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SENATE.Senator Sherman presented a
new arbitration bill in place of the house
bill. It provides for a commission of twelve.
'Two members of the senate, to be appointed
by the president three members of the
house of representatives, to be appointed
by the speaker of the house, and seven
members from ci\il life, to be appointed by
the president of the United States, by and
with the ad\ice and consent of the senate,
.not more than four of whom shall belong to
one political party, who shall be selected
ior superior intelligence as to the industrial
-and laboring interest of the country.
Mr. Riddleberger moved to take up the
resolution relating to the consideration of
.executive nominations in open session.
He refused a request to have the Indian
^.appropriation bill taken up, and he insist
ed on the yeas and nays, which resulted in
the defeat of the motionyeas 7, n.ays 51.
This vote is not a test of the strength of
the open-session movement, inasmuch as
many of its strongest advocates voted in
The president sent the following nomi
nations to the senate:
Frank H. Dye, marshal for the Territory
of Utah S. 0. Coffin, collector of customs,
district of Edgartown, Mass. Philander
'Cobb, collector of customs, district of
Plymouth, Mass. George D. Borton, as
sistant collector of customs, port of Cam
den, N. J. Robert J. Jordan, surveyor of
customs, port of Omaha, Neb.
HOUSE.Mr. Morrison, from the com
mittee ou rules, reported the following res
That a select committee of seven mem
bers be appointed by the speaker to inves
tigate the causes and extent of the disturb
ed conditions now existing in the relations
between railroad corporations engaged in
interstate commerce and their employes
in the states of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas,
Arkansas and Texas. Thecommittae shall
have power to send Tor persons and papers,
to sit during the sessions of the house, and
*to visit such places in these states
as may be necessary to facilitate the inves
tigation. It shall report during the present
session, with such recommendations as it
may deem proper to make.
Air. Morrison stated:
The bill which had recently passed the
house known as the arbitration bill was in
adequate in its provisions. The object of
the pending resolution was to enable con
gress to learn the facts of the case, so that
it might perfect its legislation.
The resolution was adopted without di
The tariff bill, with the majority and
minority reports, was presented to the
house and referred to the committee of
the whole. No understanding has been
reached as to when the bill shall be taken
up, but it is likely the committee on ways
and means will agree at its next meeting
upon a time and ask the house to make a
special order giving the bill a privileged
position. It is probable that the time
will be fixed for beginning the debate about
May 1, ar the last week in April Forty
odd members have ah-eady puttheir names
down for speeches of an hour each.
SEVATE.Mr. Piatt made an elaborate
speech in favor of the consideration of exec
utive business in open session. Mr. Frye's
esolution pronouncing against .ny joint
commission to settle theCanadiai.fisheries
question was adopted after a long deb.ite.
A house bill was passed authorizing thj
secretary of war to deliver to the lawful
owners, on proper proof, certain clashes of
property captured in the late war, con
sisting bf family heir-looms, silverware,
In executive session the senate confirmed
Gen. John McClernand of Illinois to be
chairman of the Utah commission, vice
Ramsey, resigned Bierman, the collector
of internal revenue for Minnesota, and a
number of postmasters, but did not take
up any of the contracted cases. The reso
lution offered by Mr. Edmunds to send back
to the president all of the papers relating
to the nominations of officials who have
been renominated to fill vacancies was
SENATE.The chair laid before the senate
A letter from Senator Jackson, saying that
he had accepted the United States judge
ship of the Sixth circuit, that his seat in
the United States senate, had, therefore, be
come vacant, and requesting the president
pro tempore to so inform the executive of
Tennessee. The chair said this would be
Senator Butler spoke at length in favor of
open executive-sessions. Mr. Riddleberger
submitted as a subs-titute for the pending
resolution one providing that all matters
ochpr than those relating to treaties should
ibe considered and acted upon by the sen
ate in open session. Ordered printed. The
senate took up the bill reported from the
committee on pensions, whose purpose is
Fof the lehef of soldiers of the late war
honorably discharged after six months'
service who are disabled anil dependent
upon their own labor for support, and of
dependent parents ofsoldieis who died in
theseiMce or from disability contracted
Mr Blair said the bill was substantially
the same that Had been passed bv the sen
ate at the last session, but had failed in the
HOLSK.Spocial privileges werevotedthe
public lands committee In the way of ob
taining action on a certain class of bills.
The Hurd Ronieis contested election, Tenth
Ohio district, was considered. Mr. Hurd,
the contestant, was permitted to speak on
his own behalf. Theresolutiondenyingthe
right of the Republican ontestee, Jacob
Romeis, to his seat was defeated103 to
lf8 lorty-nine Democrats voting with the
Republicans in the negative. The seat was
awarded to Mr. Romeis without a division.
The agricultural appropriation bill passed.
The house* committee on agriculture has
appointed Hatch of Missouri Green of North
Carolina, and White of'Minnesota as a sub
committee to draft a bill relating to sale
and taxation of oleomargarine. This com
mittee will take the good parts of all the
bills that have been introduced upon this
subject, and lorm one which will probably
place the same embargo upon oleomargar
ine that now rests upon whisky and tobacco
ji3^ATE.Senator Van Wyck introduced
and the senate agreed to the following:
Resolved, That the committee on public
lands be directed to ascertain by what
authority timbercut on the public domain
by consent and knowledge and under the
rulings and instructions of the interior
and land departments, is seized bys lid de
partments without due process of law and
ordeied to be sold without any judgment
or execution directing the same.
Mr. Logan spoke in favor of open execn
tive sessions, as did also Mr. Riddleber^er.
The senate in executive session proceeded
to the consideration of nominations, and
a number of interesting reports from com
mittees were read. Motions were made in
respect to several of them that the in
junction of secrecy be removed. Mr. Sauls
bury thought the reports were of a politi
cal nature, and protested against the use
of the executive session to suppress that
which was favorable to the Dem
era tic party and publish that which
A^as designed to make capital for the re pub
licans. The injunction in five reports
was removed, despite the protest. There
upon the case of Patrick Gibbons, to be
postmaster at Keokuk, Iowa, vice S. M.
Clarke, was made by Mr. Wilson of Iowa,
The suspension of Mr. Clarke was made
on purely political grounds. There is noth
ing on file affecting his. character in the
Slightest degree. He does not desire to re
tain the office. The committee therefore
recommend the confirmation of Mr. Gib
Senator Mahone reported favorably the
nomination of the Alexandria. Va..*Dost-
master. The other three reports refer to'
the following cases:
Christian J. Knecht of Ohio to be col
lector of internal revenue for the Sixth dis
trict of Ohio, vice George P. Dilham, sus
pended, James W. Newman of Ohio to be
collector of internal revenue for the
Eleventh district of Ohio, vies Marcus
Boggs. suspended and William T. Bishop
of Ohio to be collector of internal revenue
for the First district of Ohio, vice Clark B.
HOUSE.Numerous bills were reported,
including that repealing the pre emption,
timber culture and desert land laws. The
river and harbor appropriation bill was
SENATE.Mr. Dolph moved' to take up
the Indian depredation bill, and Mr. Rid
dleberger opposed with the open-session
resolution. Mr. Dolph's motion was agreed
to, yeas- 43, nays 1the one being Mr.
Riddleberger. Mr. Dolph then spoke on
his bill to appropriate 5,000,000 to com
pensate citizens for losses suffered by them
through Indian depredations*
The depredations, he said.covered a.peri
od of from 1855 to 1878. It was the duty
of the government to protect its citizens
against Indian depredations, and where it
failed to afford protection it should com
pensate "the citizens for the loss. The mon
ey to pay such damages should be taken
from the procseds of Indian lands, there
being now 147,000,000 acres of Indian
reservations worth $154,000,000, and as
there were altogether less than 250,000
Indians,that would leave 643 acres of land
for each Indian. The white man should
have justice as- well a9 the Indian. The
claims of the pioneers of Oregon and of oth
er far western states were just and should
have the attention of the government,
which had for many years neglected to
give attention to these claims.
In executive session the senate disposed
of all the nominations upon the calendar
that were not objected to, including a num
bersjf postmasters and collectors of cus
toms, and there was no discussion over
any of them.
The Tragic Death of Mrs* Long
From the poet's biography, by Rev.
Samuel Longfellow: "On the 9th ol
July his wife was sitting in the libraiy
with her two little girls engaged in
sealing up some small packages ol
their curls, which had just been, cut
off. From a match fallen upon thn
floor her light summer dress caught
fire the shock was too great, and she
died the next morning. Three days
later her burial took place- at Mount
Auburn. It was the anniversary bf
her marriage day, and on her beauti
ful head, lovely and unmarred in
death, some hand had placed a wreath
of orange blossoms. Her husband
was not thereconfined to his cham
ber by the severe burns which he had
himself received. These wounds healed
with time time could only assuage,
never heal, the deeper wounds that
burned within. He bore his grief in
silence only after months had passed
could he speak of it, and thtni only
in fewest words. To a A isitor who
expressed a hope that he might be
enabled to 'bear his cross* with
patience, he replied- 'Bear the
cross, yes but what if one is
stretched upon it?' Whennot till
five years laterhe began again
to write verses of his own, it is only
infrequent phrases and lines that re
veal the sorrow lyin. ever at his heart.
Eighteen years afterward, looking over
an illustrated book of western scenery
his attention was arrested by a picture
of that mysterious mountain upon
whose lonely, lofty breast the snow
flies in long furrows that make a rude,
but wonderfully clear image of a vast
cross. At night, as he looked upon
the pictured countenance that hung
upon his chamber wall, his thoughts
framed themselves into the verses that
follow. He put them away in his
portfolio, where they were found after
his death." These verses never before
published, pear the date July, 1879:
In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
A gentle facethe face of the one long dead
Looks at me from the wall, where round
The night lamp casts a halo of pab light.
Heie in thU room shvi died, and boul more
Never through martyrdom of fire was led
To its repose, nor can in books be read
The legend of a life more benedight.
There is a mountain in the distant west
That sun-defying in its deep ravines
Displavs a cross of snow upon its side.
Such is the cioss I wear upon my breast
These eighteen yeais through all the chang
And season changeless since the day she
If meat bakes too fast cover with
Unslaked lime near meat preserves
it by keeping the air dry.
To remove tea stains from cups and
saucers scour with ashes.
Boil coffee in a salt sack this is bet
ter than egg for settling the coffee.
A piece of zinc put on the live coals
in the stove will clean out the stove
When there is a crack ia the stove
it can be mended by mixing ashes and
salt with water.
A few drops of extract of lavender
will prevent mucilage from moulding
or becoming sour.
To clean willow furniture use salt
and water and apply with a coarse
brush, and dry thoroughly.
Cold sliced potatoes fry and taste
better by sprinkling a table3poonful
of flour over them while frying.
New tins should be set over the
fire with boiling water in them for
several hours before food is put into
Perhaps some would like to know
that milliners use any ordinary polish
for ladies shoes, to renovate old black
To keep ice from windows take a
sponge or ordinary paint brush, rub
over the glass once or twice with a
little cold alcohol.
Cover house plants with newspapers
before sweeping also give them a little
ammonia once a week in the water you
put on them.
Tin vessels rust and are often worth
less in a few weeks, because after
washing they are not set on the stove
for a moment, or in the sun, to dry
thoroughly before they are put away.
MIMESOTA STATE HEWS*
Veterans' Sights-Union tor-MSammaotm.
Responding to a call froma-Gv A. R. com
mittee, over 50 veterans representing 40
posts, assembled at Mankato to consider
the matter of forming_a Veterans' Rights
Union for Minnesota) under plans similar
io those of New York* and Pennsylvania.
V. E, Waffle of St. Paul, was made tempo
rary chairman and Thomas Montgomery of
8t. Peter and Loren. Cray ol Lake Crystal
secretaries. Letters were read from 40 posts
of the state that did not send delegates and
all favored the formation of the union. De
partment Commander Thomas, Graham,
Clark, Davy andiCray all spoke in favor of
the organization, and.a committee of nine
was appointed to propose plans for an or
ganization. The committee reported arti
cles of organization) vesting the powers
and duties in an executive- committee of
six. The report was adopted, and the of
ficers and committee elected as. follows:
President, E. M. Pope, Mankato first
vice president, T. O'Leary. Avoca second
vice president, Thomas Montgomery, St.
Peter, third vice president, V. E. Waffle,
St. Paul secretary, Lorin Cray, Lake
Crystal assistant secretary, J. W. George,
E. M. Pope of Mankato explained to the
delegates the object and intention of a union
of this character and gave experience with
good results accomplished in other states.
The principal objects of the veterans'
rights union is to secure the enforcement
of the laws at present upon the statute
books, giving to honorably discharged
soldiers the preferment the appointments
to offices when fully competent. This is
not the only object, however, and good
can be accomplished in many ways. We
do not propose to take other than mem
bers of the G. A. R., into this union, but
our effoits shall be in the interest of the
old soldiers, whether a. member ol our or
ganization or not.
Minnesota River Improvement.
There was-a large convention held in Man
kato in behalf of river improvements.
Capt. Russell Blakely of St. Paul, presided.
Speeches were made by Gov. Hubbard, L.
F. Barney, M. D. L. Colliater, and others.
The following resolutions were adopted:
Resolved, That it is the sense of this
convention, that the congress of the United
States should order such surveys of the
Minnesota river and the lakes connected
with the Red river of the North as may be
necessary to indicate the character of the
improvements necessary and practicable,
and that such ample and liberal appropria
tions should be made as-may bg-necessary
to make such impnovements at the earliest
Resolved, That our members or congress
from the State of Minnesota are respect
fully requested, to see that this river is rec
ognized in all future appropriations and
that the people of every county in the
valley of the Minnesota should take care
that no man shall hereafter be elected,
either to the state legislature o-r to congress,
who is not fully pledged and committed to
the improvement of the Minnesota river.
The- most terrific cyclone that ever oc
curred in Minnesota previous to the St.
Cloud calamity, visited Rochester early in
the evening of Aug. 22, 1883. The entire
northern part of the city was- laid in ruins,
twenty-six people killed outright and eighty
others badly injured, thestorm was terrific,
carrying everything before it. After leav
ing Rochester it swept onwaidtothe west
through Dodge county, carrying death and
destruction its path. The loss in prop
ertv from the effects of the storm was about
J. I. Case of Racine, Wis., sold his cele
1 rated stallion Phallas to C. C. Lyford of
Minneapolis, for $30,000. Phallas is a
hall-brother to Jay-Eye-See, and him
self has a record of 2 13%, with one excep
tion the best time on record for a full horse.
Phallas was sired by Dictator, dam Betsv
Trotwood, by Clark Chief.
Mary Olson of Luverne, who attempted
suicide and was adjudged insane, has es
caped from custody.
Ex-soldiers meet in Mankato to organize
a Veterans' Rights Union of Minnesota.
Eli Fields, drunk, is drowned in the river
at Red Wing.
Winston Bros, of Minneapolis have re
ceived the contract to construct the Omaha
big dock in Duluth. The dock will be 1,-
100 feet long and will take about 1,250,-
000 feet of lumber.
The Northwestern Fire Insurance Com
pany of Duluth is the title of a new com
pany recently organized, and which has
just elected its officers. The articles of in
corporation will be bled at once, the or
ganization to take enect May 1.
There was a great meeting in St. Paul re
cently, in honor of Gladstone. Gov. Hub
bard presided, and speeches were made by
him. Ex-Gov. Davis, Ex-Gov. Marshall,
Bishop Ireland, Mr. Louis Kelly, C. D.
The grand lodge of the Minnesota Knights
of Honor held a session at Minneapolis.
The time was taken up with routine re
ports and business of no general interest.
Reports show that there are sixteen lodges
in the state with about 600 members. It
was decided to hold the ne-xt meeting of the
grand lodge at St. Paul the second week in
May. The election of officers resulted aa
follows Grand Dictator, E.J. Davenport
Grand Vice Dictator, Maj. John Espy. St.
Paul Giand Assistant Dictator, GeorgeH.
The great contest over the $300,000 ol
Seymour, Sabm & Co. preferred stock,
which the Northwestern Car company is
alleged to have guaranteed, by the
Minnesota Thresher company and othei
holders of the stock, commenced in the
dictnet court at Stillwater.
Erik Peterson Wykleby has sued the
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha
road ior $20,200 damages for personal
injuries received. The complaint alleges
that he was ejected from a train of that
road near Humbird, Wis., and fell under
the wheels, his leg being crushed so that
it had to be amputated.
The damage caused by the recent prairie
fire at Luverne wis greater than at first re
ported. R. H. Casgriff lost a barn C. A.
Williams lost his barn, a large quantity ol
oats, barley and tlax, together with his
farm machinery, two cows and a calf, esti
mated at $7,500 G. A. Williams lost his
barn, grain, farm machinery and several
Lead of stock, loss not estimated M. Blais
dell lost his barn, three horses, some head
Df cattle, hay and farm machinery. He es
timates his loss at $600. Will Mitchell and
sevirnl others sustained small losses in
hay, etc. The fire ran through the timber
on W. H. Glass' tree claim, doing consider
able damage to the trees. The fire origi
nated in Vienna township, and was driven
northwestward by a strong wind.
Henry I. Malone, a boy, is fatally injured
by the explosion of an old bomb in the
ruins of the ice palace., St. Paul.
Hugh Casey's h.ouse, near Castle station,
Wabash Co., was burned. Loss $1,200.
Special Agent De Legore, of the general
land office, stationed in Minnesota, reports
to the commissioner that 99 per cent ol
the homestead and
pre-emption*sentries in- 1 that state are made as pretext for ob
taining the timber on the land, with no in
tention of permanent settling. He says:
'The operation of the pre-emption and
homestead laws in this region is simply a
farce of immense proportions."
R. S. Ressler of Winona, dry goods mer
chant, makes an assignment liabilities.
WHY DON'T YOU ASK MAMMA?
'3- JE?- SfBffiSSt
New York World. *WS*
She was a widow's only child,'.
Bright as a summer day
Fresh as the breath of roses wild^
Beautiful, winsome, gay.
He loved the very airshe- breathed,"
Worshiped her tresses brown
Happy when smiles herded lips wreatKeeV
And wretched when she frowned.
"Love, I am lonely." he softly said,
"Tired of living alone.*'
Gently he bent o'er the graceful head
Love was in every tone
'Darling, I want formy own dear wire
One whom I love most dear
Never a sorrow shall darken her life,
Never a shadow appear."
"Tell me whom do I mean'" he said.
Shyly she murmurs: "Ah!
How shou Id I kn "'Her cheekg grew redi
"Why don't you ask mamma?"
Nehemiah Strong, a- zealous and'
faithful Quaker, was smitten with the
"western fever," some years since.and
finally removed to the regions where
"squatter sovereignty" was being ex
perimented upon. But squatter, or
any other sovereignty troubled Nehe
*miah but little. He was a man true
to his creed, and wherever his lot
might be cast, there would he live in
peace and quiet with his fellowmen.
The proper location was soon found,
and when Nehemiah had made a clear
ing and built a log house, he was mon
arch of all he surveyed and stakedi.
But Strong was not allowed long to
remain in peaceable possessioni
Bolder and more evil!
in these western regions than he had
ever before met, and in th'e-absence of
any very positive or very available*
law, they did not hesitate totak the
management of affairs into their-own
hands. A few reckless men could thus,,
by combining for a common purpose,,
rule a great number of more timid or
respectable people, driving them from
their houses, or dealing, with them as
Strong, notwithstanding his blame
less life and, gentle religion, did not
long escape these vultures of the
Wesir. His home attracted the
notice of a desperado-named Bob Fel.
lows, who determined to possess it
inasmuch as that would be easier than
building a house for himself, or per
haps driving away a more determined
man. Besides, the honest Quaker had
not forgotten wheat, potatoes, corn
and other provisions for a comfort
able winter, which season was now
approaching, though still quite dis
Accordingly, one day Bob Fellows
armed to the teeth, and looking
especially ferocious, rode up to the
cabin and inquired for the owner. The
Quaker chanced to- be inside at the
moment, and quietly answered the
"Does thee wisb to see me?" he
asked, gazing upon the intruder with
some degree of alarm, notwithstand
ing his peaceful nature.
"Wal, yes," growled the ruffian. I
thought I'd ride over and see what in
the old boy you'd gone and set your
houe an my land for! That's all I
wanted to see ye fer."
"Thee is mistaken, returned Nehe
miah. "This land belongs solely to me,
one Nehemiah Strong, thy humble ser-
"You lie!" was the rejoinder," this
is my land, and now, as yer shanty is
stuck on here, just in the place whar I
was goin' to put my own, I'll be easy
with yer, and say nothin' about the
law, if ye'll jest get out of here and be
beyond sight and hearin' to morrow
mornin'. What d'ye say to that?"
"Verily, I believe thee a villian!" re
turned Nehemiah, finding that he was
not immediately to be eaten up or
run through. "This is my home, and
the home of my family yet thee seeks
to turn me from it, and leave myself
and family to starve, nay I cannot
constrain myself to depart thus. Thee
has no right or title here, to my knowl
edge. If thee has, produce it, and I
will depart freely."
"Look ye, you old robber!" hissed
the desperado, "I hev a claim here. I
surveyed this land near ten years ago,
and made my marks. If you hev cut
them dowp, it'll be all the wuss for
you. I've plenty of witnesses who
know about it, and I needn't tell ye
'tis a bad scrape to be guilty of cuttin'
away yer neighbor's landmarks. Now,
I shall be here to-morrow mornin' and
if yer know when yer well off, you'd
better not be here at the same time."
With this unmistakable threat the
outlaw turned and rode away, leaving
bhe Quaker in no enviable frame of
We might have stated before, al
though it may be quite as well to say
here, that Strong's family consisted of
iiis wife and two daughters, with a
ion Mark, about twelve years of age.
The daughters, hearty, buxom girls of
cwenty-two and twenty years each,
named respectively Ruth and Naomi,
were full of natural life and decision,
juite unlike what the daughters of a
meek Quaker would naturally become.
They,with the mother a middle-aged
gentlewoman, who strove hard to live
as peaceable a8 the tenets of her faith
required, gathered about the husband
and father. The latter sank upon a
shair, seemingly quite discouraged and
disheartened by the event which had
had just occurred.
Verily, I know not the proper course
to pursue," he moaned. "I can't af
ford, to leave this house and the grow
ing crops smiling upon us with prom
ise of sustenance for the winter. I
[ear this viliian is a rascal of utter
dye, who will not hesitate at blood
shed. It may be well to go, yet I must
remain for a time."
An anxious night was passed, and
very early the next morning all bands
were astir. The sisters had been en
gaged in consultation dnringtheTiigfet,
and when they descended from theloftr
Rath drew her father aside.
"What wilt thou do,father im case*
those bad men come?" she asked.
"Verily,.I know not,'- h replied, "I
have studied upon the matter all
night, but my mind is far.-fronv fixed.
If they insist upon it, I suppose we
shall be obliged to flee our religion
doth not allow us to fight with'carnal
"Let us manage that, father,"" the
girl insisted. Truly we cannot fieht,
for we have no worldly weapons? but
I much think, if we are riot sadly mis
taken, we can induce these outlaws to
go their own way."
"1 pray that thou mayesfej my
daughter," the father "returned,
"though I know not how women, can
persuade such fearful beings."
"But thou wilt leave the matter to
Naomi and myself if they come?'"
"Yes, daughter," was the reluctant
assent, "the can have thy way but
I pray thee do nothing rashly."
The maiden went her way well satis
fied, and in a short time had a vigor
ous kettle over the fire containing a
small quantity of water. When this
was brought to a boil more was add
ed until th"e kettle Avas nearly full.
"Surely, Ruth, thou dost not intend
to wash to-day," the mother remark
ed, seeing these preparations.
"Never mind, mother," was the sig
nificant reply. "Naomi and I may
need to do a little washing, but I shall
not distnrb thee."
The young ladies were quite accus
tomed to have their own way, so no
demur was made, although an attack
from outlaws was every moment ex
The morning meal was eaten with
devotional fear,and almost before the
table had been cleared, Bob Fellows,
accompanied by five or six rascals.like
unto himself, rode up to the door.
"Come!" he shouted from his horse,
"get out of here in quick time. I told
you to be gone when I came."
Nehemiah Strong rose to his feet and
approached tne door, but was pulled
back by Ruth, who said:
'Stay there, father. Thee promised
that sister and I might meet these
vagabonds of the earth and deal with
"But this is not fit "hp commenc
ed to say.
The brave girl, however, waited for
no words, but springing to the door,
"This is our home, and truly we will
not be driven from it save in a legal
manner. We would never resist offi
cers of the law, and if they come indue
form we will obey them, but such as
thou art we neither fear nor obey."
"By my soul, little Quakeress," the
rascal cried," you've a heap of life in
your delicate body, and I don't mind
if you stay. But the rest must tramp.
Come, git out o' this, or we'll throw ye
"We shall not go, neither shall we be
thrown out'" returned Ruth. "Wedo
not fight with carnal weapons, for
such is not our faith, but if you
meddle with us you will speedily find
yourselves in hot water."
"Come on, fellers," said Bob, as he
sprang from his horse. "See if one of
these prayin' gals kin fight on their
knees as well as we kin afoot."
With a hoarse laugh the-marauders
sprang from their animals, and when
they had been fastened to the Quaker's
garden fence, they turned to enter the
dwelling, but the door was fast against
"No danger from bullets, boys," the
leader laughed, "so we'll have some
fun. Plenty of wood here to make a
ram of. Sam, you get a stick, while I
persuade 'em to open the door for us."
In accordance with this plan, a
small log was raised by four of the
men, while Bob grasped the door and
shook it violently.
"Open," he said with many oaths
and disgusting language,whichwehave
no right to record open, or it'll be the
wuss fur ye. We'll break tha door
down, and ye'll find a nest ot roarin'
wildcats in yer late peaceful home.
Yes, verily thee will."
But his words brought no response
and presently the men bearing the log
"Smash her down," he growled.
"They are as stubborn as or are
gom to play some tn:k on us."
The bearers of the battering ram
now approached, and Bob, after giv
ing the door two or three not very
gentle kicks, indicated the place where
the blow should be given.
But even while the beam was poised
and almost ready to descend, the val
iant leader of the gang gave a fearful
howl and sank upon the ground,crawl
ing away like a huge spider, and ac
companying each movement with a
"Why Bob, what ails yer?" demand
ed one of his followers in surprise.
Before any answer could be given,
however, the questioner executed a
like movement, and with little less
ado hastened from the vicinity, close
ly followed by all the others.
To explain the cause of their singu
lar discomfiture we must turn to the
interior of the house.
When Ruth clo*ed and barred the
door the plan she had in mind was
soon made apparent. Naomi had
been to the loft and now returned
with an engine which had been used in
watering the garden during the sum
mer months, in fact within a few days.
It was very simple in design, being
merely a hollow cylinder, fitted with a
piston, the whole forming no more nor
less than a large squirt gun. This the
sisters had put in perfect working or
der the night previous, when they
would otherwise have been sleeping.
It required but a few moments to
fill the cavity with the boiling water,
and when it was forcibly ejected by
the indignant maiden's arm, landing
upon the person and clothing of Bob
Fellows, it is easy to see that the re
cipient did, as the Quakeress affirmed,
"find himself in hot water."
Nor was he alone, for before the
alarm had fully been taken every one
of the others had received a sprinkling.
It was some time before the riders
ventured to return and unhitch their
horses, but this they finally did, and
galloped away as though some fiend
was in pursuit of them.
"Verily) the spirit constrained me
to laugh, yea, to laugh heartily," the
father remarked, as he beheld the ig
noble flight. "But, my Ruth,I verily
fear thee hath awakened this man's
pndying ire, and that we may suffer
"No matter, father we need not
borrow trouble. They are disposed
of for thepresent.andsomethingseems
to tell me they will not come back."
Then, as she recollected the uncouth
manner in which they had hastened
away she gave herself up to a hearty
laghT in which all present joined.
For many weeks Nehemiah Strong
held himself in readiness to vacate
the hoeae he had founded and his
daughters defended, butt hev ware not
called upon to do so.
No doubt Bob Fellows would have
faced ai cabin full of men, but the
novel and determined opposition of
the young ladies had the effect of de
terring him from making his appear
ance ever after.
A Pitiable Sight.
A most pitiable sight was seen by a
large congregation in a church near
Smyrna postoffice. in this county, when
the Rev. Downey Blair, of the Cum
berland Presbyterian church, was en
gaged preaching his Sunday sermon.
A few days since the telegraph bore a
dispatch from some point in Kansas
to the newspapers over the country,
containing *n account of the slaughter
of his family by one John Blair, and
the subsequent hanging of Blair by the
infuriated citizens. The particulars
of the fearful tragedy were briefly yet
horribly told at the time, but as Rev.
Blair lives in a secluded quarter he
never saw a paper or heard of the oc
currence. It appears that Rev. Mr.
Blair has- a son John in Kansas, whom
he supposed was living quietly with
his family and prospering finely.
While engaged on his sermon, a mes
enger boy arrived at the church, and
rushing wildly up to the pulpit at
tracted the minister's attention by
waving a sealed envelope at him.
The minister stopped short his ora
tion opened and read the message,
and then swooning fell to the floor a,s
if he had been shot. This caused the
wildest excitement in the congregation
Members rushed forward and finally
succeeded in carrying the prostrate
minister to fresh air, where he was re
vived- It was learned that the missive
contained news that the John Blair
mentioned in the dispatches alluded
to from Kansas was none ether than
Rev. Mr. Blair'sson.Louisville(Ky.)
Dispatch to The Globe-Democrat.
The Hero of Fort Fisher.
Before the attack on Fo rt Fisher,
Terry visited Admiral Porter on
board his flagship and arranged with
him his plan of attack. In this
Porter was to direct the fire of the
squadron upon certain par ts of the
fort according to flag signals from
Terry. This was the first time in
the-war that such an arrangement
was made. By it certain parts of
of the walls were cleared of its de
fenders. So that the storming par ty
were enabled to surmount them, and
effected a lodgement within. Tnere
the struggle was continued tor hours,
the enemy being driven from the case
ma te to casemate in a severe bloody
hand-to-hand fight. This was the
first eaithwork of that character
that had been successfully stormed.
When the news of the fall of the fort
reached Washington, Gen Butler was
in the act of testifying before "the
Committee of Congress on theConduct
of the War" that the fort was impt eq
uable, a veritable Gibraltarthat it
could not be taken Suddenly their
attention was arrested by the cries
of the newsboys under the window
"Fort Fisher taken' Fort Fisher
taken'" The excitement, coming so
soon "upon the heels" of Butler's
failure, was tremendous. Congress
at once, by a unanimous vote, le
turned Terry their thanks and com
missioned him Brigadier-General in
the regular army. Thi" was the first,
and I believe the only, in-stance in the
course of the war in which an officer
of the volunteer forces, and not cu
West Point man, received such an
honormade a General in the regular
ai'my.Cincinnati Commercial Ga
Called a Tom-Boy.
What changes the last century has
brought in the education of women!
Only a few years ago there was-not a
college in the land whose doois- were
open to women. To-day there are
many colleges where young women
can enjoy the same educational ad
vantages as are accorded young men.
The feeling no longer exists that a
woman has no need of an education.
It may be difficult for the present
generation to believe that less than a
hundred years ago it was so unusual
a thing for a girl, even at the com
mon school, to advance in her studies
as far as her brothers, that if one
attempted to do it, she often became
the butt of ridicule. The following
true incident in "Reminiscences of
Wilmington" serves as an illustration:
In the earlier history of Wilmington
there was a school taught by Master
Wilson where the boys and girls ac
quired the rudiments of an education.
A girl who advanced as far in arith
metic as simple division was con
sidered quite proficientfor a girl.
Farther than this was considered a
waste of time, which had better be
spent in making patchwork, spinning,
knitting and the like. "For what
use," said the^esimple villagers, "can
it be for a woman to know more?"
There was one girl in Master Wil
son's school who showed unusual
fondness for her "figurin'." She per
suaded her parents to allow her'to
keep on with a class of boys through
the "double rule of three." But for
this perseverance she was teased a
good deal, and was called "the tom
boy with her big slate."