, and some of
their daughters, as if unaware that
times had changed, go to tho cost and
pains offending thither now; but were
these same mothers aud daughters liv
ing iu Paris, they would do far better
to send for their shoes to America. Of
English or British shoes it is useless to
speak. Apart from other external
characteristics, one might distinguish
an Englishman instantly by glancing
at his feet. Is it the construction of
those feet which make them appear dif
ferent from those of other nations?
We are inclined to think the happy re
sult is due both to tho shape of the foot
aud the shapo of the shoe. The foot
is minus an instep, the shoes are clum
sy aud awkward. Ladies' shoes in
England aro wido nt the toes, snug
over tho instep, and half-low over the
ankles, with the ugliest "tip" imagina
ble. They make tho foot look large
and flat. As a rule, Americans have
well-shaped feet, and since the art of
making shoes has been carried to great
perfection iu this country, they show to
advantage in comparison with those of
Europeaus. The pretty littlo kid
boots of childrcu it is au impossibility
to find ou the other sido of tho ocean.
As to the size, shape and position of
heels high heels tip the body forward
and arc great aids to the Grecian bend;
they tend also to make tho feet look
smaller and more arched, aud as a com
pensation, ruin the feet aud tho spine.
As to shapo, the luoderatcly-taperiug
French heels are becoming, while the
exaggerated French heel, formed al
most like an inverted cone, and placed
nearly under the middle of the foot,
gives tho latter a kind of negro shape
the leg, instead of being planted iu tho
rear of the foot, appearing as fixed iu
the center. On such pegs, placed in
tho middle of tho sole, the deformed
foot bulges out in all directions. Many
ladies have also a mistaken idea that"
wearing a very short shoo makes tho
foot look better, or at least smaller;
whereas tho result is a stumpy, uncom
fortable appearance, not a graceful one.
But hero wo end the chapter on shoes.
Lijijnncott'n Magazine for October.
TALK AND TALKERS.
Talk is the uiiisio of life. The abil
ity to talk is ouo of tho most pleasing
of any wo possess. Tho power to
weave our thoughts into webs, to spin
and wind them into skeins, to do them
up iu all sorts of ways to suit all sorts
of circumstances, to answer all sorts of
cuds is astonishing and agreeable.
Man alouo talks, it is his most dis
tinguishing characteristic. Animals
seem to understand each other, but do
not talk, hxprcssion is uot talking,
though the Chiueso say of an express
ive fuco, it "talks."
Tho ability to talk is suscoptiblo of
cultivation. It may be trained till talk
ing shall becomo a most amiable ac
complishment ; till it shall adorn one's
character, beautify onu's life, and hallow
ouo's intercourse with his fellow beings.
Common, rough, helter-skelter conver
sation will uot cultivate it. Thought
loss talk, rudo chit-chat, hasty uud
careless interchange of ideas, will not
cultivate it. It can only bo dono by
care-taking conversation, with a chasto
nnd thoughtful uso of appropriate lan
guage, expressive of pure thoughts.
When talkers talk to good purpose,
seeking to bo agreeable aud express
woll thoir ideas, they eultivuto their
ability to talk. Tho best talkers have
been tho delight of thoir ago aud al
ways will be. Thoro is a real oharm
in talk. Peoplo always love to gather
rouud a good talker. Good talk does
not consist altogether in tho ex
pression ot good ideas, though this is
ono cssontial. it is good ideas, cimsto
ly and ngrcoably oxpresscd. Good talk
in common conversation is what oratory
is in public speaking. It is not pre
tension, uot swelling words, uot pom
pous display but an easy, graceful
and earnest uiauuer of say iug what ono
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wishes to say. Indeed, great talk
ers aro often bad talkers.
They overwhelm with a tor
rent of words often not woll chosen at
all, but caught up at random. Great
talkors aro oftou great bores, which
fiotisiblo peoplo shun as they would tho
noise of a nail factory. Thoy often talk
light on, without thought, without var
iation, without care in the choice of
words, pell-mell over rules, taste, po
liteness and respect, and haul up only
now and then to take- breath, as though
cars were made of solo leather and
souls of solid oak. Somo great talkers
talk well, but from the most of them
deliver mo. I love to talk and hear
talk, but to havo a hurricane of words
hurled at ono at random is too much.
Give mo to take breath in listening.
Let me enjoy tho pleasure of an occa
sional rest iu tho flow of sound. Not
to talk at all is a fault, but to talk
everybody to death is outrageous.
Colmttn' Rural World.
OF A OUJJ OF COFFEE.
It has been truthfiillv said that even
In theso enlightened days, and in the
lands most blessed liv (hn inlln.
ence of civilization, there aro thousands
upon tnousands ol persons born into
the world who live long lives and then
go down into their graves without ever
having tasted a good cup of coffee.
There aro maiiv reasons fur this, nml
tho principal one, of course, must be
inai so iew persons Know now to make
good coffee. And yet there have been
thousands of recipes and directions pub
lished which teach us how to make
good coffee by boiling it ; by not boil
ing it ; by confining the essence and ar
oma : bv niakini' it in an onoti vessel :
by stcenin'' it : bv not stuonintr it:'hv
clearing it; by not clearing it; by
L'riinliii'' it fine : bv i?rindiiif it m.nsn
and by many other methods opposed to
each other and to all these. Now wc
do not intend to try to toll anybody
now to maKu good cottec, but wo just
wish io say a word about tliu treatment
of the coffee after it is made. And on
this treatment depends its excellence,
brew it as you may. The rule is sim
ple : never decant it. Whatever else
you do about it, bring it to the tablo in
tho vessel iu which it was made. A
handsome urn or,' coffee-pot is the
grave of good cofl'co. Of course, if it is
considered more desirable, to h.-ii-n thn
pot look well than to have the coffee
lasie wen, wo navo no more to say.
But when hot colTi'n is nnmtipil frnin
one vessel into another, the kitchen
ccmii-r ircnerallv receives that essonco-
laden vatii which should lmvu found
its way into the cups on the breakfast
table. And ono word about theso cups.
When the coffee enters them it shnuhl
find the milk or the cream already there.
I. i ... . -
jsy observing tneso rules, ordinary cot
fee, mado in almost nnv wav. is nOnn
very palatable indeed. Home ami b'o-
ciety, bcriuncrs or (Jctnber.
VIRTUES ASCRIBED TO PREC
IOUS STONES.
The Moliainmedaus aeribo peculiar
medicinal virtues to the various prec
ious stones. Tho ruby is said to for
tify tho heart and protect the wearer
from tho plague and thunder. Placed
under tho tongue, it is supposed to
quench thirst, aud preserve tho wearer
from tho temptation of committing sui
cide by drowning. Tho diamond, they
assert, defends the wearer from epilep
tic attacks, aud. if applied upon the ab
domen, cures the colic, aud other simi
lar diseases. J he emerald is considered
to bo an excellent specific for the bites
of vipers ; if it is powdered and drank
in water, it is said to cure all venom
ous wounds. If an emerald is shown to
a viper, it is supposed that it will put out
its .eyes. It is said to be a oharm
against epilepsy, and, if gazed upon
steadfastly, to strengthen tho sight.
The tuniuoiso is held iu iircat esteem.
being considered useful iu diseases of
tho eye, tho bites ot scorpions, aud for
strengthening tho sight. Tho conic
lian varies iu its virtues according to
tho depth of its color if deep red, it is
said to prevcut the sad effects of anger;
if flesh-colored, with whito rays, it
stops hemorrhages ; another kind, when
reduced to powder, is said to stop tooth
ache. Emery is said to cure all kinds
of wounds, and various diseases of tho
stomach. Lapus lazuli, when pow
dered, serves iu casesof diseased eyes,
uud hematite relieves the gout and
other maladies whon powdered aud
mixed with milk or warm water, it is
said to counteract the effects of poison.
JERUSALEM.
Iu the twolfth century the Sultan
Saladiu, an Arab hero, captured tho
city, threw down the Cross, and puri
fied tho holy places with rosc-miter.
This prince a man of gre.it bravery,
sagacity, and success, restored tho for
tifications of Jerusaloiuou the approach
of tho Crusaders under Richard Camr
do Lion (AM., 111)2). After the death
of Saladiu it fell successively into tho
bauds of every iuvader of Syria Mam
eluke, Christian and Turk. In tho six
(couth century its walls woro rebuilt by
'.lie Turkish faultan bolunau tliu -Magnificent
(a.u. 151)2), whoso inscription
reiuaius over tho Jaffa gate. JCvon in
tho present century this "City .of Vio
issitudes" has changed masters, falling
iuto thu possession of Mohomet Ali, tho
Pasha of Egypt, in his Syriau invasion
(a.u. 1832). From hiui, howovor it
was wrested, with all his Syrian con
qtiosts (a. u. 1811), and restored to tho
Ottaman government, under which it
now rests.
Tho Jewish nation, o:;iled from their
Touiplo, city, aud oouutry, havo boon
dispersed all over tho world, harassed
by pluudor and persecution during tho
vast period, tho seventeen ccuturios,
which have passed since tho uational
ruin. But a change has already begun.
Tho Sew in all nations is sharing tho
protection of tho law and thn nnautnn
of property. It is to tho honor of
America that this change was begun by
her, and that as sho has long takon tho
lead in liberty, morula, and religion, she
set tho example of neknowlndrnnir ttwt
claims of tho Jews to tho fallow-feeling
oi mankind.
A REAL LADY.
Thoro is u person whoso harmonious
voice gives to hor conversation a charm
found equally iu her manners. She
knows how to speak nnd keep sllcnco ;
how delicately tu engage herself to you,
and uso only proper subjects of conver
sation. Her words are happily chosen,
her langungo is pure, hor raillery car
esses, and her criticism docs not wound.
Far from contradicting with tho igno
rant assurance of a fool, 'sho seems to
seek iu your company good sense or
truth. Sho indulges in dissertations as
littlo as sho does iu disputes ; she de
lights to lead a discussion which she
stops when she pleases. Of an equa
ble temper, her nir is affable and gay.
Her politeness has nothing forced iu
it ; her wcleomo is never servile ; she
reduces respect to nothing more than a
delicate shado; sho never tires you,
and leaves you satisfied with her and
yourself. Attracted to her sphere by
an inexplicable power, you find her wit
and grace impressed upon the thing
with which she sounds herself; every
thing there pleases the fight, andwhi'lo
thero you seem to breathe tho fresh air
of the country. In intimacy, sho sedu
ces you by n tone of fresh simplicity.
She is natural. She never makes an
effort at luxury or display. Her senti
ments aro simply rendered because they
aro true. She is frank, without offend
ing any one's self-love. Sho accepts
men as God made them, pardoning
their faults and ridiculous dualities:
comprehending all ages, and vexing
person about nothing, since sho has
tact enough to foresee everything.
REARING CnuJmEN.
It is a settled matter of demonstra
tion that about one fourth of all tho
children born dio in their infancy. If
statistical tables arc correct, the mor
tality is greater iu civilized society than
among semi-barbarians or savages. It
is not to bo denied that tho Indians
lose a largo numbor of their papooses
before the second year ; but not in the
ratio of a given population in a civil
ized community where all tho applian
ces, coiiveniencies and knowledge aro iu
full exercise for their preservation.
Tho negroes of Africa and the noma
dic races iu Asia loose many children
early ; but they appear to be more suc
cessful in their efforts to rear them than
the best informed peoplo of civilized
Europo or America. No doubt this as
sertion may be called in question. Fig
ures aro not to bo disputed, howovor.
If itbc admitted that tho manner of ev
eryday life of millions of mothers
is injurious to thoir nursing
babes, one direct causo of
the mortality among infante, nover
practiced by unsophisticated out-door,
open-air mothers, will bo established.
Our civilized mothers buudlo up thoir
babies too closely, aud too often do
privo them of the fresh invigorating at
mospheric air. They aro wilted liko
cut flowers iu a stifling nursery. Their
freedom is too much abridged, from a
mistaken idea that they may tako cold
if exposed. Tho Esquimaux mother
refreshes her uudo nursling in an Arc
tic suow-dritt. Uiviiization overdoes
tho uncivilized lets naturo do more. '
MARIO.
If tho tenors cvor grow old thero
would bu a dash of pathos in tho pub
lic iutcrcst that the return of Mario
will awaken. But thoy novor do.
Thero arc no scro and yellow leaves iu
the laurals that the lyrio lover has
snatched from a willing world. Ten
ors, liko Apollo, arc always young, nud
this ono must bo youuger than evor.
True, it was in 18H8 that he stopped
upon tho victorious car at tho Grand
Opera House iu Paris. Stop 1 was it
victorious then? Alas for similes and
sentiment ; hardly I The handsome
young Piedmoutcso undertook to sing
tho part of Robert, aud ho really suu
cccded iu convincing tho audience that
he was as bad au actor and as raw a
singer as could bo conceived. JIo
endeavored to fill tho placo wherein
Nourit nud Duproz had resigned. Pa
ris was indignant. JJut thero was u
charm iu the fellow that could not bu
criticised. Ho grow upon tho world
slowly aud by aud by it was discov
ered that tho charm lay iu his splendid
manner and his rich, uncultivated voito.
Iu 1848 ho triumphed. It was when
M. Roger woke hnu up by s'lDging iho
part of Raoul with Mine. Viardot.
G IGANTKJ SEA WEED.
Tho Agassiz oxpedition, at tho Ust
accounts, was off Sandy Point, Patago
nia. Among tho sciontific curiosities
noted by somo members of the party
woro imnicnso quantities of kelp, tf.
"Macrooystio pyrifera." This is tV.
largest kuown alga or sea weed, aud
grows ou these coasts iu from six to
twenty fathoms of water, in vast beta
warning tho mariner to beware of a
uear approch uuless ho wishes to to
entangled in an inextricable net oi.
It throws up lrom me oceanic aepmit
stems of immense longths, tome et
them aro from seven hundred to OM
thousand feet, tho grcatestfdeyelopMM
reached by any member of the vegeta
ble race now in existence. Patehea at
this seaweed woro passed in open s
with largo sea lions lying on itaavrfao;,
who were apparently navigating lm
this novel manner with much tawao
tion to thomselvon, and afforded asck
atnuMBaeat to their aeieatilo ebeemm.

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