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Correspondence solicited from every township
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Monday, Jct.t 80, 1891.
Ex-CoKGRtseMAK Perkins, of Kansas,
thinks that as between the grasshoppers
and tbe political farmers, Kansas would
hardly know which to c boose for next
Thk Atlanta Constitution has an edi
torial entitled "John Sherman as a
Fraud." Tbe subject is a large one, and
yet tbe Constitution handles it inlt89 tbsn
half a column!
Indianapolis Sentinel: While the
democrats had full control of the nation
al government they made great records
as debt payers. When Jefferson became
president, in 1801, be inherited a debt of
tSO.000,000. During the next 12 year",
under Jefferson and Madison, this debt
was reduced to S45.0OO.0OO. The war
of 1812 brought it up to $127,000,000,
but it was rapid'y reduced under Madison
and Monroe, and in 1823 it had fallen to
t91.O0O.C0O. It was virtually wiped
out before 1840. A new debt was crea
ted by the Mexican war, but it had been
reduced more than one-half when tbe
war of tbe rebellion began in 1S61.
These great records of debt payment
were made with a moderate scale of tax
ation, because tbe expenditures of tbe
government were limited to its actual
Is a communication to tbe Leader a
Dei Moines minister says that oce can
hardly psss a corner east of the river in
that town without-being asked, "Will you
have a drink fresh from lb keg? Su2
gestirg. as it does, that prohibition is an
utter failure in the capital city, the clergy
man's statement mskestheRf gister wroth,
and in the excess of its indignation that
paper ea?s that Hell is crowded with
representatives of tbe class who serve the
devil over tbe signature of minister.'"
This statement is of interest to the Regis
ter's contemporaries, and causes tbe Du
buque Telegraph to inquire if that jour
nal has a specihl conespoDdent in bell
who keeps it informed of what is going
on there? If so its facilities for news
getting are superior to those of any other
paper in Iowa. Assuming that it is in
direct communication with Lucifer's
realm, it will confer a favor on anxious
publishers and editors by disclosing the
means by which it receives letters and
dispatches frcm that region.
quern of l he Turf.
The first of trotters, the most perfect
in movement for the artist fit to direct
her, the most faultless in the disposition
of a racer, the most sensational, not even
excluding Flora Temple, in record break
ing, tbe culmination of her kind, tbe
beautiful daughter of Woodburn that by
the fortune of being named after Miss
Maud Stoce, of Cincinnati, properly be
came known to the world as Maud 8., has
been withdrawn frcm all prospects of
trotting herself, and has been named as a
brood mare that she miy be tbe cause of
trotting in others. Mr. BDnaer retires
her unbeaten, and her progeny is to be
from Ansel, a son of the horse that sired
the single animal, also Mr. Bonner's
property, to which horsemen look with
every hope to see Maud's own deeds sur
passed. Commenting on this the New
York Sun says, editorially:
' Maud has been one of the most valuable
and one of the mo6t satisfactory adoitiouB
to tbe track ever bred. Although she is
the last, no great record holder ever left
the future so full of hope of further pro
gress, nor such definite indication as to
tbe line for seeking it. Flora came and
went as an unaccountable phenomenon,
from which there was no instruction to
be gained as to improvement or repro
duction. Dexter was a better guide post
for tbe breeder, but he scarcely repre
sented mare than a somewhat higher de
velopment of elements already known and
recognized . Goldsmith Maid adiltd little
mere to trotter learning Rarus was an
other unknown and uninformiog qutto
tity, and St. Julien, which after hiiii next
occupied the first place, gained a better
recoid but added nothing to tbe science
of breeding trotters. Maud was of
another sort. Wedoubtif the breakingof
any record, even the2:20mark,evercreated
a greater sensation than ber beating of2:12
at her first appearance in maturity; but
Maud accomplished far more than that in
tbe observation of tbe breeder. Sbe was
tbe first to demonstrate that the highest
peel conld come from tigh blood.and in
doing that sbe opened up tbe way to a
greater speed and to a general improve
ment in the trotting type such as the ex
perts before could scarcely dream of, and
knew no road to. The thoroughbred
obtained through her his most confirmed
foundation on the makeup of tbe Amer
ican trotter; and with tbe infusion of his
peerless strength comes the ability to
carry tbe great races to tbe mile's end,
and to make into an actual achievement
what tbe soooiended speed of many low
bred animals had only suggested as a
The candidate, the only visible candi
date, for tbe honor of a new record is
Sunol. . We all trust sbe may get it, and
get it soon, but it will in no whit dim tbe
Harold mare's fame, and who knows but
that some day Maud S. will stand higher
fti a brood mare than as a racer?
SOME ETRUSCAN GOSSIP.
BUL NYE SHAKES UP HIS MEMORY
AND TALKS ON ITALY.
Something About tbe Government, Re
ligion and Habits of This Feople, Who
Ran a Side Tent in the Great Roman
Copyright, 1891, by Edjrar W. Nye. ,
Ekyland, Buncombe County, N. C, i
July, 1891. .
The following inquiry is awaiting an
answer, and with an apology for the un
avoidable delay in giving attention to
it, I will now cheerfully take the time
to answer, in an exhaustive way, such
as we have space for:
Mi&s Wanda Poppleton, of Paw Paw,
Indian Territory, writes: "Could yon
give onr lycenm here any information
regarding Etruria? We have the sub-
IX THE FIRELIGHT.
j set for discussion now in a few weeks,
and I for one know almost nothing re
garding it at all. I am an Indian girl
with some white blood in my veins,
though it does not show mncb, I like
to fool with history, and often ask my
parents about our lineage to know if
possible how high it was, but they al
ways look out at window and gradually
turn thi conversation toward the late
war. I am quite sure that some of my
parents were from Cape Cod, for I can
not help feeling an interest in trade and
bewailing most bitterly the numberless
instances in which my ieoj'le was done
np from a business standpoint, swapping,
as they did on several occasions, a con
gressional district for a bottle of spirits
and a red martingale ring. Oh, it is in
deed tough to tLink of now when one,
for instance, goes out as far as Pnilinan
and Calumet to lind lots selling for far
more than we got for the whole state of
Illinois. I read your get offs, or gets off
rather, that is printed in the papers, and
though I am rather depressed most of
the time owing to the wrongs of my
people, I find that 1 can add to that feel
ing very much by reading after yon.
Please tell me all yon can in regards to
Etruria, or anything else that seems to
be festering on your mind, and oblige.
How do you like my writing':""
Etruria or Tuscia was an ancient
country of Italy, extending from the
Tiber and the Appenines to the Mediter
ranean sea. The people who lived there
were called Etruscans.
The government of the Etruscans was
simple, being a confederacy. It is now
no more. But why rake up old person
alities or stir up a race prejudice now
that .ill is friendly again? Etruria was
ruled by a sort of board of supervisors
chosen by twelve cantons, which com
prised the Etruscan confederacy. 'Eac h
canton hul the divine right to secede
from the others by paying its dues and
the bill at the restaurant.
The church and state were almost
identical in Etraria and almost every
thing was opened with prayer. The
Etruscaus. however, worshiped Tinia
or Tina, hence the expression making
of one "a little Tin god." Tina or Tinia
was undoubtedly Jupiter, and here origi
nated another expression which may lie
traced at once to the Etruscans. To call
down the wrath of Jupiter or Tinia grew
at last till it became simply, instead of
"I will call down or 'hie' Jupiter on
you," "If you do not do so and so, I will
put a Tinia on yon."
Thus the thinking mind is ever at
work tracing ut the origin of things
until at last we reach the point where
we know so much that brain colic is a
very common ocenrrence among us. ,
The Etruscans also worshiped Juno.
I give above a drawing of an esophagus
in which the Etruscans buried their de
ceased "quality." I found the tomb two
years ago while on the Continent, and
concealing it in a shawl strap brought
it home, where I now have it in my study.
I felt much interest in the relic, not only
because of the tableau on the top repre
senting one of the Etruscan kings en
gaged in laying the cause of the people
before Juno, but also on account of the
three sheet poster pasted on the end of
the tomb, as it shows how alert the
Etruscans were in advertising, and also
the degree of perfection to which show
printing had attained even at that early
In Etruria, also, it was customary to
worship twelve other divinities, asidi
from those ..amed above, and so it is said
that at last the Etruscans were taking up
coll .otion or trying some one for
heresy all the time. Trade became con
gested, commerce curled up its tail and
died. Poverty succeeded to thrift and
contentment, hunger sat at the gateway
anil appealed to eyes thafr answered only
iy their own tearless hunger. Over and
above the gods I have described, there
was a mysterious power which had the
call on all the others and was a sort of
James G. Llaine in the Etruscan cabinet, j
who drew i moderate salary, but really j
allowed no appointments to be made
unless he c ountersigned the application. '
This power was similar to the Fates of '
the Greek and Roman Mythology, and,
it ie said, tried to write Jupiter's messages
There is a great deal of mystery sur
rounding i he early history of Etruria,
and you w.ll find very few people, Wan
da, who have the moral courage to come
out and say authentically as much about
this country and people as I do; but hav- j
ing been blest with a good memory and ;
being also an omnivorous reader, often
reading av.'ay along into the afternoon
while my vrife is gathering fagots in the
forest, so that at eventide I may lay
prone upon my stomach by the flicker of
the fireside, eating the cool and fragrant
Rhode Isla id greening, whilst I monkey
with some old tome of long since forgot
The government of Etruria was in the
hands of a few, but most every one was
glad that there were no more. The sys
tem of road repairing was similar to that
adopted by this county, and many peo
ple annually broke their necks on their
way to church. Herodotus says in an
autograph album which I still retain,
and 1 thick very truly, too, that if the
Etruscans had kept their roads in better
repair, goi.e into diversified farming,
bathed more regularly, and consolidated
or sort of lioiled down their gods, they
would have been on deck today.
As it is, Wanda, where are they?
And yet they were an old people, an
old, old ffniily, and well brought up.
Seven hundred ancTfifty-two years be
fore Christ we find them bragging over
their ancestry, and even later on, stand
ing around in the courtroom chewing
straws and looking on while Pilate was
on the bene h, and, though saying little,
yet seeking to throw contumely on peo
ple who ha 1 moved into Jerusalem re
cently. They were a haughty people,
who worshiped a whole city directory
of gods, rei'used to work and were often
found on the petit jury list.
Historiai.s do not agree as to the ori
gin of the Etruscans, some claiming that
they were c f Lydian origin, whilst others
hold that O.cy tame from away down
East. Herj lotus claims that they vre
of Lydian stock and that he had it from
the Lydiars themselves, bnt thoe who
know Hero lotus will remember that he
was a space writer whose liest interviews
were all written at the office while in a
state of remorse.
Some cla m that the Etruscan nobility
came from the Rhretian Alps, while
others say that they were from Tranby
NYE AS AN ETRUSCAN.
Croft. Ho vever, up to the time when
the Romans became the dominant nation
in Italy anu prior to the trouble in the
New Orleans dynasty, the Etruscans had
extended their influence over South
western Europe and managed to
undersell many of the Jewish cloth
ing merchants of that country. Thy
were bold in war and enterprising
in business. Their standing army
rarely sat down and their navies
were seldori seasick. All this was the
case up to about 53(5 B. C to the best of
my recollection. After that they had
th-j air of having been checked tip too
high. The:r pride prevented them from
sweating and they perspired very little
too. Final y their letters were all "dic
tated" toa ttenographer by a private sec
retary, and a century or so later we find
the Etrusc:.ns suffering from brain fag
before their whiskers broke out. They
sat for hours trying to remember back
to when tl ej were young people, but
finally gave it up. They did not marry
outside of t ieir set at all, and so man
aged to con5ne all the broad heritage rf
antique and ancient diseases, which many
generations of indolence, insolence and
rich victuals had engendered, to their
own proud but bilious race.
And so ;it last. Wanda, they petered
out, to use -he glowing words of Livy,
and the pla .'es that knew them once now
knows them no more forever.
Think of it. Seven hundred and' fifty
years before the boom struck Rome the
Etruscans v?ere a powerful nation, with
a glorious history, a heritage of liberty
for the purose of forking over to poster
ity and a war debt.
Later on trouble broke out with the
Romans themselves, many Etruscans
having been skinned, it would seem, by
unscrupulous real estate dealers, who
sold the Etruscans lots in Uncle Re-
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
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mus' addition to Rome which after
ward turned out to be in another county.
This precipitated upon the Etruscans a
war which was most disastrous, many
of the choicest and best dressed Etruscan
officers of the regular army having been
killed or overhet in their flight, so thr.t
they were no good after that, or thei.
nniforms were so mussed up that they
were ashamed almost to go to a large
place like Rome, where the next battle
was advertised for.
Eighty-nine years before Christ the
Etruscans were admitted to the Roman
franchise, but still even jus a subordinate
jKjwer they constantly threw it up to
their concjuerers that they were a very
old people, and it was indeed a raw, disa
greeable day when some Etruscan did
not go home with a beautiful Swiss sun
set under eachye and tell his wife that
he got it while roaching the tail of a
The Etruscan writers were not of a
high order generally, but they excelled
in all the arts. As a people, they al
lowed nobody to outdo them in art.
Sculpture, painting, etc., etc., had a
great hold on the people, and home deco
ration was run into the ground. Ever
lasting flowers and dried grasses with
powdered alum on them were in their
full meridian when the Etruscans curled
up and died as a people, leaving their
glittering bones to ornament the shores
The so called Tuscan architecture is a
modification of the Doric, and looks well
on an unencumljered piece of property.
Tbe Cloaca Maxima, at Rome, which
many travelers will remember has been
unoccupied for so many years, is attrih
uted to the Etruscans during their domi
nation. They showed in this building
that they were acquainted with the prin
ciples involved in the construction of the
arch, and the plumbing is said to be
good, though the building needs airing.
Very little remains of their temples,
theaters, etc., and their religion is only
a matter of uncertain history. Xo one
that I know of is able to work np any
intere.-t in the gods that the Etruscans
worshiped. They have gone with Blue
beard and Jack the Giant Killer to the
attic where childhood plays and rambles
on rainy days, and among all those who
were so popular in the decalogue of the
people of Etruria there is not one today
who could command four dollars a
The tombs of the Etruscans are their
chief charm. They are beautifully dec
orated and though poorly ventilated, as
so many tombs are apt to be, are on the
inside covered with paintings and carv
ings. They are also furnished with vari
ous articles, on many of which may be
found the remains of very unique and
once beautiful tidies, which, it 13 pre
sumed, were a weakness of the Etrus
cans, though it must be admitted that
they showed much mental acumen, it
to me, in putting them where they
could not be worn nS down town on the
shoulder of an inoffensive guest.
Your penmanship is very good, Wan
da, and if you would cut off the unneces
sary snappers which ornament your
capitals I could read it after awhile, real
well. Yours trulv.
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