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E. A. WEBSTER. Editor and Proprietor. A Weekly Pape* Devoted to Temperance, Literature and Polities.
VOLUME I. O RAN GEEUll G, SOUTH CAROLINA, SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 1S75. NUMBER 31.
UY JAMES U. OLABK.
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tion of itt cluan in our language. It IR perfect In
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J,cona, the hour draws nigh,
Tho hour we've awaited HO long,
Vor tho angel to open a door through tho sky.
That my spirit may break from ita prison and
Its voice in an infinito song.
Just now SH tho slumbers of night
Cama o'er-ms with poaoo-giving breath,
The curtain half lifted rovoaled to my sight
Thoso windows which look on tho kingdom of
That bordors tho river of death.
And a vision foll Bolomn and Bweot,
Bringing gleams of a morning-lit land ;
I saw tho white Bhoro which tho palo waters
And I hoard tho low lull as ihoy broke at their
Who walked on tho boautiful strand.
And I wondered why spiritn should cling
To their clay with a strugglo and sigh.
When lifo's purplo autumn is bettor than
And tho Hon! Itioa away, liko a Bparrow, to Bing
In a climato whore loaves never die.
Leona, como OIOBO to my bed,
And lay your doar hand on my brow ;
Tho samo touch thal thrilled mo in dajH that
aro fled, .
And raised tho lost roses of youth from tho
Can brighten the brief monionta now.
I thank tho Groat Father for this,
That our love ?B not lavmhod in vain ;
I'.aoh germ in tho futuro, will blossom tobUsB,
And tho forms that wo love, and tho lips Lhat
Novor nill i uk at Ibo shadow of pain,
liv Ibo iigbtof tl UH failli am 1 taught
That my labor ia oidy bognn ;
In tho Btrenglh of UI?B hopo havo I struggled
Willi tho legioiiH of wrong, lill my armor has
Tho glonrn of Eternity's san.
Leona, look forth and behold.
From headland, from hilletde, and deon.
Tito day-king surrenders his handers of gold ;
The twilight advances through woodlaud and
And the dews aro beginning lo woop.
Tho moon's Hilver bair lieu uncurled,
Dowu-the broad-broaslod mountains away;
Ere HUD ?el 's rod glories again shall be furled.
On tho walls of tho wool o'er tho plains of tho
I shall rise in a Iintitlosn day.''
O ! como not in leam lo my lomb,
Nor plnut with frail flowers the Bod ;
There ?H rent nmong roacH too sweet for its
Aud ljce j^lwre the dite' Henially.blouru,
-." "Tn tho ??inMiroTiuTii'g gardens of God.
Y il deeply thoso meniorioH burn,
Which bind mo to you and to earth ;
And I Homotioio-i havo thought that my hoing
would yr am
lu tho bowers of its beautiful home, lo ro
And visit Ibo homo of its birth.
"JL'W^uliI br> pleasant lo slay,. L\
And walk by your nido t? tho bvd. ;
But tho land-brcczo of Hcavon is beginning lo
Lifo's shadow's are meeting Eternity's day,
Aud its tumult is hushed in tho past.
Leona, good-by ; should tho grief
That ?H gathering now, evor bo
Too dark for your faith, you will long for re
And remombor,'tho journoy, though lonoHomo,
Over lowland and river to mo.
MISS ERISM'S CODICIL.
Miss Rebecca Erism, a valetudina
rian of sixty, lay dying at her house in
town. ?She had held BO tenacious a
grip upon life that it was difficult for
the two young people to realize the end
wns BO near. Those two young people
were Gerald Erism, her 'nephew, and
Miss Luane Williams, her companion
Gerald had Boen the' young woman
every day for the threo yer -s sh? had
lived with his annt, but never until this
moment had bestowed a Berioua thought
upon her. ' He did not even know the
color of her eyes till bi? aunt gasped
out a sentence that caused him to look
at her attentively. Then he found
them shining luminously'in the Bomber
gloom of the sick chamber, and Home
thing therein forbade him to hate her,
although the sentence his annt had
uttered was to the effect that she had
left Miss Williams all her money.
** If you expect to pay for that horse
for Emily Thorpe to ride with the
money you got by my death," said tho
dying woman, "you're mistaken."
"You don't understand," began
. " It was an miamoon transaction,
said the old lady, " and what *I call a
post-obit. I found out enough about it
to make me put a codicil to my will
That rascally horse dealer'll lose his
money after all, and Emily Thorpe shall
Haunt none of her finery at mv expenso.
I've left my money to imane Williams !"
It wes then that Gerald looked at
Liliane ; but his annt suddenly stretched
out her hands to him pleadingly, and
finding a gray pallor spreading over
her face, ho knelt down by her bedside
and took her cold withered hand in his
" If tho horse had been for any one
but that Emily Thorpe I " faltered tho
poor old lady.
" Oh, aunt," Baid Gerald, " if you'd
let me explain-"
"I would if I had time," ?he flaid ;
"but I must die now."
In ten minutes it waa all over, and
Gerald wen tr out of the house with a
great ache at hi? heart, He was,, yery
Korrf for his aunt; ahehad be'?n very kind
to hun-too kind, for she had reared him
for the useless life of a drone, when
new it appeared he murat work for a
living liko, aU^fcbe. rent o?, the- beoev ^Itr,
had hitherto ueen something^01 a t>?re~
to him merely to spend money, and tho
faot *>egan to dawn unpleasantly upon
his'mind that to earn it must be in
finitely more wearisome.
Walking eimk-udy on his, feat took
mechanically a familiar direction, _ and
ho found himself pausing before a line
house in a fashionable quarter of the
city, from which shambled a somewhat
bent and awkward fignre that presently
disappeared in a brougham before tho
Gerald recognized tho man as Mr.
Badger the millionaire, and involun
tarily contrasted his condition with that
ot the fortunate Boap dealer. Ho was,
liowever, so absorbed with the direful
news be bad to tell Emily that before
she came into the parlor lie had forgot
ten Badger's existence.
It was singular that her remarkable
beauty and brilliant toilet did not ap
pall Gerald at that moment ; that the
fact of Iiis no longer being able to grace
that lovely hand with befitting gems
did not prevent bim from seizing it in
both his own, and kissing it raptnrons
. ly. But for an enchanting moment be
was allowed to forget the gloomy cham
ber where his aunt lay dead, and the
woman who waited there for the money
ho had been taught to consider hi? own.
"It seems to me that you aro very
beautiful this morning," was all that
he could say.
Emily drow her hand gently away
from his carosB.
" Gerald," Bhe said, " I have sonio
tbing to tell you."
Her accent was cold. There was
something in her manner that cairned
him to step baok and look at ber with a
dim premonition of what was to come.
" You know," BIIO .continued, " how
bitterly opposed is your aunt to your af
fection for mc. Sho huB told mo herself
that she will never consent to our hap
piness. Gerald, I am too fond of .you
to wreck your whola life. Thoro was
but one way to cud it all-"
She panned. Ho leaned forward, and
Btill kept bis eye, now wan and haggard,
upon her face. Then Hbe Hank.palo and
trembling into a chair, and coverod hor
eyes with ber hand. Sho WBB moved
with'pity, perhaps, or a1 Vague * regret.
At last BIIO Bpoke.
" I have just accepted au offer oi
"From Badger,v cried Gorabi, and
walked to the door, ff Your prudence,"
ho added, Btauding upon thu threshold,
" has Served you well. You havo just
got rid of mo in Ijtue. My aunt died
f hiB mor?)iiig, ?n?Vfhaa left overytbing
to her nurse and eompaniou."
Thou he got into the street, and
walked along with a _faltering? etaggor
ftig .step. " ?IfB*ej^?a were .wild hiB face
?lividly pale. People turned to look al
him an ho wont by, and two or three
wondered what was sending that mau tc
Ho went homo aud stood by the bod\
of hid aunt. There was a ?tingle fasci
nation about thin death-something
-ery wonderful nud tempting in thal
'mysterious ?ind absolute rest. Sudden
ly be bocamc muster of himself, of till
bitterness and despair of the moment,
He walked firmly to tho door, but a stet
followed him, and, turning, he saw th<
pale, perturbed face of Miss Williams,
Then ho remembered ber presence ir
tho room, but his madness and grie:
had prevented him from realizing it.
" Just one word, Mr. Erism," sh?
said. " Of course 3 011 know that I wil
not touch oma peuny of this money 1"
" It doesn't matter now," be replied
"It might ns well bo yours as any
" But it is yours," she said.
"Oh, as for me," said Gerald, "
shall not want it " He walked througl
tte hall. Miss Williams followed hit
stealthily. He entered tho room, bu
when th? door Rhut him in Luana re
mai II ed, haggard a nd trembling, her en
glued to the cold panel betweeu thoa
A grim silence reigned about her. Sh
could hear the clock tick in the dea
woman's room j below. Bndtlenly sh
put both'her hands about the knob an
opened the door. Geraki turned quid
ly ; there was an ominons click ; th
Eistol fell a little as it went off. Th
lood soaked through his coat an
trickled ont upon the floor. Just 1
L?nne was about sinking at bis fee
Gerald put out Ida band to her.
" An accident, Miss Williams," h
said. " PJeoso sond AdamH for th
doctor, and thou help me off with m
This brought Luane to herself. Sh
hastened to elo his bidding, dispatche
Adams, and returning ogam to G?rait
stanched the blood with strips of th
pillow-case from a bed. When tb
doctor came she held tho light for hil
wiiile he probed the wound and e:
tracted the bullet.
" An bach or so higher," said the do
tor, "and yon would have beep burie
on the same day with your aunt."
"lt was a lucky thing, then, tin
Miss Williams had an errand to n
room when Bhe did,", said Gorah
"As she opened tho dobr my hand fe
and tho pistol wont, off.^
"ShchoH unconsciouHly saved yoi
lifo," said tho-doctor. Then as Luai
left tho room he added, "She's tl
finest young woman I know, and won
make a capital nurse in my hospitt
Do you know what she think H of doh
now that your aunt is gone ? "
M No," Baid Gerald, with a gri
smile; "but I fancy she'll think
Bometbing livelier than that."
" She bas Bitch an excellent physiqi
and splendid nerve," said the docte
" But I must - go., Keep as quito
you can, and havo Adams within call
That night Gerald awoke with an i
tolerable thirst ; his temples t-hrohbe
his eyes burned. Looking over
Adams, he lound thai he waa som
p.sleep. This of itself was offensive.
Gerald. What business had tho mi
to sleep when he wa? raftering? He
terribly oppressive the stillness wt
thin Btmi-iiarkneRH and lonelinea I
that moment a ponderous (more 1
sounded from tho thront of the ?tur
Adams, aud Gerald almost leaped from
his bed. It was like a stab to him ; it
was unendurable. He stretched over
his sound arm, and reaching a pillow,
threw it with all his might at tho un
conscious Adams. But in spite of the
agony the movement cost him, it was a
futile one. The pillow fell far Bhorfc of
the object on the floor, and Gerald sunk
back with a groan.
But suddenly tho soft touch of n
woman's hand fell tenderly upon his
forehead, the sweet tones of a woman's
voice fell soothingly upon his ear.
" It is time for your medicine," said
Luane, and put tho cup to hiB lips.
Gerald drank as if it was nectar. Then
she arranged his pillows for him, and
was about retreating from the room
when he faintly called for a drink.
Then he thought his head was too high,
or perhaps a trifle low ; every move
ment caused him intolerable agony,
and he hated to be alone with Adams
again. She must have really divined
his motivo, and como to save bia life.
She was again about to leave him, bu
hi put his hand upon hers to detaint
her, and found that it trembled a little
beneath his touch.
.* Your hand did'ut tremble when you
held the lamp for tho doctor," said Ger
ald. 44 Ho wants you for a hospital
nurso, but I told him you'd prefer
something moro cheerful."
44 Why, I thiuk I'd like it," said Im
ane. 4? You know I must do some
411 don't soe tho necessity," said
Gerald; "you have my aunt's monoy,
and it will occupy all your time to enjoy
" Your aunt's money is your own,"
said Luane, 44 and you insult me by
thinking I would take advantage ol* a
poor old lady's weakness; I never will
touch a ponny of it. And, Mr. Erism,
you must not talk. "
44 Ono word, only ono," pleaded Ger
ald. 41 But for you I might havo boon
like-like our poor old friond below.'
Gorald shuddered and turned palo. 4'1
am cowardly enough," he wont on, 44 tc
hate oven thc thought of it now. HOM
eau I thank you, Miss Williams V"
44 By taking what is your own, and
tuiiug it nobly and well,'' said Luauo,
and vanished from his sight.
But ns she left him he felt a sudden
throb in tho hand beneath his own, um!
uaw a quick flame leap into her cheek, r
glow to her eyes.
li .Three lour* yp.Br?," m-iniMuc*1.
aid, 44and I never know her till now."
Gerald was youug and strong, am
Ibo fourth day, tho one appointed foi
the funeral, ho was ablo to bc up ant
dressed, aud welcomed Luauo wanui;
as sho entered his room. Sho looket
paler than ever in her black dress, bu
Gerald thought ho had never seen H<
sweet and noble a face.
44 How I would like to go down, Misi
Williams," ho said, 44 and enjoy th
surprise of tho good people below ! I'<
like to see them bow and ?milo to tb
heiress of my aunt's fortune. I'm a
bad aH the rest of them, I suppose, fo
I feel like making all ciorts of prett;
speeches." Gerald paused, and his fae
grew Buddouly grave and tender. 44 G
now," ho added, 44 and kiss my auu
good-by for me ; tell her I am quit
satisfied with everything."
Luane went from the room and dow
the stairs. For the last three days sh
had been like ono in a dream, 1
seemed awful to be warm and happ
even after she entered tho dark, gloom
drawing-room, even after she had bet
and kissed tho cold, stern face for Ge
aid and for herself.
i4I will not take it," she whisperer
hot tears raining on the dead woman
face-441 will not take a cent of it, bi
it han given me such a gleam of happ
ness. God forever bless you for it."
Then the people began to pour i:
and tho ceremony commenced. Luane
were the only toara that were shed, ar
tho most of the guests came from civi
ity or curiosity. Miss Erism had tak<
but little activo part in the world fi
many a year, and tho poor lady was ve:
soon put away and forgotten."
The most important part of tho pr
ceedings was wheu they returned fro
the burial to hoar the reading of the wi
Luane trembled when the pompoi
lawyer unrolled tho parchment, and b
gan in a sonorous voice : 44 In tl
namo of God, amen !"
What would they think of her-wh
would they say of her? Oh, how gli
she was that tho only ono she cn red f
in the world know all about it ! Hr
innocent she waB, and how ignorant !
But oven while she thought thus B
heard tho lawyer read; 44 To my I:
loved nephew, Gerald Erism, I gi
and bequeath all my property, perflor
and otherwise." Liliane could Bi-arct
believe her earn. She listened to t
end, and heard at hutt : 44 To Lua
Williams, my faithful nurse, I givt
mourning ring and tho sum of $00."
Then alto went up stairs to Gerold,
44 Tho King shall have his own 1" H
44 Onlyon ono condition,"said Gera
44 I'll tnko your nionoy only on one e<
44 You'll take my money?" colic
Luane-44 my poor little fifty dol?an
fm mic's face shouo willi a profound j
" Your aunt, loft her money whore it
longs, Mr. Eri^m. I have just hei
you declared her solo tuirviving bei
Gerald romaincd strmned and
44 Where is the codicil ?" ho cri?e
tho lawyer, who stood at tho door. 44
aunt left her mono;, to Miss W il liai
?4he told mo so when she wna dyinj
44 Oh, that was when you bought
horse f .1 v/as afraid there would
tronble then ; but, bless your soul,
got all over that."
44And tho money ia mino?" ex
"Of course it's yours, " anti the lawyer
wout down tho stairs chuckling at his
Then Gerald hold out his hands to
"I was, going to bo magnanimous
enough to marry you despite your
money," he said ; "now there is no ob
stacle to our bappiuess. Come, my
sweet Imane, and bless tho lifo you
have givon mo !"
Inane became his wife. Mrs. Grundy
said that be married her to spite Emily
Thorpe. ?The lawyer chuckled still
more, and thought of the codicil. But
we know that it was love, and for love
The; Schoolmaster's Story.
When I taught a district school, said
he, I adopted as a principle to give as
few rules to my scholars as possible. I
had, however, one Btaudiug rule, which
was: "Strive, under all circumstances,
to do right," nud the text of right,
uuder all circumstances, was the golden
rule : " Al) things whatsoever ye would
that men should do unto you, do ye
even BO milo them."
If an oiRrrso was committed, it was
my invariable practice to ask: "Was
it right ?" " Was it as you would be
dono by V"
All my experience and observations
have couvincod mo that no act of a pupil
"ought to bo regarded as an offense Ul -
less it bo such when measured by the
standard of tho golden ruin. During
tho last yoar of my teaching tho only
teds I over applied to an act of which
it wns necessary lo judge were those o?
the nbovo questions. By this conrao I
gained many important advantages.
Ju the first place, thc pica, "You
have not made any rule against it."
which for a long timo was a terrible
burdon to mc, lost all its power.
lu the second plaoo, by keeping con
stantly befcro tho scholars as a stan
dard of action tho single text of right
aud wronglias ono which they wore to
apply for tUVnieolves, f was enabled to
cultivate in ?beni a deep feeling of per
In tho tr . rd plaoo, I got a sliougcr
bold on tho':, feelings, and acquired a
new power m cultivating and directing
thom. s I
la the fouUth place, I had the satis
faction of r hoing them become more
truthfiil/sfc: Sat, trustworthy and mauly
in their i>v<"? .jaree with mo, with their
Once, \yj-r? fvev, I was sadly puzzled
by an application of the principle by
ono of ray si Ikolars. George .Tones was
a largo boyl !?who, partly through a fain:!
feeling of hojnor, and partly from a feel
ing of stubbornness, refused to give mo
some information. 'Die circumstances
were these 'ry-'
A scholar Bad played some t rick which
interrupted ?io oxorolaoE. As was my
enstom, I coiled on tho ono who bod
done tho nih chief to como forward. Aa
nc one atari.- d, -I repeated tho request,
but with nc-guccess. Finding that the
culprit woulfl not confess his guilt, I
osked Georgi" if ho know who committed
tho ofTenee. ! *
" I did not do it," was the rpply.
" But do you know who did ?"
" Yes, sir. .
"Who was it?"
" I do not wish to tell."
"But you must tell. It is my duty to
ask and yours to auswer'tae."
"I cannot do it," said lle-orgo firmly.
" Then j ou must stop with me aftor
Ho stopped os requested, but. nothing
which I could urge would induce bim to
reveal anything. At last, out of pa
tit nee with what I boljeved to bo obsti
nacy of tho boy, I said :
"Well, George, I have borne with you
aa long UR I can, and you must either
tell me or be pnnibhed."
Wi Mi a triumphant look, as though
conscious that ho had tho better of me
by an application of my favorito rulo,
ho replied : " I can't tell you, because
it would not be right. The boy would
not like to have me tell of bim,* and I'll
do as I'd bc dono by."
A few years earlier I should have
deemed a reply thus given me on in
sult, and should have resented it ac
cordingly ; bnt experience and reflec
tion had taught me the folly of this, acd
one of the most important of my oft
quoted rule was-to judge of tho nature
of others as I would have them judge
of mine. Yet for tho moment I was
staggered. His plea was plausible ; be
might bo honest iu making it. I did
not seo in what respect it was fallacious.
I felt that it would not do to retreat
from my position ond suffer tho offender
to esoapo, nnd yet that 1 should do a
great injustice by compelling a boy to
do a thing if ho really believed it to be
After a littlo pause I Haid : " Well,
George, I do not wish you to do any
thing which ia wrong, or which conflicts
with your golden rule. Wo will le.ivo
this for to-night and perhaps you will
alter your mind before, to-morrow."
T uaw bim privately before school and
found him moro firm in his refunnl than
ever. Aftor the devotional excrcisea
of tho morning I began to question thc
scholars, os was my wont, on tho va
rious points of duty, and gradually
led the conservation to tho golden ride.
"Who," I asked, "aro the persons
to whom, ns members of this school, you
ought to do as you would bo done by ?
Your parents, who support and Bend
you here ; your schoolmates, who aro
engaged in tho earno world with your
selves ; the citizens of the town who,
by taxing thomsolvos, raiso money to
pay tho expenses of this sohool ; the
school committee, who take so grent an
interest in our welfare ; your teacher,
or the scholar who carelessly or will
fully commits some o't'enso against good
A hearty "yes" was responded to
every question except tho last, at which
they were silent.
Then addressing George, 1 said :
"Yesterday I asked you who had com
mitted a certain offense. You refused
to tell me because vou thought it would
I now wish you to reconsider tho sub
ject. On ono side aro your parents,
yonr schoolmates, tho citizens of this
town, school committee, and yonr
teacher, all deeply interested in every
thing affecting the prosperity of this
school. On the other side is the boy
who, by this act, has shown himself
ready to iujuro all these. To which
party will jon do as you would bo done
After a moment's pnuse he said : " To
the first ; it was William Brown who
My triumph, or rather tho triumph
of priuciple, was complete ; and the
lesson was as deeply felt by tho other
members of the school as by him for
whom it was specially designed.
The Khedive's Ball.
A Cairo correspondent describes a
ball recently given by tho kh?dive ns
follows: "It took placo"at tho Guc
zireh palace, situated on the Nile. As
one entered tho avenue leading into tho
garden of tho palace, fairy land begun
-Chinese lanterns suspouded along tho
avenues, and glenming amid tho broad
green leaves of lofty palms, giving them
tin; appearance cf being covered with
gorgeous Howers ; fountains sparkling
like sprays of diamonds in f hn flashing
light ; graceful statues draped with gar
lands as if trying to conceal their love
liness ; gas-jets placed close together
round tho top of the palace, Riving tho
client at a distance of an unbroken chain
cf finnie; revolving lights in many col
ors, so arranged as to bo reflected in
tho river fer almost a mile, combined
to form a sceuo of magical beauty un
equaled by any in tho 'Arabiau Nights.'
When tho invited guest reached the
grand eutrauoe his eyes were dazzled
by tho flood of light poured npon him
from the richly gilt chandeliers in tho
voslilmlo: tho marble pavement and
thc broad marble steps woro covered
with rich Persian carpets. As tho ladies
stepped from tho carriages ushers dress
ed in tho native costume offered thoir
arms to tho cloak-room ; then up tho
grauil -uttircnaO?-KU J, l*\ i hoy- (lOnl'i act- ?.
speak English nor most foreigners
Arabic, they could not present tho
Indies whom they escorte.!, but now
and thou n gctitleman who had been
prciionted and who understood French
conducted tho iitraugors to the room
where tho khedivo stood alono, receiv
ing his guests like any cidinarv Ameri
can gentleman. When introduced he
shook hands and smiled pleasantly.
AH he, too, could not understand thuso
who did not speak French, ho remained
silent till another group enme up. The
next thing in order was to walkthrough
the various rooms, particularly admir
ing Ihoso occupied by the Empress
Eugenie, of France, when here cn a
visit some lew years since. They were
elegantly fitted up in blue, lt would
be impossible to fully describo their
mnguiticont beauty. When we entered
the ball-room, which was superbly dec
orated and lined with mirrors, a single
set had been formed for the 'Lanciers.'
Tho gentlemen in the set where Prince
Arthur, two princes (sons of tho kh?
dive), and the duke of Mecklenburg.
Tho ladies were very handsome ami
maguiticiently dressed. Tho dresses of
tho women in general nt this princely
fete woro surpassing in thoir splendor.
Glittering coronets, necklaces of pre
cious stones, and on their arms, in their
hair, and oven around their waists and
ou portions of their dress wore some of
the largest diamonds that were over
seen outside of palaces when the court
jewels were displayed. Weary of tho
glitter of the bnll-room we passed out
on tho balcony to there revel in the
panorama spread before us. Ifc was
beyond description, and still (though
the hour was lute), for as the eye could
reach carriages could bo seen coming
up the illuminated avenue as though
bringing guests from the uttermost
ends cf the earth. Thc khedive's bufibb
was next in order. Hero there were all
kinds of refreshments for tho gentle
men, with.a profusion of rare wines.
All through the evening waiters carried
around irays of ?COB, wine, lemonade,
and sherbet. Half an hour after mid
night supper was announced. Tho
guests wore all teated at tablea glitter
ing with crystal, silver and gold, and
laden with all tho luxuries cf i lio east."
Tho Shah's Strong Box.
Tho f-trong box cf tho Shah of Persia
consists of a small room 20x11 feet.
Here, spread upon carpets, lie jewela
valued at ?7,000.000. Chief among
them in tho Kninian crown, shaped
like a flower pot, and topped by an un
cut ruby as large as a hen's egg, and
supposed to have como from Siam.
Near tlio crown aro two lambskin cap?
adorned with splendid aigrettes of
diamonds, und before them lie trays of
pearl, ruby and emerald neoklaceo,
and hundreds cf rings. A Mr. East
wick, who is reported ko have been
allowed to ex miine the collection, states
that conspicuous among the gauntlets
and belt-j covered faith pcarlo and dia
monds is tho Kaiatiian belt, about a
foot deep, weighing perhaps eighteen
pounds, and one complete mass of
pearla, diamonds, emeralda and rubies.
Ono or two noabbards of swords aro
said to bo worth a quarter of a ?oillion
??ach. There is abo the Ant st turquoise
in the world, three or four inches long,
and without a flaw ; and an emerald as
big as a walnut, covered with thc names
of kingu who havo pesessod itt
FACTS AUD FANCIES.
-"I'd liko to give something to tho
poor," remarked n Toledo lady. " It's
hard times and they mimt bo suffering,
but I'vo got to use this ?40 to buy an
- " Hellen wan proud," said an Indi
ana widower of his late wife, " and sho
was a great worker. Yon ought to
have stood by and see her jerk a bed
stead down and go for bogs ! "
-A woman recently died in Alabama
leaving to somebody, it is said, an inher
itance of no less than 287 hoop-skirts.
That woman was ns well hooped as an
imported barrel of French brandy.
-A good many young men would be
content if they were only astronomers,
but when a man sets out to be really
great ho will never stop until peoplo
speak of him aa a pisciculturist.
-A Troy fool got a beef's heart, put
a golden arrow worth S75 through it,
and sent it to a Troy young woman for
a valentine. The fair creature gave the
heart to her poodle, but will keep tho
-A silly fellow whoso oars were un
usually large once Bimperingly asked a
witty lady : "Will I not mnko a lino
nngol?" "Well, no," she replied,
pointing to his enrs, "I think your
wings aro to lri?h."
-New England scemB to bo drying
up. At Brattloborougb, Vt., water
costs thirty cents a barrel, and at Graf
ton, N. H., ono man asks fivo hundred
dollars for tko pnvilego of drawing
water from II?H well.
-'I UK total receipts of tho trans
atlantic steamship companies plying
between New York aud Europe wore
only 830,153,885 in 1871, against 857,
577,350 in 1871, a dcoronHO of ?27,423,
-Murderouii affrays, burglaries, and
afKHHsinatiouH arc of constant occur
rence in Fort Said, Egypt. Tho roni
denta aro hardly anio in their own
houses, and a lady scarcely dare vouturo
to appear in the streets for fear of
-A very flexible tomperauco plcdgo
is this, which is circulated among Bos
ton fashionablo Indien : "I promiBo
that, no intoxicating liquor ?hall bo
used iu thin house for cooking purposes^
aud in BicknesH that it shall bo given
--Tho Pall Mall Gazetted correa
p?V?'eiii wt rierhii repot cs .that .tho Ger
mau government nae received a menjo
rial from tho Protebtant olorgyof Spain,
complaining that th?) liberty of worship
?H threatened. SimimV-momorinlH have
been forwarded to^ other Protestant
powers in Europe and to tho United
Hj'T Ivor Ion-e. nvnc -Uer 'eico.- - , .. ?
.?il ow my old (jrHmhnotliiu' unod to npank too,
Over lier knoo, over hor knee.
When I waH imito a HITIHH hoy !
It wm? ni>ank, ?punk, upank '.
Ko OHO wan it kicking, for on nho went lick
With spank, femnlc, spank!
Tho thing HIIO mod to enjoy!
Ohorns-Then it'H ovor knoo, otc.
-A wealthy and eccentric woman in
Springfield, 111., contributes 8500 a year
to the support of one of the churches
there, but cannot be induced to attend
a single service. Nor will she allow its
pastor to euler her house. She naya
that ho " means well," and that ?H why
she gives the money, but abe doesn't
desire to " hear any of his can't."
-They have a good deal of wind in
Holland aud the people make a good
deaf of monoy out of it. Thero aro
12,000 windmills in operation, each do
ing a six or ten-horse power service,
through tho twenty-four hours. These
mills aro kept up at an annual cost of
$4,000,000, and they perform all tho
servico required of steam engines at
one-twentieth the cost..
-For tho yenr rn^inp: September 30,
the pi o plo .o' Ibo United States con
sumed 580,000.000 bushels of peanuts.
Tennessee furnished 185,000 ; Virginia,
225,000; North Carolina, 60,000; and
tho balance, 125,000 bushels, was im
ported from Africa. The maturing
Virginia crop ia said to bo largo, prob
ably about ?150,000 bushels, while the
North Cco-olina eron in estimated at
-The compiler of foreign gossio
doenn't often give us anythiug so ro
mantic as thi? : Tho will of an old man,
who died recently in Brussels, tells how
he once found a valuable diamond in
Asia, which he concealed in a cut in tho
calf of his log, where ho had made nu
intentional wound. Tho apparent mis
fortune procured Iii? release from tho
mine, anti ho wno made immensely rioh
by the salo of the gem, which is now
ono of Russia's crown diamonds.
-Old man Wheeler of Minnesota
wants a divorce from his wife. Sho
sent him down tho cellar ono night laBt
week after a bottle of yea%t. Ho got it
and was trudging along up stairs, think
ing of nothing in particular, when the
bottle exploded, scaring Wheeler so that
ho foll with ono prout whoop down in a
soap barrel under the ?taiT. When
they pulled him out ho pranced around
yelling " CUBS a wife ; CUBII yeast ; cuss
tho whole of ye I" And the lawyers
say ho haB got. a good caso.
-lu making dresses for this season
nearly every lady can havo a stylo of
her own, tho ouly points in which fash
ion is inexorable being a long ovor-skirt
and a high corsage, except for full
dress. After conceding these points a
dress may be short or demi-trained
with a plain or draped apron front, or
no apron ; may bo puffed full at the
back, or draped gracefully or loft to
hang perfectly plain. It may be caught
up at one nido or at both. Tho waist,
may bo sin#lo or double breasted, and
tho sleeves of rigid plainness or covered
from shoulder to wrist, with puffs, pleat*
jug? and rufUegj