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JJUrr H. Krout in The Ourrent.
the lark's vole dies whan tall the Ihtm
And wh.re er beeped the hnishaTrt
IV crioketi chirp the wool night lon
And wakes nt;bi
But in a myriad lowly nests
Beneath a myriad plashing breasts,
Through noontide heat and twlllghtdew
Life out of shapeless void took form.
That voices still through thine and storm
Might sing too mother-song anew.
What matter If we hear them not
But lie in some still place forgot.
Oust crumbling into older dust,
The song shall still make glad the earth
Life tmmpb over Death through birth.
And doubt be satisfied in trust
DOMESTIC ANIMAL'S DECORUM.
The Mem Conventionality Enfereea Upon
Oar Cat asU Dogs. "
rtondon Spectator. 1
Mr. L 8. Mill,;in , his essay on "Lib
erty," long ago warned us of the stupe
eying influence of custom upon human
beings, .and bold that wo ought to
encourage eccentricities in each other,
and to guard jeat usly the right to be
eccentric, instead f insisting on reduc
ing every ono by the hard-and-fast Pro
crustean standard to a single dead
level of mediocrity. But, whatever our
sins may be in this respect toward human
beings, surely they are greater still
toward the domestic animals. Wo re
dact oar botes, o far as possible, to
the mechanical condition of locomotive
engines indeed, eccentric horses might
involve very serious, dangers to life and
limb eur dogs to sentinels, which we
drill to a social decorum as rigid as our
own; while we regard the eccentricities
of a oat with undiguisod horror, aa the
.mere prelude to dangerous insanity.
Then may be exceptions here and
there. Sometimes you will find an old
lady who will protect eccentricity in a
parrot, a magpie, or a jackdaw, aa a
bird that has a right to a certain freedom
of movement in return for its entertain
ing attempts at conversation. But, on
the whole, there is no sterner standard
of conventionality than that which we
enforce in our domestic animals. Pet
dogs become perfect bigots in favor of
the usual, and persecute any attempt to
deviate from it on the part even of n
more powerful and less favored col
league, as the inquisition persecuted
heresy, oY as the court of Russia perse
There is nothing equal to the indigna
tion of an indoor dog at any invasion of
the privacy of the drawing-room by an
outdoor dog, and nothing more melan
choly than the servile apologies which
the big dog will make to the little one,
for even proposing to break through the
animal etiquette of tho house. The hor
ror of the queen's chamberlain, when
once an officer, presented himself at the
levee in tlie proper court suit diversified
by slippers, which ho had forgotten to
to exchange for the regulation boots,
was not so great as the horror of the
terrier and the Pomeranian when a collie
or a setter presents himself on the
threshold of their mistress' sitting-room.
We smother the genius of our dogs with
onr conventionalisms, and stifle the
originality of our cats with luxurious
A correspondent thinks that the health
of the people would be brought up to a
better condition if they were educated
out of the following fallacies.
The idea that cold baths are healthy
in winter and dangerous in mid-summer.
That rain water is more wholesome
than hard water.
That bed-rooms must bo heated in cold
That the misery of everlasting scrub
bing and soapsuds vapors is compen
sated by the comfort of the lucid inter
vals. That a sick room must be hermet
That it pays to save foul air for the
sake of its warmth.
"That "draughts" are morbific agen
cies. That catarrhs are due to low temper,
ature. That even in midsummer children
must be sent to bed at sunset, when the
air begins to be pleasant.
That an after-dinner nap can do
That the sanitary conditions of the
air can be improved by the fetor of car
That there is any benefit in swallow
ing jugfulls of nauseous sulphur water.
That rest after dinner can be short
ened with impunity.
That outdoor recreation is a waste of
That athletic sports brutalize the
That a normal hnman being requires
any other stimulant than exercise and
That any plan of study can justify
the custom of stinting children in sleep.
That the torpor of narcotism is prefer
able to insomnia.
That the suppression of harmless rec
reation will fan to beget vice and hypo
orisy. That stimulation is identical with in
That fashion has a right to enforce
the wearing of woolen clothes in the dog
Onr Oldest HaUroed.
"What are the ages of onr oldest rail
"Oh, well, yon might ask me what
were the oldest roads. The first road
ever built in England the Romans built
nearly 1,500 years ago. The next kind
of roads put there were tramways, which
began about the close of the eighteenth
century. They were gauorally made of
wooden rails. The first iron was put
down on these tramways about the time
the Americans were resisting taxation
say, 1707. By 1811 thcro were nearly
200 miles of these iron trams in Wales
alone. Locomotive engines were first
suggested in England about 1820. Then
a passenger railroad was built in 1825,
the cars drawn by horses.
The first railroad line of any note on
the globe was from Liverpool to Man
chester, chartered by parliament in
1820, and it offered a premium for a lo
comotive engine, and the premium was
won by George Stevenson, whoso engine
ran thirty miles and back on her trial
trip, making as high as thirty miles an
uour, wnicn is pretty good running now.
That first railroad cost (120,000 a milo.
The same year tho Baltimore & Ohio
railroad had been laid for a few miles,
and six miles bad been put down of the
railroad from Charleston to Georgia.
The latter railroad James Edgar Thomp
son, afterward president of the Penn
sylvania railroad, was the engineer of,
and he was a Pensylvanian.
ine road from Liverpool to Manches
ter was finally opened with engines in
1880, and the duke of Wellington was a
guest. This road was the pioneer of all
railroads financially as well as materi
ally. In 18& it was opened to Birming
ham and to London, and bv 1850 the
general British railroad system had been
constructed. There were nearly 1.600
miles of railroad in England in 1841.
The English spent $800,000,000 in ten
years to build railroads. The Ameri
cans had by 1855 nearly 24,000 miles of
rnuruau. it is saia mat more gunpow
der has been spent to build American
railroads than was used in the whole
war of the rebellion. The first big
American tunnel was on tho Pennsyl
vania railroad in the Allegheny moun
tains, and cost $450,000. Tho Hoosac
tunnel is about one mile and a half
I always take a look through a scrap
book when it is presented to me. I don't
know anything that gives me an idea of
me less obtrusive tastes of a person
better than a scrap-book. Like a dairy
most people at various periods of their
lives begin to keep a scrap-book. They
go and examine all the stocks in town
and generally end by buying one that is
too big or too small. For a day or two
they read with a pair of scissors handy.
They have laid in a pot of gum and a
brush. Thoy clip what they don t want
as a rule, to begin with, because after
they have mado up their minds to keep
a scrap-book, they don't find any of tho
kind of paragraphs they used to want
to cut out, and they must cut and paste
something. They dive furiously at a
paragraph that has no particular mean
ing, that is quito foreign to their taste?.
But thevmust start in.
For n week or so thoy are moderately
faithful to that scrap-book. Then they
begin to cut things and lay them asiirt
to bo pasted when convenient. Tacv
succeed in tilling half a dozen pages.
Then the heap of cuttings grows larger
and larger until it is in the way, and
some day in a fit of semi-disgust, semi
anger, they throw the bundle into the
tire. Years after they find odd clippings
in unused drawers and unfamiliar
corners, and they puzzle and puzzle as
to what they cut them out for.
The laws of Physiology.
I nsed to know a very excellent lady
who for several years was an active
worker among the poor. She became
lame at length, and was confined at
A religious friend wrote a notice of
tho lady's enforced abandonment of be
nevolent activities. One sentence was
"God has thus crippled her that she
might have leisure for holy reflections."
Seeing the notice, I called upon the
lady, and examined her feet. It was a
- , .. . t s- mi:
case ot mucn wanting wuu oauiy-iuung
shoes. If God s plan was to enppio tins
good woman that she might have time
tor holy contemplations, now can you
explain the fact that a poor little Irish
corn doctor, in one nine uour, set uer
on her feet again?
Who instituted the laws of physiology?
People talk as if these were not God's
laws. And are they not just as bind
ing and sacred as "Thou shalt not
MORNING ON BROADWAY.
A Great Australian Kiver.
It is a common mistake to assume
that Australia is a country destitute of
large rivers. On. the contrary, it pos
Mases one of the longest water-courses
in the world, vis., the Darling, which is
navagable for 9,845 miles, placing it
third in rank among the rivers of the
world, estimated by their navagable
length, and considerably above the Nile,
navigable for 1,500 miles; the Danube,
navigable for 1,700 miles; the Rhine,
600, and the Thames, navigable for only
188 miles. .
Indianapolis Sentinel. 1
"Mamma," said a little girl, "do nil
the wicked people go to the bad placer
"Yes, dear' "And all the good people
to heaven!" "Yes." "And are
gome people wickeder than other peo
phf' "Yea, I suppose they are.
Well, I think that the people who are
not so very, very wicked ought to go to
the Dad place only in the winter tune.
Phosphorescence of the Diamond
It has long been laid down as an
axiom in diamond loro that the precious
stone was capablo of absorbing rays
of light and afterward emitting them in
the dark. While this was abundantly
proved by theory it has been difficult to
put it to an actual test, for naturally
the great diamonds of the world are not
accessible for the purpose. Kocently,
however, a private person, the fortu
nate possessor of a stone of ninety-two
karate, valued at $200,000, lent his dia
mond for scientific investigation. Thcso
have been very satisfactorily conducted,
and the phosphorescent qualities of the
stone may be regarded as proved. The
stone was exposed for an hour to the di
rect action of the sun's rays, and then
removed to a dark room. For more
than twenty minutes it emitted light
strong enough to make a sheet of white
paper hold near it perfectly visible.
Paris' Statue of Gambetta.
The accepted design, by MM. Anbe
and Boilean, for the Paris statue of
Gambetta shows a quadrangular pyra
mid surmounted by c winged lion bear
ing upon its back a figure of the Re
public. At the base Gambetta stands,
Tuning France to arms and decreeing
"War to the knife!" At the other
aides are figures of Union, Strength,
and Truth; electoral urns are at tho
corners, and quotations from Gam
betta's most noted speeches are graven
on the faces of the pde.
The Current: Indian reservation
The Beginning of "Business" Tree of
Six o'clock of a bright spring morn
ing, on the greatest thoroughfare of the
greatest city of the greatest nation in
Six o'clock; and the streets, which for
tho past three hours have been quite de
serted, are beginning to be dotted with
black figures, all moving down toward
the great center of trade and commerce
There are also a few people, with
wrinkled coats, hair like bewildered
haystacks, bloodshot cpes, and broken
hats, making the best of their way
homeward from the gambling-houses,
opium -dens, dives, und infamous resorts
where they have spent the night. How
their weary and battered aspect con
trasts with that of the laborers, the me
chanics, and the trim, bright work-girls
who, nfter a night of sound, dreamless
sleep, and a good breakfast, are march
ing cheerfully to their daily toil. So
think the dissipated ones as they cast
furtive, shamefaced glances from their
heavy eyes at the fresh young girls who
trip so lightly past them on their way
to factory or store. So, too, think the
stalwart policemen of the Broadway
squad, Who know many of the revelers,
and eye them with little favor- as they
pass; and who exchange cheery morn
ing greetings with the workmen and
pretty girls hurrying by.
Half-past six; and tho milk-carts are
clattering along, tho milkmen ringing
bells and uttering unearthly yawps,
bringing sleepy janitors to the doors of
tho great business houses to take in the
matutinal fluid. Then the janitors, or
their aides-de-camp, come out again to
shako and beat door-mats, sending forth
clouds of dust upon tho passer-by, and
drawing shrill remonstrauces from the
neatly-attired girls. Tho janitors only
beat the harder, for is this not a free
country, and what havo common
courtesy or consideration for others got
to do with business; The icemen now
have nearly completed their rounds and
havo left a block df solid water at tho
door of nearly every store; always tak
ing care to put it in the sunniest corner
or over the grating through which the
engine that runs the elevator sends its
heated breath. This is also business.
Seven o'clock. The heavy, awkward,
lumbering stages are bumping and jolt
ing along the uneven pavement; now de
scending, as it were, into tho trough of
the sea; now riding on the top of a stony
billow; like a ship in a storm. The
stores are beginning to be opened.
Young clerks are struggling with pad
locks and stiff hasps; iron roller-blinds
and shutters are going up with deafen
ing crash; show-cases are wheeled out in
front of the retail houses; heads of de
partments are arriving, clothed in ma
jestic dignity and shiny hats; and the
day begins. The men who had gathered
round tho doors of tho wine and sample
rooms, somo of whom had waited nioru
than half an hour for the opening of the
swinging doors, are coming out now,
wiping their lips, and looking somewhat
fresher for their morning cocktail. It is
the beginning of the end. Before a year
has passed, one-fourth of those early
birds will nave lost their nests; one
fourth will have their brilliant feathers
stained and ruffed and bedraggled; und
within ten years from now the whole
number, except perhaps a wretched 1
per cent, who saw their coming doom in
time, and steadily put down the brakes,
will have joined the great army of tho
tramps, or found a home in the work
house, the insane asylum, or the grave.
Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we
Eight o'clock; and the pedestrians
bound down-town are thick aa leaves.
However pressing the business, or great
the hurry of a New Yorker may be,
he can always find time to stop and as
certain the cause of a crowd with a po
liceman's helmet looming up in the cen
ter of it Suoh a crowd is now gathered
at the corner of Canal street, and we,
with many others, press forward to find
out what it is all about. One of the
most miserable examples of humanity
that we have ever seen is lying on tho
sidewalk. Unutterably dirty and ragged,
with glassy eyes, and with just sufficient
llcsh beneath the skin on his gaunt faca
10 keep the sharp cheek-bones from start
ing through, he presents a spectacle of
misery not soon to bo forgotten. He is
not able to walk, and the ambulance,
which has been sent lor, now comos
clanging down the street.
Nine o'clock, business is in full
swing and the noise on Broadway is
deafening. The traffic on the groat
thoroughfare is not quite so dense as it
will be later on; but there will be more
buying and selling done, and a greater
number of people will travel, between
Fourteenth street and the Battery from
now up to 12 o'clock, than on the main
streets of any six country towns in the
Union within a week.
And Broadway, roaring, bustling
Broadway, echoes tho tread of countless
thousands bent on potty things, and
like the millions who have trod those
tlags in generations past all hastening
to the grave!
IN THE HOLY LAND.
lathe leading De-
BalUmora Oof. New York Sua.
The presence in Baltimore in attend
ance at the plenary council of the
Catholic prelates and dignitaries and
the interchange of opinions resulting
from their several meetings, have served
to direct particular attention to
a table which has just mado
its appearance. It has been oustomary
heretofore to gauge the growth of religi
ous organizations in this country by
comparative figures at each new reckon
ing. But as the whole population is al
ways increasing rapidly, the various de
nominations have thus always been able
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RACING IN DONGOLA.
to show a healthy gain in numbers
Since the opening of the council an at
tempt has been made by eareful.students
and statisticians to show these results
relatively for the better guidances of the
prelates. The table which has been pro
Cred arrives at some conclusions little
s than startling.
By the census of 1860 tho population
of the United States was 31,445,080.
The present population is now estimated
at 50,000,u00. The gain in twenty-five
years has been, therefore, 23,800,000, or
at the rate of 75 per cent
In 1800, according to estimates the
accuracy of which was then universally
acknowledged, there were 8,000,000
Methodists in this country. There were
then, as they are now, the strongest re
ligious body, numerically. Sinco 1800
the total has grown to 15,000,000, whioh
is an increase of 75 per cent. ; keeping
pace exactly with the increase in popu
lation. The number of atfuianUof tho various
Baptist churches was, in 1880, 8,000,
Out). To-day it is 12,000,000. The in
crease in twenty-five years is, therefore,
50 per cent., a gain in absolute ratio,
but a falling off when considered rela
tively. The Presbyterians numbered, in 1800,
3,1)00,000. jnow tney numoer o,soo,
000, an increase in twenty-five years
of 53 per cent.
The Lutherans, who havo been mate
rially benefitted by constant and in
creasing emigration from Germany,
Sweden, Holland and Norway, havo
grown from 1,250,000 in 1860, to 2,000,
000 in mi, or at the rate of 00 per
The Oongregationaliste have declined
relatively very much. The old spirit of
the New England pilgrims seems to be
dying out among them. In twenty-five
years they have advanced but 27 pet
tent. that is, from 1,413,000 in 1800 to
1,800,000 at present. On the other
hand, tho various Reformed churches
Dutch. German and Evangelical show
an increase of nearly 60 per cent, from
810,000 in 1860 to 1,200.000 to-day.
The Episcopalians show a fair increase
in numbers, yet one relatively below the
average- Their percentage of gain is
33i per cent, in twenty-five years, bring
ing up the total Iron! 900,000 to
The Hebrews counting together
those who are orthodox and those who
are merely nominal havo increased
from 800.000 in 1800 to 700,000 in 1884,
a full 1W per cent of gain.
The Friends, or Quakers, show an ab
solute as well as relative decline. They
have fallen off 00 per cent., from 220,-
000 in 1800 to 150,000 in 1884.
The denomination of Christians who
are numerous in Kentucky, southern
Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri
number 800,000, against 600,000 in
1800, nn absolute gain of CO percent.,
yet a' falling off relatively of 10. .
But the most surprising feature
of the calculations just completed
is the growth of the Catholics. In
1860 they numbered in the United States
8,170,000. Now there are 0,000,000.
This is a gain 'of 200 per cent, in
twenty-five years. Should the
ratio of increase continue
Jerusalem, tka Meet of Numerous Hells;,
Jerusalem Cor. Mew Orleans Times-Democrat.
One would naturally expect to find
plenty of religious riff-raff in Jerusalem
to-day, for, while tho eity is the object
of reverential regard on the part o:
Christians generally , it is at the same
time an all-potent magnet to attract
hither tho world's religious extremists.
All the infallible cranks on the Subject
of bib!i al interpretation aro here, and
not a few of them have brought their
sisters and their cousins and their aunts.
It is an appalling fact that n ne-tent!is
of these "peculiar people I nail lioui the
good land where Undo Saiui.n l th:
bald hooded bird of liberty aro said t'
preside. America m oys tho imputation
of raising about as ilmwy religion to the
square-inch as uny i-u.-ntry on tho face
of the earth, and 1 thiuk Jerusalem may
bo regarded to-day ai the index rerum
of these diverse tbeol jies. I sually be
lievers come here i.i cliques Often
there will be an organization left behind
with whom these enthusiasts communi
cate regularly, in tho vague hope that
somo day the whole lump of
believers at home may bo leavenec
with tho grotesque religious views
cherished by the littlo band ovo
here. Each clique considers that it has
arrived at the marrow ot religious truth,
and finds it impo-sible to compromise-
even in non-essential matters with any
other clique. By thus living in their
own strange rut the members succeed in
harmonizing everything in the Bible.
Indeed, when you approach them in ar
gument they will protest:
"Ah! but why not look at things in
our wayl Take any other view, and the
Bible is a great battle-ground of .contra
dictory and meaningless statements.
Just adopt our view, and everything be
comes consistent. It is then so simple
that a wayfaring man, though he be a
fool, need not err."
And you don't want to enter the lists
for a verbal discussion until you have
fully counted your host. Even the most
visionary of these theorists has the
Bible at his tongue's end, can quote pas
sages in substantiation of his strange
ideas until your brain reels, and will d is
poso of every objection that you can put
forward as glibly at though he were re
citing the "rule of three."
It is- singular how these people can
warp and twist the sacred word. All
claim the Bible as their authority, and
yet the views cherished are radically
hostile to each other in many instances.
Take, for instance, the question of tho
immortality of tho soul. There are all
shados of diverse belief horo in this im
portant fundamental matter. Some are
such extreme immortalists that as thev
scan your face for the first time they are
name to say :
"Ah, haven't we met some place be
tore, when we were with God in tho
ages prior to tho crcatiouf Your fea
tures aro strikingly familiar to me."
v hue others, not to bo distanced m
originality, will go to the opposito ox
treme, and maintain that there is n-
immortality, past, present, or future,
for anyliody, good, bad, or indifferent
Every intermediate ground has its co
terie of champions also. In the midst of
this dreary waste of sickening religious
mania there is one tolerably bright spot,
There is a colony of fourteen Ameri
The Worth nf Llle.
PL Reaan to Paris School Jiiildren.
"You are starting on yoi r career with
a blind belief in the value und delight of
that which lies before you. Wiser men
than I will warn you that what your
youthful ardor assumes is an illusion.
For my part, I confess that it is not my
feeling. The life wmcn lies oetoro you
as an unknown and limitless region,
have traversed. I no longer look for
ward to anvthing very unexpected.
"That limit which scorns to you so dis
tant, I see close at hand. Well, with my
hand on my heart, I can tell you that
this life, which it has become the fash
ion to malign, has been found by me
good, noble and worthy of the zest that
you feel for it. Your only illusion is to
think it long. No; it is very short
"There is but one basis of a happy
life, the search for goodness and truth.
"You will see the twentieth century.
That is, I confess, a privilege which I
envy you. You will see things of which
wo have no conception.
Extermination of the vThiteflsh.
The much-prized whitefish of the great
lakes is threatened with extermination,
notwithstanding the lakes are freely
I stocked with young fish every year. The
trouble is dne to the use of trap nets,
j which destroy great numbers of fish be
i fethey arehnlj grown.
served, they would number
years henoe 23,000,000. .
The difficulties encountered in arriv
ing at oven an approximate result in
religious statistics are many. In the
United States, as in England and Scot
land, the doctrinal views of individuals
form an item in the census enumeration.
The generally accepted plan for arriving
at a result is as follows: The church ac
commodations, which are gathered offi
cially, aro multiplied by a figure repre
senting in that denomination the rela
tion of church-goes to the whole number
of its adherents. Then another table is
made of the number of enrolled members
or communicants. These are multiplied
usually by five, for the full popula
tion. Finally, a third table is con
structed from the church records of
baptisms and marriages and the official
record of deaths. Those tables are com
pared in parallel columns, and an esti
mate is made from the three. The sub
stantial accuracy, not alone of these ta
bles, but of the net results deduced from
their comparison, is not questioned,
though, of course, the circumstances of
their compilation do not preclude tho
possibility ol occasional errors.
It is the opinion of many of the Cath
olic clergy assembled here that in de
fault of American universities of very
high scholarship, Catholic preachers
have to contend in their missionary la
bors with a difficulty not met with in
Europe. This subject is one certain not
to be neglected by the plenary council.
Bishop C ross, of Savannah, has sought
to interest his colleagues in a plan for
more efficient pastoral efforts among the
colored population of the southern states,
y I wherein (outside of Louisiana and Texas)
i a a . a a a -
; me lamonc cnurcn naa at present, con
l fessodly, very little foothold. It is to
be noted that the churches ot all creeds
and denominations in the United States
contain accommodations for 27,500,000
persons, or just half of the whole popu
lation of 50,000,000.
cans, two English persons, and throe or
four natives, all living in a large, com
fortable mansion in the Mohammedan
quarter of the city, just inside of th
Damascus gate. These people aro wait
ing for a second coming, but they are
cultivated, refined people people whom
it ia an intellectual pleasure to meet.
In living they come as near to the per
fect life as it is possible for mortals to
come. They are not obtrusive with their
views; they are highly educated; they
are nearly all of them accomplished
musicians; they are constantly doing
The Doll-Modeler's Secret.
One day a celebrated modeler dis
covered a child with a countenance
more beautiful than any he had ever be
held. He spoke kindly to it, and loaded
it with sweetmeats and caresses. Then,
in a moment of temptation which ho
could not resist, he bore it away to his
studio, where he delineated every fea
ture oi its face, and saw so many sug
gestions for other exquisite models by
means of slight modifications that he
secretly kept it. The dolls modeled
therefrom were sent all over the world.
and increased his wealth and position
far abovo the manufacturers of his kind
When he was done with the child he
took its life, fearing the consequences of
Meanwhile the stricken parents had
not been idle. Alarm was sounded
through tho country, and failing in
this way to secure the child, detoc
tivts were set at work. One day a Ger
man detective crossed over into Fans,
and went into a toy shop where beauti
ful children were employed as pai
Ho did not find the child, but on the
shelves he saw its image stamped with
variations on 1,000 dolls. Tho secret
was found out at last.
Sixty Camels on the Track A II an away
Dongola Cor. London Standard.
Last October the first British race
meeting ever held in Dongola, or, for
that matter, in tho Soudan, took place a
mile to the north of the town. The
course was l.iarked out alongside tho
I telegrapi no, and tho meeting was
j announcm us under the patron
i age of tir Herbert fctowart, K.
u. B., ns efneer commanding, and the
mudir of Dongola. The track consisted
of grassy turf, with intervals of sandy
mold, and taken altogether it was rough
going. Everybody who could be spared
from garrison uuty turned out, and the
band of tho Boyal Sussex regiment
played during tho intervals. Tho first
event was announced for b:.H0 p. m., but
a iew minutes grace was given to allow
tho mudir to arrive. Oriental like.
though he had sent express to intimate
he was on his way, he did not turn up
till after three events had been got over.
and three-quarters of an hour late.
l.ato as he was, and as most of the
natives were also, in getting to the
course, they one and all, Turks, Arabs,
Egyptians, Nubians, and wild Bedouins,
continuously exhibited the wil 'est inter
est and delight in tho raco. In tho
400-yard camel race the mtm of the
mounted infantry turned out fullv
equipped for the field. Their camels
knelt down opposite the starting post,
and at the word "go" the men had to
saddle up, seize their rilies, mount, and
off." It took tho first man exactly
forty-five seconds to do all this and get
his camel under wav. but then a girth
almost immediately became undone. Tha
next mant or rather next three, for that
number rose together, took fifty-five
seconds, and the lot wcro"o(f" in 1 min
ute 15 seconds. There was n good deal
of floating in the air and "flying angel"
maneuvering done by the riders, through
the wild paces of the camels, and several
came to grief before getting back to the
winning post. '
l ho race or. the day was unquestion
ably the Press pri.e, for which there
were nearly sixty starters. English
officers, soldiers, Nubians, Bedouins,
and Arabs, all competed. They wcro
sent from the winning post to the half-
mile post, turn around and homo. At
last they were off, and so were many of
the riders, as tbe huge brutes trundled
along,, urged by cries and cuts from
kourbashes. A charge from such
camelry would be positively irresistible.
A stone wall even could not withstand
their onrush. My camel was in the
running, and I had put an Arab up to
ride him bare-backed. That brute since
1 bought him has been daily dis
covering to me new eccentricities
of camel life, off he went,
not at the long swinging trot peculiar to
camels, but positively at a gallop, jump
ing like a steeple-chaser. Everybody
laughed aa he headed tbe string by
scoios of yards. In a minute bis nose
was turned westward and desertward,
and I went thundering after on horse
back, thinking my Arab was trying
camel-lifting. Getting near the beast l
turned him with a out, and my bold
Uedouin slipped off, with a horrified ex
pression on his face, vowing (ho beast
had tried to carry him to tho moun
tains. I got them back to the post, but
I am bound to say the camel when stop
ped had a ferocious look in his eyes, and
that as the man flew about in the air at
overv bound no one e 'liibitod more ter
ror than the son of tho desert did at his
From the moment when you got on a
camel's back you feel the veriest orea
ture of circumstance, your relative posi
tions are changed, and the camel is ab
solute master whenever stupidity or tem
per induces him to act on his promptings
regardless or tho string in his nose, ihe
donkey race gave rise to a great deal of
merriment, the natives from the mudir
down screaming with laughter. There
were the customary quotas of obstreper
ous donkeys and lively donkeys. Lord
Airlie led by fifty yards till closo
to the post, when his donkey
stopped to engage in an alterca
tion with a dog that run on tho course,
and nothing could induce him to pro
ceed till the cur was disposed of, which
resulted in his coming in second. The
mudir has signified his intention of
giving 25 pound sterling in prizes every
Wednesday heieaflor, on which day tho
meeting is to bo held, while the troops
remain in Dongola. Hardly a better
means could havo been devised than
these race-meotiugs for bringing about
friendly relations with the ptoplo here.
They are fond of contests of the kind,
and accept our entering upon them as a
proof of our wish to act the part of
frhnds and allies.
A Colored Inventor.
Among the exhibitors at tbe forth
coming exposition at New Orleans, will
be the Hon. A P. Ashbourne (colored),
an ex-member of the Virginia legisla
ture. He will exhibit no fewer than
twenty-two of his inventions on which
he has secured patents, and he has
thirty-eight others not yet patented.
His colored brethren are naturally very
proud of h'" He was the only colored
patentee who exhibited at the great ex
hibition of 1871
Boston Globe: Man is man's
atu.lv mnA how tn smt ahead of
The Wages or Servants.
In 1870 there were 1,075,000 domestio
servants in the country; at this time
there are undoubtedly at least 1,200,000.
Most of them have no votes, but they
have fathers, brothers, and other rela
tives to whom their earnings arc of im
If we suppose that there are now
1,200,000 employed in this country,
their wages are about $216,000,000. At
the English rate of wages these same
people would earn about $119,000,000;
at the French rate of wages these same
people would earn about U0, 000,000.
The Qnartette He liked.
An honest farmer was invited to at
tend a party at the village doctor's one
evening, where there was music, both
vocal and instrumental. On tbe follow
ing morning he met one of the guests,
who said: "Well, fanner, how did you en
joy yonrHf last night? Were not tho
?uartettes excellent? ' "Why, really, sir,
can't say," said he. "for I didn't taste
'em; but the pork chops were the finest
I ever ate."
The loss of registered letters last year
amounted to only one out of every 21,
Asphyxia from Gas.
Most people have too much senso to
blow out the gas. But it is a fact, that
every year many deaths are reported
not only from this habit, but
but from sleeping in rooms where
the gas fixtures are defective. In
every case, the victims die a terrible
death. A person is deprived of the
power of action while still retaining
perfect consciousness. Not even an out
cry is possiblo. Death approaches grad
ually, leaving the brain free to picture
the past and present in vivid colors
flashing like lightning over the memory.
Until the very last heart beat the victim
of asphyxia from gas knows that death
has him in its grip. Tho stages aie con
fusion of ideas, delirium, muscular
spasms, convulsions, paralysis, uncon
sciousness and failure of the heart's
A great Swiss marine and pocket
chronometer competition is now going
on at Geneva, to last eighty-three days.
A special stove, in which an invariable
temperature can be maintained for sev
eral consecutive days, was built For
five days the chronometers placed
thrain will be kent at one temnerature.
which will afterwards be raised by de
grees at a time from 5 to 35
Centigrade, and then reduced
manner from 35 to 50 per cent
A HoassehoM Hint.
Never put a hot iron directly upon
silk. Send the silk to the washer
woman. She will do it for you.
Victor Hugo; Napoleon had in his
l.Mtivt rhA AfiVwk -vt Vk 11 Brisk et fat still t lAa TI a
was tbe archangel o! war.