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TRI-WEEKLY EDITION. WINNSBORO, S. C., JUNE 23, 1881. ESTABLISHED 185
A DAY OF PROMISE.
Look forth, beloved, from thy mansion high,
- By soft airs fhuned,
And see the summer with its bluest siy
Burpriie the land I
See how the bare hills bak in purp'e bliss
Along ti e south;
On the brown dqath of winter falls a kiss
From summer's mouth I
From plnes that wave ar. ong the vanished
Their phantom bowers
A murmur eomes, as sought the ghosts of
The ghosts of flowers,
Though yet no blood may fill the willow rind
No grass-blade start,
A dream of blossoms fills the yearning mind,
Of love my heart. *
Look forth, beloved, through the tender air,
And let thine eyes
The violets be it finds not anywhere
And see'ntless dies,
Look I and thy trembling looks of plenteous
The day shall see
And searob no more whore first on yonder
The o wslips be.
Look and the wandering summer not forlorn
Shall turn aside,
Content to leave her million flowers unborn,
e or song untried,
Drowsywifh life.and not with sleep or death
. I dream of thee,
Proathe forth thy being in one answerIng
na Coin.to me I
Come forth, eloted I Love's exultant sign
isin the sky,
And lot me lay my panting heart to thine
Irs. McW11iiams' Fright.
Well, sijy-centinued. Mr. McWilliams,
for this was not the beginimng of his talk
the fer of lightbing is dne of the nost dis
tressig' intln0ities a human being can be
afflicted with. It is- mobtly confined to
women;- ut- now aid then you will find it
Ito f ltle dog, and sometimes in a man. It
is a particularly distressing infirmity, for
the reason-that it takes the sand out of a
perso' to. an extent which no other fear
can, afid chn't be reasoned with, and
neither cfn it lie shaned out of a person. A
woman who could'face the very-devil hhn
self-oC a mouse-loses her grip and goes
all to pieces in front of a flash of lightning.
fler.fright is something pitiful to see.
Well, as 1 was telling you, I woke up,
with that smothered and unlocatable cry of
"Mortimer I lfortimer " wailing in my
ears, and as soon as I could scrape my
faculties together I reached over in the
dark, and then said:
"Evangeline, is that you calling f What
is the matter? Where are you?"
"$hut up in the boot-closet. You ought
to be ashamed to lie there and sleep s3,
and such an awful storm going on.'
"Why, how can one be ashamed when
he ts asleep I It Is unreasonable; a man
can't be asnamed when he is asleep, Evan
"You never try, Mortimer-you know
very well you never try."
I caught the sound of muffled sobs.
That sound smote dead the sharp speech
that was on my lips, and I changed it to
"I'm soiTy, dear-I'm truly sorry. I
never meant to act so. Come back and-"
"Heavens I what is the matter, my
"Do you mean to say that you are in
that bed yet ?"
"Why, of course."
"Come out of it instantly. I should
think you would take some little care of
your life, for my sake and the children's,
if you will not for your own."
"But, my love-"
"Don't talk to me, Mortiner. You
know there is no place so dangerous as a
bed, in such a thunder-storm as this-all
the books say that; yet, there you will lie
and deliberately throw away your life-for
goodness knows what, unles for the sake
of arguing, and arguing, and-",
"But, confound it, Evangeline, I'm not
in bed now. I'm-"
(8entence interrupted by a sudden glare
of lightning, 'followed by a terrified little
scream from Mrs. McWilliams, and a tre
mendoui blast of thunder.]I
'-There I You see the result? Oh,
Mortimer, how can you be so profligate as
to swear at such a time as this I"
"I didn't swear. And that wasn't a re
sult of it anyhow. It would have come,
just the same. if I. hadn't said a word, and
you know, Evangeilne-at least you ought
to knew-that when the atmosphere is
charged with electricity-"
"Oh, yes, now argue it, and argue it,
and argue it I- I don't see how you can act
so, when'you know there is not a lightning
rod on the place, and your poor wife and
children are absolutely at the mercy of
Providence. What are you doing ? Light
ing a match at such a time as this I Are
you stark mad ?"
"Hang it, woman, where's the harmi
TFhe place is as dark as the inside of an in
"Put it out I put it out mnstantly I Are
you determined to saciffice us all? You
know there's nothing attracts hghitning
like a light. [Fzt-crash/-boorn
6oloom-boom-boorn/] Oh, just hear
it I ;NoW you see what you've' stone 1"
''No, I doniseei what I've done. - A
match may attract lightning,for all I know,
but it don't cause lightmng--I'll go odds
ton that. And it didn't attract worth a
cent this time; for if that shot was leveled
at my matcha it was blessed p~oor narkman
uhip-abopt an average ot none out of a
*possibl'd ijtilien I should say. Why, at
Dollymodot," bieh markmanship as
"For ame, Mortuner I Ia ro we~ are
stamc1bg in tfl very prOo eel ' 31eath, and
yet in? so solei n a mioin'ent y~uare capable
of uslguch languag pthat. If you
"Didi 'u say youi rayers to-night ?"
"I--I-mf'4to, but I got to trying to
ohp outs - .tuch twegv times thirteen
bl---umbeJang BMAsi 1]
'%?l5~welost, beyod al h~elplL1,ow
con u lecqt suel )11gat' such a
"Btut it wasn't spcoh a time as, this."
slip like that f And I don't think it's just It
fair for you to make so much out of it any ni
way, seeing it happens so seldom; I al
haven't missed before since I brought on
that earthquake, four years ago."
"Mortimer I How y ' talk I Have you II
forgotten the yellow fevts" ti
"My dear, you are always throwing up n
this yellow fever to me, and I think it is
perfectly unreasonable. You can't even el
send a telegraphic message as far as Mem- ni
phis without relays, so how is a little do- di
votional slip of time going to carry so far. at
I'll stand the earthquake because it was in
the neighborhood; but i'll be hanged if bi
I'm going to be responsible for every- i
(Fzt!-noom beroom-boom I boom I
"Oh, dear, dear, dear I I know it struck p
something, Mortimer. We never shall see
the light of another day: and if it will do po
you any good to remember, when we are
gone, that your dreadful language-Morti- is
mer I " sc
"Well I What now I" L
"Your voice sounds as if-Mortimer,are B
you actually standing in front of that open ti
"That is the very crime I am commit
"Get away from it this moment. You sii
do seem determined to bring destruction on it
us all. Don't you know that there is no th
better conductor for lightning than an open zt
chimney I . Now where have you got to?" gt
"I'm here by the window." a
"O, for pity's sake, have you lost your th
mind I Clear out from here this moment.
The very children in arms know that it is w
fatal to stand near a window im a thunder In
storm. . Dear, dear, I know I shall never he
see the light of another day. Mortimer ?" sa
"What is that rustling?"
"It's me" ou
"What are you doing ?" a
"Trying to find the upper end of my ne
"Quick I throw them things away I I do
believe yon would deliberately put on ch
those clothes at such a time as this; yet se
you know woolen stuffs attract lightmut. su
Oh, dear, dear, it lsn't suflic-it that one's br
life must be in peril from natural causes, at
but you must do everything you can pos- qu
sibly think of to augment the danger. Oh,
don't sing I What can you be thinking
of ?" an
"Now, where's the harm in it." wi
"Mortimer, if I have told you once I ao
have told you a hundred tines, that sing
ing causes vibrations in the atmosphere th<
which interrupt the flow of the electric
fluid, and- What on earth are you open- on
ing that door for V' th
"Goodnecs gracious, woman, is there th
any harm in that ?"
"Harm? Ther'es death in it. Anybody M
that has given this subject any attention It
knows that to create a draught is to invite be
the lightning. You haven't half shut it;
shut it tight--and do hurry, or we are all co
destroyed. Oh, it is an awful tLing to be
shut up with a lunatic at such a time as tir
this. Mortimer, what are you doing ?" thi
"Nothing. Just turning on the water. he
This room is smothering hot and close. I
want to bathe my face and hands." on
"You have certainly parted with the di
remnant of your mind I Where lightning bli
strikes substance ' once, it strikes water hil
fifty times. Do turn it off. Oh, dear, I
am sure that nothing in this world can save tel
us. It does seem to me chat-Mortimer
what was that?" ni
'It was a do-it was a picture. Knocked
it down." be
"Then you are close to the wall I I ru
never heard of such imprudence! Don't nii
you know that there is no better conduc- th,
tor of lightning than a wall ? Come away th
from there I And you came as near as any- to
thing to swearing, too. Oh, how can you
be so desperately wicked, and your family un
in such peril? iMortimier, did you order are
feather bed, as I asked you to do p?"e
"No. Forgot it."
"Forgot it!i It may coat you your life.
If you had a feather bed, now, and could
spread it in the middle of the room and lieth
on it, you would he perfectly safe. Come sci
in here-come quick, before you have a pri
chance to conmmitt any moi'e frantic inadie- tir
I1 tried, but the little closet would not g
hold us both with the door shut, unless we
could be content to smother. I gasped en
awhile, then forced my way out. My mi
wife called out- ,
"Mortimier, something must he done for li
your preservation. Give me that German sh<
book that is on the end of the mantle piece ftc
and a candle; but don't light it; give me a lon
match; I will light it in here. That book TpI
has some directions in it. "a
I got the book-at the cost of of avase andi hui
sonmc other brittle things; and the madam thi
shut herself up with her candle. I had a mo- ne
ment's peace; then she called out- cre
"Mortimer, what was tbat ?" ce
"Nothing but the cat." to
"The cat!i Oh, destruction I Catch hier, fir
and shut her up in the wash stand. Do be .an
qu ick, love; cats are full of electricity. I P1
just know my hair will turn white with Ei
this night's awful perIls." wi
I heard the muffled sobbings again. But bc
for that 1 should not have moved hand or yr
foot in such a wild enterprise in the clark. 141
However, I 'went at my task over to
chairs and against all sorts of obstructions, Li
all of them hard one, too, and most of yt
them with sharp edges-and at last I got
kitty cooped up in the commode, at an ex- m
pense of over four hundred dollars in aa
broken furniture and shins. Then these i&
nmflkcd words came from the closet : 11
"It ansys the safest thing is to stand on a eni
chair in the midtdle of the room, Mortimer; hi
and the legs of the chair must he insulated 81
withi non-concductors, That is, you must ag
set the legs of the chair mi glass tumblers. im
i FzeI - boom!-bang t-amas ! ] Oh I cc
hear that. Do hurry, Mortimer, before wv
you arc struck." hi
I muansgedc to find and secure the turn- e,
blers. I got the last four-broke all the mi
rest I insulated the chair-legs, and called ,Ihi
for further instructions. . .-fe
"Mortimcer,'" it says, "Wahrend eines. i'
Gewitters ontferno manm Metalle, wie a B , em
Rlinge, Uhren, Schlussel, etc., von sich tc
unid halte sich auci nich an solchen Stellen ni
auf, wo viele' Metalle bei cinder legen, lo
ord4i mit andern Koerpere verbunden shnd, rc
wie an Ilerdeen, Ofen,Eisengitter-n u. dg!. c4
What does that meani, Mortimeri Does hi
it mean that you must keep metals about a
you, or keep them away from you ?" mi
"Welt, I hardly know., It appears to hi
bo a little mixed. All German advice is in
mpro or les mixed. Hcowever, I think ai:
thaM sentehe is iiiostly in the native ease, hi
*ith adentle. nntiva and aeconsative sifted di
hero and there, for luck, so I reckon it
cans that you must keep some metals
"Yes; that must be it. It stauds to rea
'n that it is. They are in the nature of
;htning rods, you know. Put on your
eman's helmet, Mortimer; that is mostly
I got it and put it on-a very heavy and
umsy and uncomlortable thing on a hot
ght in a close room. Even my night
ess seemed to be more clothing than I
"Mortimer,I think your middle ought to
protected. Won't you buckle on your
iiitia sabre, please I"
"Now, Mortuner, you ought to have
me way to protect your feet. Do, please,
it on your spurs."
I did it-in silence-and kept my tem
lr as well as I could.
"Mortimer, it says, 'Das Gewitter .lauten
sehr gefaliaheb, well die Glockq selbst,
wie der dorch das Lauten veraulasste
aftzug und die Hohe des Thurmes den
itz auziehen konnten." Mortimer, does
at mean that it is dangerous not to ring
e church bells during a thunderstorm?"
"Yes; It seems to me that-if that Is the
st participle of the nominative case
igulav, and I reckon it is. Yes; I think
ineans that on account of the height of
o church tower and the absence of Luft
g, it would be very dangerous (8cr
fahrlich) not to ring the bells in time of
storm; and, moreover, don't you see,
a very wording-"
"Never mind that, Mortimer; don't
iste the precious time in talk. Get the
go dinner bell; it Is right there in the
11. Quick,Mortlnier, dear; we are almost
re. Oh, dear, I do believe we are going
be saved at last!"
Our little summer establishment stands
top of aphigh range of hills, over looking
valley. Several farm houses are in our
ighborhood, the nearest some three or
uir hundred yards away.
When 1, mounted on a chair, had been
iging that dreadful bell a matter of
ren or eight minutes, our shutters were
Idenly torn open from without and a
Iliant bull's eye lantern was thrust in
the window, followea by a hoarse in
'What in the nation is the matter here?"
rhe windows were full of men's heads,
d the heads were full of eyes that stared
idly at my night dress and my warlike
I dropped the bell, skipped down from
chair in confusion, and said
"There is nothing the matter friends
ly a little discomfort on account of the
inderstorm. I was trying to keep off
"Thunder storm I Lightning ? Why,
. McWillhams, have you lost your mind?
is a beautiful starlight night; there has
en no storm."
I looked out, and was so astonished I
uld not speak for awhile. Then I said:
"I do not not understand this, We die
ctly saw the glow and the flashes
rough the curtains and shutters, and
ird the thunder."
One after another those people lay down
the ground to laugh, and two of them
d. One of the survivors remariaed:
Pity you dindn't think to open your
nds and look over to the top of the high
I yonder. What you heard was a cannon;
lat you saw was the flash. You see, the
egraph brought some news, just at mid
cht: Jones' nomination and that's what's
Yes, Mr. Twain, as I was saying in the
ginning (said Mr. McWilliams), the
es for preserving people against light
ig are so 'excellent and so innumerable
it the most incomprehensible thing in
) world to me is how anybody manages
Bo saying he gathered up his satchel and
ibrella, and departed; for the train hiad
Lched his town.
How Long Man May Live.
It was Prof. Ilufeland's opinion that
lImit of possible human life might be
at 200 years. TIs is on the general
nciple that the life of a creature Is eight
es the years of Its period of growth.
at which Is quickly formed quickly
rishes, and the earlier complete develop
unt is reached the sooner bodily decay
rues. More women reach old age than
un, but more men attain remarkable
Dgevity than woimen. Some animals
w to be very old. Horned animals live
rter lives than those without horns,
rce longer than timid, and amphibious
iger than those wIch inhabit the air.
te voracious pike exists, It is said, to an
a of 150 years; the turtle is good for a
ndred years or more; and among birds
golden eagle is known to have lived
arny 200 years, while the sly and somber
w reaches the venerable, age of a
itury. Passing up In the scale of life
man and skipping the patriarchs, we
d many recorded instances of longevity
rong the classic Greeks and Romans.
iny notes that in the reign of the
nperor Vespasian, In the year '16, there
3re 124 men living In the limited area
tween the Aprinnines and the Po of 100
ars and upward, three of whom were
0 and four over 185. Cicero's wife livedt
the age of 103,and the Roman actress
iceja played in public as late as her 112th
Coingr down to more recent times the
eat notable authentic instance of great
e is that of Hlenry Jenkins, of Yorkshire,
ig., who (lied in 1070, 189 years old.
e was a fisherman, and at the age of 100
ally swam across rapid rivers. Another
storic case is that of Thomas Parr, of
rop~shire, a day-laborer, who lived to the
e of 152 years. When more than 120 lie
arried his second wife, and till 180 lie
uldl swing tihe scythe and wield the flati
tlr the best of his fellow laborers. In
s 15:8d year Parr went up to London to
hilbit himself to the King. It proved an
luecy visit, for violating the abstemious
~bit of a century and a half the old man
ristedi so freely on tho royal victuals that
.2oon (died merely of a plethora. On
~aminatioe his internal organs thie.y lroved
be In excellent condition, and there was
reason why lie shioiAl not have lived 'uich
nger save for this uniartnra ~ ite of
yal hospitality. Prof. Hiufela Ooil of
ntenariabs includes many niore 7 'rka
e cases, among them that of 1L aitedt,
Prussian soldier, who serven ( years
ider both Frederic~ks, fighthb,, I many
ttles and endurIng much hard campagh
g, and who afteor all this marrIed
cessively three wIves, the last when
was 110, only two years before his
"A Gobliburned Fool"
And it came to pass recently, that as a
wealthy and benevolent citizen of Noo Or
leenz opened the door of his dwelling, in
order that he might. proceed, as he was
wont, unto his place of businesq, he did be
hol a poor tramp reclining upon the steps
before the door.
And the tramp was exceedingly lean and
ill-favored. His raiment it was dirty, and
his eyes they did have in them the sad and
far-away look of a half- starved dog.
And the old gentleman hove nigh untc
him and spake unto bbn, saying, "Look
ve-what want ye heret"
And the tramp lifted up his voice and
said; "Wilt thou give me to eat? Even
thirteen days have flown by since feed hath
passed my lips."
And the heart of the 0. Q. was moved
with compassion-even unto the bursting
of his suspenders.
And he called unto his naid-servant and
commanded her, saying: "Give thou unto
this poor traveler food and drink, of which
lie tandeth sore in need. Verily, I know
how it is myself. Bee that thou lettest him
eat his fill, for it Is written; "It is more
blessed to give than to receive." But hark
yo, sirrahl Verily, the wood pile lieth nigh
and unto It the ax adjacent,and when thou
hast partaken of thy fill, siee to it that ye
repay me. even unto the hewing of wood.
What sayest thou, fellow? Wilt thou do
this thing?' Art thou of mind to work?"
And the tramp lifted up his voice and
spake unto him with tears and said: "Yes,
that will 11 Ye bet thy socks I will I Even
as thou commandedest will I obey, I will
tackle the festive wood and how it even
unto the blistering of my hands."
And the old man went his way.
And the tramp doubled the tracks of the
imaid-servant unto the dining hall and sate
down and did eat of the food which she
sat before him. And he ate heartily as
though he was possessed of the stomach of
Doctor Tanncr-him who fasted forty davs
of old and afterwards brought a grievous
famine upon the people.
And when he had risen lie did basely
stow the spoons and forks in his pockets.
And he wunk unto himself and said, 'These
will fetch cash.'
For he meditated not on the baseness of
And he wil:ed off his chin and pulled
down his vest and betook himself unto the
And when he concentrated his vision
upon the wood, and had seen that it was
tough even unto hickory, his heart failed
him, and he leaped the fence and did ex
claim: "Blamed if I'll chop it."
And he went his way and was seen no
more in that place torever.
Now when the even had come, the
wealthy and benevolent old gent returned
home and hied him straightway unto the
woodpile, that he might feast his eyes upon
the wood which; in his simplicity, he be
lieved the tramp had hewn.
But when he had drawn nigh unto it,
beholdi it was as he had left It on the
morn-untouched by the hand of mant
And he marveled greatly as one who
sees a thing he can't exactly get the rights
And when he had discovered how that
the tramp had played him false, even unto
the pulling of the wool over his eyes, he
tore his hair and beat his breast and kickqd
himself in divers places; and gave himself
up to sore lamentation, crying out at the
top of his voice, 1'l be blarsted if I'll
ever be such a goahburned fool again."
& Forgotten story.
In a diary kept by an early colonist dur
lug the years 1787 to 1746, and preserved
by his descendants, occur the outlines of a
remarkable story whhh may be of interest
to our readers.
The passions and temptations of men are
the same in all ages, but the half-barbarous
condition of the country la those early
days, and the remoteness of nations from
each other, govo t'o hman tragedies a more
sombre and dramiatic background.
Stripped of w~ordy description, the inci
dents are briefly as follows :
Trwo young men, members of wealthy
mercantile familica in London, immigrated
to Pennsylvania about the year 1700, and
went into business, one as a physician, the
other as a merchant.
In a year or two the former, Doctor
Whiting (as we shall call him, though that
was not his real name), was betrothed to a
beautiful young girl im Delaware. The
marriage was sot for June in the coming
Ini the meantiime he resolved to return to
London and look after the little patrimony
which had fallen to his share, and after
tome difliculty ho persuaded his friend
Truefelt, the merchant, to sccompany him.
A voyage across the Atlantic was then a
matteir of months, not to be undertaken
save for important cause, and we find it
set down as proof of the frivolity of the
two young men that, without any real ne
cessity, Truofelt consented thus to endan
ger, a it was thought, his life.
While in London, Dr. Whiting was led
into dissipation. H~e drank heavily, and
gambled away much of the money which
lie had received, Or this, Truefelt was
The men sailed for home together on the
barkentinie Judith. Vessels never ventured
alone at that time across the mighty deep.
There were storms and hurricanes to face,
andi worse than all, the pirates, who were
said, truly or not, to infest the southern
coast ; a coast peopledi, according to popu
lar belief, by cannmbals. Thue barkeutme,
was one of a fleet of ships which loft port
at one time, and kept together for mutual
Dr. Whitimg and his friend quarrelled
(luring tho greater part of the voyage.
Truefeit used the knowledge lie had ac
quiired of the dloctor's misdeeds in London
as a rod to control him. Finally, in a fit of
pabs!or', lie declared his intention of making
known the whole matter to Whiting's be
From that moment, as the physician
afterwards decclaredl, lie held TIrudfelt in
(lire hate aiid dread.
"1 felt that by sonme means I must be rid
of him, else I was undone.''
Chance put the means inalhia way. The
fleet anchored to take in water at an un
known island, The passengers landed, and
the two companions strolled up into the
tropical forest in company. Truefelt, over
poweied by the heat, lay down and fell
asleep, charging Whiting to summon him
v.'i"n it was time to return to the vessel.
'.Thein I thought within myself, I can
now be clear of taimi man, and ro I left him
sleeping there, and returned to the vessel,
seaying that he had fallen Into the sea from
the rocks to the southward, and was
drowned. They would have made search
for his body, but the other vessels had set
sail, and the captain was forced in great
distress of mind, unwillingly to weigh
We can imagine the flash of guilty joy
and relief that, at first, filled Whiting's
breast at thus being rid of his enemy.
Then, as the ship sailed out into- the ocoan,
he remembered that this man was his friend,
and that he was left there forever. There
was no possibility that lie could ever es
cape. The island was a savage wilderness,
out of the usual track of vessels. It was
murder-murder by starvation.
"Then I was beset by a great terror.and
agony, he says. "1 also thought that I
saw a dark figure on the shore holding out
his hands to the vessel. 1 would have asked
the captain to return, but dared not, know
ing that it was impossible for him to do
There is no i eord of Truefelt's condition
after he awoke and found himself deserted
on this rock in the midst of the sea. Ile
sustained life, we ate told, by meana of the
fruit and roots which grew abutufantly on
the island. There are one or two notes
only that the diary gives of Truefelt's ex
perience during his solitary life, which
lasted for nearly a year.
"His great fear was that he should lose
the power of speech, and he was used to
practice himself therein, singing and talk
ing, in different voices as it were, so that
one might suppose, to hear him, that lie
had many companions."
And again: "Fmndine a cat which had
escaped. probably, from some ship, lie
trained it and made it his constant comoan
ion. And lie was wont to think over the
many hundreds of his friends and acquain
tances; their wit, their excellent parts,
their virtues, and the affection they bore
him, and to reproach imself in that he
had not been more grateful, saying, 'Out
of the full world of living things, there is
left to me only the hairy limbs and dumb
tongue of t'.iis poor little beast."
Truefelt must have possessed a womanly,
gentle nature. le does not appear to have
cherished any bitterness or plan of revenge
against Whiting; his sole feeling seemed to
be intense self-pity.
Dr. Whiting, returning home, married,
and lived in luxury. But his health failed
He grew to be the mere skeleton of his for
ier self. lie gave lip his connection with
the church, neglected his patients, and be
came a prey to an intractable gloom.
At last he announced to his wite that lie
must make a sea-voyage; that lie was about
to die, and God had given him a work to
do before death. As soon as she conse-nted
to this (she thinking him to be insane), lie
partially regained his former energy, and
vigorously set on foot preparations for his
Now here is the strange part of the story.
The night before the ship was to sail, Dr.
Whiting, returning home, was compelled
to pass through a lonely part of the town,
where the streets abutted on the forest.
Within the borders of the wood lie saw a
man, apparently unarmed, beset by two
ruitans. Highwaymen were common in
those days in the larger colonial towns.
Dr. Whiting at once attacked the thieves,
and laid about him with a sword-cane
which he carried.
The ruffians fled. but not before they
had stabbed him through the breast. As
he fell, the traveler whom lie had defended
caught him and supported him until the
tardy watch came.
The stranger was Truefelt I Dr. Whiting,
insensible from loss of blood, did not rec
ognizo him. Truefelt's emotions would be
a strange study as he stood there holding
n hits arms the man who had tried to mur
der him, and now had saved his life. Ile
did not make himself known until lie had
helped the watch to carry Whiting to the
stoop of his own house.
Then he said, "You have risked your
life to save mine. You kno w what you
owed me. I think we can go scot-free of
each other." And endimg this singular
homily with a laugh, withdrew.
Truefelt, it appears, had been rescued by
some vessel, and brought to a Northern
port, fromi which lie had found his way
home. Whiting gave up his voyage, lie
recovered his health andl with it his spirits.
After a year or two, the men renewed their
old intimacy, but, they were known as inor.e
sober, honest, God fearing citizens than.
they had been formierly. Thle truth of the
strange story was sever revealed until both
A Mighty 5sbruaglo.
Y oung men, what are you living fori
Have you an object aear to you as life.and
without the attainment of which you feel
that your life will have been a wide, shore
less waste of shadow peopledi by the
spectres of dead ambitionsi You caun take
your choice in the great battle of life,
whether you will bristle up and win a
deathless name and owe almost everybody,
or be satisfied with scabs and mediocrity.
Many of those who now stand at the head
of the nation as statesmen and logicians
were once unknown,unhonored and unsung.
Now they saw the air in the halls of Con
gress, and their names are plastered on the
temple of fame.
You can win some laurels, too, if you
will brace up and secure them wheni they
are ripe. Daniel Webster, and President
Garfield and Dr. Tannuer, and George Ek~lot
were all, at one time, poor boys. Trhey
hiad to start at the foot of the ladder and
toll upward. They struggled against pov
erty and public opinion bravely on till they
won a name in the annals of history, and
secured to their loved ones palatial homes,
with lightning rods and mnortgages on them.
So may you if you will make the effort.
All these things are within your reach. Live
temperately on $9 per month. That's the
way we got our start. Burn the nmidnighat
oil if necessamy. Get some true noble
minded young lady of your acquaintance
t> assist you. Tell her of your tr.>ubles
and she will toll you what to do, Sho will
gladly advise you. Then you can marry
her, and she will advise you some more.
After that she will la~y aside her work any
time to advise you. You needn't be out
of advice at all unless you want to. She,
too, will tell you when you have made a
mistake. She will come to you frankly
and acknowledge that you have made a
jackcass of yourself. As she gets more ac
qumainted with you she will be more can
did with you, and in her unstudied, girlish
way, she will point out your errors, and
gradually convineo you, with an old chair
leg and other srgument., that you wore
wrong, and your past life will come up be
fore you like a panorama, and you will
tell her so, and she will let you up again.
Life is Indeed a mighty struggle.
The Weeping Winow.
You have seen and admired the weeping
willow tree-the Salix Babyloica-upon
which the captive Ihebrews hung their
harps when they sat down by the rivers of
Babylon and " wept when they remember.
ed Zion." It Is a native of the Garden of
Eden, and not of America, and I will tell
you how it immigrated to this country.
More than 150 years ago a merchant
lost his fortune. He went to Smyrna, a
seaside city in Asia Minor, to recover it.
Alexander Pope, one of the great poets of
England, was the merchant's warm friend,
and sympathized with him in his nis
Soon after the merchant arrived in
Smyrna he sent to Pope, as a present, a
box of dried figs. At that time the poet
had built a beautiful villa at Twickenham,
on the bank of the River Thames, and
was adorning it with trees, shrubbery, and
On opening the box of figs Pope die
covered in it a small twig of the tree. It
was a stranger to him. As it came from
the East, he planted the twig in the ground
near the edge of the river, close by his
villa. The spot accidentally chosen for
the planting was favorable to its growth,
for the twig was from the weeping willow
tree-possibly from the bank of one of
" the rivers of Babylon "-which flourishes
best along the borders of water cnurge.
This little twig grew vigorously, and in
a few years it became a large tree, spread
ing wide its branches, and drooping, grace
ful sprays, and winning the inspiration of
the poem's friend as well as strangers. It
became the ancestor of all the weeping
willows in England.
There was a rebellion in the English
American colonies in 1775. Britiah troops
were sent to Boston to put down the in
surrection. Their leaders expected to end
it in a few weeks after their arrival.
Some young officers brought fishing-tackle
with them to enable them to enjoy sport
after hic brief war. Others came to settle
on the conilscated linds of the "rebels."
Among the latter was a young officer on
the staff of Gen. Lowe. Ile brought with
him, wrapped in oiled 6l1k, a twig, from
'ope's weeping-willow at Twickenham,
which lie intended to plant on some stream
watering his American estate.
Washington commanded an army before
Boston which kept the British imprisoned
in that city a long time against their will.
On his staff was his stepson, John Parke
Custis, who frequently went to the British
headquarters, under the protection of a
flag, with dispatches for Gen. Howe. He
became acquainted with the young officer
who had the willow twig, and they became
Instead of "crushing the rebellion in six
weeks," the British army at Boston, at the
end of an imprisonment of nine months,
was glad to fly by sea, for life and liberty,
to Halifax. Long before that flight the
British subaltern, satistled that he should
never have an estate in America to adorn,
gave his carefully preserved willow twig
to young Custle, who planted it at Abing
don, his estate in Virginia, where it grew
and flourished, and became the parent of
all the weeping willows in the United
Bometime after the war, Gen. Horatio
Gates, of the Revolution, settled on the
" Rose Hill Farm," on New York Island,
and at the entrance to a lane which led
from a country road to his house he planted
a twig from the vigorous willow at Abing
don, which lie had brought with him.
That country road is now Third avenue,
and the lane is Twenty-second street.
Gates' mansion, built of wood, and two
stories in hight, stood near the corner of
Twenty-seventh street and Second avenue,
where I saw it consumed by fire in 1815.
The tree which grew from the twig planted
at the entrance to Gates' lane remained
until comparatively a fewv years ago. It
stoodi on the north-east corner of Third
avenue and Trwenty-second street. It was
a direct descendant, in the third genera
tion, of Pope's willow, planted at Twick
onham about 1722. _
The steamers are bringing to tis coun
try large importations of singing birds, par
ticularly the German ones, and the dlemand
ia equal to the supply. 'The bull-flndh~ is
the p~opular song-bird, and strangely enough
having no natural song, must receive musi
cal training. They will readily catch an
air, and if educated in Glerimany are giveni
to the sentimeni al music of Abt and Schu
bert; but an American bird will pipe Pin
afore and P'olly PerkIns. TIhe ease which
they are tramned makes thenm a favorite birdh
with ladhies, whlo can give to thoem any fav
orite song. Their song, moreover, is less
shrill than that of the canary. The canary
is at present most valued for its color. The
most expensive colors are the or ange melt
ing into lemon and gray, with a blending
of tints otherwise unapproachable. Such
birds are valued as high as twenty-five
dollars. A beautiful bird is the golden.
finch mule-half canary, half goldfinch
whose orange body has the reddish head of
the goldfinch. Another desirable hybrid
is the goldfinch bullfinch. Among other
birds that having pleasing short songs are
the dainty, whitorcapped nuns, one of the
loveliest birds of the aviary, and the tiny
strawberry fluches. 'he best talkers among
parrots are the gray parrots. At a bir i
store in Sixth av., New York, is one called
Ned with decided conversational powers.
One of his dialogues Is, "Will you dance
this ovu ning?" "Not this evening" "Good
evening." More than two hundred of these
birds have just arrived here from Africa,
with edhucations yet to be finished in Eng
1ish.. An even better talker, it is said, is
the Indian minor. TIhese birds have woni
derful conversational ability beside whilst
flng and singing songs. Here, also, is a
beautiful magpie and a starling, both of
which may be classed among the compan
ionable birds. The white blackbird is here
matched by a white robin, a curiosity of
his kind, and a feathered Albino, with pink
eyes. Among other curious birds is the
crossb~ill, concerning which there is a le
gand that lia bill was twisted In endeavor
to pull out the nails from the cross.
Leadbetter's cockatoo, who, as he addroeses
you, raises his topknot like- the feathers of
a Zulu ehuef, and the rosellas, two beauti
ful Australian birds with blue-gray breasts.
-Florida eranges have been put into
the Bi ltish market and are pi onounedn
finer in qv a ity tihan tho~se of Spain or
--Among the Eiaster charities of the
Pope were the gift of 100 beds to the
poorest families in Rorne, and presents
to 600 families of at leat ten franos
-Bosto .'s area has increased from
778 to 23,661 aorts.
-The salary of the Emperor of
Russia Is $10,000,000.
-Victor Hugo has a $380,000 inter
est in a Brussels bank.
-Locusts have devoured the rice
and corn crops of Bolivia.
-Fishes have been taught to come
when called by their names.
-A female spider will suffer death
before she will forsake her eggs.
-Illinois reports an increased acre
age and a damage of 22 per cent.
-It cost$ the United States $80,000
per annum to print its postage stamps.
-The Pope Monument Fund now
amounts to about five thousand dol
-The inhabitants of the globe pro..
fess more than 1,000 different relig.
-Sixty tons of steel are annually
consumed in the manufacture of steel
--'The King of Portugal has made
$25,000 out of his trandlation of Shake..
-The governor oft New York has
Issued a proclamaation forbidding lat
-The total number of languages and
(lialcetij spoken in tile world amounts
-Thle lower house of the Michigan
legislature defeated a woman suffrage
--An elephant does not attain its
full growth until he is sixteen or eigh
teen years old.
-A few Florida farmers who have
planted arrowroot make as muoh as
$1,000 on an acre.
--Judge Lamubert Tree, who is worth
$4,000,000, Is said to be Chicago's
-The largest orange ever raised in
Florida is said to have measured five
Inches in diameter,
-Missouiri and Kansas report a large
Increase in acreage and much less dam.
age than was expected.
-Over 1,000 printing presses have
been shipped from Philadelphia to
Franee since the Centennial.
-A 50,000 acre tract of land on the
Northern Pacilie has been bought for
a colony from Belfast, Ireland.
-It is estimated that this year's i .
ternal Revenue receipts will exce j
those of last year by $10,000,000.
-According to the bureau of a tis
ties, this country consumes, an ally
about 324,000,000 pounds of co10.
-English farming lands ave de
preciated within a few year In rental
value at least $5 per acre pe annnm.
-The riobest man In the navy Is
Commodore Baldwin, who has speou
lated in real estate in San Francisco.
-Lord Beaconsileld died with one
hand in that of two peers whom he had
created. No relative was in the 'oom.
-The. number of deatlis from starva
tion and of deaths acoeleratdi by pri
vation, in London, during 1880, was
-Indiana reports the same acreage
in winter wheat this season as last,
and a damage to the crop of 22 per
-England raises about 150,000,000
pounds of wool per year, and imports
upwards o; 450,006,000 pounds per
-Michigan 's last apportionment of
fiids for the primary schools amounts
to $533,234 49, which gives $1,00 to
-Two Boston Hotels, which last
summer paid $6 a ton for their ice, have
this year contracted for their supply
at $2.25 p'er toni.
-Thue Indiani Commissioners con
tracted in Now York the other day for
20,000,000 pounds of beef for Indians
at $3.41 per cwt.
-General Sherman's only son,
Thomas. was recently admitted to the
Catholic priesthood by Archbishop
Gibbons, of Balimore.
-Montpeller, thie home of President
James Madison, in Orange county,
Virginia, is advertised to be sold at
auction in July next.
-Trhe twenty-fourth birthday of
Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, the
youngest (laughter of Queen Viotoria,
has just been celebrated.
-Out of 2,000 railroads in the coun
try to which blank reports have been
sent from the cansus Bureau, over
400 failed to make any return.
-Th'le new capital at Albany, N. Y.,
requires at least $2,100,000 to put the
finishing touches upon it, and it will
then have cost at least $16.000,9'00.
-It is said that Queen Victoria wili
visit Italy In June, accompanied by
her son Leopold, with a view of re
crumting the health or the Prince.
-One of the four known copies of
the first complete edition of Moliere's
works-7 volumes 12 m., 1673--was
sold at P'aris a few days ago for $1,920.
-Queen Victoria is so convinced that
Prince Albert caught the cold which
caused his death at Einrburg, that she
has stopped only one night at Hlolyrood
since that event,
-Prince Bismarek Is said to have re
cently purcbased several estates Im
mediately adjoining the old homestead,
Schoonhausen. thereby increasing its
present area to 1,000 acres.
-Theli Unmted States government has
presented two gold medals to' the
Chiefs of the Indian tribes, on Van
couver island who succored the crow
of a Wrecked A merican vessel last sum
-The United Sta'ei has more miles .
of telegraph lines than any other coun
try in the world-170,103, cmprising
about 300,000 miles of wire-3ot in
cluding lines used exclusively for rail
-In proportion to population the
taxation ls higher in France than in
England. In France it is $0.25 per
head ; in Englanid, $4.35. Tfie interest
on the French debt now exceeds that
of the English debt.
.-.G. Phillips Boyan estimates the
grand total of gold produced during
the historic ages to be ?3 17,093,500
and that of silver 2,826,2 0,000 mak
ing the produce of bot'h precious metal'
tP % 9'v".h ,848,48,500.