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IU-WEEKLY EDITION. WINNSBOR6 S. .. MARCH 10. 883. ESTABLISHED 1848
.)R.ICA1i14U IN THE TRCNUIlES.
I picture lier there In the quaint old roolu,
Where the fading fire-light starts and falls;
Alone in tie twIlight's tender glooln,
Wit the ailadows that dance on the aln-lit
Alone; while those faces look silently down
Front their antique rittes lit a glini repose
Slight, scholarly Italph in his Oxford gown,
And staunch Sir Alln, who died for Montrose.
Tthere are gal'aills gay in erintson unit gold;
TIhere are smiling bjeautiles with powtered hair;
Bat si sitel there, fairer.a thousand fold,
Leaning dreailly back lin her low ari-chair.
And tile roseate shadows of failing light,
Softly clear, steal o'er tile fair young face
Where a womian's tenderijess blends to-night
Witn the guileless pridet of ier kn'glitily race.
Her small bands 1It CIapICl it i listless way
On tile old roaitntie, whiit iie holds onl her
Of "TrIstin,"the bravest of ktilghts in the fray,
And "Iseult," who waill. 1,y the sounding sea.
Atil the proid, dark eyes wear a softened look,
As sle wat,hes t lie dyltig einbers fall;
Perhaps she dreams of the knights it tie book,
Perhaps of tile plejurs that smile oli t Ie wall I
Wiat fanclep, I wonder, are thronging her brain,
For her cheeks flush warit with, a crinson glow;
Ilerhaps-alt I te, how foolish anl Vaill I
But I'd give my life to believo It so.
Well, whether I nevr march. liome again,
To offer ny love and a stainless taine,
Or whether I dIe at tie head of mity 111CII,
I'll be true to tile eni all theFame I
Dear old grandma Wellington looked
over her gold-rimmed glasses at Jack,
with a world of loving anxiety in her
blue eyes-sweet tranquil old eyes that
were as blue as when she was a girl of
"Are you sure you have considered
the matter well-thoroughly, my boy?"
Her voice was sweet and quiet, and
she herself was the daintiest imaginable
ideal of a darling old grandma; slim,
trim, always dressed in black silk and a
white Spanish lace half-handkerchief in
winter-time, and queen's g'rey silk and
a dotted Swiss half-haudkerlaief in
summer, with puffs of grey hair, on
whioh lay a tiny little cap, and a string
of solid gold beads around her neck.
And Jack, lounging on the sofa at the
opposite side of the ro m, was her
special pet-handsome, happy Jack,
who never failed to make grandma do
exactly what he wished her to do.
And just at the present moment the
highest object of his ambition was to
reconcile grandma Wellington to his
engagement with Viva Morris, and in
return for his lover-like enthusiasm on
the subject, grandma had laid down the
macque she was knitting for little Florie,
the latest grand-baby, and looked over
her glasses and put the question:
"Are you sure you have~ considered
the matter well-thoroughly, my boy?"
"I have never considered it at all,
when it comes to that," he said.
"I have a firin conviction that such
things are settled by a destiny too high
for poor mortality to consider."
"Bnt 'poor mortality' is expected to
auffer if experience proves 'destiny'
made a mistake," she said, with a little
laughing tw.nkle in her eyes.
Then a grave troubled look spread all
over her face.
the shook her head.
"It would break my heart, J'ack, if
you didn't marry a wife every way
worthy of you."
"And you mean you consider my little
Viva is unworthy.
"What do you call then a 'good wife,'
"I mean11 one good enongh for me,
you know--a fitrst-class A 1, no mistake."
His splendid blonde head lacy laaily
on his folded arms, and he looked with
a mischievous glance at the old lady,
who resumed 1her knitting serenely.
"I mean a sweet prett,y good-temper
ed girl, who will be content in her husa
band's love, and who can sott.e dowvn
resttully to a quiet country life, and not
p inc herself away, and torment her
husband for the follies of city dissipa
tion; a girl who is sensible, economical,
not ashamed to do her own work.
"1f needs be, who will save what yout
earn, and think herself happy. because
she is crowned with your love."
~ And you do not believe Viva pos
sesses those qual ifications?''
How could shte, unles~s y ou take
v exception to the first essentiatls?
"She is sweet and protty; but what',
that by itself?
"'She is her mother's own child, and
Grace Moore the girl, and Grace Mor
ris, the woman, was vain, extravagant,
idle, and a spend(- thrift.
".Like parent like child, if they look
alike as much as Viva and her mother.
"If you must get married, why don't
you marry Betta?
"She's the stay and support of the
Morrises, atnd as good as gold.
Jack could not restrain a little sign of
"Marry Reotta Storms?"
"Not if she were an angoll
".I don't like her; grandma.
"No ma'ain; lovo goes where it is
sent, and it's little black-eyed Viva or
nobody, and I don't .think it'll be no
* Grandma laid her knitting down again,
and looked anxiously, thoughtfully, out
of the window at the gorgeous clusters
of wisteria blooms, twining 4Lroundl the
"I am sorry, Jack-soory-even if the
Morrises are your poor dear grandpa's
"I am afraid you are prejudiced,"~
Jack said gently, in his irresistible
"Viva is as hidustrjous as a little boo,
"She gives musio-lessons. and teaches
in the night-school at odd moments.
"Aud ,pends: every halfpenny she
earns on css, an.d makes poor Jletta
work ovo the ironing table to laundry
her Swiss salts and lawn wrap1pers.
"i've no pat.ienci with her.
* .ot are prejudlioed, grandma," lie
ei itrated donvincingly.
t' "I know Viva wears out all the old
. grm)*its the,*, and because she is testy
sad stylish you seonse her of extravA
h~''oa anthlig rs Atal Ic to
5sa a abillIna nI v thoarn e fr it
"And it's more than Retta would do;
shOd stay at home forever first."
Grandmother smiled-a bright sud
"You've put a brilliant idea in my old
"I shall make it my business to prove
the assertion you have mate.
"You say Viva would do one thing.
"I say she wouldn't.
"You say Rotta would do one thing; I
am sure to the contrary.
I'll send them each a -dress-respect
able, sensible dresses, old fashioned and
pretty-that I wore fifteen ye.is ago.
"They can be rematt, and althoigh
not in the fashion of to-day, no girl with
good sense would refuse to wear either
to the lawn-party at the rectory to which
Viva and Rotta are invited.
"You'll see who is right, Jack or his
She nodded her head sagoly, and Jack
laughed, his face flushing warmly.
"I'll stake my life on Viva.
"I'll go further.
"I'll concede all you had said, in ease
I am not right, ' lie declared positively.
"Well, we'll see," grandma Wolling
ton said wisely.
"Only think of itl
"Was there over such lck, mamnima
"Actually a dress apiecu for us from
4sn't it superb?
"And in time for the lawn party,
Viva fforris certainly was sweet and
pretty enough to have won Jack Well
She was petitc, with lovely (lark eyes,
and luxurious brown hair, and a rare
pale complexion, like a roseleaf, with
no hint of color on its pure pallor, and
a little passionate mouth, as red and
luscious as ripe strawberries.
Mrs. Morris, in the easiest chair the
little cottage afforded, laid her novel
down and looked at Viva interestedly.
"A new dress apiece?"
Retta Storms, tall, ari tocratic-looking
arranging her fair, massive braids more
to her notion before the sitting-room
glass, turned languidly around.
"Do not make . such a sensation over
an express parcel, Viva.
"Undo it, and we will see the con
Viva hastily trought the scissors and
gnipped the thick string, while Retta
read the letter accompanying it aloud.
'My dear great graudnieces," it said,
"I take the liberty and pleasure of snd
ing you each a dress for the rectory lawn
party, hoping yov will be pleased with
them and wear them."
It was signed in full:
"Mary Augusta Wellington."
Just as Viva reached the inner tissue
paper Retta said enthusiastically:
"Oh, I do hon mine's a summer silk
-changeable blue and gold!"
"If mine only is a delicious grey J"
And then the inler paper was remov
ed, and Mrs Morris gave a i3hriek of
horror that would have done justice to
the occasion if the parcel had contained
,Her old worn-out dresses!" she
"Second-hand, horiid old things that
a beggar wouldn't wear!" Retta cried, in
While Viva, keen disappointment on
her pretty face, lifted lip the quaint
garments, so full and voluminous, and
shook them out.
"They are old-fashioned as the bills,
but they're pretty, anyhow," she said,
the dismay in her voice almost conceal
ed by her brave determination to make
the best of it.
"Really, if there was to be a nmasquer
ade, this funny plaid silk wouldn't, be
so bad." remarked Uetta.
"Bunt there is to be no masquerade;
and old Mrs. 'Wellington needn't think
i'd make a guy of myself by wearing
the east-off clothes.
"I'd rather do up your suits all the
wveek, at the dollar apiece you pay me,
than be disgraced by such a toilet as
that would make!"
Retta was bitterly madignant, and Mrs.
Morris scarcely less so.
"It's old grandmother Wellington
over again," she said, with what shme
su1posed was flume centempt.
'9Richi and stingy!
"L wouldn't marry into that family
again--no, not for all they're worth.
"And you'll be sorry for it, some day,
when Jack develops the family mean
"I'll risk all Juck's meanness" said
Viva coolly; "and in the meantime I
think I see a very pretty dress for niy
self in this lovely pink and silver-thread
"it's so awfully old-fashioned, I shall
make believe it's new--just out.
"I'll rip it up and make it over, and
put some pink satin bows upon it, and
trim my rustic straw gipsy with a wreath
of wild brior to match in color."
Rletta elevated her nose haughtily.
"And be an old--fashioned looking
thing, after tal.
"Mrs. Judge Mivart and old Miss
Bpenoer are sure to be at the lawn party,
and they'll recognise the dress, for the~
old lady Wellington and they were girls
"Fancy Algernon Mivart hearing his
grandmother say I was in one of her
"i'll sell the horrid old thing to the
second-hand woman,and buy enough lace
bunting for a new polonaise."
Viva held her littl6 dusky head on one
side, like a refieotive bird, and scanned
the objectionable silk.
"I wouldn't if I woera you, Retta.
"Let me fix it up for you, when I do
"A little of the lovely lace on manm.
ma's black silk, and a new blue sash
"Don't talk such nonsense!
"I toll you I wouldn't have Al Mivari
know it for all the world."
Now would she be persuaded,
The very same cday s,he sent for the
only "only clothes" woman in the place;
and drove the sharpest bilrgain posEible,
receiving enough to buy a cheap shows
cream. lace bunting, whie Viva. set tc
work, ripping and sponfing and press
ing tie'told-fsioped pink barege, witi
the lustrous silver thread 0ri8s crOssing
all through its soft fabric.
And at length. on the afternoon of the
famous lawn-party in the rectory grounds
Viva outshone Retta and every one else
in the pure. Fweet, girlish simplicity
and becoming lovoliness of her toilot,
that brought out to its highest porfeo
tion the rich, creamy tint of her skin,
and tile dusky shadows in hor eyes and
"How do you like my now drcss?" she
asked Jack, after ie had escaped from
duty to grandma Wellington, the aristo
cratic guest of the occasion.
"I like it better than an3 thing else
in the world," he said, looking straight
in her eyes with a look that mado her
heart thrill with dolight,
While grandma Wellington, and state
11 old Mrs. Judge Mivart and Mis
pencer, sitting in stato in the red-and.
bluo stripped marquee, near the fouu
tain, talked the little matter of Mrs.
Wellington's scheme gravely over, Mr.
Algernon Mivart was on accidentlat
"I ad mit I was altogether wrong, and
I shall leave Jnck and Viva fifteen hun
dred dollars just because that pretty
little browii-eyed girl has diisplayed
such good senso."
"I really quito envy Jack his good
luck; eapecially on little liss Viva's
account," Mr. Mivuirt drawled languid
"I never took much fancy to the other
one-don't like the sit.o-too washed
out, you know."
"And I've heard, oi good auth6rity,
that Miss Storms actually charges Miss
Morris for ir:>nitig for her, and that, too,
when Miss Morris supports the family
entirely. But, dear me, whab a set of
old gossips we are. Go, bring us ices,
Algio, a lemo:j and an orange and a
'Tho Satute Dienr.
The table in ths State dining-room in
the White House will seat, by close
crowding, thirty-sixpeople. This, then,
is the number invited, and usually there
are not less than thaty on these oceas
ions. Where it is convenient to do so,
as many ladies as gentlemen are invited,
though at diplomatio diuiers, when all
the foreign Ministers here are to be
present, it is found impossible to seat
as many at the table as this plan would
require, so that the rule is not always
followed. The .iblo is usually very
handsomely ornamented with flowers, a
huge floral design of some sort appear
ing as a center piece, and smaller ones
near the cuds. Two large golden cal.
delabra, or branching candlesticks,
holding perhaps a dozen candles apiece
occupy places on the table, one at ei
ther end of the. floi al centrepiece. These
contain the finest of wax candles, which
are lighted just before the dinner be
gins. Near the ends of the table are
smaller candelabra, with perhaps a lalf
dozen candles apice, each having a
little pink 1wed shade at the top sup
ported l a silver rod which clasps the
candle near the bottom. The plates
are placed "right side up with care"
about thirty inches apart around the
table. On each plate the napkin is laid,
and on the napkin a bouquet, for the
ladies a flat corsage bouquet of rose
buds and sometimes lillies of the valley;
for the gentlemen usually a single half
opened rose bud. :1esides these is laid
a card, one on each plate, and on it the
name of the person who is to sit at this
place. TUe head of the table, on these
occasions, is not at the end, but i the
middle. The seat occupied by the
President is half way up the side of the
table, at the side next the door at which
the guests enter. The lady whom he
escorts to dinner sits at his right ; and
the honored guest on the occasion sits
directly opposi to thle President, with
his lady on his right. Those wvho ar
range the table and the ordecr in which
the guests sit, of course arrange so that
gentleman and wife do not sit, hide by
side under any circumstances.
When the arrangerment for sea ting is
completed, and each persc n has been
assigned to his place, a card is prepared
for ceh gentleman and( placed in an en
velope bearing his name, On one sidle
of this card is a plan of the table with
each seat numbered. On theother side
is the name of the lady whom ho in to
escort to the table and the numbers of
the seats they are to occupy. These
envelopes aro handed to the gentlemen
as they enter by a gentlemanly usher
namett Allen, and as soon as the gentle
man has. "shed" his outer garments he
examines Is card, oases or blesses the
fates which have conisigned him to an
uncongenial partner fcr the evening,
and hies him to the East Room, when,
after paying his respects to the Presi
dent, he hunts up his lady and prepares
for the evening, Meantime, the famous
Marine Band has taken its place in the
vestibule. Af ter a half hour spent in
conversation in the Ea~'st Room, the
President gives the signal to an attend
ant, who passes it ou to the band, wvhich
strikes up sonmc appropriate selection,
and the President, giving his right arm
to the lady wvhom he is to escort to din
ner, loads the way to the dining-room.
The others follow, each gentleman giv
Ing his arm to the lady designated b)y
his card. ''bo President usually takes
to the table the wife of the Secretary
of State. Thel promenade dtown the
long hall to the dining-room is very
slow, and is a striking and beautiful
spectaelo. The ladies, of course, are
in evening costumne, the handsomest
that money and ingenuity can provide,
and tihe gentlemen in dress suits,
the lights brilliant, the hall lined with
flowers and tropical plants, and tile
muisie entrancing. Arriving at the
talo, the guests aPe seated in their or
der, and1 the dinner, which is usually in
twelve or fourteen courses, with a half
dczen different wines, occupies fully
three hours, and, It may be added, is
-A Japanese newspaper states tbat
accordng t,o a recent census there are
in the limpire of 'Japan 118newspapers,
.oneof hhhas a irculation of 19,
publisher be Japanese, and that the
hief editor be held pecuniarily-rospon
ile for slandeorous nubiications.
'An Actor's Tragealy,
kr. Arthur E. MilleV,'the well-known
theatrical agent., was in the city last
night, and as he was in the Ill-fated
Newhall 11ou9, and intiimately acquain
ted with Gilbert the actor, a reporter
had a talk witli film about the tragedy.
The story of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert's
married lifo, as henarrated it, in a touch
ing one, made moresofrom thromarka.
ble devotion noy displayed for each
other. "I iave known Gilbert long
and intimatoly," Mr. Miller said, "and
if I were to live a thousand years I
would never forget the occurrence if
that dreadful night in connection with
him. He was formely a minstrel man,
ad was with 8tanly's Allied shows. He
had only been a member pf. tho Minnie
Palmer Troupe a few wee113 but -in hat
time had fully mastered his part, and
was a remarkably clover actor. His
wife was not on the stage, as many sup
pose, but lived with hbr parents at
Blood Station, N. York. Gilbert had
met her a couple of years before, and
had been her swcotheartfor a long time,
they having ,been engaged several
mouths, althongh lie never breathed a
word of it to any one. The w6ek be
fore the firo'the company was playing
in Chicago, and by a strangecoincidence
she bap>oned to be visiting tionie of her
relations there at the same time. It
was during that week that the young
couple agreed to be married quietly,
and it was arranged that.6he should ac
company the troupo to Milwaukee, re
main during the week and then return
to her home, until they could be once
more united. The day before they left
for Milwaukee the marriage took place,
and he never mentioned' it until ater
the ceremony, when he told the rest of
the company. The night of the lire
the Palmer company. played at the
Grand Opera House, and during the
performance I walked carelessly ito
the theatre and took a scat in the dress
"1 naturally looked all around, and
soon observed a lady sitting several
rows across from me whose appearance
I was at once attracted by. Tuere wa4
no one sitting closo beside her, so I
could got a good look at her face and
figure, and I rarely ever saw a more
',She was dressed in black silk, and
her rou.d, well-made features wore sha
ded by a broad-rimmed scarlet hat w%ith
a long feather which drooped down low
over her shoulor. Her hair which
peeped out on either side of it was
black as jet, and when she partially
turLed her face I saw that her eyes were
of the same beautiful color. In a few
momentn Gilbert came on the stage,
and she immediately was all attention.
She leaned forward, and natiug her el
bow on the seat in front of lier, placed
her hand against her neck, and rouain
od in that position until he made his
exit, her e)cs following his every mo
"As soon as the curtain fell on the
act I walkod behind the scenes a(t met
Gilbert standing near the entiance. As
soon as the curtain rose lie took me
around to the second wing and said :
'I want to show you somothing.' Hie
led me close to the edge, so we could
look out npon the audience, and, point
ing to the beautiful woman I had so
much admired, said : That is her-my
"She had been watching closely, as
if to catch a glimps of him, and soon
her oyo rested on the spot where wo
stood, and I could see that he Wis rec
ognized by the slight nod winch he
gave his head. Whenever lie was off
the stage lie took his standi there and
watchied her almost coitinually. When
the curtain fell on the closcinmg seenie
we walked out together, and she wat
waiting for him at the <door.
"T'hey talked for somne time in the of
~fice with sovem al friends, dwelling p)ar
ticulariy on the splen<did time they
would have in Europe, as lhe ateinded
to accompany Miss Palmier. About
11,30 o'clock they entered their room
in the hotel, and at 4,80 o'clock she
was lying dead in the Morgue,
'Her body was found, b)ruiso.i and
crushed, on the pavomniit, while lie
was partially in the gutter, half sub
merged in ice and water, crushed, burnt
and( nearly frozen, 1 watched by his
bedside for several (lays, andt ho gave
no signs of returning consciousness,
excepjt for a moment t.he day after, His
mother came UP to see himi, andl when
she leaned over the bed lie raised him
self ona his elbow with a groan *of pain
and thrdd~ his left arm around 1hcr neck,
OA the fourth day after the ftre he was
conscious for a short wvhmlo, and the
first words that paissed his lips was an
inquiry for his wife. He was assured
that sano was safe, and with a satiqlied
air lie fell asleep.
"Hie has improved considerably since
then, but has not yet heard that, his
wife is dead, When the niews is broken
to him, and it will be done gently by
his mother, the crilical moment will
have arriyed, and if lie survives the
shock he wilt recover, Although he is
a man of strong will-power, I confident
ly believe that his mind will be comn.
phetely h at wvhen the full sense of his
delaltin breaks upon hiim. I have
thought over that sceiie in the theatre
a thousand times since, and It will iiever
pass from my mind."
Oe,vea-ina Ars ears.
Thelire died a low weeks ago an old1
man who may be mentioned hero as
Unceo Reube. For thirty years he sold
his vote as often as there was an elec
tion, wlaking iio bones about it and ao
cepting the market price without a
murmur. One fall, teni or twelve years
ago, lie went to the man who had gen
oa ally bought him, and said: Mr. Blank,
I guess I won't aeli my vote this time."
"You won't Why, what on earth ails
you, Uncle IReube?" "Well, I want to
see how it seems to east a free ballos~
once," "You'd better take the usual
two (Yllars." "No, I guess not; I'll try
it the other way once, even if it kills
me," He -kept to his resoluiomi and
cost a free ballot, buthle didn't feel right
ever it, and the next election he insis
ted oni having foitr dlollars to cover ar
hoars in a Lt dging House.
Two Italian brothers, with red scarfs
round their necks, cneamped one night,
recently, in a boarding house of their
nationality on Spofford street, Philadel
phia. The names of the men wore
Lorenzo and Michael Pepitto and they
looked as if they had not recently in
dulgod in a shave. A couple of brown
bears, wYho could dance a polka for a
biscuit or on the presentation of a coin
elevate themselves unto a waltz, togeth
or with the brothers. mado up the trav
eling firm. Mrs. Lucoarini grow very
angry when told that she would have
to tke BrUin as boarders. Atter a
great deal of talk abh was myAigled into
believing that by accommo .ating them
she was performing a patriotio duty.
She put them n i a wcodshed back of the
Next morning not. being very early
risers, the brothers sauntored out at
about ton o'clock with others of their
kin, with whom the neighborhood is
fairly stocked. They somewhat cruelly
left their shaggy companions in the
unintoresting woodshed to shift for
themselves. These commenced doing
the latter thing by getting loose in the
outhouse and chowing coal and licking
logs. Evening came on and they did
not got more substantial nourishment,
nor did their owners come back. A
trifle before eight o'clock Mra. LUecal
iii took a shovel and wont to got some
coal. She opeued the shed door noise
lessly and began ecooping the darkliess
with the metal implement. It struck
bearsteak. In one minute Mrs, Luccar
ini was Clasped in impetuous arms and
yelling for dear life. The bear held on
and she yelled on till a horde of mont
appeared in the yard. In a short while,
however, she was rescued, but the
knights forgot to shut the door.
A roar, a flourish of boir claws and
paws, a tierco bound and the animals
had possession of the field. The terri
fled boarders rushed out of the house
into the street and listened in groups
on the sidewalk. Lvery now and thon
an awful bellow echoed from the desert
ed place and the Italians, shuddered
as they distinctly heard the smacking of
lips and the grinding of teeth through
soft flesh. "Rosa, Rosa, where is my
Rosa?" cried a miserable woman; "they
are eating her." Bhe grow frantic as
she looked around for her child and
woula have thrown herself againkt the
door had she not boon proveted. The
munching of mot grow more distinct,
until the crrshing in of a window frame
and the appearance of two large hairy
arms caused a gonoral scatter. The
bears were trying to get out. Just hon
the Pepitto brothers were sighted in the
crowd, enjoying the fun. They went
into the house, captured their pets and
replaced them in the shed. I was found
that they had eaten a whole pile of cold
meat. Ron wa all right anud rs. Luc
carim was furious.
A Land Slide.
The cable not long ago reported that
tLero had been a groat land slido in
Switzrland, but gave no particulars
regarding the harm done. It appears
that the circumstances were peculiar.
The disasters occurred near Fort do
'Ecluso, where the Rhone flows thirough
a narrow, rocky gorge, bounded on one
side by a lofty spur of the Jura and on
the other by the' precip)ice of Mt.
Vuache. Along a ledge just above the
stream runs a railwvay, which tunnels
several julttin)g spurs that rise abruptly
from the water's brink. One morning
early this month a great mass of earth
fell from the miountaini directly over a
tunnel, while later the tunnel itself
caved ini, The1 consequence was a com
plete damming of the narrow defile. A
grcat volume of water gathered behind
the obstruction. For several hours a
panic prevailed among the people below,
but they had timo to escape the flood,
and wh.on finally the bar11er gave way,
the lake drained oilf gradually and no
great harm was (dono. If the dam had
held a few hours longer, the entire val
Joy a's far down na Lyons would have
A Wo"ndes faii Part y at, WIinti3or Uariie.
The following good story comes from
a quarter where we are assured ''its cor
reetness can be vouched for." Many
yearr ago, at the time of a great cere
mony, Windsor Cauitlo was honored withi
the presence of three sovereigns. After
breakfast the three potentates walked
and talked on the celebrated "Slopes,"
and were, of course, in ''mufti." They
were delighted with the grounds, and
presently entered into conversation with
a gardener, who evIdently took them
for a party of "gentlemen's gentlemen"'
out for a stroll. After some little affable
talk lhe could not resist the query:
"Now who may you gents be ?" '-Well,'
said the spokesman, "this gentleman
here hal>pons to be the King of Prusia;
that one standing by your side is tile
Elmperor of Austria ; and as for myself,
I am the Emperor of Russia." Thin was
earying the joke too far, thought the
gardonor. I've seeni a lot of queer fur
rn gents here lately, but this beats me:'
so he burst out in a rather rude guffaw.
"Well, my friend," said the Emperor
Nicholas, "you seem amused :,perhaps
you will'tell us who you are,' "Oh,
cortainly; so taking up the skirt of his
coat with the action of a grea~t eagle
spreading out his wings, and spinning
round on his heels, lie said : 'If you
are all what-you sa you aro-why Iam
the GreaC Mogul I The three majes
ties roared with laughter, and, return
ing to the castle, told the story at the
lunoheon-table to the immense amuse.
ment of the On'4en and Prinnae Alha-t
Wariaung flettris And Iffaudwu.
'ome time since, a beautiful young
girl made her first appearence on the
stage in one of the minor theaters of
Paris. Her grace and loveliness attracted
admiration, which her rising talent
promised to secure. She concluded a
long engagement with the manager,
giving her services for a moderate rom
uneration, but which suffloid for her
wants and thoso of an invalid mother,
who was totally dependent upon her
oxertions. According to he usual
eustom a clause in the contract stipula
ted that a forfeit of 10,000 franos shoul(I
be paid in caseo of its in-fulallmelit y
One day the young actress ontored
the manager's room, and a:mounced to
him that sho wished to leave."
' HowI" he cried. "You are the last
person from whom I would have expect
e(t such caprice."
'Indoed, sir, it is not ca prico."
"It is, then, the offer of another en
'It is, sir, and one which I cannot
refuse. It is from an excollent young
in1au, who wishes to marry me."
'"My dear girl, I shall want you allso
to study your part in a zow fterpiece
which I have just received."
"Thon, sir you refuse to set me free?"
"I must think about it,. At all evonts
you have it in your power to break the
agreement. by paying the forfeit."
'Ten thousand francs! tis very dear.
''It was very dear when you signed
your unme; but now your services are
worth more Ihan that."
"Als, it will prevent our marriage,'
said the unhappy girl, in a voice choked
with tears; and with a despairing heart
she left the room.
Two days afterward the manager was
seated close to the grate in his apart
mont, tryivg with all his skill to kindle
The cashier enterod with a visage
woefully elongated. The affairs of the
theater were in a critical state; the
receipts had diminishoi; and the pay
clay at the ond of the month approach
"Yes," sud the manager, "our sit
untion is embarrassing. And this pluguy
fire that won't light!"
Astonished that he could be so in
different under the ciraumtances, the
cashior retired, As ho wsvi leavitig the
room the young actress entered.
'Ah! is it you?" said the malinger;
"you are coming from rehearsal?"
"No, sir, I have como to return the
part you gave me to study."
"So it seems you think of quitting
"I have brought you the foi fUit."
"'The ten thousand francs?"
"Hero they aro."
"And how have you procured this
"My intended husband gave it. to
"Is ho, thon, so rich?"
"These ten thousand fr me. are near
ly all lie posses8d. 'But,' he said,
"what does it signify? We sha, only
have to ddefr setting up in business,
or pw'naps I may succeed in borrowing
"GUoing in diebL,! Ihat's a fine prospect
for young houisokeepers! 8o the dowry
you mean to bring your husband is
wvant and ruin; you take from him the
hard-earned fruits of his industry, and
you oblidge him to renounce the pros
poeCt of honorable independenceo!"
"'Piny, sir-pray, dont't speak so
cruelly !" sobbed the young girl.
"'Have you considered that such a
unionu caniiot fail ie bo unhappy I Listen
to reason--take back this money and
return it to him whoe gave it to yeou; and
if you are absolutely resolved to leave
the theatro, PIll show you a simple way
of doing it that won't cost you any
thing. Take this picco of paper and
have the kcindiness to put it in the grate."
So saying lhe handed her a sheet of
paper carctully folded, which she threw
in among the sniouldering sticks.
Tiheo manager wvatchied it as the Ian
guid flame gradually curled round it,
and then shot up in a bright ilame,
"DIo you know," said hao "'vwat that
paper was? It was your signed agree
mront. And now I have no longer any
claims on your sery:ces, and conlsequent
ly can demand no0 forfeit. Go, my girl
and enjoy your little capital well, and
Deeply affected by this geiierous
deed, this young actress expressed her
gratitude as fervently as her tears per
New ive-(Cent Pleces.
The dies for the niow five-cent picoes,
designed by Colonel A. Loudon Snow
den, Superintendent of the Mint, at
Philadelphia, are being prepared, and
the first issue of the coin will be com
menced en the 1st of February. In the
meanwvhile the old five-cent coin will be
issued at the rate of 15,000 per day.
The new nickel will be smaller in size,
but thle same1 wveight of the coin now in
use. It will be much mere artistic in
device and finish. A classical head of
the Goddess of Liberty, -with the in
scription of 'Liberty" on the tiara and
surrounded by the thirtoeet etars, will
adorn one side.. On the reverse side is
a I1hman nuqporal, indicating the de
nomiation of thme olu, in the -centre Qf
a wreath composed of cotton, wheat and
corn, the principal prodnot. of thm.
country. Tis is surrounded with th~e
motto, "EI Pluribus Unnuff" and Unitd
States of Anmerica,
NEWS LN BRIEF
--British statistics satorly compiled
prove that the danger of travel by sea
-Atlanta claims to have a young lady
with the finest and prettiest hair in tho
-''Less oboir music and more con
grogational singing I" cries a Western
-Several high-rooming Harvard stu
dents have provided themselves with
ropes for a case of fire.
--Tho population of Syria and Pales
tine is estimated at 2,076,321. Of theso
only 6000 are Protestants.
-Miss Mary Dickens, eldest grawd
olALt of Charles Dickens. ago nineteen,
is about to becouo an actress.
-The new regulation snare drum
adopted for the use of the United States
Army is to be 16 inclie8 in diameter and
8 inches long.
-The total exports of breadstuir
from the United States during the year
1882 niounted in value to 8182,682,731,
against $22 1,124,832 during 1881.
--From olservations naole in tihe
Zoological Gardens, London, it seems
probable that the extreme lease of lifo
of the hippopotamus is thirty years.
-Silk production is said to be in ths
following proportions : Italy, 3 / per
cent. ; China, 36 ; Franco, 8 ; East .in
dia (Bengal), 7 ; .Japan, 2; Persia and
the Levant, 4.
-Factory operatives in NowEugland
are unitedly asking for weekly ptymeints
of their wages, while their einployers
are as unanimously in favor of thc
-The rag business in Now York
amounts 'to $30,000,000 per annum.
There are 5,000 rag-pickers in tihe city.
Last year thero was over $10,000 worth
of rags imported,
--Of the 11.000 grain mills in iol
land, 10.000 are driven by wind. Tie
bulk of wheat meal is consumot by the
public without passing through any
-]Beof cows are now selling at $28
and three-year-old steers at $35 to $45
at Austin, Texas. Stock raisers are
happy and consumers of boof corres
-The sugar crop of Louisiana proves
to be much larger than had been antici
pated. It is alleged that of the portion
of the crop received at Morgan City
two-thirds of it go to Texas.
-The English Postmaster-General is
totally blind, and Mr. George Richard
son, who-has just boon appointed Re
ceiver and Accountant-General to the
Post 0111co, is totally deaf.
-The old mansion built by 1en.
Philip Sohuyler in 1760, upon Clinton
street, Albany, is ofired for sale in the
expectation that it will be replaced by a
buihling for business,purposes,
-The American Peaco Society las
now invested funds to tihe amount of
about $60,000, hoving lately cono into
)OSseslon of a legOy of $40,000 from
the late Rev. Dr. George (3. Bockwith.
-Recent tests of yarn mado from
different hemps gave tile following re
lative average strengths : Manila, 245 ;
Italian, 221 ; Ne Zealand, 143 : Rus
sian, 128. Manila is evidently the yarn
to be hanged with.
-Near Piton, Ontario, is aromarka
ble froak of nature. Two elm trees
btai(l about twenly feet apart, and one,
at the height of twenty. five feet, bends
over and joins the other, forming a per
feet and magnificent tree. It is then
perfectly round, and oxtends upward
atbout twcnty'fivo feet.
---During the past year 1471 new
companies woero registered in London
untder the limited liability nos with an
aggregate capital of ?210,561,9.26 ; in
1881 the inumber was 1385, wvith a capi
tal ci ?167,892,941.
-England pays Lord Lyons, her Am
bassador to France,0,000) a year, anid
makes no fuss about it. If the samlary
of thme President of the United States
were fixed according to English notions,
it would be a million a year, at least.
-An Australian Tonm Thumb has
been on exhibition in England. His
real name is David Johnm Armstrong.
Ho was born in 1851. He Is 3 feet 2
inches in height, and weIghs 70 pounds.
His limbs are in porfect p)roportonm.
He is very intelihgent.
-The annual report of the Suipervi.
inig Inspector General of U. S. shmows
thamt the number of accidents to steam*
vessels during the year past was forty
one, involving~ a loss of 205 hiyos, being
an average of one life lost to each 1,
727,172 passengers carried.
-H[amburg Lake, near Lake City,
Fla,, a sheet of water of about forty
aclues, is being dlrainled by an under
ground outlet. The water rises again
in a stream six miles from the lake.
Another lake near by ran dIry in 1852,
but hasw since filled up again.
-The ice bridge at Niagara Falls is
commonly supposed, by those wvho have
not seen it, to add much to the beauty
of the winter scobes there. B3utit does
not. Instead of a great arch of glitter
ing crysta) spanning the stream above
the falls, it is an expanse of rough ice
across the river at their foot.
-All the Prussian Barons, cii or be
fore the 1st day of April next, will be
required, says a German niewspaper-, to
vindhicate their right to their titles, f or
the reason that within the past two cen
tures many abuses have growvn up. It
Is said to have been proved that, in a
number of oases, second, and; even
younger sons ant daughters of baronial
titles, have assumed the titles whIen it
belonged only to a father or a brother..
-Hlermian P. Staus, the brave Mil
waukee fireman who resoued several
lives at the biarning of the Netrhall
House, was presented with a goldwmatch '
by the Oliamber of Commerce of tihat
city, ,and~ recently was inarried to Miss'
Ameolia lIchneider, of MUwu~e *
.has declined a. propoaqltehiua
anyth i01 (do i dr T
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